Joe Biden pulled ahead in Georgia on Friday and significantly narrowed the gap in Pennsylvania, gaining ground in two battleground states with enough electoral votes to settle his prolonged contest with President Trump, who repeated his baseless assertions of fraud and Democratic cheating.
Biden had a small lead of nearly 1,100 votes early Friday in Georgia, a traditionally GOP stronghold with 16 electoral college votes, and was within 18,000 votes of Trump in Pennsylvania, which awards 20 in the electoral college.
As of Thursday, Biden had 264 electoral votes, six shy of the 270 needed to win the presidency.
Millions of mail-in ballots continued to be tabulated nationwide despite a flurry of lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign aimed at thwarting election officials from completing their count.
Making a brief appearance Thursday afternoon in his hometown of Wilmington, Del., Biden urged patience as the election pushed through its second day of overtime.
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