WILMINGTON, Del./WASHINGTON: Democrat Joe Biden moved closer to winning the White House on Friday as he expanded his lead over President Donald Trump in battleground states, but television networks held off from declaring him the victor as officials continued to count votes.
Trump remains unyielding, vowing to treat baseless fraud accusations as a tired, anxious country waiting for clarification in the election, which will only exacerbate the polarization of the country. Republicans hope to raise $60 million to fund lawsuits that challenge the results.
According to data from Edison Research, on the fourth day of voting, former Vice President Biden decided the winner with a 253 to 214 lead in the state election commission election.
Protecting the 20 electoral votes in Pennsylvania will enable Biden to win the president’s 270 after the political career he needs dates back nearly fifty years.
If Biden wins in two of the other three key states, he will narrowly lead on Friday, the two states are Georgia, Arizona and Nevada. Like Pennsylvania, the three were still processing votes on Friday.
According to staff, Biden plans to hold a victory speech on Friday night, and it is expected that the game will benefit him.
But with the delay in the number of votes, staff and allies indicated that he would deliver a reduced speech.
“You will likely hear an update on the race in which he’ll convey his confidence in the system, his optimism about the ultimate outcome and his determination to lead a responsible path forward rather than some pronouncement that might make all of us feel better and allow us to go to sleep sooner,” said Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, a Biden ally.
Nationally, Biden leads Trump with 4.1 million votes among a record 147 million actors.
However, in these four controversial states, his lead is much smaller: out of more than 16 million actors, only 83,937 votes. In Georgia, he leads by only 3,962 votes.
Edison Research said that in Pennsylvania, Biden’s lead jumped to 27,130 votes, with 96% of the votes. In Georgia, he won 99% of the votes by 4289 votes.
In Arizona, Biden’s lead shrank to 29,861 votes, accounting for 97% of the vote. His margin in Nevada jumped to 22,657, completing 93% of the total.
Although this campaign failed to achieve the overwhelming advantage the Democrats hoped for, the party still hopes to win control of the U.S. Senate in the two Georgia run-off elections held on January 5.
Edison Research said that current Republican Senator David Perdue would not get 50% of the vote, forcing Democratic challenger Jon Osoff to be elected. Current Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler (Kelly Loeffler) will also face Democrat Raphael Warnock that day.
If Democrats win both seats that would give them at least 50 seats in the 100-seat chamber, enabling Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, to cast tie-breaking votes.
That would make it harder for Republicans to block Biden priorities such as expanding healthcare and fighting climate change.