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Today, Democratic nominee Joe Biden is advancing in his lead against President Trump in some key battleground states, and poll officials are continuing to count votes. Biden has 264 electoral votes according to some sources and 253 according to others, while President Trump has 214 electoral votes. Below are some recent developments in the current presidential race vote count and Trump’s campaign’s actions to progress.
In Arizona, Biden is in the lead with approximately 39,400 votes, though two publications projected Biden victorious in the state early on Wednesday. However, Arizona still has 10 percent of its votes left to count, and yesterday, Arizona officials estimated that approximately half a million ballots must be counted before announcing a winner. The bulk of Arizona’s remaining votes come from Maricopa County.
The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee filed a motion yesterday to intervene in an Arizona lawsuit that contests the validity of Arizona’s ballots. The lawsuit accused the use of Sharpies invalidating ballots in Maricopa County and other regions of the state. Some people have called this conspiracy “#SharpieGate,” and Arizona elections officials have confirmed that the conspiracy is unfounded. Processes are in place to ensure ballots are counted regardless of the kind of writing tool used to complete them.
Biden has a narrow lead of approximately 4,235 votes in Georgia, a state that hasn’t voted for a Democratic president since 1992. Georgia has 16 electoral votes, and roughly 99 percent of its votes are counted.
Today, during a press conference, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Georgia’s vote count is too close to call. With approximately five million votes submitted, there will be a margin of a few thousand for whichever candidate wins. Most likely, there will ultimately be a recount in Georgia.
In Nevada, Biden now is ahead of Trump with 20,137 votes, nearly double his lead from Thursday. Clark County, a heavily Democratic Nevada county where Las Vegas is located, has continuously released its results in recent days, accounting for Biden’s especially large lead there. Nevada is home to six electoral college votes, and according to reports, 87 percent of its votes are counted.
Many people have questioned why Nevada is taking so long to count its results, and government officials have said they are processing an unprecedented flood of mail-in ballots without any problems. Secretary of State spokeswoman Jennifer A. Russell said that the results would take approximately 10 days after Election Day to fully tally.
Pennsylvania has 20 electoral college votes, and this afternoon, Biden held a lead in Pennsylvania of approximately 14,541 votes. According to reports, Pennsylvania has 98 percent of its votes counted.
Pennsylvania is one of 21 states that accept ballots postmarked on or before Election Day. On October 19, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that election officials in Pennsylvania can count absentee ballots received as late as the Friday after Election Day as long as the mail-ballot is postmarked by November 3. Today, Pennsylvania Republicans asked the U.S. Supreme Court to order election officials to stop counting mail-in ballots that arrived after November 3.
Many experts say that, given these vote totals, Biden has more paths toward securing the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency than Trump does. If Biden wins Pennsylvania, that will immediately put him over 270 votes. Experts say that Biden stands a strong chance in Nevada, a modest chance in Arizona, and a small chance in Georgia as well.