Joe Biden narrowly took the lead in Georgia and Pennsylvania. He's digging the gap in Nevada. In Arizona, on the other hand, it's the Republican who goes up.
The advance of Donald Trump, on which the president relied to proclaim his victory on Wednesday morning, melted in two key states, after the continuation of the counting operations Thursday. In Georgia (16 major voters), the billionaire lost his advantage shortly before 11 a.m. on Friday. Around 3 pm, Joe Biden garnered 1097 votes in advance, according to a partial count of the "New York Times". A possible victory in this traditionally republican state would constitute a historic turning point for the Democrats. In Pennsylvania (20 major voters), the considerable lead of the incumbent - 700,000 votes in the first hours following the election - has evaporated. Friday afternoon, Joe Biden took over, with more than 5,500 votes more than Donald Trump. A victory there would be decisive for Biden, who would not need any of the other key states still at stake to become the 46th president of the United States. None of these results are final and the margins are so small that it seems difficult to imagine the conclusion of the imminent election, but the favorable signs for the Democrat are mounting.
In Nevada (6 major voters), where Joe Biden is in the lead, the gap has widened: around 11,000 votes in favor of Biden. In Arizona (11 voters), on the other hand, the gap has narrowed in favor of Donald Trump: Biden has no more than 47,000 votes in advance. In North Carolina (15 major voters), Donald Trump maintains a lead of 77,000 votes.
The extraordinarily uncertain nature of the election, and the fact that a Joe Biden victory is a possible, even probable outcome, did not deter Donald Trump from proclaiming himself the winner again on Thursday night, during a press conference marked by such a quantity of lies that the three big television channels chose to stop the broadcast. Two senators allied with the president, Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham, who were among his most ardent critics in 2016 but who have supported him despite everything ever since, have also added their voices to the concert of critics from the Trump camp.
At this stage, thanks to the states he has already won, the former vice-president has 253 electors in his pocket, against 214 for the outgoing president (a balance of power that does not reflect our map above, which relies on the Associated Press ads, which has already attributed Arizona to Joe Biden). A score of 270 Grand Voters is required to enter the White House.