What to expect today in the presidential election
Election Day has officially stretched into Election Week, with the presidency hinging on five states that are still wrapping up their ballot counts.
Key swing states Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona and North Carolina are still tallying votes on Friday.
Joe Biden edged out President Trump in the Keystone State early Friday morning by 5,587 votes — cutting down Trump’s initial haul of 600,000 votes thanks to mail-in ballots that are still trickling in in blue parts of the state.
Trump, who trails the former vice president in confirmed electoral votes with 214, must win Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes in order to see a second term. Conversely, a Pennsylvania win would drive Biden and his 253 electoral votes over the 270 threshold by three — giving him the White House win.
Votes are still pouring in from Democratic strongholds including Philadelphia County, where 50,000 mail-in votes are still to be counted, Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt told CNN.
Election officials in Pennsylvania, which was allowed by the Supreme Court to receive ballots until three days after Election Day, have said they could declare a winner on Friday.
Overnight, Joe Biden edged out President Trump in Georgia, leading with 1,096 votes, as of about 6:30 a.m. As of late Thursday night, 14,097 ballots were still outstanding in counties including Clayton and Gwinnett, according to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, WSB-TV reported.
A Democrat last won the Peach State, which carries 16 crucial Electoral College votes, in 1992.
Biden also leads Trump by 11,438 votes in Nevada, worth 6 Electoral College votes, and in Arizona by 47,052 votes, worth 11 Electoral College votes, according to state data.
Some outlets, including the Associated Press and Fox News, have already called Arizona for Biden.
Updates from Nevada are expected around noon Friday, according to the New York Times.
Trump, however, looks primed to collect North Carolina’s 11 Electoral College votes with a roughly 77,000-vote lead on Biden. The state will be among the last to finish up counting, with ballots accepted until Nov. 12 and final results may not be known until then.
The Republican incumbent has continued railing against “illegal votes” and voter fraud in the election, with his campaign filing lawsuit after lawsuit in various states to challenge vote counts.
Some of those suits, including in Philadelphia, have already been shot down.
At a press briefing Thursday night, Trump repeated his claim that political foes of trying to “steal” the election, however he did not offer any proof.
“This is a case where they’re trying to steal an election, they’re trying to rig an election, and we can’t let that happen,” he said.
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