Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has a 264 to 214 lead in the state-by-state Electoral College (EC) vote that determines the winner, according to The Associated Press. Either candidate needs to win 270 EC votes to secure the White House.
Four states — Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia and Nevada — could now decide the winner. Ballot counting continues Friday, with Biden still confident of capturing the presidency.
Although President Donald Trump held a 675,000-vote lead in Pennsylvania early Wednesday, that has slipped to about 18,000, as mail-in ballots from across the state continued to be counted. The late counted ballots were overwhelmingly in Biden’s favor.
Under state law, elections officials are not allowed to process mail-in ballots until Election Day.
If Biden were to hold a lead in Arizona, which narrowed to around 47,000 votes on Thursday, any other state coming in for him will likely push him over the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency.
In Nevada, Biden’s narrow lead widened slightly to around 11,400 votes as the country awaited more tallies from the Las Vegas area, while Trump’s once commanding lead in Georgia slowly dwindled to a near-tie with less than 2,000 votes separating them.
The president, meanwhile, has doubled-down on baseless claims of fraud and legal threats seeking to undermine the election results.