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America remains on standby Saturday as states including Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina continue to tally their votes in the 2020 presidential election.

The state of play: While Joe Biden took the lead in Pennsylvania and Georgia on Friday, election officials are waiting to declare an official win for the former VP against incumbent President Trump. As of Saturday, Biden is six electoral college votes shy of winning the presidency.

  • As the race remains uncalled, counters — donning masks and gloves — continue their tallies, with COVID-19 cases across the U.S. soaring and shattering records.
  • Meanwhile, the Trump campaign has made dozens of unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud and election corruption, and complained that partisan election observers could not get close enough to see whether mail-in ballot envelopes had signatures along with eligible voters’ names and addresses, according to AP.

A look at the scene...

Election workers sort through pouches containing cards with voting data for transmission on Friday at the Gwinnett County Elections Office in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
A return board member files a ballot after it was double checked in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Friday. Photo: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images
An election worker opens a mail-in ballot in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. Photo: Aimee Dilger/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
A Nevada election worker scanning ballots. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
North Carolina officials sort counted ballots on Wednesday. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images
Elections workers validate ballots in Georgia on Friday. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Go deeper

Nov 27, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Court rejects Trump campaign's appeal in Pennsylvania case

Photo: Sarah Silbiger for The Washington Post via Getty Images

A federal appeals court on Friday unanimously rejected the Trump campaign's emergency appeal seeking to file a new lawsuit against Pennsylvania's election results, writing in a blistering ruling that the campaign's "claims have no merit."

Why it matters: It's another devastating blow to President Trump's sinking efforts to overturn the results of the election. Pennsylvania, which President-elect Joe Biden won by more than 80,000 votes, certified its results last week and is expected to award 20 electoral votes to Biden on Dec. 12.

52 mins ago - Sports

The end of COVID’s grip on sports may be in sight

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Packed stadiums and a more normal fan experience could return by late 2021, NIAID director Anthony Fauci said yesterday.

Why it matters: If Fauci's prediction comes true, it could save countless programs from going extinct next year.

Trump's 2024 begins

Trump speaking to reporters in the White House on Thanksgiving. Photo: Erin Schaff - Pool/Getty Images

President Trump is likely to announce he'll run again in 2024, perhaps before this term even ends, sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: Trump has already set in motion two important strategies to stay relevant and freeze out other Republican rivals.