REPORT: Biden takes lead in Pa., in range of the presidency

WILMINGTON, DE - AUGUST 12: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) arrive to deliver remarks at the Alexis Dupont High School on August 12, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Harris is the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent to be a presumptive nominee on a presidential ticket by a major party in U.S. history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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CNN Reports:

Biden has a 5,,587-vote edge in the Keystone State, based on the current numbers, according to a source at the Department of State.

The race remains too close to call, but NBC News reports that Biden leads 49.4 to 49.3 percent.

Here’s a look at Pennsylvania:

As evidenced by the tightening margins between Trump and Biden in the Keystone State, the prediction that the mail-in balloting was expected to break Biden’s way is holding fast. Biden has recaptured two of the counties that Trump flipped in 2016: Erie and Northampton counties. Trump was the first presidential nominee since 1984 to carry the northwestern Pennsylvania county, GoErie reports. Trump beat Hillary Clinton back then by 1,957 votes. Going into Friday morning, Biden led Trump 66,966 votes to 65,647, GoErie reported, citing unofficial results from the Erie County Board of Elections.

Despite Trump’s baseless assertions during a White House press conference on Thursday, there is no evidence of fraud among the millions of mail-in ballots that have been cast nationwide. Nor are election workers “finding” votes for Biden in the Keystone State or anywhere else, as Trump asserted without evidence during his rambling, falsehood-riddled address. MSNBC broke away from Trump after his first sentence began with a lie. Fox News stayed with the entire news conference. We fact-checked the news conference in real time. You can find it on our Twitter feed.

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John Micek
An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is The Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. Before joining The Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count, Micek contributes regular analysis and commentary to a host of broadcast outlets, including CTV-News in Canada and talkRadio in London, U.K., as well as "Face the State" on CBS-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.; "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" on WGAL-8 in Lancaster, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. His weekly column on American politics is syndicated nationwide to more than 800 newspapers by Cagle Syndicate.