States still in play and what makes them that way

States still in play and what makes them that way

12:12pm, 5th November, 2020
A handful of pivotal states remained in play Thursday in the tightly contested U.S. presidential race. Here, The Associated Press reviews them and examines the reasons why they could still go to either Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Joe Biden: ——— GEORGIA: Outstanding ballots left to be counted in counties where Biden has performed well. THE BACKGROUND: Early Wednesday, Trump prematurely claimed he carried Georgia. “It’s ... clear that we have won Georgia. We’re up by 2.5%, or 117,000 (votes) with only 7% (of the vote) left” to count, Trump said during an early morning appearance at the White House. He also said he planned to contest the U.S. presidential election before the Supreme Court. It was unclear exactly what legal action he might pursue. The race is too early to call. With an estimated 99% of the vote counted there, Trump's lead over Biden has shrunk to about 18,000 votes. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Thursday morning that there were approximately...