A newspaper’s front headline states “STILL COUNTING…” as activists gather in celebration after Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden overtook President Donald Trump in the Pennsylvania general election vote count across the street from where ballots are being counted, three days after the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. November 6, 2020. REUTERS/Mark Makela

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Democratic candidate Joe Biden Friday morning snagged the lead in Pennsylvania, the key to the presidency, as well as Georgia and padded his lead in Nevada. The margins remained hair-splitting in those states as well as Arizona, where Trump continued to threaten Biden’s lead. 

Biden led Pennsylvania by more than 13,000 votes and Georgia by a mere 1,585 votes, a margin smaller than many local school board races. He led Nevada by 22,076 votes after an update at 9:30 a.m. MT and Arizona by 43,779.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, announced Friday morning that there would be a recount because of the essential tie, as both candidates stood at 49.4 percent with 99 percent reporting. Georgia does not mandate automatic recounts. Instead, the secretary of state or other elections officials can request it under certain conditions. Candidates can request it if the margin is .5 percent or less.

“Interest in our election obviously goes far beyond Georgia’s borders. The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country,” Raffensperger said. “The stakes are high, and emotions are high on all sides. We will not let those debates distract us from our work. We will get it right.”

Biden asked people to stay calm. “The process is working,” Biden said. “It is the will of the voters. No one, not anyone else who chooses the president of the United States of America.” Trump, however, continued to spread unfounded claims about the integrity of the elections during a press briefing Thursday night. “If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” Trump said. “If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us.”

Trump has no plans to concede as of Friday morning, and he doesn’t have to, although it is a traditional custom. Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, plan to address the nation tonight.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Fact check: Trump delivers most dishonest speech of his presidency as Biden closes in on victory – CNN – 11/5/2020
I’ve watched or read the transcript of every Trump speech since late 2016. I’ve cataloged thousands and thousands of his false claims.I have never seen him lie more thoroughly and more egregiously than he did on Thursday evening at the White House.

Trump has no plans to immediately concede election as Biden leads in battlegrounds, source says – Fox News – 11/6/2020
The aide told Fox News that the president’s counselors have been giving him advice in both directions, with some telling Trump that a concession is the correct thing to do, and others pushing him to continue to fight to ensure the vote was correct and legitimate. The source told Fox News that the president is “simply skeptical.”

US election 2020: what is the state of the race? – The Guardian – 11/6/2020
A win in Pennsylvania would bring Biden to 284 electoral votes, beyond the 270 threshold needed to win.

Trump supporters pray outside of Clark County Election Department in Nevada – The Hill – 11/6/2020
“We give our hearts to you in the name of Jesus,” a woman can be heard saying, praying to God and hoping Trump can pull off a victory in the Silver State, ABC News reported.

Is The Presidential Election Over? – FiveThirtyEight – 11/6/2020
Managing editor Micah Cohen joins Galen Druke to talk about whether the remaining votes being counted, particularly in Pennsylvania, could shake Joe Biden’s lead nationwide. 

Rules for recounts in presidential battleground states – Reuters – 11/6/2020
Georgia is likely to go through a recount of the votes in the U.S. presidential race due to a narrow margin, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said on Friday. Below is a roundup of recount laws in some battleground states.

Trump’s Lawsuits Are Politics Disguised as a Legal Strategy – The Atlantic – 11/6/2020
As public servants continue to count votes in crucial swing states, President Donald Trump made a speech full of lies about voter fraud and stolen elections—and his campaign is filing lawsuits. His menacing pronouncements have prompted people across the globe to wonder: Can he get a court to stop the vote count?

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