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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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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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