Here’s today’s update on the three states where we still don’t know the winner of the presidential race (although, to be clear, none of this would change the main takeaway — Biden has won the election, we’re just tracking the final electoral vote tally at this point):
- Arizona: Biden currently leads by 12,813 votes, but an estimated 46,000 ballots (including 28,000 provisional ballots) still need to be counted. Trump needs to win about 64 percent of those (or more) to pull into the lead, a goal that looks increasingly unattainable. Arizona is still releasing results at a regular pace, with the next big drop from Maricopa County due late tonight — perhaps later than 10 p.m. Eastern.
- North Carolina: Trump currently leads here by 73,276 votes. There are potentially as many as 137,000 votes left to count, but that includes 92,300 absentee ballots that were mailed to voters but haven’t yet been received by election officials (many of them were probably never mailed back) as well as more than 20,000 provisional ballots. So there may simply not be enough votes to erase Biden’s deficit. Counties will release the results of late-arriving absentee ballots through Friday, and the provisional ballots will be tallied by the end of the week as well.
- Georgia: With almost all of the vote counted, Biden is up here by 14,093 votes, or 0.3 percentage points. The state has announced that, as part of a routine audit of the results, it will take the unusual step of recounting the entire presidential race by hand before results are certified on Nov. 20. If at that point Biden is still leading by less than 1 percentage point, Trump’s campaign can request another recount. However, given Biden’s relatively large lead, it would be very difficult for either recount to reverse the result.