Biden continues to widen lead on the way to 270

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Biden continues to widen lead on the way to 270

Former Vice President Joe Biden continued to widen his lead in his birth state of Pennsylvania, placing him within striking distance of the 270 electoral votes that he needs to win the White House in what has been a dramatic unfolding of events and results.

Biden is ahead by more than 14,500 votes in the Keystone State and the momentum has remained in his favor in a state with 20 electoral votes that President Donald Trump cannot afford to lose.

On Friday afternoon, there were more than 110,000 vote-by-mail ballots left to count in Pennsylvania, officials said. Some of the ballots that are now being counted are provisional and many others will also need extra time and care, for reasons that include damage, legibility, signature issues or other defects.

There are still about 40,000 ballots that need to be counted in Philadelphia County, a heavily Democratic area that helped power Biden into a lead over Trump.

Philadelphia City Commissioner Lisa said to media it “could take several days to complete the reporting” of those votes.

In the Democratic bastion of Allegheny County, some 52,000 ballots remained outstanding midday Friday. Under a court order that stemmed from a ballot printing error, Allegheny County election officials could not even begin reviewing about 29,000 of those ballots until 5 p.m. ET.