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Biden inches closer to victory

Biden inches closer to victory
Battle for The White House: Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
WASHINGTON, NOV 6 | Publish Date: 11/6/2020 12:05:58 PM IST

Widens lead over Trump in Georgia, Pennsylvania

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday took crucial leads over Donald Trump in the key battleground states of Georgia and Pennsylvania, bringing him on the cusp of a historic victory over the incumbent Republican US president in the closely-fought election.

In Georgia, after the latest round of counting results, Biden edged past Trump with a slender lead of 1,096 votes, a remarkable achievement for the 77-year-old former vice president who until Wednesday night was trailing his rival by more than 50,000 votes.

Thousands of requested overseas and military ballots may arrive by the deadline Friday, and there are provisional ballots left to count. The Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger said on Friday that there will be a recount given the tight margin. In Pennsylvania, Biden overtook Trump with a narrow lead of 5,587 votes. This is significant given that the 74-year-old US president was leading in the swing state till Wednesday night with more than 700,00 votes.

Biden continued to maintain his small lead in the other two battleground States of Arizona and Nevada. To be declared the winner of the US election, either of the two candidates needs at least 270 of the 538 electoral college votes.

As per the latest projections, Biden has 253 electoral college votes and Trump trails behind with 213. But some US media outlets have given 264 votes to Biden and 214 to Trump.

In the US election, voters decide state-level contests rather than a single, national one. Each US state gets a certain number of Electoral College votes partly based on the size of the population, with a total of 538 up for grabs.

President Trump at a White House news conference accused the Democrats of massive ballot fraud and alleged that the election was being stolen. He did not offer any evidence to back his claim.

His campaign has filed multiple lawsuits in the States of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, and Nevada and has demanded a recount of votes in Wisconsin. The Biden campaign has denied the allegations. 

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