US ELECTION: Biden takes lead in Pennsylvania, Georgia

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Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden makes a statement on the 2020 U.S. presidential election results during a brief appearance before reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 5, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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Joe Biden has narrow leads in Pennsylvania and Georgia, as Donald Trump doubles down on election ‘fraud’ allegations., 

Biden increases lead in Nevada

Biden has increased his lead over Trump in Nevada to 20,137 votes.

Results released Friday from Democrat-heavy Clark County, which includes Las Vegas and three-quarters of Nevada’s population, along with two rural counties, put Biden at 627,104 votes and Trump at 606,967.

Biden’s lead nearly doubled from Thursday, when he was leading Trump by about 11,000 votes..

Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria says his county has an additional 63,000 mail ballots to be processed over the next few days and 60,000 provisional ballots to be processed later.

Gloria said Clark County would release more results Friday afternoon but he said he did not know exactly how many ballots could be included in that release.

The state has said it will provide an update later Friday on how many ballots are yet to be counted statewide.

 On Thursday, they reported that number at 190,150.

Trump strikes different tone in new statement

After days of alleging election fraud, without evidence, and calling for the counting of legally cast ballots to be halted, Trump has released a statement casting his campaign’s efforts as an attempt to achieve “full transparency into all vote counting and election certification”.

In the statement released by the Trump campaign, the president said “that this is no longer about any single election. This is about the integrity of our entire election process.”

“From the beginning we have said that all legal ballots must be counted and all illegal ballots should not be counted, yet we have met resistance to this basic principle by Democrats at every turn,” the statement said.

“We will pursue this process through every aspect of the law to guarantee that the American people have confidence in our government”.

Despite the more staid tone, the Trump campaign has so far not offered any evidence that there has been widespread fraud or  failure to meet transparency standards, which are set by state governments, in the country.

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