Pennsylvania still has hundreds of thousands of votes to count, despite the Secretary of State saying the results could be returned Thursday as Joe Biden fills the void and President Donald Trump loses a legal offer to stop the Philadelphia vote count.
Pennsylvania is one of a handful of battlefield states where Trump and Biden are closely contested as they head for the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency.
Trump, who had a lead of 675,000 votes early Wednesday, prematurely declared victory in the state that has 20 votes for the electoral college. Trump leads the vote with 49.56% of the vote compared to 49.29% of Biden.
“We're winning Pennsylvania with an enormous amount. We have 690,000 votes in Pennsylvania. These aren't even close. It's not like, "Oh, it's close," Trump said during an appearance at the White House.
But by early Friday morning, according to CNN, it had dropped to about 18,229 votes as the mail continued to be counted on ballot papers from across the state, including some that were counted by hand. The late-counted ballots were overwhelming in Biden's favor.
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Pennsylvania still has hundreds of thousands of votes to choose from, despite the Secretary of State saying the results could be returned Thursday as Joe Biden (left, with his counterpart Sen Kamala Harris) fills the void and President Donald Trump (right) loses the legal offer Stop ballot counting in Philadelphia
Trump, who had a lead of 675,000 votes early Wednesday, prematurely declared victory in the state that has 20 votes for the electoral college. By Thursday night, Trump's lead had dropped to about 26,319 votes as postal votes (pictured in Philadelphia) from across the state continued to be counted. The late-counted ballots were overwhelming in Biden's favor
One reason for the intensified race is that state law does not allow election officials to process postal ballot papers until election day.
It's a form of voting that has skewed heavily in Biden's favor after Trump claimed for months – without evidence – that the postal vote would lead to widespread electoral fraud.
There is a chance the race will not be decided for days and, according to MSNBC, there are around 250,000 ballots left. If there is a difference of less than half a percentage point between Biden and Trump's vote, state law stipulates that a recount must be carried out.
Democrats had long viewed Pennsylvania as part of their "blue wall" – a trifecta that includes Wisconsin and Michigan – that had served as a bulwark in presidential elections for years. In 2016, Trump won each time by less than one percentage point.
Claims to be the state's favorite son, Biden, born in Scranton, has long taken up the idea that he represented neighboring Delaware as the "third senator" of Pennsylvania during his decades. He has also fought extensively in the state from his home in Delaware.
If Biden wins Pennsylvania, he wins the election. He currently has 264 votes for the electoral college – including Arizona, though it easily comes back into play. Even without Arizona, if he won Pennsylvania, he would take over the White House.
The previous Thursday, Kathy Boockvar (left) told CNN's Jake Tapper, “I think there are about 550,000 odd – you know, plus or minus – ballots that are still being counted today
Meanwhile, Trump had sued Pennsylvania to undermine the returned election result. The Philadelphia and Pittsburgh voting was suspended on Thursday due to the legal battle. A judge intervened and rejected the federal application. People took part in a "Count Every Vote" demonstration in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Thursday
STATES STILL IN GAME
ARIZONA – 11 votes of the electoral college: votes are still counted, deadline for the result unclear
Fox and the AP gave Biden to Arizona on Wednesday before dawn. On Wednesday afternoon officials said there were 600,000 votes left, suggesting they could be put back into the game.
The AP stands by his call, saying the outstanding votes are in Biden strongholds that will not return to Trump.
PENNSYLVANIA – 20 electoral college votes: Result expected Friday
GEORGIA – 16 votes from the electoral college: The result is expected on Thursday
NEVADA – 6 votes of the electoral college: Result expected Friday
NORTH CAROLINA – 15 electoral college votes: Result expected sometime on Thursday
Trump cannot win in Pennsylvania alone. With 214 votes in the electoral college, he would still have to pick up either Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona or Nevada – the other four states where a result has yet to be officially confirmed.
The previous Thursday, Kathy Boockvar told CNN's Jake Tapper, “I think there are about 550,000 odd – you know, plus or minus – ballots that are still being counted today.
& # 39; Some of these may have already been counted but not uploaded yet. But yes, they come in. We're getting 10,000 here, 20,000 here, counties are angry at work.
Pennsylvania said it will continue to count postal votes through Friday as long as they are postmarked November 3rd.
Meanwhile, Trump had sued Pennsylvania to undermine the returned election result.
The Philadelphia and Pittsburgh voting was suspended on Thursday due to the legal battle.
A judge intervened and rejected the federal application.
In Nevada, there are only around 51,000 voices left to be called before Friday and they say they need so much time. Arizona also says it will need until Friday to get a result for their remaining 450,000 votes.
The Trump campaign had a brief legal victory in Pennsylvania Thursday when a judge ruled ballot observer watched officials count ballots within six feet. Representatives from both campaigns were in the room to watch the counts, but at a greater distance due to the coronavirus. A district judge approved the Trump campaign, but the state's Supreme Court rejected it.
Complicating the situation in Pittsburgh is the approximately 30,000 outstanding ballot papers that resulted in a salesperson sending the wrong ballots to voters and having to reissue new ballots with the correct races.
Poll workers now have to check those ballots to make sure people don't vote twice. If you submitted the wrong ballot, you did not participate in races for which you are not eligible.
They cannot be legally counted until Friday when Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh sits, swears on a special panel to review those ballots as required by law
Trump's legal team has filed lawsuits on several fronts – to try to curb the flow of presumably pro-Biden postal ballot papers into the system and to enforce better access for observers to presumably dispute more single ballot papers.
They scored a first victory Thursday morning, which former Florida Secretary of State Pam Bondi, a Trump supporter, wielded at a press conference.
The judgment of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania overturns a decision of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia. It will allow Trump watchers to "observe all aspects of the acquisition process within 6 feet while complying with all COVID-19 protocols, including wearing masks and maintaining social distancing."
On Twitter, Trump touted it as: "Great Legal Victory in Pennsylvania!"
But then the Pennsylvania Supreme Court knocked it down almost instantly when the Democrats appealed.
Former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi speaks to the media about a court order granting Trump's campaign access to observation of Thursday's vote counting operations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Trump supporters protest outside the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Thursday
The reason for the appeal wasn't because of concern about the observation itself, experts said, but because Democrats said Republicans accepted the rules for observation before they went into effect.
They argue that changing the rules, once agreed, would pave the way for further changes.
That is not the end of the road for the Trump campaign. The big battle with a greater potential to affect the count could result in a challenge to an earlier Supreme Court decision allowing the state to count postal ballots received three days after polling day.
Conservative judges had indicated that there could be another hearing should these later-counted ballots prove decisive.
But a decisive victory for Biden with votes received before election day would undermine the need for the lawsuit – and Biden was with Trump's leadership with hundreds of thousands of ballots outstanding.
The Pennsylvania Democrats, aware of potential challenges and alarmed by reports that Republican-controlled lawmakers may seek to intervene, have later segregated postal ballots received to prevent the entire state outcome from being discarded.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General blew up the move on Thursday.
"This question is a matter of constitutional law," he said, noting that it was decided by the Supreme Court. "It was decided that these ballots and they be counted," he told CNN.
“We follow the law here in Pennsylvania. We count these legal votes, ”he said.
The results for Arizona are expected to be released on Friday, as the Secretary of State says 285,000 ballots remain to be counted
Katie Hobbs, Arizona's foreign secretary, said Arizonas won't be final until tomorrow evening
Joe Biden's lead in Arizona has fallen to less than 47,000 votes after Donald Trump closed the gap after a series of postal ballot papers Thursday night.
Biden remains ahead in the battlefield state, but only by 46,257, or 50.1 percent, compared to Trump's 48.5 percent after the president got the majority in the most populous county, Maricopa.
According to the latest figures, Biden is now 1.5 percentage points ahead of 2.4 points on Thursday morning.
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said there are now 285,000 ballots left to be counted nationwide, including 200,000 in Maricopa County. Officials are expected to update the count by 11 a.m. on Friday.
It comes after tThe AP and Fox News had both called Arizona early Wednesday morning claiming Trump had no way of reclaiming him – a move that was later questioned.
Arizona has eleven major votes for the electoral college which, if they give Biden now, will get him ready for the White House with 264 of the 270 votes he needs. He would only have to win Nevada, Georgia or North Carolina to get the win if his lead in Arizona holds.
Nevada has 6 votes for the electoral college and will be announced at 12 noon EST. Georgia holds 16 and will be announced later. Trump is only ahead in Georgia with 18,000 votes and there are around 60,000 votes left. The census is expected to be completed there today.
If Biden loses Arizona to Trump, Trump will rise from 214 votes to 22. He would then only need 42 additional votes for the Georgia (16), North Carolina (15) and Pennsylvania (20) electoral college – all states in which he is located is leading – to get victory, provided he wins Alaska's three electoral college votes, which he is all but guaranteed to receive.
The delay extends the already excruciating wait to find out who will be the next president for frustrated Americans and people around the world who are now wondering why it is taking so long to reach a conclusion.
So far there has not been a simple answer. In some states, it's because the margin is incredibly tight. In other cases, mail-in ballots have not yet arrived and can still be counted for days. Official censuses are usually never returned on election day or even immediately afterwards. Instead, the choice is always made by a television or news network based on an analysis of possible outcomes.
But nobody names it this year because the race in the remaining swing states was so close.
As the excruciating wait dragged on Thursday morning, Katie Hobbs, Arizona's secretary of state, said the process would just take as long as it takes.
“In Maricopa County, two-thirds of the voting population, there are just under 300,000 votes left. Nationwide, there are still 450,000 votes to be counted for us to get there. We have said from the start that this is the time. We will focus on making sure that every valid vote counts.
“I haven't had an estimate from Maricopa County of how long it will take them to get through the ballots. It doesn't look like today – probably closer to tomorrow if we try to hold out those ballots, ”she said Good morning America.
At 5 p.m. EST, she said the same number had yet to be counted and that Maricopa County was only getting through 140,000 a day – that is, it could take another two days.
Biden leads Nevada with 11,400 votes when Trump's team files ineligible votes lawsuit
Joe Biden is now the leader in Nevada with more than 11,000 votes Thursday night when President Donald Trump's election campaign filed a federal lawsuit in the state alleging ineligible votes were cast in the Las Vegas area.
About 75 percent of the vote in Nevada is in, and Biden is leading with 11,438 votes, which is only about 1 percent on Thursday night, according to CNN.
In the coming days, however, there are still around 50,000 ballots to count. Under state law, they can still be accepted as long as they are postmarked by November 3rd.
Trump narrowly lost Nevada in 2016 as the state leaned toward Democrats for the past decade. The last Republican presidential candidate to win the state was George W. Bush in 2004.
Nevada has delayed the release of its election results, stating that it must be at least tomorrow for the remaining votes to be counted as the country and the world wait in excruciating ways to find out who will be the next president.
Meanwhile, the Trump campaign complaint filed in the U.S. District Court has resurrected an effort abandoned hours earlier in Nevada State Court – a court order preventing the Clark County Registrar of Voters from using an optical scanning device to process ballots and to be used to validate voter signatures.
Joe Biden is now the leader in Nevada with more than 11,000 votes Thursday night when President Donald Trump's election campaign filed a federal lawsuit in the state alleging ineligible votes were cast in the Las Vegas area. Trump supporters demonstrate in Las Vegas on Thursday
The federal record cites the experience of a woman who said Thursday she was banned from the face-to-face vote because a letter with her signature was posted in the mail and a television political strategic commentator said he was denied the opportunity watching the election count late on election night.
Adam Laxalt, co-chair of the Trump Nevada campaign, said the new filing "highlights ongoing electoral fraud and voter disenfranchisement in Clark County."
Attorney General Aaron Ford called it "Ave Maria" and "another opportunity to undermine confidence in this election" while the ballots are still being counted.
Ford noted that a federal judge was fired in September to block the state law it mailed to each of Nevada's more than 1.7 million active registered voters.
"If they can't stop you from voting, they're trying to keep your vote from counting," he said.
If Biden claims Nevada today, he will Earn another 6 electoral college points and get 270 when you factor in the 11 from Arizona.
Arizona was called out to him by Fox and the AP on Wednesday morning, but with 450,000 votes still pending, it remains in the game for Trump. If Biden loses Arizona, he will have 259 votes for the electoral college. It would take him 11 more, from either Georgia (16), North Carolina (15), or Pennsylvania (20) to win.
It's unclear when North Carolina will announce, but it is expected to go like 2016 after Trump. The race in Nevada was close. Biden led most of the morning there with only around 7,000 votes.
Trump's team weeps fraud. They say they have "evidence" that "tens of thousands of votes" were fraudulently cast there.
"We are confident that President Trump will win the state of Nevada if all legal votes are counted – and only legal votes are counted," Ric Grenell, former director of National Intelligence, told Fox News Thursday morning.
& # 39; The reality is that transparency is not political. Ballot papers are not automatically legal votes until they are reviewed. We can't check.
“In the state of Nevada you can stay for 30 days. If you've been out of the state for 30 days, it's illegal to vote. We're filing this federal lawsuit to protect legal voters.
“In this country it is unacceptable for illegal votes to be counted. This is exactly what is happening in the state of Nevada, ”Grenell claimed at a press conference.
Nevada law states that an individual must be in the state at least 30 days prior to voting in order to be eligible to vote.
That does not necessarily mean that they must have been physically in the state 30 days before the election.
Trump's people also claim that many of the votes in Nevada came from people who no longer live there or were cast on the names of the deceased.
Georgia's election is still too short for Biden to get in touch with Trump. 16,000 votes have yet to be counted
Joe Biden and Donald Trump are nearly level in Georgia after the president's lead dropped below 2,000 votes in the last election Thursday night.
Trump stays ahead, but only by a narrow margin of 1,775, which makes both candidates equal in percentage points, with each holding 49.4 percent of the vote.
There are now approximately 14,000 ballots to be processed in the state, in addition to the 8,900 foreign and military ballots due to arrive by 5:00 p.m. on Friday.
Of the outstanding votes, about 5,000 will come from Clayton County, a largely Democratic county expected to be counted through midnight, Shauna Dozier told CNN.
Trump's standing in Georgia has rapidly deteriorated in the past 24 hours, having received 9,000 votes Thursday morning and 18,000 votes Wednesday evening.
Biden could win the election with Georgia, which equates to 16 points for the electoral college if he sticks to his leadership in Arizona.
The result in Arizona is not expected until Friday, as 285,000 votes remain. About 200,000 of these will come from Maricopa County, where officials are expected to update the census by 11 a.m.
Officials in Arizona and Nevad – where only 51,000 need to be counted – say it will take them at least one more day to get through them and get right through them, despite having cast many, many more votes in the past couple of years of days alone.
Why it takes so long to reach a conclusion is a question that millions of frustrated Americans ask and that is heard around the world. There is no easy answer to this.
In a county in Georgia a memory card was damaged on a scanner, so 400 had to be counted. Officials in some counties are using paper votes for the first time in 20 years because they voted earlier this year that the machine vote was not secret enough. They then scan all of the paper votes, which is a "laborious" process, it said on Thursday.
In some states, the race is just closer than it was in the last election. As a result, it is difficult for news and television broadcasters, which normally hold elections, to make a decisive prediction. Another reason is that there are more postal ballot papers this year than there were elections due to COVID-19. It takes longer to fill in and different states had different rules for when these could be counted.
In any case, Trump is already denying the results in several states. He says there has been electoral fraud in Nevada, with people sending ballots in the names of dead residents and non-residents.
In Georgia, they couldn't verify that the census was done properly.
In Wisconsin he is also calling for a recount, and in Michigan and Pennsylvania he wants the count to stop.
Trump made public appearances for the first time in more than 36 hours on Thursday, speaking in the White House briefing room, making baseless allegations that the presidential election was stolen from him.
In almost every state that Biden has won, Trump's lead was initially strong and then shrank as more ballots – especially mail-in ballots – were counted.
He thinks it's suspicious.
Gabriel Sterling, implementation manager for the Georgia voting system, said Thursday the process is not suspicious or strange, but elections are usually never that close, so there is not always an official census.
“We have no way of knowing how long the process will take. We hope for clarity, but "done" is a very relative term at this point.
“As we have been saying for weeks and months, it will take some time. The point here is to make sure that all votes are properly counted.
“The problem we have in Georgia is close coordination. There are other states that have more votes than we do, but there is a lot of leeway so nobody cares, ”said Sterling.
He said he expected to get a result by the end of the day.
In Georgia, Supreme Court Justice James Bass said there was "no evidence" to support the Trump suit's claims that 53 ballot papers were late and mixed with other ballot papers. In Michigan, Judge Cynthia Stephens ruled against the Trump campaign push to stop counting in order to gain additional access for her observers. "I have no basis to determine that there is a significant chance of success in the matter," she said.
"All of the states recently claimed by Biden are being challenged by us for election fraud and electoral fraud," Trump tweeted on Thursday amid the nationwide flash of legal challenges. “Lots of evidence – just look at the media. WE WILL WIN! America first! & # 39;
Trump's team scored a victory in a Pennsylvania court, but not on a point likely to affect a race with thousands of ballots.
"The Trump campaign called it a 'big win', but state officials appealed, saying it jeopardized both the security of the city's accused acquisition and the privacy of voters."
Even if Trump's legal efforts ultimately fail, they are already managing to slow the voting process, and Trump's allies claim that Trump won an "overwhelming victory" on the "verifiable" ballot.
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