Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona Key States in Election—Are Trump and Biden Close Enough for a Recount?



 Twenty years after the famous Florida recount in the Bush vs. Gore presidential race, America could be facing another contested election as key states leave President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in a similarly tight situation.


The 2020 election is likely to come down to a handful of states and Trump's campaign already has indicated they'll request a recount in Wisconsin. Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania have yet to be called, but the candidates are within a point of each other in all three and, if it remains that close, either side could push for a recount if it is the difference between their candidate becoming president or not.


However, believing a candidate is entitled to a recount and being able to request one depends on the rules in individual states.



In Arizona, recounts are automatically done if the difference is less than or equal to the lesser than .1 percent of the number of votes cast for the two leading candidates. As of Thursday evening, 2,886,181 votes have been cast collectively for Biden and Trump, meaning the margin of difference would need to be 2,886 votes. Candidates are not allowed to request one.



Nevada, with a more liberal policy for recounts, allows any candidate defeated in any election to demand and receive a recount regardless of the margin. Trump trails Biden by .9 percent with 76 percent of the votes reported, according to the Associated Press. Nevada would give Biden the six electoral votes he needs to reach 270 if his hold on Arizona stands. If Biden keeps Arizona, Trump also needs Nevada, as well as Pennsylvania, Alaska, North Carolina and Georgia.



In Georgia, the margin of a candidate's loss must be less than 0.5 percent of all the votes cast in the state for the candidate to request a recount. Trump has the edge on Biden with 99 percent of votes reported, but only by a .1 point margin, so Biden's campaign would be within the rules to request a recount.


Pennsylvania also is shaping up to be a close race and has processes in place for an automatic recount, as well as a requested one. An automatic recount is required if the winning margin is 0.5 percent or less. If the margin is outside those requirements, three voters in each district can request one if they submit an affidavit alleging errors in total within five days of the election.



Trump had a significant lead over Biden in Pennsylvania on Election Day, but as mail-in ballots were counted, the gap between them narrowed significantly. As of Thursday night, he had less than 100,000 more votes than Biden. Without Pennsylvania, Trump has no path to victory.

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