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How Many Votes Have Been Counted In Undecided States

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Updated at 8:10 p.m. ET

The presidential race got even tighter Wednesday night as Joe Biden narrowed in on 270 electoral votes with a win in Michigan. But there are still many votes to be counted in other crucial swing states that were always likely to determine the outcome of this election.

More than 139 million votes have been counted, and The Associated Press is projecting a total vote of nearly 173 million, which would be a record. Four key states — Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania — remained up in the air Wednesday evening, with an estimated 1.7 million votes not yet counted.

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President Trump was ahead in the vote tally in Pennsylvania Wednesday night, but the count is not expected to be complete for a few days.

Two Sun Belt states that Democrats had hoped to capture, Georgia and North Carolina, have counted 97% and 94% of their votes, respectively. Trump retains a narrow lead in each state. Nevada, another key state for Democrats, has 75% counted, with a slight lean toward Biden.

Alaska also remains to be called, but it's expected to fall in Trump's column.

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NPR News' Brian Naylor is a correspondent on the Washington Desk. In this role, he covers politics and federal agencies.
Daniel Wood is a visual journalist at NPR, where he brings data and analyses into complex topics by paired reporting with custom charts, maps and explainers. He focuses on data-rich topics like COVID-19 outcomes, climate change and politics. His interest in tracking a small outbreak of a novel coronavirus in January 2020 helped position NPR to be among the leading news organizations to provide daily updates on the growth and impact of COVID-19 around the country and globe.
Connie Hanzhang Jin