'Overwhelming Majority' of Pennsylvania Votes to Finish Counting Today, Secretary of State Says, 100K From Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said Thursday afternoon that the commonwealth will have the "overwhelming majority" of its estimated 550,000 outstanding votes counted by the end of today.

Boockvar told CNN's Jake Tapper Thursday vote-counting is ahead of schedule and people are "furiously at work" and are set to finish counting by the end of Thursday. The Pennsylvania secretary of state said there are about 100,000 votes left to count from Philadelphia County and about 30,000 votes from Allegheny County. Biden is receiving about 80 percent of the votes coming in from Philadelphia. Despite continued legal challenges from the Trump campaign, Boockvar said she and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro are in agreement that "in the meantime, we will be counting every ballot."

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She said mail-in ballots which arrived after Election Day are a tiny percentage of the nearly 550,000 votes still being counted. In terms of the late mail-in ballots, she said they are "not making or breaking this one way or another."

Currently, Trump leads the 20-electoral vote state over Joe Biden by about 114,000 votes as of Thursday afternoon. If Biden wins the 20 electoral votes, he is the next President of the United States - Trump must win PA to even have a chance at re-election.

The Pennsylvania secretary of state dismissed calls from President Donald Trump and Republican allies calling for states to stop counting votes. She said election observers are allowed to be present at all of the remaining locations in which votes are still being tallied across the commonwealth. Most votes have already been counted, she added Thursday, but most have just not been uploaded into their statewide system yet.

Boockvar said poll-watchers from both the Republican Party and Democratic Party are overseeing results as workers finish counting ballots and deliver a definitive result of who has won over the next several hours.

This story is developing and will be updated by Newsweek shortly.

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Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said Thursday afternoon that the commonwealth will have the "overwhelming majority" of its estimated 550,000 outstanding votes counted by the end of today. Screenshot: CNN YouTube