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Biden Takes Lead in Pennsylvania and Georgia, Trump inching closer in Arizona

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Democratic nominee, Joe Biden surpassed President Trump in the critical state of Pennsylvania just before 9 a.m. Friday.

An estimated 95% of the votes in Pennsylvania have been counted. Currently, Biden is leading by 6,826 votes as of 10:40 a.m., with about 160,000 ballots left to be counted, according to the secretary of state’s website. These will take longer to count because they are provisional ballots, as well as ballots that require additional review because of date and signature issues.

90% of the votes have been counted in Arizona. In Maricopa County, the state’s most populated county and home to Phoenix, Biden’s lead in the state is shrinking. The Democratic presidential nominee gained 28,285 votes. Trump gained 31,716 votes. Maricopa County has about 140,000 ballots left to count. In total, Arizona still has about 220,000 statewide ballots to report.

Biden also took a small lead in Georgia Friday morning by about 1,100 votes, though counting is still ongoing. As of 8:15 a.m. EST, there were just over 8,000 ballots left to count, as well as about 8,900 overseas and military ballots that had not yet been returned.Thousands of requested overseas and military ballots may arrive by the Friday deadline. As of 10:40 am.m. EST 99% of the votes have been counted. Biden is up by 1,579 votes. The Georgia secretary of state predicted there would be a recount. At this point, both candidates have 49.4% support, and the state requires a recount if the difference between the candidates is under 0.5%.

There are 190,000 ballots remaining to be counted in Nevada, according to the secretary of state’s website. About 90 percent are from Clark County, home to Las Vegas. Biden is leading by 11,438 votes as of 10:40 a.m. EST. The next update on the count will be Friday at noon EST.

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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