Election results 2020: Joe Biden on verge of winning election after taking lead in Pennsylvania to seal Trump's fate
JOE Biden is on the verge of an election win after taking the lead in Pennsylvania to seal Donald Trump's fate today.
The former vice president overtook Trump in voting in the key state on Friday morning, as the nail-biting 2020 Election potentially neared a conclusion.
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If Biden manages to hold his lead in Pennsylvania, he will receive 20 electoral votes, taking him over the winning mark of 270.
The Democrat currently has a 5,587 lead in the keystone state, according to CNN.
The president also fell behind in Georgia but both candidates remain tied, holding 49.4 percent of the vote as five million in the Peach State voted in this nail-biting election.
There are still about 14,000 ballots left to count as Americans are anxiously watching who will clinch the crucial 16 electoral votes from Georgia.
The president blamed a burst water piper for his trailing behind in the Red state.
During a press conference last night, Trump said: "In Georgia a pipe burst in a faraway location totally unrelated to the location of what was happening, and they stopped counting for four hours, and a lot of things happened."
Brad Raffensperger, Georgia's Secretary of State, said there wouldn't be any further updates until later on Friday.
Georgia is just one of the key battleground states that are set to determine who will get the keys to the White House.
Biden is 17 electoral votes away from becoming the president-elect.
Winning Georgia would give him 269 electoral votes – meaning he would effectively have a clear path to the Oval Office.
No Democrat has carried Georgia since 1992 when Bill Clinton flipped the state George HW Bush.
Biden could win the election if he secures Georgia's electoral votes while maintaining his current lead in Arizona.
A result in Arizona is not expected until later today because there are about 285,000 votes left to count.
About 200,000 of those will be coming from Maricopa County – the state's largest county – officials should be giving an update later this morning.
Trump's lead in Pennsylvania is also shrinking to just 18,229 between him and former vice president.
Biden is sill leading in Nevada and Arizona by 11,438 and 47,052 votes.
Their nail-biting battle continues as:
- Republicans blast Trump for 'dangerous' vote fraud comments
- Biden says has "no doubt" he’ll win once the votes are counted
- Trump Jr says US "should go to total war" as Biden nears a win
- Pelosi "will be sworn-in as Potus if results don't meet the deadline
- National Guard deployed to "streets of rage" in major US cities
A record number of Americans voted in this historic election as the country battles the Covid-19 pandemic.
Those voting in person joined 102 million citizens who voted early, a figure that represents 73 percent of the total turnout of the 2016 election.
A lot of the mail-in ballots that are still being counted have come from Democrat-leaning counties, which explains Biden's gains since Tuesday.
Trump had repeatedly told his supporters while on the campaign trail to vote in person and his Republican base has tended to be more bullish in the face of the pandemic.
With ballot counting to continue into Friday – Trump has again made baseless accusations that the Democrats of trying to "steal" the election.
Bitter Trump alleged "tremendous corruption" in the vote, singling out mail-in ballots which he suggested were suspicious in being "overwhelmingly" for rival Joe Biden.
The president told reporters: "If you count the legal votes I easily win. If you count the illegal votes – they can try to steal the election from us."
HOLDING A RECOUNT
Joe Biden has a slender lead over Donald Trump in the race to 270 electoral votes.
The Democrat has so far flipped three states that Trump won in 2016 – Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona.
But the President wants a recount of votes in Wisconsin and has filed lawsuits to stop vote counting in both Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The recount of votes can be complicated because the guidelines are set at state and sometimes local levels.
Wisconsin – a recount cannot be requested until election results are verified on December 1. State rules also dictate that a recount can only be requested by a candidate if the race is separated by a margin of one per cent or less.
Michigan – the state conducts an automatic recount if candidates are separated by a margin of 2,000 total votes or less. To get a recount by request, a campaign must submit a petition over alleged fraud or counting errors within 48 hours.
Pennsylvania – the state only provides an automatic recount if the race is separated by a margin of 0.5 percent or less, or if election officials find irregularities in the results
Georgia – a candidate can request a recount if the margin is less than 0.5% and that request must be made within two day of the results being certified.
Trump vowed he would not allow unfounded "corruption to steal such an important election" or "silence" GOP voters after debunked voter fraud claims flooded social media.
"They did the mail in ballots where there's tremendous corruption and fraud going on," he raged. "I told everybody that these things would happen."
"I've already decisively won," Trump insisted, hours after Biden said he had "no doubt" he had won the nail-biting battle for the Oval Office.
Citing his victories in Florida, Ohio, Indiana, and Iowa, Trump declared that there was "no blue wave that they predicted" as he touted Republican gains in the House.
"Democrats are the party of the big donors, the big media, and big tech," he told reporters, as the counting continues in key states like Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Arizona today.
"The Republicans have become the party of the American worker," Trump added, before slamming the "phony" media polling, which he claimed was "election interference in the truest sense of that word."
Why is Trump taking his election battle to court
Trump has filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan to demand better access for Republican observers to locations where ballots are being counted.
A statement from the campaign said in Michigan that they haven't been given "meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law."
The Georgia lawsuit filed in Chatham County essentially asks a judge to ensure the state laws are being followed on absentee ballots
The Trump campaign also filed a lawsuit to intervene in a Pennsylvania case at the Supreme Court that deals with whether ballots received up to three days after the election can be counted.
A spokesman for Trump’s team said: “This is the most important election of our lifetime, and President Trump made clear our path forward last night: ensure the integrity of this election for the good of the nation.
“Bad things are happening in Pennsylvania. Democrats are scheming to disenfranchise and dilute Republican votes. President Trump and his team are fighting to put a stop to it.”
Separately in Nevada, GOP lawyers had already launched legal challenges involving absentee votes in Nevada, specifically contesting local decisions.
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