Joe Biden has taken a lead over Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, putting him on course to win more than the 270 electoral college votes needed to become the next US president.
Mr Biden was up by about 6,800 votes in the battleground state on Friday morning as state officials continued to tabulate ballots from the heavily Democratic precincts in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city.
If Mr Biden wins Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, he would have more than enough to win the presidency. He maintains leads in three other states that have yet to be declared. Mr Trump’s legal team has challenged the Pennsylvania count in court.
Mr Biden said on Thursday there was “no doubt” he would be elected the 46th US president as he edged nearer to the 270-vote threshold. Mr Trump claimed without evidence that the Democrats were trying to “steal” the election by counting illegal votes.