Former Vice President Joe Biden appears on track to win the presidential election after he pulled ahead in the vote count in Pennsylvania and Georgia.
Decision Desk HQ, which provides election data to various media outlets, called the race for Biden on Friday morning but the Associated Press and others have held off.
Despite narrow margins in the remaining states, there are multiple paths to victory for Biden. The former Vice-President could be on the cusp of netting 273 electoral votes with a win in Pennsylvania, which would grow to 284 electoral votes if he holds on to Arizona. Arizona was previously called by the AP and Fox News on Tuesday but still remains gray on live election maps at other major news outlets.
With a win in Georgia and Nevada, Biden could end the race with 306 electoral votes, the same number Trump won in 2016.
The early call by Decision Desk HQ has been understandably met with pushback from the Trump campaign.
“This election is not over. The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final,” the campaign said in statement. “Georgia is headed for a recount, where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail. There were many irregularities in Pennsylvania, including having election officials prevent our volunteer legal observers from having meaningful access to vote counting locations. We prevailed in court on our challenge, but were deprived of valuable time and denied the transparency we are entitled to under state law. In Nevada, there appear to be thousands of individuals who improperly cast mail ballots. Finally, the President is on course to win Arizona outright, despite the irresponsible and erroneous ‘calling’ of the state for Biden by Fox News and the Associated Press. Biden is relying on these states for his phony claim on the White House, but once the election is final, President Trump will be re-elected.”
Biden leads by about 10,000 votes in Pennsylvania as tens of thousands of mail-in ballots that have overwhelmingly favored Biden remain to be counted.
“The significance of Pennsylvania is there’s every indication — and remember, Pennsylvania now the president is trailing by 6,800 votes, on election night he was leading by a total of more than half a million — there’s every reason to believe that Biden is going to continue to advance his lead,” Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said. “If he does that, and if the news organizations declare that he has won Pennsylvania, then he is the next president even without any of the other states.”
Biden also pulled ahead by about 1,500 votes in Georgia with a few thousand left to count.
“With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia,” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said Friday. “Interest in our election obviously goes far beyond Georgia's borders. The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country.”
Gabriel Sterling, who runs the state’s voting system, added that “we’re not seeing any widespread irregularities.”