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Joe Biden To Visit Georgia As Polls Show State Within Reach

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Democratic nominee Joe Biden will head to Georgia Tuesday in an effort to become the first Democrat to win the state since Bill Clinton in 1992.

Biden will stop first in Warm Springs, where he will deliver a speech focused on race, before heading to Atlanta to participate in a drive-in rally to encourage Georgians to vote early, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Despite Election Day being just over a week away, Biden’s visit will be the first he’s made to the state since becoming the Democratic nominee and illustrates his campaign’s push to expand the electoral map and create multiple paths to victory. In addition to polls that show the former vice president leading in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, the three states that helped President Donald Trump seal his victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, Biden also holds small leads in Arizona, Florida and North Carolina, according to FiveThirtyEight.

An AJC poll released Monday showed Biden leading 47%-46% against Trump in Georgia, driven by support among suburban voters and voters of color.

“If Democrats can get up to 30% of the white vote, and if Black voters comprise at least 30% of overall turnout, there’s a real chance of statewide Democratic wins,” University of Georgia political scientist Trey Hood told the AJC. (RELATED: Georgia Tied At Presidential, Senate Levels, Polls Show)

The state is also the only one in the country to feature two senatorial races, both of which are competitive and could ultimately determine which party controls the chamber.

In the first race, GOP Sen. David Perdue barely trails Jon Ossoff, his Democratic challenger, 45%-46%. In the state’s special senate election, Rev. Raphael Warnock has 34% support, leading both GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and GOP Rep. Doug Collins who have 21% and 20% support, respectively.

LITHONIA, GA – OCTOBER 03: Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock hand out lawn signs at a campaign event (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

Both campaigns have invested more resources in Georgia in the final stretch of the election, according to AJC. California Sen. Kamala Harris campaigned in Atlanta and Morehouse College last week, while Trump has visited the state twice in the last month, including holding a rally in Macon last week as well.

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