In the state of Pennsylvania, Joe Biden has taken over from President Donald Trump, which could prove to be a critical development in the 2020 presidential election.
The Democratic candidate has slowly worked his way up to the incumbent Republican in the crucial state over the past two days.
But on Friday morning he finally made the transition with a 5,587-vote lead, which means he now has 49.3 percent to Trump’s 49.4 percent per CNN.
As of 9 a.m. EST, Biden in Pennsylvania stands at 3,295,304 votes, while Trump has 3,289,717 votes, while counting continues.
Biden was ahead as 95 percent of the votes were counted, but more results are pending from outstanding absentee ballots and postal ballots. His campaign analysts said on Thursday that these ballots “strongly favor the Democratic candidate.
Meanwhile, the U.S. military has established a national air defense zone around Biden’s house to prepare for a decisive victory in the state.
A victory for Biden in Pennsylvania would give him 20 more electoral college votes out of a total of 273, putting him above the 270 votes needed to win the presidency.
Trump’s only way to win is to win Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania is a major battleground state and has proven to be the key decision maker for the outcome of the election. The election comes after Trump’s unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton in that state helped propel him into the White House in 2016.
This year, Democrats hoped that dissatisfied Republicans, suburban women, and black and Latin American voters would help them win the state’s 20 electoral votes and avoid a continuation of the 2016 election.
At the start of this year’s count, the president claimed victory prematurely while leading the battle in several key states.
As the final count approached and the postal votes were processed, some election results fell instead to Biden, including the key states of Wisconsin and Michigan.
Trump’s team has since filed a number of complaints, made repeated unproven allegations of election fraud, and called for the count to be stopped in some areas and continued in others.
Early Friday morning, Biden also overtook Trump’s leadership in Georgia – another contested state that has become crucial to the victory of the incumbent president in order to secure his reelection.
When Clayton County announced the latest results of its outstanding ballots at about 4:20 a.m. EST, it put Biden in the lead in Georgia with 917 votes, although the possibility of a recount in the state remains if the current lead does not widen.
After Biden overtook Trump in Pennsylvania, the President’s campaign issued a statement declaring that Biden’s projection as the winner of the presidency was “false” and that the incumbent president would still be reelected.
The statement said: “This election is not over yet. The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final.
It was further said that Georgia was heading for a recount in which the team was “confident” that it would find ballots that had been “improperly harvested”.
The team also claimed that there had been “many irregularities” in Pennsylvania and thousands of improperly submitted ballots in Nevada.
They also attacked the “irresponsible and erroneous” demand for Biden by Fox News and Associated Press of Arizona.
The team said: “Biden is relying on these states for his pretended claim to the White House, but once the election is complete, President Trump will be re-elected.