The US presidential election continues to head towards a climax, with Joe Biden edging closer to overall victory today (November 6) by taking a slim lead in the ongoing vote counts in the crucial battleground states of Georgia and Pennsylvania.
This latest development in the election, which took place on Tuesday (November 3), comes after President Donald Trump continued to voice his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud by accusing Democrats of voting “shenanigans” during a press conference at The White House last night (November 5).
With counting still taking place in such key undeclared battleground states as North Carolina, Arizona and Nevada (Biden is currently leading in the latter two), Biden has taken another step towards The White House today after separate updates on the vote count in both Georgia and Pennsylvania put him ahead of Trump.
With absentee ballots in Georgia, which is worth 16 electoral college votes, currently being counted, Biden now has 49.39% of the vote compared to Trump’s 49.37%, according to the latest results data.
GA Presidential Election Results
Biden (D): 49.39.% ( 2,449,580 votes)
Trump (R): 49.37% ( 2,448,484 votes)
Biden Margin: (+ 1,096)
Estimated: > 99% votes in
More results here: https://t.co/xlHf7GZUxJ
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) November 6, 2020
As of the 4:16 AM Update–here's the margin of #Georgia Votes. Right now, Biden is up 917 votes. #Gapol #Election2020 #ElectionResults2020 #11Alive More on@11AliveNews with @ChristieOnTV pic.twitter.com/IvzUjIYgEC
— Erin Peterson (@ErinKPeterson) November 6, 2020
The New York Times and the BBC are currently projecting that Biden needs 17 more electoral college votes to reach the hallowed 270 mark, while The Guardian estimates that Biden only requires six more electoral college votes to become the next President-elect.
This afternoon saw the latest set of results come in from Pennsylvania, which is worth 20 electoral college votes.
According to this latest data, Biden has now pulled into the lead in this crucial battleground state — if he maintains this advantage, victory in Pennsylvania would secure Biden enough electoral votes to win him the presidency.
BREAKING Biden takes the lead in PENNSYLVANIA:
Biden 3,295,365 49.47%
Trump 3,289,953 49.39%
6,661,630 votes counted
— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) November 6, 2020
Joe Biden has taken the lead in Pennsylvania – the potentially decisive moment of this election. 5,587 ahead.
Biden leads in Georgia
Biden leads in Nevada
Biden leads in Arizona.
Pennsylvania alone wins him the presidency.
— Nick Bryant (@NickBryantNY) November 6, 2020
Speaking last night, Trump alleged that he would be “easily winning” if only the “legal votes” were counted from Tuesday’s election.
“If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” he claimed. “If you count the illegal votes they can try to steal the election from us.”
The Trump campaign has not presented any evidence of election fraud to back up their claims, other than by alleging irregularities.
“We were winning in all the key locations, by a lot actually, and then our numbers started getting miraculously whittled away in secret and they wouldn’t allow legally permissible observers,” the President added.
“There’s been a lot of shenanigans, and we can’t stand for that in our country.”
Avengers star Chris Evans was among the many people to criticise Trump last night for his comments on the election, writing: “Wow. Hey Republicans, are you listening to this come-to-life toilet spew complete lies about the integrity of our democratic process?”
The Late Show host Stephen Colbert described Trump’s remarks as “nonsensical” during his improvised monologue on the talk show last night while urging Republicans to call out the President.
“You only survived this up until now because a lot of voters didn’t want to believe everything that was obvious to so many of us: that Donald Trump is a fascist. When it comes to democracy versus fascism, I’m sorry, there are not fine people on both sides.
“So you need to choose, Donald Trump or the American people.”
Greta Thunberg threw Trump’s past derisory remarks about her back at him last night as she urged the President to “work on his anger management problem” as he continues to protest against votes being counted.