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WATCH: Georgia secretary of state gives election update as vote counting continues

The Georgia’s secretary of state’s office gave an election update on Friday morning as vote counting in the state continues.

Democrat Joe Biden is now leading President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Georgia.

Watch the update live in the video player above.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office said Friday morning that fewer than 8,200 absentee ballots remained to be tallied and 8,900 ballots sent to military and overseas voters had yet to be returned. They must be received by 5 p.m. Friday in order to be counted.

Gabriel Sterling, an official in the secretary of state’s office, said a recount is “more than likely, and the people will see that the outcome will stay essentially the same.”

By Friday morning, Biden overtook Trump in the number of ballots counted in the battleground, a must-win state for Trump that has long been a Republican stronghold.

Biden now has a 917-vote advantage.

The contest is still too early for The Associated Press to call.

Thousands of ballots are still left to be counted – many in counties where the former vice president was in the lead.

An AP analysis showed that Biden’s vote margins grew as counties processed mail ballots cast in his favor.

There is a potential that the race could go to a recount. Under Georgia law, if the margin between Biden and Trump is under half a percentage point of difference, a recount can be requested.

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