As vote totals continue to come in, President Trump’s early leads in Pennsylvania and Georgia have now evaporated and Vice President Joe Biden now holds slight leads in both states. Indications from Georgia are that the slim margins in that state will trigger an automatic recount under state law. Biden continues to hold his leads in Nevada and Arizona.
In the contest for electoral college votes, each candidate needs 270 to win the presidency. Here’s a breakdown as to where we stand in the battleground states as of 3 p.m. Eastern.
The latest news from Pennsylvania shows Biden with almost 10,000 more votes than Trump, but there are many more ballots to be counted, including approximately 175,000 absentee ballots. Nearly 6.6 million votes in the Keystone State have already been tabulated.
Pennsylvania holds 20 electoral votes and is considered a must-win for the president in his effort to get to 270.
Biden has now taken a slight lead over Trump as more votes have come in from the heavily Democratic suburbs around Atlanta. Currently, Biden’s lead is less than 2000 votes, with 99% of the votes counted. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Friday that the close vote totals will likely trigger an automatic recount there.
Georgia officials report that there are several thousand military and overseas ballots remaining to be counted as well.
Georgia awards 16 electoral votes to the winner of that state.
Nevada is still close, with results from Friday adding to a small Biden lead there. According to the Nevada Secretary of State’s office, Biden’s lead has increased to approximately 20,000 votes, with approximately 120,000 votes yet to be counted.
A court hearing has been scheduled for late Friday afternoon concerning Republican claims that poll watchers have been excluded from counting facilities, and that the state has counted votes of people no longer living in the state, as well as from dead people.
Nevada has six electoral votes.
With approximately 300,000 votes left to be counted, Biden leads by 44,000 votes. Arizona has 9 electoral votes.
President Trump continues to lead in North Carolina by approximately 77,000 votes, with 95% of the vote in and 288,000 votes that have yet to be counted. North Carolina has 15 electoral votes.
In Wisconsin, Joe Biden is the likely winner. With 99% of the vote counted and 22,000 votes outstanding, the former Vice President leads President Trump by 20,000 votes. The Trump campaign has stated that it will ask for a recount in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has 10 electoral votes.
Biden is also the apparent winner in Michigan. With 99% of the vote in, he leads Trump by almost 145,000 votes, with only 19,000 votes remaining to be counted. Michigan has 16 electoral votes.
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