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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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Biden’s Poor Polling and Harris’ Low Electability Rating Could Have Democrats Considering ‘Nuclear Option’

Behind-the-scenes discussion of how Democrats could arrive at a third option for the next election is underway

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With polls consistently showing a poor approval rating for President Joe Biden at below 40 percent, and a recent poll put Kamala Harris’ electability at only 28 percent, Democrats are in full panic mode.

Behind-the-scenes discussion of how Democrats could arrive at a third option for the next election is underway. Operatives are preparing for the possibility of a contested presidential primary in which other would-be nominees take on Ms. Harris, but that could be damaging for the party” reports the Telegraph.

Therefore, Democrats are allegedly whispering about a potential “nuclear option” that would call for current Vice President Harris to be nominated to the Supreme Court. The Telegraph writes that “while the scenario is highly improbable, and perhaps a reflection of a Washington rumor mill in overdrive, the fact it has come up at all shows the depths of the predicament the Biden administration currently finds itself in, amid rising inflation, a stalled domestic agenda, and foreign policy disasters.”

The theory in question would call for President Biden to nominate Harris to the Supreme Court in the event a seat opens in the next three years during his administration. Biden could then use “Section 2 of the 25thAmendment to nominate a more popular vice president”, adds the Telegraph.

Under Section 1 of the 25th Amendment, that new vice president could assume the presidency if Biden were to step down while president. They would then become the Democratic nominee in the 2024 presidential election. That same individual could also be the presumptive Democratic nominee in 2024 if Biden chooses not to run for re-election.

One piece of information that is wetting Democrats’ whistle is that current Supreme Court Justice Breyer has said he does not “want to stay on the Supreme Court until I die.”

The Telegraph notes that “the discussion over potential successors to Mr. Biden is highly unusual less than a year into an administration.”

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