PHILADELPHIA – Joseph R. Biden Jr. took over as President Trump in Pennsylvania on Friday morning as Democrats grew increasingly confident he would win the state and with him the presidency: the state’s 20 electoral votes would put Mr. Biden, who has 253 electoral votes, above the threshold of 270 votes for victory.
Late Friday morning, after more votes were counted from Philadelphia and other counties that backed Mr. Biden, he led Mr. Trump by more than 12,000 votes.
Mr Biden had gradually erased Mr Trump’s early advance in the state – at one point the president led by half a million votes – as the ballots, mostly postal and postal votes , were counted in the last few days. Most of the remaining uncounted votes in the state are in Democratic-leaning areas.
In a press conference Friday afternoon, Philadelphia election officials said they would have another 2,000 to 3,000 ballots update Friday afternoon and that they had about 40,000 left. ballots to be counted in the city.
The remaining ballots “generally fall into one of three categories: those requiring review, provisional ballots, and U.S. Army overseas ballots,” said Lisa Deeley, one Philadelphia City Election Commissioners. “I estimate that there are about 40,000 people left.”
“We can also tell you that it may take several days to complete reporting on this,” Ms. Deeley added.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar told CNN on Thursday that “the overwhelming majority” of the state’s remaining votes would be counted by Friday.
Pennsylvania Democratic officials said their analysis of the countless votes gave them confidence that Mr Biden would win the state by a substantial margin.
“We think when the votes are counted, it’s pretty clear that Joe Biden will be president of the United States because he’s going to win Pennsylvania,” Senator Sharif Street, state Democratic Party vice-chairman, said on Thursday. .
Mr Trump has insisted baselessly that the post-election tally showing Mr Biden leading in battlefield states, including Pennsylvania, were the result of fraud, and pledged to them. challenge in court. His campaign showed no sign of an imminent concession on Friday morning.
“Joe Biden’s false projection as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from definitive,” a Trump campaign lawyer said in a statement.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney dismissed the charges Friday.
“While some, including the President, continue to spit out baseless allegations of fraud, allegations for which his team failed to produce an iota of evidence, what we have seen here in Philadelphia is democracy, outright. Mr. Kenney said.
Andrew Bates, a spokesperson for the Biden campaign, said that if Mr. Biden wins the election and Mr. Trump refuses to concede, “the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting intruders out of the House. White. “