RNC leaders hold news conference to discuss ‘election integrity’

Next news conference planned for 3 p.m.

Biden and Trump send different messages as final presidential votes are counted

WASHINGTONUpdate (2:40 p.m.):

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Georgia GOP Chairman David Shafer and RNC National Committeewoman Ginger Howard will hold a news conference in Atlanta at 3 p.m.

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They are holding the press conference “to discuss the status of the election and election integrity,” according to CNN.

The news conference will be livestreamed in this article.

Update: (2:30 p.m.):

Top Republican officials in Georgia say they are confident the secretary of state will ensure that ballots are properly counted.

The statement Friday from GOP Gov. Brian Kemp and others came a day after President Donald Trump alleged without any details or evidence that election officials are trying to “steal the election” from him.

Trump said Thursday that the “election apparatus in Georgia is run by Democrats,” even though the top election official is a Republican whom he endorsed.

Democrat Joe Biden was leading Trump in Georgia by about 1,500 votes midday Friday. The Associated Press has not called the race for either candidate yet.

Update (12:50 p.m.):

The secretary of state in Georgia has planned a Friday afternoon news conference.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is slated to give his remarks at 2 p.m. His remarks will be livestreamed in this article, but delays are possible. If there’s not a livestream available, check back at a later time.

The focus on Pennsylvania, where Joe Biden led President Donald Trump by more than 9,000 votes, and Georgia, where Biden led by more than 1,500, came as Americans entered a third full day after the election without knowing who will lead them for the next four years.

EXPLAINER: What would a recount in Georgia look like?

Update (10:15 a.m.):

Biden inched past the incumbent in the tally early Friday morning, leading by fewer than 1,100 votes of nearly 5 million ballots cast -- a lead of about 0.022 percentage points. Under Georgia state law, a candidate can request a recount if the margin is within 0.5 percentage points.

Original:

The secretary of state in Georgia has planned a news conference on Friday morning as thousands of ballots are still left to count.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is slated to give his remarks at 9:30 a.m. at the Georgia Capitol. His remarks will be livestreamed in this article, but delays are possible.

Democrat Joe Biden is now leading President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Georgia.

By Friday morning, Biden overtook Trump in the number of ballots counted in the battleground, a must-win state for Trump that has long been a Republican stronghold. Biden now has a 917-vote advantage.

The contest is still too early for The Associated Press to call. Thousands of ballots are still left to be counted — many in counties where the former vice president was in the lead.

An AP analysis showed that Biden’s vote margins grew as counties processed mail ballots cast in his favor.

There is a potential that the race could go to a recount. Under Georgia law, if the margin between Biden and Trump is under half a percentage point of difference, a recount can be requested.

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