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PHILADELPHIA — With a lot of the presidential race hinging on the result in Pennsylvania, the state’s high election official mentioned that she anticipated an awesome majority of the 550,000 remaining votes to be tallied by Thursday and {that a} state winner “positively may” be introduced by the tip of the day.

President Trump’s lead within the state over Joseph R. Biden Jr. has dwindled since Wednesday from greater than 10 proportion factors to lower than two factors, with fewer than 110,000 votes now separating the candidates. If Mr. Biden wins the state, he wins the presidency.

“Counties are furiously at work and it’s trying like we’re forward of schedule,” Kathy Boockvar, Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, advised CNN.

Ms. Boockvar mentioned that a lot of the excellent ballots had been from denser inhabitants facilities, together with Philadelphia and its suburban counties, and Allegheny County, which is house to Pittsburgh.

Ms. Boockvar mentioned that although Philadelphia briefly paused its relying on Thursday due to some authorized filings, it was rapidly resumed. Officers within the metropolis conference middle are persevering with to work on the roughly 100,000 ballots left to rely within the metropolis.

The Trump marketing campaign has filed a number of lawsuits in Pennsylvania, together with one in search of to permit election observers nearer entry to election employees in Philadelphia, which a decide granted on Thursday morning. The Trump marketing campaign additionally filed a movement to intervene in a case earlier than the U.S. Supreme Courtroom, difficult a rule within the state that enables ballots which can be postmarked by Election Day however arrive as much as three days later to nonetheless be counted.

However Ms. Boockvar mentioned that election officers weren’t seeing a big inflow of late-arriving ballots, and didn’t anticipate they’d have an effect on the ultimate tally.

“Counties are reporting wherever, from some smaller counties are reporting wherever from 0 to a number of the bigger counties have reported about 500 acquired the day after Election Day,” mentioned Ms. Boockvar.

“Until it’s tremendous shut,” she added, “I don’t see them making this or breaking this a method or one other. However within the meantime, we’re going to be counting each poll.”

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With the presidency hanging within the steadiness, consideration shifted Thursday to a handful of states that remained too near name however where, on balance, Joseph R. Biden Jr. seemed to have an advantage. President Trump’s marketing campaign pressed forward with lawsuits difficult the validity of the rely in a number of states, and protests erupted in cities and out of doors some elections workplaces.

It was a tense day, as supporters of each candidates had been riveted by the gradual vote counts underway in a number of states. Mr. Biden wanted 17 extra electoral votes to achieve the 270 electoral votes wanted to win, whereas Mr. Trump wanted 56 extra. As outcomes trickled in, Mr. Biden elevated his lead in Nevada by about 4,000 votes and slowly eroded Mr. Trump’s leads in Georgia and Pennsylvania, whereas holding on to his modest lead in Arizona.

Each campaigns tried to mission optimism, and requested for endurance.

“The story of immediately goes to be a really optimistic story for the vp but additionally one the place people are going to want to remain affected person and keep calm,” Mr. Biden’s marketing campaign supervisor, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, mentioned throughout a press briefing. “The counting is going on; it’s going to take time.”

Mr. Trump’s marketing campaign group mentioned that it could doubtless be submitting further authorized actions. Invoice Stepien, the marketing campaign supervisor, accused folks of prematurely writing Mr. Trump off at numerous junctures for the reason that 2016 presidential primaries.

“Donald Trump is alive and nicely,” he mentioned.

On Wednesday Mr. Biden had stopped in need of declaring victory, as Mr. Trump did prematurely on election night, and sought to strike a conciliatory notice when he addressed the nation. However he additionally had one thing of a warning for the Trump group.

“Energy can’t be taken or asserted,” he mentioned. “It flows from the folks. And it’s their will that determines who would be the president of the USA, and their will alone.”

Mr. Trump issued a written assertion on Thursday afternoon via his marketing campaign through which he made baseless claims that there might be fraud within the late votes, writing that “if you happen to rely the unlawful and late votes, they will steal the election from us!” The assertion, which was written in all capital letters, resembled one in every of his tweets — however by issuing it via the marketing campaign, the president prevented getting a warning label from Twitter, which has flagged a lot of his latest tweets as probably deceptive.

With Mr. Trump’s political path rising extra precarious, his team increasingly turned to the courts, submitting lawsuits in a number of states and demanding a recount in Wisconsin.

The Trump marketing campaign’s bid to stave off defeat stretched to the Supreme Courtroom, the place the marketing campaign intervened in a case difficult Pennsylvania’s plan to rely ballots acquired for as much as three days after Election Day. In some states the marketing campaign confirmed a willingness to take authorized motion to combat over even small batches of votes.

In a fraught second for supporters of each candidates, the tensions occasionally started to spill into the streets.

Calling on election officers to “rely each vote,” protesters marched via the streets of a number of American cities on Wednesday, with protests in Minneapolis, Seattle, Phoenix, Philadelphia, New York Metropolis and Portland, Ore.

On the similar time, supporters of Mr. Trump descended on vote-counting amenities in a number of contested states. In Phoenix, about 150 pro-Trump protesters, a few of them armed, gathered exterior the county recorder’s workplace the place a carefully watched rely of votes that might assist decide the result of the election was being carried out.

And in Detroit, one other group of pro-Trump ballot watchers gathered earlier within the day exterior a ballot-counting middle, demanding that officers “cease the rely” of ballots after the Trump marketing campaign filed go well with to halt the rely in Michigan.

However inside, the democratic course of continued to play out as election employees — socially distanced and sporting masks — went about their job: counting the votes.

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With votes in a handful of states nonetheless being tallied Thursday afternoon, Joseph R. Biden Jr. was 17 electoral votes shy of reaching the 270 Electoral Faculty votes that he might want to win the election, whereas President Trump wanted to win 56 extra electoral votes.

Mr. Biden had extra paths to victory open to him: 27 different combinations of the remaining states would give the presidency, whereas solely four different combinations would re-elect Mr. Trump (and one path would lead to a tie).

Right here is the state of play within the race within the remaining battleground states as of three:10 p.m. Jap on Thursday.

Electoral votes: 16
Trump leads Biden, 49.5 p.c to 49.2 p.c, with more than 95 percent of the estimated vote in.
Hole: about 13,000 votes.
Remember: Georgia’s voting system implementation supervisor mentioned early Thursday morning that about 60,000 excellent mail-in absentee ballots remained uncounted. Most are in Democratic-leaning counties. The state goals to complete its rely by the tip of the day.

Electoral votes: 20
Trump leads Biden, 50.2 p.c to 48.5 p.c, with about 92 percent of the estimated vote in.
Hole: about 109,000 votes.
Remember: Pennsylvania’s secretary of state mentioned Thursday afternoon that about 550,000 ballots remained to be counted and that she hoped a winner might be introduced by the tip of the day. A lot of the votes but to be counted are in counties the place Mr. Biden is forward, together with Philadelphia, the state’s most populous county, the place Mr. Biden leads by about 60 proportion factors. However loads of votes are excellent in dozens of Trump-leaning counties. Mr. Biden must win practically two-thirds of the remaining votes to win the state. The vote tally is being regularly up to date.

Electoral votes: 6
Biden leads Trump, 49.5 p.c to 48.5 p.c, with 87 percent of the estimated vote in.
Hole: about 11,000 votes.
Remember: The entire Election Day vote has been counted, leaving solely Democratic-leaning late mail and provisional ballots to be tabulated. Vote totals are being regularly up to date.

Electoral votes: 11
Biden leads Trump, 50.5 p.c to 48.1 p.c, with 86 percent of the estimated vote in.
Hole: about 68,000 votes.
To bear in mind: Mr. Trump must win about 60 p.c of the remaining votes to seize the state. Extra outcomes are anticipated to be launched Thursday evening.

Electoral votes: 15
Trump leads Biden, 50.1 p.c to 48.7 p.c, with 95 percent of the estimated vote in.
Hole: about 77,000 votes.
Remember: With most votes now tabulated, Mr. Biden would wish to win about two-thirds of the rest to drag forward. Mail ballots postmarked by Election Day can be accepted till Thursday, Nov. 12.

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President Trump, whose marketing campaign has filed lawsuits in a number of states questioning the integrity of the vote rely and in search of to decelerate the method, suffered a pair of authorized setbacks Thursday when judges in Georgia and Michigan dominated in opposition to his marketing campaign.

However the marketing campaign notched a minor victory in Pennsylvania when a state appellate courtroom acceded to its request to power Philadelphia election officers to grant its election observers higher entry to areas the place employees are counting ballots.

Right here was how the president’s re-election marketing campaign was faring within the courts:

  • In Georgia, the place Mr. Trump’s lead over Joseph R. Biden Jr. is shrinking, a superior courtroom decide dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Trump marketing campaign and the state Republican Celebration alleging that a minimum of 53 ballots had been probably accepted after a 7 p.m. Election Day deadline by officers in Chatham County, house to Democratic-leaning Savannah. The decide, James F. Bass Jr., wrote that there was “no proof” that the ballots had been acquired late. Georgia’s Republican Celebration has mentioned it plans to deliver as much as a dozen lawsuits within the state.

  • In Michigan, the place information organizations projected Mr. Biden the winner on Wednesday, a decide denied a request by the Trump marketing campaign to halt the counting of absentee ballots in order that Republican challengers might be given what it known as “significant entry” to the absentee counting boards. Challengers had been allowed to watch the method all through the state, however in some places their numbers had been restricted to comply with social-distancing tips. A Courtroom of Claims decide, Cynthia Stephens, famous that the lawsuit had been filed Wednesday afternoon, lengthy after the rely had begun, including that “the essence of the rely is accomplished.”

  • In Pennsylvania, the place Mr. Biden was eroding Mr. Trump’s early lead as extra votes had been counted, a decide handed the Trump marketing campaign a victory, forcing Philadelphia elections officers to permit Republican observers to look at the rely from six toes away. They’d beforehand been stored roughly 20 toes away from employees on the predominant Philadelphia canvassing space. “We don’t care in case your observers are 18 toes away or 15 toes away or 6 toes away,’’ a Biden spokesman, Invoice Russo, wrote on Twitter. “So long as election officers can do their job.” Nonetheless, Democrats appealed the choice, indicating that they believed the Trump marketing campaign was making an attempt to make use of nearer entry to gradual the rely in Philadelphia — a Democratic stronghold pivotal to Mr. Biden bid to seize the state, and with it the presidency — with protests within the counting room and extra lawsuits.

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The U.S. Postal Service processed as many as tens of 1000’s of ballots despatched to election workplaces the day after Election Day, in line with information filed in federal courtroom on Thursday. Relying on every state’s election guidelines, a few of these ballots could be counted and a few could be disqualified.

Some states have a grace interval for home mail-in ballots to achieve election officers, so long as they’re postmarked by Election Day. In different states, together with the battleground states of Georgia and Arizona, ballots should attain election workplaces by Election Day.

In Atlanta, the place the presidential race stays too near be known as, the Postal Service processed about 600 ballots on Wednesday, though a few of these ballots may have been double scanned.

If these ballots had been despatched domestically, they’d be disqualified based mostly on Georgia election guidelines. Practically 23 p.c of ballots in Atlanta didn’t meet the company’s one-to-three-day supply service requirements.

In Arizona, the place the cutoff for mail-in ballots is Election Day, the Postal Service processed 864 ballots the day after Election Day, in line with Postal Service information filed in federal courtroom; nevertheless, that determine may additionally may embrace ballots that had been double scanned. These ballots would even be disqualified there, based mostly on the state’s election guidelines.

Advocacy teams suing the Postal Service have shifted their consideration to these states which can be nonetheless counting mail-in ballots, together with North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, Choose Emmet G. Sullivan of the District of Columbia ordered the Postal Service to conduct further sweeps of its Texas amenities, earlier than the state ceased counting some mail-in ballots. These sweeps solely turned up 815 ballots.

Each day reporting from the Postal Service in federal courtroom has underscored the company’s “extraordinary measures” that it promised to make use of to make sure the well timed supply of ballots. The Postal Service despatched greater than 10,000 ballots to election workplaces by Categorical Mail between Oct. 30 and Wednesday.

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Democrats’ sputtering hopes of reclaiming the Senate are on the sting of getting a lift, as Senator David Perdue, the Republican incumbent in Georgia, might be compelled right into a runoff together with his Democratic challenger if his vote share falls any decrease because the state’s last votes are counted.

As of Thursday afternoon, with more than 95 percent of the votes counted, Mr. Perdue had just below 50 p.c of the vote in opposition to Jon Ossoff, who had 47.7 p.c. Beneath Georgia regulation, if Mr. Perdue finishes under 50 p.c, he’ll face Mr. Ossoff in a one-on-one vote in January.

The Ossoff marketing campaign mentioned Thursday that the race was on observe to require a runoff. “We’re assured that Jon Ossoff’s historic efficiency in Georgia has compelled Senator David Perdue to proceed defending his indefensible report of unemployment, illness, and corruption,” Mr. Ossoff’s marketing campaign supervisor, Ellen Foster, mentioned in a press release.

Mr. Perdue’s marketing campaign supervisor, Ben Fry, mentioned in a press release that if “time beyond regulation is required when all the votes have been counted, we’re prepared, and we’ll win.”

There’ll already be one runoff election in Georgia: Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, will face the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat.

On Wednesday, Mr. Warnock shared a pre-emptive video parodying the attacks he expects Ms. Loeffler to launch in opposition to him. The advert claims Mr. Warnock hates puppies and eats pizza with a fork and knife. “Prepare Georgia, the unfavorable adverts are coming,” Mr. Warnock mentioned.

If Democrats had been in a position to win each seats, and if Joseph R. Biden, Jr. wins the presidency, they’d have the 50 senators wanted to usher via judicial and cupboard appointments, and enact a Democratic agenda. If Republicans preserve management, they may exert their energy to dam the priorities of a Biden administration.

If President Trump prevails, the Democrats would wish to attain the enormously troublesome feat of successful each Georgia seats and the North Carolina seat held by Senator Thom Tillis, who is almost two proportion factors forward of his Democratic challenger, Cal Cunningham, with 94 percent of the votes tallied. The additional seat could be required as a result of the vp casts the tie-breaking vote within the Senate. Mr. Tillis has already declared victory.

Although Democrats flipped Republican-held seats in Colorado and Arizona, they misplaced one in Alabama and didn’t seize seats in a number of different states through which they invested monumental sums of cash.

However a second Georgia runoff would lengthen their hopes via January, and focus the nation’s consideration squarely on the Peach State. Georgia election officers are anticipated to launch further vote totals Thursday morning.

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Joseph R. Biden Jr. widened his slender lead over President Trump in Nevada on Thursday from about 8,000 votes to about 11,000 votes as one other tranche of ballots had been counted, election officers introduced. Mr. Biden now leads Mr. Trump by one proportion level.

Nevada has six electoral votes and its total Election Day vote has been counted; the late mail and provisional ballots that remain lean Democratic. About 13 p.c of the state’s votes have but to be tabulated.

However the last outcomes may not be made public till Saturday or Sunday, mentioned Joe Gloria, elections registrar in Clark County, house to Las Vegas, throughout a information convention at his headquarters. His workers will started to tabulate 63,262 drop-off, mail-in and provisional ballots on Friday, and sure won’t launch the outcomes for a day or two, Mr. Gloria advised reporters.

“Our aim is to not act quick,” however to precisely rely the votes, he mentioned to audible groaning within the room.

Mr. Gloria mentioned he had beefed up safety amid threats to his workers, including, “We won’t enable anybody to cease us from doing what our obligation is.”

A key query is whether or not Mr. Trump can shut Mr. Biden’s present lead of eight proportion factors in Clark County, which incorporates Las Vegas and most of Nevada’s inhabitants. In 2016, Hillary Clinton carried that county by 10.7 proportion factors.

The Trump marketing campaign has already recognized Nevada, which permits any shedding candidate to request a recount, as one of many battleground states the place it plans to use the courts and procedural maneuvers to stave off defeat within the Electoral Faculty. Lower than 24 hours earlier than Election Day, a Nevada decide rejected a lawsuit filed by Republicans who had tried to cease early vote counting in Clark County.

Nevada’s legal professional normal, Aaron Ford, a Democrat, told CNN late Wednesday that the state was ready to rebuff the Trump marketing campaign’s offensive.

“We predict it’s fairly impenetrable in terms of authorized problem in opposition to us,” Mr. Ford mentioned.

Tensions are working excessive within the state.

A information briefing by the Clark County registrar, Joe Gloria, on Wednesday afternoon was briefly interrupted by a person who jumped in entrance of cameras and repeatedly yelled: “The Biden crime household is stealing this election! The media is overlaying it up!”

After the person — who was sporting a tank high that proclaimed, “Barbecue, Beer, Freedom” — was escorted away, Mr. Gloria mentioned his workers had eliminated an unspecified variety of election observers from counting amenities for being disruptive.

Few political observers anticipated Nevada to be a key state within the 2020 presidential race.

4 years in the past, Hillary Clinton beat Mr. Trump there by 2.4 proportion factors, or about 27,000 votes. Democrats had pegged that because the tipping level to her nationwide victory — till she misplaced a number of historically blue states within the Midwest.

Since then, Nevada has turned a deeper shade of blue, with Democrats controlling the governor’s workplace and legislature, each Senate seats and all however one Home seat. It was not broadly anticipated to be a battleground state this yr.

However whereas latest polls persistently confirmed Mr. Biden forward of President Trump in Nevada, Democrats apprehensive that the pandemic would make it troublesome to create a sturdy election turnout operation. The state has reported greater than 104,000 coronavirus instances.

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ATLANTA — President Trump’s lead in Georgia over Joseph R. Biden Jr. shrank to less than 14,000 votes Thursday afternoon, as election employees scrambled to tally the final 60,000 absentee ballots.

“I’m prayerful that we are able to get to a decision by the tip of the day,” Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s statewide voting system implementation supervisor, mentioned at a information convention on the state Capitol.

He mentioned the state would additionally must course of an unknown variety of abroad, navy and provisional ballots. It was unclear what number of of these had been nonetheless excellent. “The election will not be over simply on the absentee ballots,” Mr. Sterling mentioned.

Mr. Trump’s lead over Mr. Biden has dwindled to 0.3 p.c. If the race ends with a margin of lower than half a proportion level, contestants can ask for a recount.

A lawsuit filed by the Trump marketing campaign and the state Republican Celebration difficult the Georgia returns was dismissed on Thursday by a superior courtroom decide. The lawsuit had alleged that absentee ballots that arrived after the election evening deadline had been wrongly counted in Savannah. State G.O.P. officers mentioned they deliberate to file as much as a dozen fits.

Most of the votes left to be counted are in counties that lean Democratic, together with suburbs of Atlanta and the county that features Savannah.

Early Thursday afternoon, election employees at State Farm Enviornment in Atlanta burst into applause as they completed processing the final of 145,748 mail-in ballots for Fulton County, house to most of Atlanta.

However they weren’t performed. Greater than 3,600 provisional ballots within the county stay to be processed, together with any excellent navy and abroad ballots, which have till 5 p.m. Friday to reach.

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Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has maintained a gentle however barely narrowing lead in Arizona vote tallies after Election Day, with Latino voters lining up behind the previous vp in a state that President Trump won by three and a half percentage points in 2016.

As of early Thursday, Mr. Biden led Mr. Trump in Arizona by 68,400 votes, or lower than three proportion factors. Within the votes so removed from Maricopa County, which incorporates Phoenix, Mr. Biden leads by 5 proportion factors, with about 5 p.c of the entire vote nonetheless excellent.

Extra outcomes from the state are anticipated to be launched Thursday evening.

Even Mr. Biden’s slender edge underscored a profound political shift in Arizona, a longtime Republican bastion that has lurched left lately, fueled by quickly evolving demographics and a rising contingent of younger Latino voters who favor liberal insurance policies.

The rely was delayed within the early hours of Thursday, as dozens of Trump supporters demonstrated exterior the Maricopa County election workplace the place the votes had been being counted.

In one of many brightest spots for Democrats to this point, the previous astronaut Mark Kelly defeated the state’s Republican senator, Martha McSally, in a particular election, making Mr. Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema the primary pair of Democrats to signify Arizona within the Senate for the reason that Fifties.

Successful Arizona would give Mr. Biden a further path to victory that wouldn’t require Pennsylvania, the place last outcomes aren’t anticipated immediately. If Mr. Biden received Arizona and held on to a decent lead in Nevada, he may lose Pennsylvania and nonetheless attain the 270 electoral votes wanted for the presidency.

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Republicans on Capitol Hill, together with the celebration’s high leaders, remained largely silent on Thursday as President Trump and his marketing campaign continued to baselessly declare that Democrats had been making an attempt to “steal” the election, and urged officers across the nation to cease counting legally solid ballots.

Consultant Kevin McCarthy of California, the Republican chief, sought on Wednesday to sidestep questions on whether or not he agreed with Mr. Trump that election officers ought to halt their tabulations.

“What the president desires to ensure is that each authorized vote is counted,” Mr. McCarthy advised reporters. “That individuals vote up till Election Day — not the times after as others would have. That’s what the president refers to.”

With former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. apparently on the cusp of winning the election as he gained floor in Georgia and Pennsylvania, Mr. Trump has escalated his protestations, seething on Twitter to “STOP THE FRAUD” as employees in key states continued to course of ballots in accordance with the regulation.

One Republican provided a uncommon rebuke of the president for his statements. Consultant Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois, took exception early Wednesday morning to a false assertion by Mr. Trump that Democrats had been making an attempt to steal the election.

“Cease. Full cease,” Mr. Kinzinger wrote on Twitter. “The votes can be counted and you’ll both win or lose. And America will settle for that. Endurance is a advantage.”

In a mildly worded assertion congratulating Mr. Trump on successful his house state, Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, additionally known as for the vote-counting course of to be allowed to proceed, saying: “We must always respect that course of and be certain that all ballots solid in accordance with state legal guidelines are counted. It’s that easy.”

However most of their Republican colleagues in Congress, who’ve stood by Mr. Trump via 4 years of norm-shattering conduct and statements, ignored the president’s feedback. Even a few of his most vocal critics, who broke sharply with the president within the days earlier than the balloting — akin to Senators Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska — stayed mum because the president publicly sought to undermine the nation’s democratic course of.

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