Activists march along State Street in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building to protest attempts to halt the counting of ballots cast in the state for the 2020 presidential election, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania November 4, 2020. REUTERS/Nathan Layne

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Just thousands of votes separated Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden from the White House or President Donald Trump from a last-second comeback Thursday morning. Biden preached patience even while he said “we believe we will be the winners.” Trump continued to threaten to sue as the race essentially came down to a few battleground states. 

Georgia — The state still had more than 60,000 votes left to count as of 8:45 a.m. MT. Officials anticipated getting through the ballots today, but the count could continue into the early evening. Trump continues to have a shrinking lead of less than 20,000 votes, 49.6% to Biden’s 49.2%.

Pennsylvania — The state made small updates throughout the early morning, but final results still weren’t expected until Friday, as hundreds of thousands of votes were left to be counted. Trump’s margin as of 8 a.m. MT was about 135,000 over Biden, or 50.4% to 48.3%, although the remaining mail ballots are expected to favor Biden. 

Nevada — Expect this state to give its first update in a day at noon ET as Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, will (finally) reveal more vote totals. The county has the largest share of votes in the state. Biden holds a margin of 8,000 votes, thin enough to see through. 

Arizona — We won’t know more from Arizona until 9 p.m. ET, when officials in Maricopa County, the biggest in the state as it includes Phoenix, plan to give the next update. Biden has a lead of 69,000 votes, although that lead shrank throughout Wednesday. Biden led 50.5% to Trump’s 48.1%.

North Carolina — Trump led by more than 75,000 votes over Biden with 95% reporting. Mail ballots postmarked by Election Day are accepted until Nov. 12. 

Alaska — Trump led Biden by a wide margin, 62.9% to 33%, with more than 108,000 votes to Biden’s nearly 57,000. An estimated 47% of the votes have been reported. The state hasn’t picked a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Election observer says no evidence for Trump’s fraud claims – Associated Press – 11/5/2020
The head of an international delegation monitoring the U.S. election says his team has no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s claims about alleged fraud involving mail-in absentee ballots.

Kanye West received 60,000 votes in the presidential election – The Hill – 11/5/2020
“WELP,” West wrote on Twitter early Wednesday, posting a picture of himself in profile against an election map. “KANYE 2024,” he continued, seemingly suggesting a future presidential run.

Trump’s gains among Latino voters shouldn’t come as a surprise. Here’s why. – NBC News – 11/5/2020
Robert Gonzalez hoped to help Donald Trump get to the White House by waving a large Trump-Pence flag outside a polling site Tuesday. This predominantly Latino city backed Joe Biden, but Trump won the state.

States still in play and what makes them that way – Associated Press – 11/5/2020
A handful of pivotal states remained in play Wednesday in the tightly contested U.S. presidential race. Here, The Associated Press reviews them and examines the reasons why they could still go to either Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Joe Biden.

Is it time to rethink how we conduct and cover our presidential contests? – NBC News – 11/5/2020
With Joe Biden on the cusp of 270 electoral votes, it’s time to discuss the political institutions and instruments that the 2020 cycle broke — or demonstrated once again that they were already broken.

Race for the White House narrows as votes are counted in key battlegrounds – CNN – 11/5/2020
The cliffhanger election race is moving to a pivotal moment in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada as the final votes are counted that could swing the White House toward former Vice President Joe Biden or hand President Donald Trump a second term.

Top Georgia election official expects vote counting to end Thursday afternoon – Fox News – 11/5/2020
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, told WSB Radio in Atlanta that officials were still tallying about 50,000 ballots, most of which are in Fulton County, which includes most of Atlanta, and Chatham County, where Savannah is located.

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