Biden seeks to expand Democratic electoral map with Georgia visit

Biden seeks to expand Democratic electoral map with Georgia visit

Joe Biden on Tuesday made his first campaign visit to Georgia, a Republican stronghold the Democrats are hoping to flip this time round, with a speech that lambasted the US president as a “charlatan” and “conman” who had surrendered in the war against the pandemic.

With just a week to go until election day, Mr Biden’s decision to campaign in a state that has not voted for a Democrat since Bill Clinton in 1992 was the surest sign yet that the former vice-president is seeking to expand his electoral map in battlegrounds that were thought to be out of reach at the start of the campaign.

Mr Biden and the Democrats now see Georgia, as well as other former Republican strongholds, including Arizona and even Texas, as states they might now be able to win amid signs of massive turnout in early voting in an election defined as historically important by both campaigns.