In the latest set of results from Keystone, Biden extended his lead over Trump, who is now at 27,130, meaning the president’s already tenuous hopes of catching up are rapidly diminishing. Trump cannot win a second term without Pennsylvania, and if Biden gets 20 votes, he cannot be stopped.
With the marathon vote count stretching into the fourth evening, Biden was ready to have a potential prime-time speech even as Trump warned him against demanding the White House prematurely. Trump is sending signals that he will refuse to compromise even as his aides begin to accept the fact that the terrifying mathematics of the race suggests that his hopes for a second term are over.
The former Vice President is expanding his advance in Nevada and Georgia, although every state is still very close to calling. Trump leads with more than 22,000 votes in Nevada and lead by more than 4,000 in Georgia. The count will be complicated in Pennsylvania with tens of thousands of temporary ballots and many other votes that require more attention for reasons including damage, legibility, signature issues, or other defects.
The president cannot reach 270 electoral votes without winning all of Pennsylvania, Georgia, and at least one of the other notable states. Biden could beat the top by winning Pennsylvania alone or by capturing Nevada and Arizona. The main challenger currently leads with 253 votes to 213, according to CNN Projects.
Trump curtails the lead of Arizona Democrats, which has fallen below 30,000 votes with a reported 94%, but it is unclear if his margins are wide enough to beat his opponent with the 235,000 votes still to be counted.
Biden made plans to address the American people at prime time Friday night for what he hoped would be a victory speech, but it was not immediately clear whether the event in Wilmington, Delaware, would happen if elections had not yet been called. . Vice Presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris of California is also expected to speak.
Trump did not appear in public after a press conference riddled with injustice and lies at the White House on Thursday, and as the battle of wills began between the president and the Biden camp over the election endgame. Trump said in a tweet that Biden should not “falsely claim” the president’s office and promised legal action to try to stick to his job. But so far, the Trump campaign has provided conspiracy theories and accusations but little concrete evidence to support its allegations of election corruption.
Biden takes the lead in a traditionally republican Georgia
The surprising strength of the former Georgia vice president stems from a massive black turnout in Fulton County and other suburbs around Atlanta, Trump fatigue in the rapidly growing Georgia suburbs – which have become increasingly young and diverse in recent years – and the tireless work of more than a decade to boost enrollment. State Democrat.
“At the moment, Georgia is still very close to the invitation. Of the nearly 5 million votes cast, we will have a margin of a few thousand,” said Georgia’s Foreign Minister Brad Ravensberger at a press conference on Friday, adding, “by a small margin, There will be a recount in Georgia. “
There is no automatic recount in Georgia, but a candidate can request a recount after validation of the votes if the results are in the range of 0.5%.
Trump campaign general counsel Matt Morgan said in a statement earlier on Friday, “Georgia is moving toward a recount, where we are confident that we will find improperly harvested ballots and where President Trump will ultimately win.”
No Democratic presidential candidate has won the state since Bill Clinton in 1992. Clinton narrowly defeated former President George HW Bush in that state in part because he and Bush were in a three-way race that included Ross Perot, the independent presidential candidate.
Trump refuses to back down
As the drama spread across the country, the president’s allies launched legal challenges and put forward conspiracy theories while Trump tweeted “Stop the Count!”
On Thursday night, Trump sent an actual signal that he has no intention of leaving power without a fight if he ends up losing the election. The speech from the White House briefing room – in which Trump falsely claimed that the votes cast before and during the election, but counted after Election Day, were illegal votes – could end up being one of the most dangerous presidential statements in America. Date.
The president also made funny claims that his lead on election night shrunk because Democratic officials keep finding ballot papers, when in reality the count narrowed because election officials in many states counted votes by mail, which Democrats preferred, after Election Day. Republican votes.
Republican Senator Mitt Romney from Utah tweeted Friday that Trump’s comments about a fraudulent election “harm the cause of freedom here and around the world,” and go further than the rest of the Republican Senate convention, as some of the top Republicans have continued to defend Trump’s baseless claims. Voter fraud.
While the president was speaking on Thursday night, the daily number of new infections with the Corona virus in the United States reached 114876, the worst daily number ever, summarizing how Trump’s political obsessions led him to neglect the crisis that has killed more than 235,000 Americans.
Road to 270
It has long been known that Biden would benefit from the delayed increase in polling by mail favored by Democrats amid the pandemic. The president spent months on his campaign trail, falsely criticizing mail-in ballots as vulnerable to fraud – one reason Republican voters were less likely to use them.
Trump cannot find a way to 270 electoral votes without Georgia and Pennsylvania, so his chances of securing his re-election will depend on developments in these two countries in the coming days.
In Arizona, with several bands of votes cut from Maricopa County, including Phoenix, Biden advanced to just under 40,000 votes, with Trump’s team insisting the president would win in the end and keep hopes of reaching 270.
If Biden were to lead in Arizona and Nevada, he would get 270 electoral votes and become the next president, regardless of what happens in Pennsylvania and Georgia.
CNN Projects Biden would win at least three of the four electoral votes for Maine, plus Wisconsin, Michigan, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Virginia, California, Oregon, Washington state, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey. , New York, Vermont, Delaware, Washington, DC, Maryland, Massachusetts and one of the five electoral votes in the state of Nebraska. Nebraska and Maine award two electoral votes to the statewide winners and divide their other electoral votes among congressional districts.
CNN Projects Trump will win in Montana, Texas, Iowa, Idaho, Ohio, Mississippi, Wyoming, Missouri, Kansas, Utah, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, West Virginia, Florida Tennessee and four of the five electoral votes in the state of Nebraska.
This is an urgent story and will be updated.