Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar (D) said that ballot-counting is running ahead of schedule and that almost all votes would be tallied by Friday.
“I think what I’ve said all along is that the overwhelming majority of ballots will be counted by Friday,” Boockvar said. “I still think that we’re ahead of schedule, and we actually already have counted the overwhelming majority of ballots. But because it’s a close race, it’s not quite clear yet who the winner is.”
As of 11 p.m., there were about 175,000 mail ballots outstanding in the state. By 11:30, Trump’s lead had dropped to under 25,000 votes. According to the Pennsylvania Department of State, there were more than 55,000 mail ballots remaining in Philadelphia County and nearly 36,000 in Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh — both Democratic-leaning areas.
These figures do not include any mail ballots that were postmarked by Nov. 3 but arrived after Election Day, as well as provisional ballots. Boockvar could not say how many of those types of ballots are expected but said it wouldn’t be a “significant amount.”