Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s margins over Republican President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania and Georgia has continued to grow as vote counts in five battleground states trickle in.
The nail-biting race to amass at least 270 votes in the Electoral College is still set to continue for another several days, with Trump’s campaign continuing its legal fight to discredit “late” votes amid claims of fraud, despite no evidence.
Biden looks set to soon claim victory, however the vote counts in five crucial states have yet to be finalised.
Arizona still to count 250,000 votes
Biden currently leads by a total of 29,861 votes in Arizona with about 235,000 votes still left to count.
Votes on Friday (local time) tipped slightly in Trump's favour by about 10 per cent, but were still not enough to make an impactful difference to Biden’s leading streak.
Trump would need closer to 20 per cent margins to inch him closer to his opponent.
Biden’s lead in Pennsylvania increases
The stakes are even closer in Pennsylvania where Biden is leading by 27,174 with about 163,000 remaining ballots needing to be counted.
The canvassing that in a normal year would be wrapping up on Friday will carry into next week, with many counties waiting until Monday to begin going through provisional ballots.
Tens of thousands of remaining mail-in ballots — as well as the provisional ballots and those cast by military and overseas voters — will decide whether Biden’s slim lead holds up or if Trump can find the votes he needs to repeat his 2016 victory in the state.
Starting to count provisional ballots on Monday, some counties decided, will help ensure that they can include all valid mail-in votes arriving by Friday that were sent on or before Election Day. Philadelphia officials said Friday that process may take several days.
Trump maintains narrow lead in North Carolina
Trump is holding a narrow lead in North Carolina where he so far has received 76,479 more votes than Biden.
There’s an estimated 150,000 votes that have yet to be counted in the state.
State officials have said a full result will not be known until next week.
North Carolina allows mail-in ballots postmarked by Tuesday to be counted if they are received by Nov. 12.
Georgia looking at vote recount
Biden is leading votes in Georgia, so far receiving 4,395 more than Trump, with there just over 4,000 more votes understood to still need counting.
Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, said he expects the margin to be just a few thousand votes, which will likely trigger a recount.
A recount must wait until Georgia’s results are certified, expected on or before November 20.
Nevada mail-in ballots to be counted this weekend
There are an estimated 300,000 votes yet to be counted in Nevada.
Biden has however taken the lead, currently with 22,657 more votes than Trump.
More votes are expected out of Clark county, which includes Las Vegas.
The majority of mail-in ballots are expected to be counted by Sunday (local time), according to local officials.
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