Biden's lead in Arizona shrinks again, falling below 30,000

Joe Biden’s lead in Arizona has fallen below 30,000 after Trump slightly narrowed the gap during a dump of mail-in ballots Friday night.   

Biden currently remains ahead by 29,861 votes, with a 49.6% hold of the total vote, compared to Trump’s 48.7%. 

It comes after officials on Friday night released the results of the 69,000 ballots counted in Maricopa County, that reduced Biden’s standing by about 7,000.   

There were approximately 173,000 ballots left to count in the state as of 11pm, with 92,000 coming from Maricopa, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs told CNN.

They include 47,000 provisional ballots which will not be counted until Wednesday, she said. The next update will not come until 11am Saturday.

As it stands, Biden has 253 electoral votes, compared to Trump’s 213, meaning he can win the presidency in one of two ways.  

If he wins Pennsylvania, he gains 20 votes and 우리계열 no longer needs either Arizona or Nevada.

But if he wins Arizona – which has 11 electoral college votes – and Nevada – which has 6 – he no longer needs Pennsylvania.   

On Friday afternoon Hobbs said that they would only be working through only 61,000 per day – an excruciatingly slow pace when the entire country and 우리카지노계열추천 world are waiting for the results. It means they may not finish until 12am on Sunday.   

 

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Officials on Friday night released the results of the 69,000 ballots counted in Maricopa County, which reduced Biden's standing by about 7,000

Officials on Friday night released the results of the 69,000 ballots counted in Maricopa County, which reduced Biden's standing by about 7,000

Officials on Friday night released the results of the 69,000 ballots counted in Maricopa County, which reduced Biden’s standing by about 7,000

Biden is leading in every other state.

He snatched the lead from Trump in Pennsylvania on Friday and is now ahead by 28,877 votes.

He is likely to be called the winner there soon, with the remaining votes coming from Allegheny County, which includes Democratic strongholds of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

In Georgia, 우리계열쿠폰 the pair are neck-and-neck and a recount has been called because the margin is so thin.  

If Biden wins Pennsylvania today, he no longer needs any of the other states to claim the 270 electoral college votes he needs to claim the White House. If Trump wins Arizona, 우리계열 he still needs every other state in play which seems increasingly unlikely.  

Arizona has a long political history of voting Republican. It’s the home state of Barry Goldwater, a five-term, conservative senator who was the Republican nominee for president in 1964. 

John McCain, the party’s 2008 presidential nominee, represented the state in Congress from 1983 until his 2018 death.

But changing demographics, including a fast-growing Latino population and a boom of new residents – some fleeing the skyrocketing cost of living in neighboring California – have made the state friendlier to Democrats.

An election worker puts ballots in a high-speed tabulating scanner inside the Maricopa county elections building where a large crowd of pro-Trump supporters have gathered outside in the parking lot to protest election results Friday

An election worker puts ballots in a high-speed tabulating scanner inside the Maricopa county elections building where a large crowd of pro-Trump supporters have gathered outside in the parking lot to protest election results Friday

An election worker puts ballots in a high-speed tabulating scanner inside the Maricopa county elections building where a large crowd of pro-Trump supporters have gathered outside in the parking lot to protest election results Friday

Trump supporters rally outside the Maricopa County Elections headquarters where officials are still counting votes on a close election in Phoenix on Friday

Trump supporters rally outside the Maricopa County Elections headquarters where officials are still counting votes on a close election in Phoenix on Friday

Trump supporters rally outside the Maricopa County Elections headquarters where officials are still counting votes on a close election in Phoenix on Friday 

Trump supporters have gathered outside of the Maricopa County election center in Phoenix, 우리카지노계열주소 since Thursday night, with some carrying military-style rifles and handguns.

Arizona law allows people to openly carry guns.

Authorities at the center used fences to create a ‘freedom of speech zone’ and keep the entrance to the building open. The crowd took turns chanting – ‘Count the votes!’ and ‘Four more years!’ – and complaining through a megaphone about the voting process.

They paused to listen as Trump spoke from the White House, where he repeated many of his groundless assertions of a rigged vote.

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