Biden surpasses Trump in Pennsylvania, Georgia

President Donald Trump's pathway to victory narrows as Joe Biden closes on presidential election victory
President Donald Trump has refused to concede to Joe Biden

Democratic candidate Joe Biden has pulled ahead of Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, voting data shows in the key state in the US presidential race.

This comes after he took the lead in Georgia leaving Trump with almost no path to win the election.

As at the time of this report, Biden had 3,295,304 votes Trump’s 3,289,717 with five per cent of the votes to be counted.

With its 20 electoral college votes, Biden with 253 electoral college votes will surpass the 270 required.

In Georgia, according to the most recent data, Biden is leading Georgia by more than 1,000, with 99% of votes counted.

With its 16 electoral college votes, winning the state would put the former Vice President just one shy of the crucial 270 threshold needed to win the presidency.

If Mr Trump does not win Georgia, the most electoral college votes he could get from the remaining states is 269, which would leave the candidates in an unprecedented draw.

Final vote counting is continuing in the state, and no news organisation has yet projected it as a Biden win. Authorities there have said they hope to have a result on Friday.

Georgia is a traditionally Republican state and has not been won by a Democrat since 1992.

It is one of a handful of states on which the election now hangs.

What’s the current state of the race?

Joe Biden currently has 253 electoral college votes, while Republican Mr Trump has 214. To win the White House, a candidate needs 270.

Some news organisations have a higher tally for Mr Biden, having projected a win for the Democrat in Arizona. But the BBC considers the state too early to call.

In addition to Georgia and Arizona, counts are continuing in three states with razor-thin margins – Pennsylvania, Nevada and North Carolina.

A win in just Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral college votes, or two of the other four remaining states would be enough to confirm Mr Biden as president-elect, barring any legal challenge.

Mr Trump, meanwhile, needs to win Pennsylvania and three of the remaining four states.

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  • Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar told a press conference that most ballots would be counted by Friday, but the race was still too tight to declare a result. Mr Trump is now leading in the state by fewer than 20,000 votes
  • Mr Trump has cut the Democratic candidate’s lead in Arizona to about 47,000 votes. The BBC’s partner CBS News has categorised the state, which carries 11 electoral college votes, as a “likely” win for Mr Biden
  • Mr Trump had a lead of more than 76,000 in North Carolina (15 electoral votes) with 96% of votes tallied
  • In Nevada, Mr Biden has an edge of more than 11,000 over Mr Trump. The state has six votes under the electoral college system. An election official there said the results from more than 51,000 postal ballots would be updated on Friday

A senior Trump administration official told CBS Mr Trump did not plan to concede if Mr Biden ultimately declared victory.