In a Beautiful Twist, Constituents of the Late John Lewis Delivered Biden's Georgia Lead

In a twist that almost seemed fated, it was constituents of the late John Lewis who helped Joe Biden take his first lead in Georgia over incumbent Donald Trump. The former vice president had been narrowing the margin in the days that followed Election Day and began leading by 1,098 votes after Clayton County tabulated its remaining mail-in ballots — with the exception of potential incoming military ballots — and delivered 917 votes for Biden in the early hours of Nov. 6.

Lewis served in Georgia’s fifth congressional district, which includes parts of Clayton County, from 1987 until his death in July. Clayton is largely Democratic, and Hillary Clinton won the county by 85 percent in 2016. Prior to his passing, Lewis endorsed Biden in a call with reporters in April. “He will lead our country to a better place. He would inspire another generation to stand up, to speak up and to speak out, to be brave and to be bold,” Lewis said. “He can help us and will help us regain our way as a nation and as a people.” Lewis also advised Biden to pick a woman — preferably a woman of color — as his running mate, which Biden went on to do with Kamala Harris.

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