Biden leads in Pa., in range of the presidency

Former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks in Pittsburgh on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 at a drive-in rally at Heinz Field. (Capital-Star photo by Stephen Caruso)

(Updated at 7:15 p.m. on 11/6/20)

After expanding his lead throughout the day on Friday, former Vice President Joe Biden now leads President Donald Trump 49.5 percent to 49.2 percent, according to NBC News. About 285,971 ballots remain to be counted statewide.

On Friday, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, whose office oversees elections in the state, said the majority of the state’s mail-in and absentee ballots had been counted, adding that election officials have begun counting provisional ballots.

“Pennsylvania counties have been incredibly hard at work canvassing all the ballots to provide accurate results as quickly as possible following best practices and responsibilities pursuant to state and federal law,” Secretary Boockvar said. “We are very thankful to all the election officials working extremely long hours to make our democracy work and ensure that every qualified voter’s vote is counted safely and securely.”

Original Reporting:

CNN Reports:

Biden has a 5,587-vote edge in the Keystone State, based on the current numbers, according to a source at the Department of State.

The race remains too close to call, but NBC News reports that Biden leads 49.4 to 49.3 percent.

Here’s a look at Pennsylvania:

In a statement, Trump’s campaign said “this election isn’t over” after Biden took the lead in Pennsylvania.

This image requires alt text, but the alt text is currently blank. Either add alt text or mark the image as decorative. Statement from Trump campaign (Capital-Star screen capture).

Capital-Star Associate Editor Cassie Miller contributed to this story. 

John L. Micek
A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press