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Trump, as lead narrows in counts in Pa., Ga., repeats baseless claims of fraud

The Post's Amy Gardner analyzes President Trump's multifarious legal challenges across swing states questioning the integrity of the 2020 election. (Video: The Washington Post)
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The margins have narrowed in the counts in both Pennsylvania and Georgia, as votes continue to be tallied and Democratic nominee Joe Biden moves closer to the 270 electoral college votes needed for victory. No new counts are expected from Nevada or Arizona until Friday.

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President Trump and his allies met with two immediate defeats in court, in Georgia and Michigan, as they pressed unsubstantiated claims of fraud as officials count ballots. Trump on Thursday evening unleashed a tirade from the White House briefing room that was filled with falsehoods about the U.S. electoral system.

The latest on vote counting in the states still in play …

  • Georgia: Trump’s lead in the vote count in Georgia is about 1,800 votes as of 11:15 p.m. Eastern. Just over 14,000 votes were left to be counted, and about 8,900 requested overseas and military ballots have till tomorrow to arrive.
  • Pennsylvania: Trump’s lead in the count dropped to under 23,000 votes as of midnight.
  • Arizona: Biden’s lead in the vote count narrowed to about 46,000 votes as of 9 p.m. Thursday. At least 293,000 ballots remain to be counted statewide. Maricopa County, the state’s largest, plans to update its count at 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern Friday.
  • Nevada: According to the secretary of state, there are 190,000 ballots to be counted. About 90 percent are from Clark County, home to Las Vegas. The next update on the count will be at noon Eastern Friday.
  • North Carolina: Election officials said they will review about 41,000 provisional ballots from voters whose eligibility may be questioned, along with around 110,000 outstanding absentee ballots. They expect to finalize their count by Nov. 12. Biden is about 76,000 votes behind Trump.