Three days following Election Day, results are continuing to roll in with both Joe Biden and Donald Trump still capable of victory. While Biden’s 253 electoral votes are closer to the threshold needed for victory of 270, as reported by The New York Times, if Trump ends up on the right side of the razor-thin margins of some of the five remaining states, he could be looking at another four years in the White House.
The counting continues in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, with Arizona expected to go to Biden and North Carolina to Trump, with both holding leads in their respective states by more than a percentage point. The story is much murkier in the remaining three states, where no candidate leads by more than 10,000 votes.
Currently, the tightest contest is in Georgia, where the Democrat and Republican are in a dead heat as both hold 49.4 percent of the vote. Biden’s official vote count is at 2,449,582, while Trump trails by barely more than 1,000 votes with 2,448,485. The former vice president was boosted into the lead by results arriving from Atlanta and its suburbs, but with more than 98 percent of the votes reported, it looks unlikely that either candidate will be able to secure a victory beyond the state’s recount threshold of 0.5 percent.
Biden holds a similarly small lead in Pennsylvania, with 49.4 percent of the vote compared to Trump’s 49.3. The largest state remaining with 20 electoral votes, a victory here for Biden would end the race. He squeaked past the lead Trump has held since Election Day early Friday morning, buoyed by returns of mail-in votes from the state’s population centers. With 95 percent reporting, Biden has 3,295,304 votes compared to Trump’s 3,289,717. There are roughly 130,000 votes left to count.
Biden holds a comparatively comfortable lead in Nevada, where he is ahead by less than 12,000 votes. However, the state is currently the farthest behind of the five remaining when it comes to submitting their votes, with only 89 percent reported as of publishing. This contest has seen Trump rather than Biden receive a minor bump from the counts beyond Election Day, but he still trails with 48.5 percent of the vote in comparison to the former vice president’s 49.4.
Arizona is also a state where Trump’s vote has been improving, but his 1,485,010 votes are still well behind Biden’s 1,532,062. With 10 percent of the vote still to report, a comeback is still possible for the president. However, some news sources have already called the state for the former Delaware senator.
North Carolina is the only state where Trump is holding a lead, as the president currently holds 50 percent of the vote in comparison to Biden’s 48.6 percent. While Biden still has a small chance of snatching the state, with 95 percent reporting, it is likely the president will hold his lead in a state that is of great importance to keep his hopes for re-election alive.
North Carolina is integral to Trump’s hopes for a victory as his path to victory grows increasingly narrow. He will need Pennsylvania while preventing Biden from winning more than one of the remaining states to return to the White House. All Biden needs is Pennsylvania or any combination of two from the four other states for a win.