Status of the States: The Current Count

November 5, 2020

With the call of Wisconsin and Michigan for Joe Biden Wednesday, the former Vice President is just 17 electoral votes away from the necessary 270 to win the White House.

As of 3:00pm ThursdayJoe Biden holds 253 electoral votes (EV) to Donald Trump's 214 in the race to win the White House.

The fate of the 2020 presidential is down to six states, with the likely scenario of either Pennsylvania or a combination of Arizona and Nevada pushing Biden over the top.

Most of the states have extended deadlines for counting the unprecedented number of mail-in ballots, which favor Democrats and bode well for a Biden victory.

Some news outlets called Arizona for Biden yesterday, but most are not including the Grand Canyon State's 11 electoral votes in their totals.

Joe Biden: 50.5% v. Trump: 47.8%
Count: Joe Biden: 72,590,808 votes v. Trump: 68,790,274 votes
Outstanding: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Status of the States
Alaska (3 EV): Trump 62.9% v. Biden 33.0%
Count: Trump 108,231 v. Biden 56,849
56% reporting.  Absentee and early mail-in votes will not be counted until next week, after the November 13th date for accepting ballots postmarked by Election Day.

Arizona (11 EV): Biden 50.5% v. Trump 48.1%
Count: Biden 1,470,560 v. Trump 1,402,431
With 86% Reporting, the largest number of outstanding votes are in Maricopa, the state's most populous county, and home to Phoenix. Election officials are expected to announce another update tonight at 9:00pm.

Trump protestors in Maricopa County after Arizona prematurely called for Biden

Georgia (16 EV): Trump 49.5% v. Biden 49.2%
Count: Trump 2,436,430 v. Biden 2,423,602
At 98% reporting, Trump leads by 14,000 votes with a remaining 47,000 outstanding statewide. Most of the remaining ballots are in Fulton County, where Atlanta is located, and Chatham County, which includes Savannah.

Nevada (6 EV): Biden 49.4% v. Trump 48.5%
Count: Biden 604,251 v. Trump 592,813
With 89% reporting, Biden is leading by roughly 11,400 votes, but the most outstanding are coming from the state's most populous county, Clark, where Biden is leading 2-to-1. Clark County is credited with giving Democrat Hillary Clinton a narrow Nevada victory over President Donald Trump in 2016.

In-person votes have been recorded, but election officials will still be counting mail-in and provisional ballots through November 10th. The Clark County registrar expects to release results of another 50,000+ votes Friday morning.

North Carolina (15 EV): Trump 50.0% v. Biden 48.6%
Count: Trump 2,732,120 v. Biden 2,655,383
At 95% reporting, North Carolina is leaning toward Trump, who leads 77,000 votes. Election officials will continue to count mail-in ballots through November 12th, including an estimated 40,000 provisional ballots that have yet to be certified.

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to sweep postal facilities across Pennsylvania and North Carolina for any remaining ballots. The order came after data filed in court Wednesday evening showed that on November 3rd, hundreds of ballots were scanned into the Postal Service systems across the two states, but never scanned out.

Pennsylvania (20 EV): Trump 50.2% v. Biden 48.5%
Count:  Trump 3,236,110 v. Biden 3,127,518
At 92% reporting, Trump leads Biden by approximately 111,000 votes. A bulk of the outstanding votes, however, are coming from the Democratic areas of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh where Biden is overwhelmingly winning the mail-in votes.

That includes a remaining 35,000 mail ballots left to be counted in Allegheny County where 29,000 voters first received misprinted ballots before being issued corrected ballots. Election officials will begin counting those at 9:00am tomorrow.

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Sources: New York Times, MSNBC, The Hill, CBS

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