THE election result could come down to Pennsylvania on Friday for Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
Trump has sensationally claimed he won but not all the votes have been counted – leaving the result to come down to the wire.
The candidates each need 270 electoral votes to be declared the winner – and crucially either could secure their spot in the White House if they pick up win in two of the three vital states.
The three states represent a combined 46 electoral votes – 10 from Wisconsin, 16 from Michigan and 20 from Pennsylvania.
With Biden currently on 224 votes and Trump on 213, these votes are likely to prove crucial.
But we may not find out the final outcome until Friday as officials continue to count postal ballots.
Election officials were only allowed to start processing mail-in ballots on or just before Election Day.
This is causing delays in the final count being announced – making it more likely we won’t see a result until later this week.
For months, opinion polls had predicted Biden would win by a large margin after four years of a turbulent Trump presidency.
But the race is much closer than they had foreseen, with the “shy Trump vote” becoming a reality – just like in 2016.
“Swing states” are considered toss-ups, and could be won by either political party candidate.
But is may all come down to:
Pennsylvania has become one of the most vital states to watch with 20 electoral votes.
Trump is currently ahead in Pennsylvania, but only 75 per cent of votes have been tallied.
A record number of voters cast their ballots by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic.
As Pennsylvania is allowing mail-in ballots in the state to be counted for three days after the election, Trump has threatened legal action.
As of Wednesday morning, 1.4million or 56 per cent of mail-in ballots for the state had not yet been counted or the totals had not been published yet.
The ballots that are left to be counted are coming from four of Philadelphia’s suburbs – a region that is predicted to swing heavily towards Biden.
Biden spent the day of the election on the campaign trail in his hometown of Scranton, and Philadelphia in a last-minute effort to secure voters.
Trump narrowly claimed victory in Pennsylvania in 2016, by just a little more than one per cent.
H/T The Sun