Live blog: Biden’s lead grows in Nevada, Trump’s shrinks in Georgia; both candidates speak Thursday night

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY/AP) — The latest on the presidential election and other races still undecided:

6:45 p.m. President Donald Trump spoke from the White House briefing room Thursday evening, renewing his unfounded claims that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election from him. He did not back up his claim with any details or evidence. State and federal officials have not reported any instances of widespread voter fraud.

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5:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar provided an update on the vote counting in Pennsylvania Thursday evening.

She said the outcome of the election in that state is unlikely to be known Thursday night.

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4:30 p.m. Joe Biden is expressing optimism at the ultimate result of the election but warning supporters to “be patient” as vote counting continues.

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2:20 p.m. When will we know results from battleground states?

The results in Pennsylvania could be known by today, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar says. As of 2:20 p.m., there were still about 370,000 outstanding ballots remaining to be counted. If Joe Biden wins Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes) he will have the electoral college votes necessary to win, even if he doesn’t win another state on the board. The Associated Press, which WAVY is using, has already projected Biden will win Arizona (other outlets such as NBC and New York Times have not called this race), but if he were to not then Pennsylvania would get him over the hump.

Pennsylvania is a must-win for the president, who had just 214 electoral votes as of 2:20 p.m. Thursday.

Georgia is also expected to finish counting ballots on Thursday (Georgia has 16 electoral votes, which would put Biden at 269 votes if he doesn’t win Arizona).

Arizona is expected to deliver updates at 9 p.m. Thursday. It’s unclear when exactly races in Nevada and North Carolina called, with ballots postmarked by Election Day being accepted by Nov. 10 and 12 for those states respectively.

1:05 p.m. — Election officials in Nevada are giving an update. Joe Biden’s lead over President Trump has expanded there in the past hour.

12:50 p.m. President Trump’s lead in Georgia is continuing to shrink as remaining absentee ballots are counted. As of 12:50 p.m. Thursday, Trump was leading Biden by just 13,539 votes.

Trump: 2,436,006 (49.52%)

Biden: 2,422,467 (49.25%)

12:30 p.m. — Joe Biden’s lead over President Trump in Nevada has grown to about 12,000 votes in recent updates.

Biden: 603,807 (49.4%)

Trump: 592,020 (48.5%)

88% of votes had been counted as of 12:30 p.m.

Here’s where the candidates stand so far, per the Associated Press:

Coming up at noon: Nevada election officials are set to provide an update on vote totals at noon, after the Trump campaign held a press conference Thursday claiming there was alleged voter fraud. Despite the campaign’s assertions, there have been no verified reports of widespread voter fraud in Nevada.

11:40 a.m. — The Trump campaign is making an announcement in Las Vegas, Nevada.

11:30 a.m. — The Biden campaign is holding a briefing. “Our data shows that Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States,” the campaign says. Watch live above.

10:45 a.m. Gabriel Sterling with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office says about 60,000 absentee ballots are still uncounted as of 10:30 a.m. Thursday, but he expects everything to get counted today. He says getting the votes count fast is good, but “accuracy is vital and the key to all of our processes.”

“We will make sure every legal lawful ballot is counted,” Sterling said.

10 a.m. — Georgia’s vote count is set to be complete by noon Thursday, per the office of Georgia’s secretary of state. Just over 60,000 votes have yet to be counted and President Trump’s lead is less than 20,000 votes.

A press conference is scheduled at 10:30 a.m.

9:15 a.m. — Election officials in Philadelphia are set to give an update shortly. Joe Biden has a roughly 80%-20% lead in the city over President Trump with thousands of votes still to be counted. The president has a roughly 140,000 vote lead statewide as of 9 a.m.

Meanwhile vote counting continues in Georgia, where President Trump’s lead is now less than 20,000 votes.

Nevada is expected to release more results coming up at noon ET, and Arizona is set to update data at 9 p.m. ET.

7:30 a.m. — Joe Biden is on the doorstep of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency on Thursday morning, after securing several key battleground states on Wednesday, including Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona.

Votes are still being counted nationwide Thursday morning, and there’s a possibility that winners could announced soon for three pivotal states — Nevada, Georgia and Pennsylvania. To reach 270 electoral votes, Trump would need all three and North Carolina, which isn’t expected to finish counting votes until at least Friday.

Trump was leading in Georgia as of Thursday morning, but thousands of absentee mail-in ballots were still being counted, which could favor Biden. Fulton County, which includes Atlanta, is expected to announce an updated vote count at 11 a.m., per the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Here’s where the candidates stand so far, per the Associated Press:

View the complete November election results here

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