Pa. race can't be called on Election Day: Why it's taking so long
The count continues in Pennsylvania, a battleground state that analysts predicted would decide the election.
As the electoral map fills in with shades of blue and red, their projections appear to be true.
All eyes are on Pennsylvania as Election Night tallies continue into the early hours of Wednesday.
More than 3 million votes have been counted in Pennsylvania, and more than 7 million are expected to be counted by the time the results are final. That means about 4 million votes are outstanding in the state.
Slowing the count down this year is a high volume of mail-in ballots. More than 3 million mail-in ballots were requested in Pennsylvania during the general election, and they will take some time to count.
"We may not know the results today, but I encourage all of us to take a deep breath and be patient," Gov. Tom Wolf said in a video message earlier Tuesday. "What is most important is that we have accurate results, even if that takes a little longer.”
It is taking a little longer. As of 11:35 p.m. Tuesday, less than 50 percent of the Pennsylvania vote had been counted, and only about 25 percent of the vote had been counted in the most populated counties.
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Philadelphia, the area with the largest share of voters in Pennsylvania, will continue to count through the night.
The Department of State, which oversees elections, will also work through the night.
"We are also going to be 24/7," Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said. "We have our IT team available to the counties 24/7 for the next several days."
She added that long hours will follow after that.
"We will meet the counties where they are. Whatever they need we will have available for them," Boockvar said.
The count varies across the state, with some counties updating results every hour, while some may have 3-hour gaps.
At least seven counties in Pennsylvania said they would not begin counting mail-in ballots until Wednesday: Beaver, Cumberland, Franklin, Greene, Juniata, Mercer and Montour.
Mail-in ballots were sent in predominantly by Democrats, and Democratic challenger Joe Biden is expected to pick up a lot of votes once the mail-in ballots are counted.
As of Tuesday night, with most in-person votes counted, Republican President Donald J. Trump appears to be ahead, as more Republicans voted in person than Democrats. Just before Wednesday began, Trump was leading Biden 56 percent to 42 percent in Pennsylvania.
It remains to be seen if the president will hold that lead as counting continues overnight.
York Daily Record reporter Teresa Boeckel contributed to this report.