JOE Biden is stranded painfully close to winning the presidency, as Pennsylvania said the final result is “DAYS AWAY” and Georgia announced a recount.
The anxiety-inducing waiting game came as both the Peach and Keystone state flipped on Friday morning, from Trump holding the lead to Biden claiming a majority of votes.
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During a press conference on Friday, Lisa Deeley of the Philadelphia City Commissioner said there are an estimated 40,000 ballots yet to be counted.
She said “it may take several days to complete the reporting of that.”
Despite Biden being painfully close to a win, Donald Trump is “planning a victory rally” and said “the race is not over.”
The president is reportedly considering having a rally over the weekend despite Biden being on the verge of an election victory today.
A Trump campaign statement was released Friday morning and insisted that “this election is not over.”
Matt Morgan, Trump 2020 campaign general counsel, said: “This election is not over.
“The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final.
“Georgia is headed for a recount, where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail.”
Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State, announced Friday: “Georgia still too close to call, but results will be very close, and there will be a recount. Promises transparency.”
According to the New York Times, a source revealed Trump is planning to hold a victory rally sometime this weekend.
A Bloomberg News reporter tweeted Friday: “Biden campaign’s @AndrewBatesNC on reports that Trump does not intend to concede the race: ‘As we said on July 19th, the American people will decide this election.
‘And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.'”
The former VP looks set to capture the 20 electoral votes from the crunch state – which would propel him into the White House, making him the 46th President of the United States.
Biden has fought back a deficit of nearly 1m votes in Pennsylvania after a huge surge in mail-in ballots which Trump branded “fraudulent” and demanded counting be stopped.
A victory in Pennsylvania would put Biden firmly over the magical 270 electoral college vote mark ending Trump’s explosive four-year tenure in the White House.
The Democrat currently has a 9,746 lead in the Keystone State, according to CNN.
A recount in Pennsylvania will be automatically triggered if the margin of the final vote is 0.5 percent or less.
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 against George HW Bush.
Biden could also 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.
Biden is sill leading in Nevada and Arizona by 11,438 and 47,052 votes.
Their nail-biting battle continues as:
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.
“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.