Biden pulls ahead of Trump in U.S. presidential poll

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Democratic candidate Joe Biden is way ahead of his rival Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, a key state in the US presidential race, according to voting data.

Joe Biden currently has 253 electoral college votes, while Mr Trump has 214. To win the White House, a candidate needs 270.

Biden is expected to secure his victory should he win the state. Pennsylvania has 20 Electoral College votes.

If Mr Biden wins Pennsylvania, the state where he was born, he would have 273 votes in the electoral college – enough to clinch the victory.

Pennsylvania has always been a major political battleground. The state voted Democrat in six consecutive races before it swung to Mr Trump in 2016.

The former U.S. Vice President is leading by more than 5,500 votes, with 98% counted.

Earlier, Mr Biden edged ahead of his Republican rival in Georgia, another key battleground state.

He is leading there with more than 1,000 votes, with 99% of the ballots counted.

A win in just Pennsylvania, or two of the other four remaining states would be enough to confirm Mr Biden as president-elect, barring any legal challenge.

On the other hand, Trump, would need to win Pennsylvania and three of the remaining four states.

The Republican president’s team insists the election “is not over” and that legal challenges and recounts in some states will favour them.

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