Pa. elections boss Boockvar says Pa. vote count could be substantially finished Thursday, report

    Despite a brief halt in Philadelphia and a delay in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania’s counties should finish counting the bulk of their remaining ballots on Thursday, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said Thursday.

    Boockvar made her comments during an interview on CNN, PennLive reported. The Wolf administration official previously had said the count would be completed on Friday, PennLive reported. About 369,394 ballots still need to be counted, according to the Department of State’s website.

    “It’s looking like we’ll have the overwhelming majority counted by [Thursday],” Boockvar told CNN.

    President Donald Trump continued to lead former Vice President Joe Biden at mid-afternoon on Thursday, according to a tally by NBC News. The Biden campaign has said it expects to close the gap with Trump in the Keystone State.

    With 20 electoral votes, Pennsylvania remains the linchpin in the electoral map. At mid-afternoon, Biden appeared to be in range of the 270 votes needed to secure a win in the Electoral College.

    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