You are here: Home » US Elections » News
Business Standard

Joe Biden inches ahead in White House race, takes lead in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has 20 electoral votes, meaning that if Biden wins the state, he will have more than the 270 Electoral College votes needed to claim the White House

Topics
2020 US elections | Joe Biden | Donald Trump

Josh Wingrove Jennifer Epstein & Jordan Fabian | Bloomberg 

Joe Biden
Joe Biden overtook Trump on the strength of mail-in ballots that were cast in urban Democratic strongholds Photo: Reuters

Democrat has taken the lead in Pennsylvania over President Donald Trump, putting him on the cusp of victory in the presidential race.

Biden has a slim lead of 5,594 votes in the key battleground state. He also narrowly overtook Trump in Georgia, a state that last selected a Democratic presidential candidate in 1992.

Pennsylvania has 20 electoral votes, meaning that if Biden wins the state, he will have more than the 270 Electoral College votes needed to claim the White House. Votes remain to be counted in both states -- and also in Arizona and Nevada, where Biden maintains leads — but more unofficial results were expected on Friday.

chart


Decision Desk HQ, an election-data firm, has projected Biden will win Pennsylvania and therefore the presidency. Bloomberg News does not use Decision Desk HQ projections to determine election winners. The Associated Press and TV networks have not yet called the state or the final outcome. The Trump campaign immediately rejected that call.

“This race is not over,” said Trump campaign lawyer Matt Morgan. He said the call was based on faulty projections in four states that he claimed had voting irregularities. “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.”

Trump’s campaign is promising legal challenges that could draw out results. In a statement at the White House late Thursday, Trump said the election is being stolen from him, despite no evidence of widespread voting irregularities.

chart


Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Sat, November 07 2020. 00:09 IST