Pennsylvania governor says vote count results may not be known Wednesday

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) cautioned on Wednesday that full election results in the state may not be known by the end of the day because of the number of mail-in votes yet to be counted in the state. 

“There are … millions of mail-in ballots that are being counted, and that takes longer than the way we used to do it with the stand, in-person voting,” Wolf said in a press conference on Wednesday.

“We may not know the results even today, but the most important thing is that we have accurate results, again, even if that takes a little longer than we’re used to,” he continued. “Make no mistake, our democracy is being tested in this election. This is a stress test of the ideals upon which this country was founded and the basic rule one person, one vote, that still carries.”

USA Today reported that 1.4 million votes still need to be counted, and the Philadephia Inquirer said that over 200,000 of those are in Philadelphia where most will go to Biden.

Trump leads in PA, but can he hold on?

The mail-in votes yet to be counted would surpass President Donald Trump’s current lead of less than 500,000 in the state, if they all go for Biden.

Campaign manager Bill Stepien said Wednesday that even if the Philly votes go 95% for Joe Biden and mail-in votes from other counties go 70% for Biden, Trump can win the state by about 40,000 votes.

“We are confident in our pathway. We are confident in our math. We said all along we are viewing some of these races as math equations,” Stepien said. “If we count all legal ballots, the president wins.”

Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes could be crucial in Trump or Biden’s path to 270 electoral votes, depending on the outcome of several other battleground states that have been too close to call, including Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan, and Nevada.

Trump path to Electoral win

Fox News called Arizona for Biden on Tuesday night, but several other news outlets including ABC News have said that it is still too close to call.

Stepien said the Trump campaign expects to win Arizona by 30,000 once the last half-million votes, which have been breaking 2-1 for Trump, are counted.

Nevada is also very close, and Stepien said he thinks Trump will win that state by 5,500 when the rest of the votes are counted.

The campaign has already filed for a recount in Wisconsin because of “irregularities,” even though the state has not officially been given to Biden yet.

 

 

 

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