Joe Biden Takes Lead in Pennsylvania, Putting Democrat on Cusp of Defeating Donald Trump

In the state of Pennsylvania, Joe Biden has taken President Donald Trump's lead, which could prove to be a critical development in the 2020 presidential election.

The Democratic candidate has been slowly gaining on the incumbent Republican in the crucial state for the last two days.

But he finally made the crossover on Friday morning with a lead of 5,587 votes, meaning he now has 49.3 percent to Trump's 49.4 percent, per CNN.

As of 9 a.m. EST, Biden stands at 3,295,304 votes in Pennsylvania while Trump is on 3,289,717 as the counting continues.

Biden emerged in front as 95 percent of the votes had been counted but more results are still due from outstanding absentee and mail-in ballots. His campaign analysts said on Thursday that these ballots "heavily favor" the Democratic nominee.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military has placed a national air defense zone around Biden's home in preparation for a decisive win in the state.

A Biden win in Pennsylvania would give him 20 more electoral college votes to a total of 273, taking him over the line of the 270 needed to win the presidency.

Trump's only path to victory includes winning Pennsylvania.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gives the thumbs up to supporters as he makes a stop with local elected officials at Relish Restaurant on November 03, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has taken over Donald Trump's lead in the key battleground state. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Pennsylvania has been a key battleground state and has emerged as the major decider of the outcome of the election. It comes after Trump's unexpected victory against Hillary Clinton in the state helped propel him to the White House in 2016.

This year, Democrats were hoping that disaffected Republicans, suburban women, and Black and Latino voters would help them take the state's 20 electoral votes and avoid a sequel to 2016.

Early on in this year's count, the president prematurely claimed victory while he was ahead in several key battleground states.

As final counts drew closer and mail-in ballots were processed, some state results swung to Biden instead, including the key states of Wisconsin and Michigan.

Trump's team has since launched a series of lawsuits, made repeated unevidenced claims of voter fraud, and called for the count to be stopped in some areas but to continue in others.

Earlier on Friday morning, Biden also overtook Trump's lead in Georgia—another battleground state that has become critical for the incumbent president to win in order to secure his reelection.

When Clayton County released the latest results from its outstanding ballots at around 4:20 a.m. EST, it put Biden in the lead in Georgia by 917 votes although there remains the possibility of a recount in the state if the current margin does not widen.

After Biden overtook Trump in Pennsylvania, the president's campaign released a statement to say that the projection of Biden as the winner of the presidency is "false" and that the incumbent president will still be reelected.

The statement said "This election is not over. The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final.

It went on to claim that Georgia headed for a recount saying the team is "confident" it will find ballots that were "improperly harvested."

The team also claimed that there have been "many irregularities" in Pennsylvania and thousands of improperly cast mail-in ballots in Nevada.

They also attacked the "irresponsible and erroneous" calling of Arizona for Biden by Fox News and the Associated Press.

The team said: "Biden is relying on these states for his phony claim on the White House, but once the election is final, President Trump will be re-elected."

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U.S. President Donald Trump discusses the potential impact of Hurricane Michael during a meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FEMA Administrator Brock Long in the Oval Office of the White House on October 10, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Trump's bizarre reaction to the election results has sparked memes and parodies and social media users imagine the president leaving the White House. Getty/Win McNamee