Democratic candidate Joe Biden has won the U.S. presidential election after he secured enough electoral college votes on Saturday, according to U.S. networks. President Donald Trump is contesting some states’ results.
Four days after the U.S. presidential election, the counting of votes in a handful of critical states appears to bring Democrat Joe Biden ever closer to a victory over President Donald Trump, who continues to claim election fraud.
The delay in announcing a winner can be attributed to high turnout, a massive number of mail-in ballots and slim margins between the candidates. Biden held leads in Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia, putting him in an ever-stronger position to capture the 270 electoral college votes needed to take the White House.
But in those states — as well as North Carolina, where Trump leads Biden by about 76,000 votes — the margins have been too narrow and the number of ballots left to be counted too great to declare a victor in jurisdictions with a winner-take-all system.
Biden’s lead continued to expand early Saturday in Georgia, by just over 7,200 votes — with the count nearly 99 per cent complete — up from a lead of around 4,000 on Friday afternoon. With such a slim margin, Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said on Friday that ballots will undergo a recount.
Biden’s electoral college lead currently stands at 253-to-214. He had more than 74 million votes to Trump’s close to 70 million as of Friday night.
There was intense focus on Pennsylvania, where Biden led Trump by more than 28,000 votes, and Nevada, where Biden was up by about 22,000. The prolonged wait added to the anxiety of a nation facing historic challenges, including the surging coronavirus pandemic and deep political polarization.
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