Former Vice President Joe Biden inches towards the presidency, overtaking incumbent Donald Trump by a small margin in battleground states Pennsylvania and Georgia.
At the time of publishing, neither Biden nor Trump has reached the 270 electoral votes required to secure the presidency, though Biden is much closer at 253 to Trump’s 214. Though some sources put Biden even closer at 264 electoral votes.
Despite Biden’s lead, it is still too close to call as a considerable number of uncounted ballots remain in swing states: Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and North Carolina
Trump made several claims in a press conference Thursday, including one that he is winning the presidential race. He declared, “If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us.” The “illegal votes” he is speaking of are legal mail-in ballots, coming in especially large numbers this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his address on Thursday, Biden urged Americans to “Stay calm,” adding that “the process is working. The count is being completed. And we’ll know very soon.” He spoke further to the sanctity of the democratic process, and assured his supporters that his victory was imminent.
With Biden currently winning the popular vote, he has become the presidential candidate to earn the most votes in the history of the United States, breaking the record of 69.4 million set in 2008 by his former running mate Barack Obama.
Considering that there are hundreds of thousands of ballots still uncounted and both candidates claiming they are winning, it could be days until the world knows for sure who will secure the US presidency.
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