On Friday morning, Biden had overtaken Trump in Pennsylvania and Georgia, which, if he holds onto that edge, would be enough to make him president-elect. Trump, meanwhile, must win Pennsylvania in order to retain the presidency, so both campaigns are watching the state's returns closely. With an estimated 64,000 thousand votes to count, NBC News reports that Biden's lead now sits at 1,584 votes.
Tuesday's vote was held against an unprecedented backdrop: a pandemic that has killed more than 232,000 Americans and triggered a debilitating economic crisis in a year also marked by fierce public outrage over the country's racial divide. "Count every vote" reads the sign carried by a protester in the picture under the headline. About 95% of the vote is in so the race for the Keystone State - and the presidency - continues Friday.
Pennsylvania, with 20 electoral votes, stands as the biggest remaining prize in the 2020 election and the eyes of the nation have been fixated on the Keystone State.
"Georgia is headed for a recount, where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail", Morgan said. The vast majority of those ballots came from Democrats.
Other than a few Liberal MPs remarking about how thankful they were for Elections Canada and our domestic voting processes, until Friday the government has kept its commentary limited to promising to be prepared for any potential scenarios and saying it was "very carefully" following the electoral outcome as dictated by Americans' votes. His current edge of roughly 6,000 votes in the Keystone State is likely to grow significantly, with thousands of absentee ballots in the Philadelphia metro area still being counted. Instead, they have fed his baseless claim that the election is being stolen from underneath him. His claims of fraud, without evidence, have been condemned by Democrats and some Republicans.
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Pennsylvania officials estimated on Friday they had 40,000 ballots left to count, while Georgia officials said on Friday morning there were around 4,000 regular ballots remaining.
Other ballots that will be reviewed include ones that couldn't be scanned, or that were missing a date or had an illegible voter declaration, said county spokesperson Amie Downs. The county issued corrected ballots but said it would review them to make sure they were counting only one ballot per voter. However, there are a fairly large number of provisional ballots in Arizona that may not be counted until the weekend, or even next week.
Biden relentlessly piled up votes through the night and all day as counting goes on in the two states, racking up huge margins among mail-in ballots favored by Democratic voters.
Biden's campaign voiced little concern at the prospect of Trump clinging to power.
All eyes in the United States are on Nevada, Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania. "Joe Biden extends his lead", the headline reads. Biden has 73 million, but still, Trump won almost half of all votes cast. Like Pennsylvania, all three were still processing ballots on Friday.
"We want every legal vote counted, and I want every legal vote counted". Republicans have filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to exclude those late-arriving ballots.