Biden time: Ballots still being counted

Democrat Joe Biden expected to speak Friday night as vote count continues. Trump remained quiet in the White House residence as Biden's lead expanded.


National News

November 6, 2020 - 4:54 PM

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Photo by (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden was on the cusp of winning the presidency on Friday as he opened up narrow leads over President Donald Trump in the critical battlegrounds of Georgia and Pennsylvania. 

Those put Biden in a stronger position to capture the 270 Electoral College votes needed to take the White House. The winner will lead a country facing a historic set of challenges, including a surging pandemic and deep political polarization. 

The focus on Pennsylvania, where Biden led Trump by more than 9,000 votes, and Georgia, where Biden led by more than 1,500, came as Americans entered a third full day after the election without knowing who will lead them for the next four years. The prolonged process added to the anxiety of a nation whose racial and cultural divides were inflamed during the heated campaign. 

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