Battleground Pennsylvania: Biden continues to close the gap as more votes tabulated
The ballot count continues in battleground Pennsylvania between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar says the overwhelming majority will be counted by Friday.
A day and a half after voting stopped, Joe Biden is still knocking on the door of 270 electoral votes.
Newly tabulated results from the Philadelphia suburbs are updating Trump's lead to be smaller and smaller.
Earlier Thursday, a crowd of Trump supporters descended on the Statehouse to protest an election they claimed was being stolen. In Pennsylvania, there is no evidence that any sort of miscounting or ballot shenanigans are taking place.
Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan was also in attendance. Jordan says he objects to accepting ballots with an illegible postmark coming in after Election Day.
In the eastern part of the state, mail-in ballots from Philadelphia and the suburbs have been updating the gap between Trump and Biden. The Biden team is hoping a big edge in votes in heavily Democratic Philadelphia could put Biden over the top.
Some elected officials from the state called Trump's claims of voter fraud and the election being stolen as deeply reprehensible, and pointed to the large amount of mail-in ballots causing a slower count, but not a corrupt one.
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The president’s team is alleging in a lawsuit filed Wednesday unilateral actions by Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar that changed state regulations. Boockvar extended the deadline for which boards of election can accept ballots postmarked on Election Day. The deadline was Monday, Nov. 9 – it’s now Thursday, Nov. 12.
It’s unclear how or if a ruling like that would affect mail-in ballots sent and received before or on Election Day. Boockvar said Wednesday it’s always been the rule that any ballot received on Election Day, postmark or no postmark, is counted just like someone who goes to a polling place the same day.