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Decision Desk HQ has declared Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden the winner in the 2020 presidential election, the first major outlet to make a call in the race. A handful of battleground states remain hotly contested, and other outlets have yet to make a final call in the presidential race.
Decision Desk HQ’s model now shows the Democratic candidate with a winning total, after Biden edged ahead of President Trump by around 5,000 votes Friday morning in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania, with 2 percent of the vote still outstanding. The model projects Biden winning with 273 electoral votes, just over the 270 a presidential candidate needs to be declared the victor.
Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, and Alaska are still uncalled in the model, and for most other outlets as well. Arizona has been called for Biden by Fox News and The Associated Press, though thousands of outstanding ballots remain to be counted and Trump is gaining on Biden in the state.
The Trump campaign has filed a series of lawsuits in battleground states, the latest of which was filed in Nevada alleging thousands of ballots were cast illegally. The legal battles will likely take some time to play out in the courts, and it is unclear what impact, if any, they will have on the presidential election.
On Friday morning, Biden overtook Trump’s lead in Georgia, though the state has yet to be called for either candidate. Biden is now leading in the typically red state by 917 votes. As The Daily Wire reported Friday morning:
According to CBS Atlanta, with 100% of precincts reporting and the vast majority of the ballots counted in the state of Georgia, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has amassed 2,449, 377 votes, giving him a 917 vote lead over President Trump, who has amassed 2,448, 454 votes, Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen gathered 61,380 votes. Both Trump and Biden received 49.4% of the vote.
According to the office of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, approximately 8,197 ballots remained to be counted, dispersed this way: Floyd County: 444; Gwinnett County: 4,800: Laurens County: 1,797, and Taylor County: 456. The office added, “An additional approximately 8,900 military and overseas absentee ballots have been sent out to requesters but not yet returned. Such ballots, if postmarked by Election Day, can be accepted within three days of Election Day.”
The Trump campaign has not conceded the race, maintaining that “this election is not over” while legal challenges play out and outstanding ballots continue to be counted. “The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final,” Trump campaign general counsel Matt Morgan said in a statement shortly after Decision Desk HQ called the race for Biden.
As The Daily Wire reports:
According to Morgan, results in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Nevada will be challenged, citing “irregularities” and alleged illegal ballots. And Arizona, he added, is too close to call with President Donald Trump on pace to win.
“Georgia is headed for a recount,” Morgan said, “where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail.”
“There were many irregularities in Pennsylvania, including having election officials prevent our volunteer legal observers from having meaningful access to vote counting locations,” he continued. “We prevailed in court on our challenge, but were deprived of valuable time and denied the transparency we are entitled to under state law.”
“In Nevada, there appear to be thousands of individuals who improperly cast mail ballots,” Morgan asserted.
“Finally, the President is on course to win Arizona outright, despite the irresponsible and erroneous ‘calling’ of the state for Biden by Fox News and the Associated Press.”
“Biden is relying on these states for his phony claim on the White House, but once the election is final, President Trump will be re-elected,” the statement concluded.