Election 2020 results: Biden chips away at Trump lead in Pennsylvania, Georgia margin razor thin

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The presidential election has come down to just a few states: Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. According to NBC News' tally, Democratic nominee Joe Biden has racked up 253 electoral votes, leaving him 17 shy of the 270 needed to win the White House. Biden's lead in Arizona, which has 11 electoral votes, diminished somewhat overnight, while new data from too-close-to-call Nevada, which has six electoral votes, is expected today. The races in North Carolina (15 electoral votes), Georgia (16) and Pennsylvania (20) are also too close to call. Trump's leads in Pennsylvania and Georgia have fallen considerably since those states started counting absentee ballots from Democratic-heavy districts.

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Trump's lead in Georgia and Pennsylvania narrows

Democratic nominee Joe Biden is gaining on President Donald Trump in the key battleground states of Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Trump's lead in Georgia narrowed to just 463 votes, with 99% of total estimated votes counted. The state carries 16 Electoral College votes.

With 95% of estimated votes counted in Pennsylvania, Trump leads with 18,229 votes. The state has 20 electoral votes.

— Christine Wang

Prominent Republicans disavow Trump's baseless election claims

US President Donald Trump (L) speaks with Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) after he delivered remarks on combatting drug demand and the opioid crisis on October 26, 2017 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.
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Prominent Republicans on Thursday pushed back on President Donald Trump's latest baseless claims about election fraud, which the president made from the White House lectern during a hastily arranged news conference.

"We heard nothing today about any evidence," Chris Christie, a longtime Trump ally and former New Jersey governor said on ABC. "This kind of thing, all it does is inflame without informing. And we cannot permit inflammation without information."

Trump did not present any evidence for the laundry list of accusations he made. Instead, he repeatedly complained that his early leads on Election Day were being "whittled away" by the counting of additional votes.

The Republican governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan tweeted, "There is no defense for the President's comments tonight undermining our Democratic process. America is counting the votes, and we must respect the results as we always have before. No election or person is more important than our Democracy."

"A sitting president undermining our political process & questioning the legality of the voices of countless Americans without evidence is not only dangerous & wrong, it undermines the very foundation this nation was built upon," retiring Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, tweeted. "Every American should have his or her vote counted."

Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger also had a sharp message for the president. "We want every vote counted, yes every legal vote (of course). But, if you have legit concerns about fraud present EVIDENCE and take it to court. STOP Spreading debunked misinformation," he tweeted. "This is getting insane."

Hurd, Kinzinger and Hogan have criticized Trump in the past.

— Christina Wilkie

Biden won't make public remarks tonight, campaign officials say

Democratic nominee Joe Biden is not expected to make public remarks Thursday night, multiple campaign officials told NBC News.

Due to the slow pace of election results in several key states, public remarks celebrating a victory would come another night if Biden ends up projected to win the Electoral College.

Several key counties in states that NBC News has declared too close to call are not expected to report more votes until Friday. Pittsburgh's Allegheny County in Pennsylvania, for example, has about 35,000 absentee ballots that won't be counted until then.

As of 9:20 p.m. ET, NBC News projected Biden to win 253 electoral votes and President Donald Trump to win 214.

—Lauren Feiner

Biden's lead tightens in Arizona as more votes trickle in

An employee wears a halloween costume while processing early voting and absentee ballots ahead of the upcoming presidential election in Tucson, Arizona, U.S., October 31, 2020.
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Democratic nominee Joe Biden's lead over President Donald Trump in Arizona has shrunk, according to NBC News analysis of the latest batch of ballots.

With about 90% of the state's votes now tallied, Biden held onto a 50.1% advantage, compared with 48.5% for Trump. That amounts to a difference of just over 46,000 votes.

NBC has not yet made a call on which candidate is projected to win Arizona's 11 electoral votes.

Kevin Breuninger

Frustrated Trump unloads on vote count with false claims

President Donald Trump arrives to speak about the 2020 U.S. presidential election results in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, November 5, 2020.
Carlos Barria | Reuters

President Donald Trump vented frustration about the state of the presidential race, repeating well-worn attacks against expanded mail-in voting and claiming, without evidence, that he would "easily win" the election were it not for "the illegal votes."

The president, who is trailing Joe Biden in the race to 270 electoral votes with just a few key states left to claim, also spun conspiracy theories about pollsters, "Big Tech," "Big Money," election officials and the media working to help Democrats "steal" elections.

"If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us," Trump said, without providing any indication of which votes he believes have been cast illegally.

President Trump complains about election integrity, without citing evidence
President Trump complains about election integrity, without citing evidence

Trump spoke for slightly over 15 minutes from the White House briefing room, his first in-person remarks in nearly two days. He took no questions from reporters.

In a brief statement to NBC News, the Biden campaign called the president's remarks "desperate, baseless and a sure sign he's losing."

Trump suggested throughout his remarks that foul play was afoot in the vote-counting process, complaining that "we were winning in all the key locations by a lot, actually, and then our numbers started miraculously getting whittled away, in secret."

He had baselessly claimed during the final months of the campaign that expanding mail-in voting access, due to the coronavirus pandemic, would lead to widespread fraud. Mail-in voting has "really destroyed our system, it's a corrupt system," he said in the briefing room.

His campaign had encourage supporters to vote in person, and exit polls so far indicate mail-in vote tallies have skewed toward Democrats in many states.

But Trump remarked in his speech that "it's amazing how those mail-in ballots are so one-sided."

Kevin Breuninger

Trump's lead in Georgia now less than 4,000 votes

Fulton County election workers examine ballots while vote counting, at State Farm Arena on November 5, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia.
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President Donald Trump's lead over Democrat Joe Biden in Georgia's presidential contest has dwindled to just 3,635 votes, according to the latest data from NBC News.

With 98% of the expected Georgia vote in, Trump has 2,445,539 votes, or 49.4%, compared with Biden's 2,441,904, or 49.3%. There are roughly 75,561 votes remaining to be counted in Georgia, NBC News estimates.

In Georgia, which has 16 electoral votes, a recount can be requested by the losing candidate if the race is within 0.5% or less of the total vote.

Kevin Stankiewicz

Trump delivers remarks

President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks at 6:30 p.m. ET from the White House briefing room.

The surprise update to the president's schedule came after Democratic nominee Joe Biden offered brief remarks, assuring voters that "the process is working" and asking them to have patience as results from a handful of key states trickle in.

Kevin Breuninger

Pennsylvania still too close to call as Trump's lead dwindles

Pam Bondi, former Florida attorney general, speaks during a news conference in front of the Convention Center, where votes are being counted, during the 2020 Presidential election in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.
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The Pennsylvania presidential election is too close to call, according to NBC News.

President Donald Trump's lead there continues to dwindle as the state tallies remaining mail-in ballots. He holds a roughly 78,000-vote advantage, or a 1.2 percentage point lead, over Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Pennsylvania awards 20 Electoral College votes, and Trump cannot win reelection without it. Biden holds 253 electoral votes, based on NBC News projections, and he would cross the 270-vote threshold and win the White House if he carries the Keystone State.

Under state law, Pennsylvania could not start counting mail-in ballots until election night, meaning it took longer than most battleground states to tally votes. Those ballots skewed Democratic after the president and his party repeatedly encouraged supporters to vote in person on Election Day.

As Trump's path to victory narrows, he and his allies have baselessly accused Pennsylvania of trying to swing the election against him.

— Jacob Pramuk

Pennsylvania ballot counting is "ahead of schedule," official says

Mail-in ballots are counted in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, November 4, 2020.
Rachel Wisniewski | Reuters

Pennsylvania election officials are "ahead of schedule" counting ballots, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said in a press conference Thursday evening.

While Boockvar said the overwhelming majority of ballots have already been tallied, the close margin between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden remains slim. "The closer the race is the longer it takes," Boockvar said.

The presidential race in Pennsylvania is too close to call, according to NBC News. Trump currently leads Biden by 90,542 votes with 93% of the expected vote in, NBC News projects. Biden has continued to chip away at Trump's lead in Pennsylvania as the state counts mail-in ballots.

If Biden wins Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes, he will reach the 270 necessary to secure the presidency. Biden currently has 253 electoral votes while Trump has 214, according to NBC News projections. Six states remain uncalled.

Boockvar also emphasized the integrity of the state's voting system, pointing to only one incident of attempted voter fraud earlier this year.

Hannah Miao

Nevada looks grim for Trump: 90% of ballots yet to be counted are in county Biden is winning

Workers process polling place equipment and materials at the Clark County Election Department after polls closed on November 3, 2020 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
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President Donald Trump looks to be facing extremely long odds of winning Nevada's election after officials revealed that 90% of the remaining ballots to be counted in the state are from a county that Joe Biden has been solidly winning since counting began.

The Democratic challenger is leading Trump in Nevada by more than 11,000 votes, or a margin of 49.4% to the president's 48.5%.

Nevada has six Electoral College votes at stake in the election.

State officials announced that there are about 190,000 ballots left to be counted, which on paper at least are more than enough for Trump to make up the gap with Biden.

But officials also said in a tweet that, "Of this total, 90% are from Clark County."

Clark County, which is where Las Vegas is located, is one of just two Nevada counties where current vote tallies show Biden leading Trump.

Biden was ahead of Trump in Clark County by a margin of 53.1% to 45.2%. In 2016, then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton easily beat Trump in Clark County with 52.4% of the vote, compared to 41.8% for the Republican Trump.

A Clark County official said an updated ballot count will be released at 1 p.m. ET Friday.

Biden currently is projected by NBC News to win 253 electoral votes. In addition to Nevada, the states of Arizona, Alaska, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina are yet to be called.

— Dan Mangan

Pennsylvania gives an update on ballot counting

Trump's sons lash out at Republicans as father's reelection path narrows

Donald Trump Jr. with his brother Eric, during a "Keep Iowa Great" press conference in Des Moines, IA, on February 3, 2020.
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President Donald Trump's two oldest sons, Eric and Donald Jr., lashed out at Republican lawmakers as their father's path to reelection appeared to be narrowing.

NBC has not yet called a winner in the race, but currently shows Democratic nominee Joe Biden projected to hold 253 electoral votes, compared with 214 for Trump. By NBC's count, Biden needs just 17 more votes to win, and updated ballot counts in some key states look to be trending in his direction.

On Thursday afternoon, Trump Jr. accused some unnamed Republicans of failing to fight for the president.

"The total lack of action from virtually all of the '2024 GOP hopefuls' is pretty amazing," Trump Jr. tweeted.

"They have a perfect platform to show that they're willing & able to fight but they will cower to the media mob instead. Don't worry @realDonaldTrump will fight & they can watch as usual!" he wrote.

Eric Trump, also on Twitter, took a broader swipe at his own party.

"Where is the GOP?! Our voters will never forget...," he tweeted.

That tweet was apparently deleted Thursday evening. But he later posted another criticism Republicans, urging them to "have some backbone."

Shortly after Trump Jr. slammed Republican presidential hopefuls, a few of them did offer words of support for the president.

Nikki Haley, Trump's former United Nations ambassador who is widely speculated to have presidential ambitions, tweeted, "We all owe @realDonaldTrump for his leadership of conservative victories for Senate, House, & state legislatures."

"He and the American people deserve transparency & fairness as the votes are counted. The law must be followed. We have to keep the faith that the truth will prevail," Haley wrote.

Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, another potential future White House contender, encouraged his Twitter followers to support Trump's legal defense fund as his campaign launches lawsuits in key states.

Kevin Breuninger

Biden says all votes must be counted and reassures 'the process is working'

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden: Each ballot must be counted
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden: Each ballot must be counted

In brief remarks Thursday afternoon, Democratic nominee Joe Biden asked voters to have patience and sought to reassure them that "the process is working."

"In America, the vote is sacred," Biden said. "It's how people of this nation express their will and it is the will of the voters — no one, not anything else — that chooses the president of the United States of America. So each ballot must be counted."

At the time of his remarks, NBC News had projected Biden to win 253 electoral votes and President Donald Trump to win 214.

Biden said that he and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., "continue to feel very good about where things stand. We have no doubt that when the count is finished, Sen. Harris and I will be declared the winners."

Biden urged people to "stay calm."

"The process is working, the count is being completed and we'll know very soon," he said.

— Lauren Feiner

Biden speaks in Wilmington, Delaware

Georgia Senate runoff could cost over $100 million

U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler speaks at a news conference in Dallas, Georgia, U.S. October 15, 2020.
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The Georgia Senate runoff between GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock is shaping up to cost tens of millions of dollars.

Republicans are expected to shell out at least $100 million, according to a GOP strategist familiar with the plans. This person also noted that Democrats are expected to spend a similar amount. NBC News projected that Loeffler and Warnock are headed to a runoff after they placed in the top two of several candidates running for the seat.

The parties could end up spending even more if the other Georgia Senate election, between GOP Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff, also heads to a January runoff. NBC has not made a call in this race.

The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC run by allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will be leading the way in outside spending for the GOP in those races, according to the GOP strategist.

A Democratic fundraiser agreed that both sides are gearing up to drop loads of cash on Georgia over the next couple months.

"Both Georgia races are going to runoffs. There will be more money spent on both sides than in any Senate races in history," according to Charles Myers, the former vice chairman of Evercore and a Democratic bundler. Myers said that, if he was asked, he would start raising money for Warnock and possibly Ossoff if it's needed.

— Brian Schwartz

Perdue-Ossoff Senate race could potentially move to runoff, Georgia election officials say

David Perdue and Jon Ossoff, candidates for U.S. Senate in Georgia.
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The Georgia U.S. Senate race between Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff could possibly move to a runoff election, state election officials said in a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Perdue currently has 50% of the vote with 97% of the expected vote tallied, NBC News projects. In Georgia, if no candidate holds 50% of voter share, the race will move to a runoff election in January. The race is too close to call, according to NBC News.

NBC News projected Tuesday that the Georgia Senate special election will advance to a runoff. Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock emerged as the top two candidates who will compete in the Jan. 5 runoff.

"We now look like we're going to have to have a runoff potentially for the Perdue seat along with the Loeffler seat," said Gabriel Sterling, voting system implementation manager for Georgia's secretary of state.

Georgia has about 47,277 ballots left to tally, state election officials said. The counties with the most outstanding ballots are Chatham, Fulton and Clayton counties.

Sterling said in an earlier press conference that officials expect to complete tallies Thursday. "I'm still prayerful for that, but if it has to go to tomorrow to make sure that we get it accurately done, then so be it," Sterling said.

The state's presidential race is still too close to call, according to NBC News projections. Trump leads by 12,765 votes with 98% of the expected vote in, NBC News projects.

At stake in Georgia are 16 electoral votes. Biden has 253 electoral votes to Trump's 214 in the race for 270, according to NBC News projections with six states still uncalled.

Hannah Miao

Trump campaign notches partial win in PA case on ballot handling — won't immediately affect vote count

Mail-in ballots are counted in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, U.S., November 4, 2020.
Rachel Wisniewski | Reuters

A Pennsylvania appeals court judge has ordered mail-in ballots with pending ID-verification issues to be set aside and not be counted until the court makes a further decision.

The ruling has to do with vote-counting rules in the Keystone State requiring proof of identification from voters who cast their ballots by mail. If a ballot is sent in on time but the ID isn't verified, the voter can provide it later.

If a ballot is sent in on time but wasn't verified by Election Day, it can still count if the ID was verified within a certain time frame. The Pennsylvania secretary of state said the deadline is Nov. 12, but the Trump campaign asked the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania to rule that the deadline is Monday, Nov. 9.

President Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt ordered that the county boards of elections "shall segregate ballots for which identification is received and verified" between next Tuesday and Thursday from those received on or before Monday.

The decision marks a tactical victory for the Trump campaign but one that will not have an immediate effect on the vote count in Pennsylvania, a state that President Donald Trump must win to be reelected.

NBC News has not projected a winner in Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral votes. Joe Biden has continued to cut into Trump's lead as mail-in ballots are counted.

Kevin Breuninger

Nevada's Clark County to have 'the bulk' of mail ballots in system by the weekend

A worker processes ballots at the Clark County Election Department in North Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.
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Nevada's pivotal Clark County expects by this weekend to have in its system most of the mail-in ballots that it has already received, an official there said.

"We are anticipating to have the bulk of our mail ballots that have been received into the system by Saturday or Sunday," said Joe Gloria, the Clark County registrar of voters, at a press conference Thursday.

Gloria noted, however, that the count won't be complete until Nov. 12 and that ballots postmarked by Election Day will continue to be delivered by mail in the meantime.

Clark, which includes Las Vegas, is the most populous of Nevada's 17 counties. It has so far voted more for Joe Biden than President Donald Trump, and political experts in the state believe the forthcoming mail-in ballots will benefit the Democratic nominee.

Nevada has six Electoral College votes. Biden currently has 253 electoral votes in his column, just 17 votes shy of victory, according to NBC News' projections of the race. Trump is projected to have gained 214 electoral votes so far.

NBC News has not made a call on the race in Nevada.

Kevin Breuninger

North Carolina election officials provide update on remaining ballots

An elections specialist packs up bags in a room filled with counted ballots the day after the election at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections office on November 4, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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North Carolina election officials announced there are 40,766 provisional ballots and 116,200 outstanding absentee ballots across the state as of Thursday.

Officials said Wednesday the state would not have updated vote totals until Nov. 12, the final deadline to receive mail ballots postmarked by Election Day.

It's unclear how many of the outstanding absentee ballots will be returned, as some voters who requested mail ballots may have voted in person and did not plan to return an absentee ballot.

Voters cast provisional ballots when questions arise about their eligibility to vote. County election officials then meet after Election Day to determine voters' eligibility and whether or not the ballot will be counted.

The state's presidential and Senate races are too close to call, according to NBC News. President Donald Trump leads Democratic candidate Joe Biden by 76,737 ballots with 95% of the expected ballots counted. Republican Sen. Thom Tillis leads Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham by 96,689 ballots with 94% of the expected vote counted.

Paul Shumaker, Tillis' top political strategist, expects the provisional ballots to break for Republicans 2-to-1. Of the outstanding absentee ballots, Shumaker expects Tillis to lose 9,000 votes. Overall, Shumaker predicts a net gain for Tillis of around 500 to 2,500 more votes.

The Tillis campaign has declared victory, even as votes continue to be counted. Meanwhile, Cunningham campaign manager Devan Barber said, "We plan to allow the process to be carried out so every voter can have their voice heard."

North Carolina has 15 electoral votes. Biden has 253 electoral votes to Trump's 214 in the race for 270, according to NBC News projections with six states still uncalled.

Hannah Miao

Biden's lead widens in Nevada while Trump's shrinks in Georgia and Pennsylvania

With more votes being counted in some of the final key states, Democratic nominee Joe Biden's lead in Nevada has widened slightly while President Donald Trump's has shrunk in Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Biden has held onto a lead in Nevada with just under 12,000 votes, up from a lead of less than 8,000 earlier Thursday. An estimated 88% of the votes have been counted. Nevada holds six electoral votes.

Meanwhile, Trump is ahead of Biden in Georgia by just under 15,000 votes with 99% of the total estimated votes counted. Earlier Thursday, Trump was 23,000 votes ahead. However, the remaining votes to be counted are largely in Democratic strongholds. Georgia carries 16 electoral votes.

In Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral votes, Trump leads with over 115,000 votes ahead of Biden with 92% of the estimated total votes counted. He previously had a lead of more than 164,000 in Pennsylvania earlier Thursday. Like in Georgia, many of the remaining votes to be counted are from populous areas that have heavily favored Biden, like Philadelphia, where an estimated 82.5% of the vote has been counted with 80% going to Biden, according to NBC News.

Joe Biden holds lead in Nevada, but under 12,000 votes
Joe Biden holds lead in Nevada, but under 12,000 votes

— Lauren Feiner

Judge rejects Trump campaign effort to halt Michigan vote count

A poll worker supervisor looks on as she handles an envelope of original ballots at the TCF center after Election Day in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., November 4, 2020.
Rebecca Cook | Reuters

Judge Cynthia Stephens of the Michigan Court of Claims rejected an effort by President Donald Trump's reelection campaign to halt the the state's vote count, saying that the suit was filed too late.

"As of this point, the essence of the count is completed," Stephens said at the end of a hearing that was held via video conference. She said that a written order denying the campaign's motion to stop the vote count would be provided later.

The Trump campaign had sought to halt the tabulation of absentee votes in Michigan in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday against Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. The suit alleged that observers had not been able to inspect the counting of those ballots.

The campaign also claimed that it was entitled to view the video feed of drop-off ballot locations, but was not able to do so.

Michigan responded in court documents that the Trump campaign had failed to produce any evidence. The state added that the law did not provide any right to review the video footage the campaign claimed it should be able to watch.

Heather Meingast, an attorney for Michigan, said at the hearing that, in any case, there was no way for the state to stop the count because "the counting boards are done."

"The ship has really sailed on the relief that they are requesting in this case," she said.

"All of this is simply an effort to stop the counting of ballots cast by Michigan voters who were fully entitled to vote and fully entitled to have their votes counted," Democratic National Committee attorney Kevin Hamilton, told Stephens.

Stephens said that the Trump campaign had not provided sufficient evidence that any laws had been broken. She added that local elections officials, rather than the secretary of state, bear responsibility for issues with the "day-to-day conduct of a vote count."

The Michigan lawsuit is one of several suits filed around the country that Trump's campaign has filed in the wake of the election. Trump said before Election Day that he would challenge the outcome if he lost and might not accept defeat.

Biden is the projected winner of Michigan, a state that Trump carried in 2016. The Biden campaign has said that the Trump suits have no merit.

-- Tucker Higgins

Republicans are projected to gain House seats, but Democrats are set to keep their majority

Republicans will likely gain House seats in the 2020 election, but Democrats will keep their majority in the chamber, according to the latest NBC News projections.

Currently, NBC estimates Democrats will have 226 seats in the next Congress, while the GOP will hold 209. The figures could change as results continue to trickle in.

In races called by NBC so far, Republicans have gained a net three House seats. The districts they flipped are mostly ones Democrats won in the 2018 midterms.

Heading into Election Day, forecasters considered Democrats likely to expand their House majority.

How Congress changed after the 2020 election
How the 2020 election will change Congress

— Jacob Pramuk

Trump campaign says without evidence that dead people, non-residents voted in Nevada

Poll volunteer Richard Ambre monitors polling stations at Dupak Community Center on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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President Donald Trump's campaign said that dead people and non-residents of Nevada voted in that state's presidential election, and will ask a federal judge to prevent those people's ballots from being counted.

But Trump campaign surrogates offered no evidence for that claim at a press conference, deflecting reporters' questions by saying they should ask the Clark County, Nevada clerk about the ballots.

"We firmly believe that there are many voters in this group of mail-in people who are not proper voters," said former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

Trump is trailing Joe Biden by fewer than 12,000 votes in Nevada, which has six Electoral College votes at stake.

Trump's campaign has filed legal actions in Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania in an effort to deny Biden a number of ballots that could provide a margin of victory.

Biden's campaign has scoffed at the lawsuits, calling them meritless.

— Dan Mangan

Court tosses Trump campaign lawsuit over Georgia ballots

An election worker counts Fulton County ballots at State Farm Arena on November 4, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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A judge on Thursday tossed a lawsuit in Georgia that the Trump campaign filed over ballot counting in Chatham County.

The campaign claimed in the complaint that a Republican poll observer saw late absentee ballots added to a stack of on-time ones in Chatham County. It asked that the county "collect, secure, and safely store" absentee ballots it received after 7 p.m. on Election Day and wait for further instruction from the court after providing an accounting to the campaign.

The Superior Court of Chatham County dismissed the case Thursday. The Trump campaign has also brought lawsuits in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

—Lauren Feiner

About 35,000 ballots in Pittsburgh area won't be reviewed until tomorrow

Employee holds bundles of mail-in ballots to be counted in Pennsylvania, November 4, 2020.
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About 35,000 ballots in the Pittsburgh area won't be counted until Friday morning, according to Allegheny County election officials.

The county finished counting roughly 350,000 mail ballots overnight Wednesday.

With 94% of the expected ballots counted in Allegheny County, Democrat Joe Biden has already captured 59% of the vote there, according to NBC News.

The outstanding ballots need to be reviewed by hand by the Return Board of Elections. A court order requires that process to begin Friday.

The 35,000 ballots include 29,000 replacement ballots sent to voters who had previously received incorrect ballots from a county printing vendor. Election officials will need to confirm that only the replacement ballots are counted for those voters.

The remaining roughly 6,000 of those ballots have other issues that need to be reviewed by hand, according to the county.

NBC News has not made a call in the race for the state's 20 electoral votes. If Biden prevails in Pennsylvania he would have 273 electoral votes, seven more than needed to win the election. President Donald Trump has 214.

—Lauren Feiner

Correction: An earlier version misstated Biden's electoral vote total. He would have 273 electoral votes if he wins in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania court orders Philadelphia to let ballot watchers observe count within 6 feet

An official poll watcher uses binoculars as workers count ballots for the 2020 Presidential election at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
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A Pennsylvania appeals court ordered election officials in Philadelphia to allow people to watch the ballot-canvassing process from within 6 feet.

The decision in Commonwealth Court marks a win for the Trump campaign, which had decried a lower court's ruling rejecting their efforts to more closely watch as ballots were counted.

"In a major victory for election integrity, election transparency, all Pennsylvania voters, and the rule of law, the Trump Campaign has prevailed in our suit challenging our Republican poll watchers' complete lack of any meaningful access to the ballot processing and counting process," Trump campaign spokesman Justin Clark said in a statement.

The ruling said "all candidates, watchers, or candidate representatives" are "permitted to observe all aspects of the canvassing process within 6 feet, while adhering to all COVID-19 protocols, including, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing."

Previously, observers had to remain 20 feet from all aspects of the canvassing.

The Trump campaign falsely declared victory in the Keystone State earlier in the week, even as counting continued and President Donald Trump's lead over Democrat Joe Biden has recently appeared to shrink, according to NBC News' analysis.

NBC News has not made a call in the race for the state's 20 electoral votes. If Biden prevails in Pennsylvania he would have 273 electoral votes, seven more than needed to win the election. Trump has 214.

Kevin Breuninger

Correction: An earlier version misstated Biden's electoral vote total. He would have 273 electoral votes if he wins in Pennsylvania.

Georgia has about 60,000 ballots left to tally, state election officials say

Georgia election official announces the state has about 60,000 ballots left to count
Georgia election official announces the state has about 60,000 ballots left to count

Georgia has about 60,000 ballots left to count and the tally in the swing state is expected to be completed Thursday, state election officials said at a morning news conference.

Most of the outstanding ballots remain in Chatham, Fulton, Clayton and Gwinnett counties. Results from Chatham County have been slow because the county's registration system is separate from its election division.

With tight vote margins between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, state election officials say ballot counters are facing heightened pressure.

"Fast is great. We appreciate fast. We more appreciate accuracy," said Gabriel Sterling, voting system implementation manager for Georgia's secretary of state.

Voters have until Friday to correct signatures or otherwise "cure" ballots with errors. Provisional ballots will also be dealt with by Friday.

Georgia election officials confirmed the possibility of a statewide recount. State laws allow a request for recount if the official results' margin is 0.5% or less. Election officials said every county has high-capacity scanners fit to conduct a recount if necessary.

The state's presidential race is still too close to call, according to NBC News projections. Trump leads by 0.4% with 96% of the vote in, NBC News projects.

At stake in Georgia are 16 electoral votes. Biden has 253 electoral votes to Trump's 214 in the race for 270, according to NBC News projections with six states still uncalled.

Hannah Miao

Georgia secretary of state to give an update at 10:30 a.m. ET

Employees of the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections process ballots in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., November 4, 2020.
Brandon Bell | Reuters

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will give an update on at 10:30 a.m. ET as officials in the state continue counting outstanding votes.

The state is still too close to call, according to NBC News. President Donald Trump leads the Georgia vote count by less than half a percentage point and 96% of the expected vote tallied. But the remaining votes to be counted are expected to favor Democrat Joe Biden because they come from Democratic-leaning districts.

Trump's campaign filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to make a county in Georgia pause its vote counting due to claims that election officials illegally added late absentee ballots. The campaign filed similar measures in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Watch live below:

—Lauren Feiner

Trump needs to win Arizona and Pennsylvania to top Biden, says GOP pollster

GOP strategist Frank Luntz on what pollsters can learn from the 2020 election
GOP strategist Frank Luntz on what pollsters can learn from the 2020 election

Republican pollster Frank Luntz told CNBC that President Donald Trump must win Arizona and Pennsylvania to defeat Democrat Joe Biden.

That's because Luntz said he believes Biden will hold on in Nevada, while Trump will eventually win Georgia and North Carolina.

"Arizona is the place where the battle is going to happen, because the president cannot be reelected without winning both Arizona and Pennsylvania," Luntz said Thursday on "Squawk Box." Even so, Luntz said he thinks Biden is in a favorable position to capture Pennsylvania, and by extension the presidency.

"Based on the fact that so many of them are coming from Philadelphia or the Philadelphia suburbs, which is so strongly Democratic at this point, ... I think that it does flip to Joe Biden," Luntz said.

Kevin Stankiewicz

Trump campaign to announce lawsuit in Nevada election

Workers process polling place equipment and materials at the Clark County Election Department after polls closed on November 3, 2020 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
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President Donald Trump's campaign is expected to announce plans to file an election-related lawsuit in Nevada at a Thursday morning press conference, NBC News reported.

Previously, the campaign said it had filed suits to halt ballot counting in a Georgia county, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The campaign has said it would seek a recount in Wisconsin, too.

The announcement is expected to come just before Nevada election officials release their latest election results update at noon ET. No winner has been called in the state yet.

Nevada has six electoral votes. Democrat Joe Biden has 253 electoral votes to Trump's 214 in the race for 270, according to NBC News projections with five states still uncalled.

With 86% of expected votes counted, Biden leads with 49.3% of the popular vote while Trump has 48.7%, NBC News projects. Remaining votes to be counted are mailed ballots received on Election Day, mail ballots received this week and provisional ballots.

Hannah Miao

Trump tweets 'STOP THE COUNT' – states keep counting

US President Donald Trump speaks during election night in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, early on November 4, 2020.
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President Donald Trump demanded on Twitter that votes stop being counted, even as tabulation continues in numerous states where NBC News and other outlets have yet to project a winner.

The president has no authority to stop the count.

Trump sent the all-caps tweet as his campaign takes legal action in multiple states, including Michigan and Pennsylvania, to temporarily halt the counting of ballots as they fight for increased access to observe election officials' tallying processes. A halt to counting in Michigan would not be to Trump's advantage because he is trailing Democrat Joe Biden there.

According to NBC News' count, Biden is projected to have amassed 253 of the necessary 270 electoral votes, while Trump has 214.

Kevin Breuninger

Here's when we can expect election results updates from Nevada

Clark County public information officer Dan Kulin steps in front of a protester (R) as he interrupts a news conference to discuss ballot counting by Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria (L) at the Clark County Election Department on November 4, 2020 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Nevada's next election results update will come at noon ET Thursday, according to state election officials. Results will continue to be updated daily at that time, though officials may also release one-off updates.

The remaining untallied votes include mailed-in ballots received on Election Day, mail ballots received this week and provisional ballots. Any ballots postmarked by Election Day and received no later than Nov. 10 will be counted.

Hannah Miao

Where the count stands

More Maricopa results expected today

A no voter fraud sign is displayed by a protester in support of President Donald Trump at the Maricopa County Elections Department office on November 4, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Elections officials in the Phoenix area said they will release more results from the highly scrutinized ballot count there Thursday evening.

Maricopa County, which includes Arizona's largest city, has become one of the focal points in the race for the presidency. Joe Biden opened up a lead in the state, which traditionally votes Republican, but President Donald Trump has closed the gap somewhat as late vote counts roll in. About 275,000 ballots remain to be tallied, as do some provisional ballots, according to the Maricopa County Elections Department.

With 86% percent of the Arizona vote in, Biden leads Trump by more than 68,000 votes as of Thursday morning, according to NBC News.

—Mike Calia

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