Although Democrat Joe Biden has a significant lead in the US presidential election, the chances of his Republican rival Donald Trump have not yet been completely wasted. This is the state of affairs and is expected in the last (important) five states, in which the counting still takes place.
- At least 270 of the 538 electoral votes to be distributed are needed
- Biden now has 253, Trump 214
- According to Fox News and AP News, Biden already has 264. They think Biden won in Arizona. Other media (including NU.nl) are more reserved
How can Biden win? And Trump?
- If Biden wins Pennsylvania, he wins the election.
- If Trump does not win Georgia, he can no longer win. At most, the election will end in a draw, after which the House of Representatives will decide a winner.
- If Trump wants to beat Georgia and Pennsylvania and stay in the race, he will still need two of the remaining three states, North Carolina, Arizona and Nevada. And Alaska, but it is a ritual (more on that below).
Pennsylvania (20 voters): Enough for Biden
Pennsylvania is currently considered the most important state. If Biden had gotten more votes there, he would have won the election. At 7:00 a.m. (Dutch time) on Saturday, he received more than 28,000 more votes than President Trump. This equates to a difference of 0.3 percentage points.
According to an election commissioner, tens of thousands of votes have yet to be counted in the big city of Philadelphia. It is mainly about votes, it is not clear whether they are valid and the votes of military personnel. According to the Election Commissioner, it may take a few days for all ballots to be processed. If the difference between the candidates in the state is less or less than 0.5 percentage points, it is reconsidered.
Incidentally, as in any state, it is not necessary to count all the votes to declare a winner in that state. Once it is clear when counting who will take the win, it has already been announced to the world. But the small difference, takes a long time.
Georgia (16 election votes): Trump needs
In Georgia (sixteen voters), Trump and Biden are engaged in unprecedented vigorous neck and neck racing. At 7 a.m. Dutch time, Biden received only 4,430 votes in favor. At the time, 99 percent of the vote was counted. The home secretary said he expected the review to take place.
Arizona (11 election votes)
In Arizona, Biden is with the press company and others Andhra Ann Fox News He was already named the winner on Wednesday. Like other media CNN And NU.nl are very cautious. Biden is currently in the lead. He received a 29,861-vote lead at 07:00. About 93 percent of the vote was counted at that location.
In Marigopa County, which includes the city of Phoenix, about 142,000 votes are to be counted. A spokesman for the government agency in charge said voting could end there on Saturday (local time).
Nevada (6 election votes)
In Nevada, Biden leads narrowly. According to the interim results, he received more than 22,000 votes than Trump, a difference of 1.6 percentage points. About 92 percent of the vote is now counted in the state. In Clark County (where Las Vegas is located) about 63,000 votes must be counted. Most of the votes sent by mail are expected to be counted on Sunday.
North Carolina (15 election votes)
In North Carolina, most of the votes counted so far went to Trump. He has almost 77,000 votes (or 1.4 percentage points) ahead of his rival. Local officials did not expect a full decision until next week. If they are sent on time, incoming postal votes should be counted until November 12th.
Alaska (3 election votes): Not applicable
Although there is no record so far of Alaska, this state does not play a major role. With less than half (47 percent) of the vote counted, Trump already has a generous lead in the traditionally trusted Republican Party with 62.4 percent of the vote so far.
For whom are the votes still being counted?
In most other states, postal votes still need to be counted, and they are often more pro-Biden than pro-Trump. The president rigged postal ballots (unsubstantiated) and urged his supporters to come to the polls, especially physically.
This means Pitton’s lead is growing in many states. However, Arizona was an exception, where Republicans were equally urged to vote by mail, and the votes currently counted were in favor of Biden.