With razor thin margins in four states remaining to be called, former Vice President Joe Biden has taken the lead over incumbent Donald Trump in the critical state of Pennsylvania. With an estimated 95% of the votes having been tabulated, Biden is now leading by 6000+ votes.
The bulk of the remaining ballots in Pennsylvania will come from Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, such as Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Segment that have overwhelmingly come in for Biden to this point.
Trump had led the vote count by more than 700,000 votes in Pennsylvania since Tuesday. In 2016, the Keystone state carried Trump to victory over Hilary Clinton. But the gap steadily narrowed as mail ballots from the state’s heavily Democratic metropolitan areas were slowly counted.
“Look what just happened in Philadelphia,” said CNN’s David Chalian, of Biden’s continued success in the state’s largest city. “He got 87% of them. We know … there’s still a bunch of vote in Philadelphia to count. When that kind of Biden advantage vote, gets put into the vote totals, it just boosts that level of confidence that this will be potentially out of reach for Donald Trump.”
Currently, Biden maintains a 253-213 electoral vote lead over the President. As votes continue to trickle in from the Philadelphia area, the Keystone State’s native son is inching closer to the White House.
A win in the the commonwealth of Pennsylvania could seal the election for Biden. Its 20 electoral votes would help the Delaware native to seal the deal.
“We will await more vote to come into Pennsylvania, as we continue to make those calculations,” Chalian reminded viewers.
The lead in Pennsylvania came early Friday morning, just hours after Biden also overtook the President in Georgia, by the slimmest of margins. Democrats have not won Georgia in a presidential election since 1992.
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As former Vice President Biden took a sudden lead in Pennsylvania Friday morning, solidifying his bid for the presidency, President Trump’s campaign announced “the election is not over.”
“The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from over,” wrote campaign general counsel Matt Morgan.
“Georgia is headed for a recount, where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail,” the statement continued without providing any factual evidence that voter fraud had actually happened.
The statement added Pennsylvania, there were “many irregularities including having election officials prevent our volunteer legal observes from having meaningful access to vote counting locations” and the campaign was “deprived of valuable time” and “denied the transparency we are entitled to under state law.”
In Nevada, where Biden is also expected to win, the campaign baselessly and falsely claimed there “appear[s]” to be thousands of individuals who improperly cast mail ballots.”
In another last-ditch attempt to stay in the People’s House, the campaign pointed to Arizona, a state that was called for Biden by the Associated Press and Fox News days ago, and said they were “on course to win … despite the irresponsible and erroneous ‘calling’ of the state” by the outlets.
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