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Trump leads by just under 600,000 votes in Pennsylvania as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Biden chances in the Keystone state will hinge on whether he can win a large percentage of the more than 1.4 million absentee ballots that are still to be counted.
As the count continues, the chart will change to show the latest results for the state.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said on Wednesday the state is approaching 50 per cent of mail ballots counted and vowed that every vote will be tallied before results are announced.
“There are still millions of ballots left to be counted,” she told reporters. There are 10 times the number of mail ballots this year as in 2016, she said. “We are going to count every single ballot.”
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, was defiant on Twitter early Wednesday morning after Trump falsely claimed election victory.
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“Let’s be clear: This is a partisan attack on Pennsylvania’s elections, our votes, and democracy. Our counties are working tirelessly to process votes as quickly AND as accurately as possible. Pennsylvania will have a fair election and we will count every vote,” Wolf wrote.
Both candidates made several campaign stops in Pennsylvania in the hopes of securing its 20 electoral votes.
Trump visited the Keystone state 13 times, while Biden made 16 stops, and both were there on the eve of the election.
Pennsylvania has been one of the key battlegrounds of the 2020 presidential race, with its loyal Republican rural support and a resurgence of Democratic support in more urban and suburban areas.
Every presidential candidate to win in Pennsylvania has won the presidency since 2008.