How Many Votes Left to Count in Pennsylvania? Allegheny County, Philadelphia County Election Results

Around 95 percent of the votes have now been counted in Pennsylvania as Donald Trump's knife-edge lead narrows, but there are some counties still left to report.

Pennsylvania is essential to the possible victory of Republican President Donald Trump. As such, its 20 electoral votes are hotly sought by both parties and the vote counting has been subject to lawsuits from the Trump campaign.

Biden would become the next president by winning Pennsylvania, or winning two out of the other outstanding states: Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Arizona.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of State, 55,000 mail-in ballots remained in Philadelphia County this morning.

In Allegheny County, still need to review around 35,000 mail-in and absentee ballots. They are mandated by the law to wait until around 9 a.m. on Friday to work through them.

The delay is because the remaining ballots include around 29,000 votes that are subject to review. They represent a faulty batch of incorrect ballots from a third-party contractor, which were sent to voters last month.

The county has signaled all along these would need to wait until Friday to be counted.

The faulty ballots were replaced by the contractor and the county agreed to segregate all impacted ballots, including incorrect ones, a fact that was mandated in writing via a court order.

The county has to first swear in a return board and then wait until the deadline passes for ballots to be received by its office by mail.

The county can then review the other remaining 6,800 ballots, including around 2,250 that were un-scannable and 4,350 that have other issues such as missing dates and ineligible voters.

A final count may not be available until at least Friday as Pennsylvania can accept mail-in ballots up to three days after the election if they were postmarked by Tuesday.

About 370,000 ballots were still in the process of being counted on Thursday, according to the Department of State's website.

This had shrunk to 175,000 outstanding mail ballots by 11 p.m. in the state.

At 11 p.m. on Thursday, Trump's lead was around 30,000 votes. By 5 a.m. on Friday, just over 18,000 votes separated Trump and Biden in Pennsylvania.

Biden is closing the gap between himself and Trump, who has been holding on in the Keystone State by 0.27 percentage points. Trump's vote share is currently 49.56 percent, while Biden's is hovering at 49.29 percent.

The state, which Trump won in his bid against Hillary Clinton in the last election cycle, is too close to call, with Philadelphia County and Allegheny County both including Democratic-leaning areas.

Before Trump won the state in 2016, it had not swung Republican since 1988.

According to state data, other counties with a number of outstanding mail-in ballots to count include: Crawford, where 58.1 percent have been counted, Mercer, where 87 percent are in, and Greene, where 52.3 percent had been counted on Friday morning.

As the count heats up, there are also three pending lawsuits filed by the GOP in Pennsylvania. One against the PA Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, which alleges she violated state law by having election officials contact voters with the wrong mail-in ballots.

Another claims election officials contacted voters before election day to correct mail-in ballots. They say this violates state law.

The third lawsuit challenges the three-day extension to accept mail-in ballots postmarked by election day.

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Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather to protest outside the Maricopa County Election Department as counting continues after the US presidential election in Phoenix, Arizona, on November 5, 2020. President Donald Trump erupted on November 5 in a tirade of unsubstantiated claims that he has been cheated out of winning the US election as vote counting across battleground states showed Democrat Joe Biden steadily closing in on victory. OLIVIER TOURON/AFP via Getty Images