Joe Biden has overtaken President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania and Georgia today, coming ever closer to securing his route to winning the Electoral College.
Although neither state has confirmed a winner, if Biden holds both leads he will not have to worry about the outcome of Arizona, where the latest results indicate Trump may take the lead.
At this point, Trump is almost 6,000 votes behind Biden in Pennsylvania and less than 1,000 in Georgia.
It’s also expected that Nevada will eventually be called for Biden, but it remains to be seen how the Trump campaign will handle question marks over the way the counting process has been conducted in certain swing states.
Biden however has already received 73 million votes nationally, the most in US history, outperforming even Barack Obama in his successful 2008 election to the White House.
With millions of ballots still to be tabulated, it could be several days before a clearer national picture emerges on the extent of the popular vote Biden is certain to win, but the remaining swing states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada are all close to finishing their counts.
President Trump has alleged that Democrats are trying to “steal the election”, pointing to various incidents in the swing states as supposed evidence of corruption.
“This is a case when they are trying to steal an election, they are trying to rig an election,” Trump said from the White House on Thursday night.
Biden meanwhile has urged people to “stay calm” as the results come in from across the country.
“I ask everyone to stay calm. The process is working,” Biden said. “It is the will of the voters. No one, not anyone else who chooses the president of the United States of America,” he said.
The focus is now squarely on whether illegal ballots have been counted among the votes in swing states, a claim that will be disputed long into the coming weeks if Republicans are successful in bringing cases to the U.S. Supreme Court.