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The race for the White House is still too close to call, with tightening races in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania as former Vice President Joe Biden edged close to the 270-electoral-vote threshold needed to win and President Donald Trump’s hopes of clinching reelection appeared to be slipping away.

With Biden notching crucial wins in Michigan and Wisconsin, fulfilling his promise to rebuild the Democrats’ “blue wall” in the Midwest that Trump demolished in 2016, the former vice president was a mere 17 electoral votes away from claiming the presidency.

After a frustrating night for Democrats Tuesday, where their hopes of an early win for Biden evaporated, Republicans are watching with alarm and anxiety as the race narrows in Georgia, where Trump’s lead slipped to about 23,000 votes throughout Wednesday’s count.

While it had been clear that Biden would fare better in Georgia than past Democratic presidential candidates because of the huge turnout of Black voters in the fast-growing suburbs of Atlanta, few had expected the presidential race in the once reliably red state that Democrats have not won since 1996 to get this close.

Trump’s campaign advisers insist that they will be able to make up ground in Maricopa County, the most populous county in Arizona, which released its latest tranche of ballots early Thursday morning night narrowing Biden’s Arizona lead to just under 69,000 votes.

Nevada election officials, who released very little information on Wednesday with an estimated 200,000 ballots outstanding, said they expected to report their newest batch of results at midday Thursday.

Biden holds a 253-213 lead in the Electoral College. In addition to Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania, the races in Alaska and North Carolina remain still too close to call.

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