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Ballots are nonetheless being counted in a number of key states, with elections officers anticipated to offer updates later right this moment.

Joe Biden holds a 253-213 lead within the Electoral Faculty. Along with Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania, the races in Alaska and North Carolina stay nonetheless too near name.

Should you’re simply studying in, here is what it is advisable know concerning the race:

All eyes on the Keystone State: Pennsylvania, the state that would take Biden over the 270-vote threshold wanted to win the presidency, may full most of its excellent counts on Friday, officers there mentioned. The previous vp is barely behind President Trump by a bit greater than 18,000 votes within the Keystone State after having trailed at one level by greater than half 1,000,000 ballots within the hours after polls closed. Tens of 1000’s of votes — most of them from strongly Democratic areas, together with round Philadelphia — stay to be counted.

Race tightens in Georgia: In Georgia, one other state that Trump can’t afford to lose with its 16 electoral votes, Biden’s mail-in poll benefit has pulled him to inside 500 votes of the President, as outcomes got here in from Fulton County round Atlanta with 99% of the state vote rely reported. Trump can’t discover a path to 270 electoral votes with out Georgia and Pennsylvania, so his possibilities of securing reelection will hinge on developments within the two states within the coming hours.

Trump mounts aggressive authorized technique: Trump’s group, in search of to maintain his slim path to victory alive, has launched a flurry of generally contradictory and scattershot authorized challenges, with out providing proof of irregularities, demanding vote counts proceed in states the place he’s behind and wanting them shut down in these the place he leads.

Trump levels corrosive try to undermine votes: On Thursday night time, Trump successfully despatched a sign that he has no intention of leaving energy with out a battle if he finally ends up shedding the election. The President’s speech from the White Home briefing room may find yourself being some of the harmful presidential statements in American historical past. In it, Trump falsely claimed that votes that had been forged earlier than and through the election, however counted after Election Day, are unlawful votes.

Biden urges calm: The previous vp emerged in Wilmington, Delaware, Thursday for a brief speech meant to mission optimism, urge endurance within the vote counting and to apparently create an image of a presidency in ready. “In America, the vote is sacred. It’s how the folks of this nation specific their will,” he mentioned, calling for calm and endurance because the vote counting course of unfolds.