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Election results updates: Biden is poised to win but it isn’t over yet. What we know

Savannah Behrmann USA TODAY

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We’re two days past Election Day and USA TODAY’S coverage of the 2020 election continues as states work to finish counting the ballots.

All eyes on are the battleground states that will ultimately decide the election. Be sure to refresh this page often to get the latest information on how things are going.  

Georgia Secretary of State official: about 60,000 votes outstanding 

An official from the Georgia Secretary of State said there were about 60,000 votes still outstanding in the state as of Thursday mid-morning, many of which were set to come from Democratic-leaning jurisdictions.

Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting system implementation manager, said the state anticipated it would finish counting the remainder of the ballots today but was prepared to count into the evening if necessary. 

Roughly a quarter of the remaining ballots were from Democrat-leaning Chatham County, which includes Savannah. And many of the other ballots were set to come in from Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett and Clayton Counties, all Atlanta-area counties that could yield more Democratic votes.

He also acknowledged there were still outstanding absentee ballots from overseas military personnel and provisional ballots that needed to be accepted or verified by Friday.

He said the state was working with county governments to get their results processed, though some of them had forgotten to “press the upload button” when submitting results, so the state had sent out reminders Thursday morning.

The state’s 16 electoral votes hang in the balance as both presidential candidates jockey for the majority 270 required to win. Biden has secured 264, and Trump has 214.

Counting the state’s outstanding ballots was a “long process,” Sterling said, but while “fast is great, we appreciate fast. We more appreciate accuracy.”

– Nicholas Wu

Pennsylvania governor vows to ‘protect our election workers and our votes’

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vowed to continue counting votes in his state after President Donald Trump demanded to end the count.

“The planned attacks on our elections this morning are undemocratic and all elected officials must denounce them,” Wolf said in a statement Thursday morning. “Pennsylvania will be prepared to protect our election workers and our votes.”

Pennsylvania elections officials have not yet tabulated all of the mail-in ballots cast in the state, many from counties that have favored Joe Biden. Trump’s lead in Pennsylvania has narrowed to roughly two percentage points.

The Trump campaign announced Wednesday it is pursuing court actions to stop ballot counting in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and to prevent the counting of absentee ballots in Georgia that it claims arrived after an Election Day deadline.

– Tom Vanden Brook

Pennsylvania: More than 700k ballots yet to be counted

Pennsylvanians are waking up to a tighter presidential race. 

The Department of State website shows little change overnight. About 29% of mail-in votes still need to be counted, or about 763,000 ballots. 

Overall, 89 percent of the Pennsylvania vote has been tallied, including mail-in ballots and in-person voting. 

As of 7:35 a.m. Thursday, Trump had 3,215,969 votes, or 50.7% of the vote, and Biden had 3,051,555 votes, or 48.1% of the vote. Trump’s lead is at 164,414 votes, down about 22,000 votes since 10:30 p.m. last night. 

– Candy Woodall

Georgia presidential race continues to tighten, Perdue close to a runoff

The presidential race in Georgia continued to tighten Thursday as the state counted its remaining votes. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had slowly closed the gap with President Donald Trump, trailing by about 18,000 votes with 98% of the vote counted.

And a second Senate race was close to a runoff election in Georgia, with incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue leading Democratic nominee Jon Ossoff with about 50.0% of the vote share. Perdue needs to secure at least 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff, and Ossoff and Libertarian candidate Shane Hazel have chipped away at his numbers.

The state’s other Senate election is set for a January runoff between incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told Atlanta radio station WSB there were about 50,000 ballots left to count.  The state would be done with its count by noon EST Thursday, he told WSB-TV.

– Nicholas Wu

Who is winning? 

Former Vice President Joe Biden is just six electoral votes to reaching 270 in the presidential race after he was named the winner in Wisconsin and Michigan. 

The race is now down to Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, and North Carolina, while interesting numbers also emerge from Arizona.

President Donald Trump has 214 electoral votes, and his team has filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania and Georgia to prevent the counting of ballots. 

With votes still being counted, Biden has broken the record for most votes received by a candidate, amassing nearly 72 million. As of Wednesday evening, he was leading Trump by more than 4 million.

Where do the final states stand as of 3 a.m. EST? 

Arizona

Biden maintained a lead in Arizona over Trump, but his margin shrunk in a new batch of results posted Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning consisting mainly of early ballots from Maricopa County, which the president carried in 2016. 

A new tally is not expected until later this morning after officials updated the numbers at 2:40 am EST. 

The Associated Press has defended their early call that Biden is projected to win Arizona despite calls from the Trump campaign to retract. Arizona’s 11 electoral votes are factored into USA TODAY’s electoral college count.

Trump and his supporters have alleged voting irregularities and other issues. There is no evidence of any vote counting issues in Arizona. 

Georgia

Georgia was on the mind of Americans Wednesday night as Biden gained significantly on Trump in the traditionally red state. 

With an estimated 96% of the state reporting their votes, Biden is trailing the president by roughly 23,000 votes. Trump’s lead over Biden has shrunk as more votes get counted. Earlier Wednesday, he had a lead of over 100,000 votes. 

More:Results are trickling in for battleground Georgia. Here’s what we know.

Many of the outstanding ballots that needed to be counted were in counties surrounding Atlanta, like Fulton. A Fulton County official said on CNN last night they expected full results there between midnight and 3 a.m. EST.

Nevada

Biden needs six electoral college votes. Nevada, where Biden is leading, has six electoral college votes. But updates to the state results were not announced Wednesday night. 

State officials in Nevada are sticking to their original plan of updating results mid-day EST Thursday.