It is still too close to call, with tightening races in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania as former Vice President Joe Biden edged close to the 270-electoral-vote threshold needed to win and President Donald Trump’s hopes of clinching reelection appeared to be slipping away.
With Biden notching crucial wins in Michigan and Wisconsin, fulfilling his promise to rebuild the Democrats’ “blue wall” in the Midwest that Trump demolished in 2016, the former vice president was a mere 17 electoral votes away from claiming the presidency.
After a frustrating night for Democrats Tuesday, where their hopes of an early win for Biden evaporated, Republicans are watching with alarm and anxiety as the race narrows in Georgia, where Trump’s lead slipped to about 23,000 votes throughout Wednesday’s count.
While it had been clear that Biden would fare better in Georgia than past Democratic presidential candidates because of the huge turnout of Black voters in the fast-growing suburbs of Atlanta, few had expected the presidential race in the once reliably red state that Democrats have not won since 1996 to get this close.
As hundreds of thousands of mail-in and early absentee votes are being counted in the key battleground of Pennsylvania, Trump’s lead has shrunk dramatically. Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said Wednesday evening that the state has made “excellent progress” in counting ballots but estimated it will be “a matter of days before the overwhelming majority of ballots are counted.” Many of those outstanding votes are mail-in ballots that were returned in the heavily Democratic area of Philadelphia.
While both campaigns are insisting they are confident about their prospects in Pennsylvania, Biden still has multiple paths to the White House — if he holds his leads in Nevada and Arizona, where counts have yet to be completed, he will have sufficient Electoral College votes to be the 46th president.Trump’s campaign advisers insist that they will be able to make up ground in Maricopa County, the most populous county in Arizona, which released its latest tranche of ballots early Thursday morning night narrowing Biden’s Arizona lead to just under 69,000 votes. On Wednesday night, Arizona’s secretary of state told CNN’s John King that more than a half-million votes remain uncounted and suggested Maricopa County’s count could take several days.
Nevada election officials, who released very little information on Wednesday with an estimated 200,000 ballots outstanding, said they expected to report their newest batch of results at midday Thursday.
CNN projects Biden will win at least three of Maine’s four electoral votes, plus Wisconsin, Michigan, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Virginia, California, Oregon, Washington state, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Delaware, Washington, DC, Maryland, Massachusetts and one of Nebraska’s five electoral votes.
Nebraska and Maine award two electoral votes to their statewide winners and divide their other electoral votes by congressional districts.CNN projects Trump will win Montana, Texas, Iowa, Idaho, Ohio, Mississippi, Wyoming, Missouri, Kansas, Utah, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee and four of Nebraska’s five electoral votes.