Two armed men are arrested for driving from Virginia to Philadelphia in a Hummer and ‘planning to attack convention center’ where ballots are still being counted
Trump, who held a 675,000-vote lead early Wednesday but by Friday morning there was just 22,000 votes separating the two candidates [/b]
Philadelphia police have arrested two men who were allegedly involved in a plot to attack the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Thursday night.
Police were tipped off, possibly from a concerned family member of one of the men, who had driven the 300 miles from Virginia in a Hummer.
It’s thought the plan was to possibly carry out an attack at the convention center where votes from the election are still being counted.
Police have taken both men into custody during which point a weapon was found according to 6ABC.
Inside the Convention Center, workers have been tallying hundreds of thousands of votes cast by Philadelphia residents.
In Philadelphia, 358,644 absentee and mail-in ballots have been returned so far. 84 percent of those have been counted, and 58,642 more need to be counted.
Pennsylvania is among a handful of battleground states Trump and Biden are narrowly contesting as they seek the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
Trump, who held a 675,000-vote lead early Wednesday, prematurely declared victory in the state.
‘We’re winning Pennsylvania by a tremendous amount. We’re up 690,000 votes in Pennsylvania. These aren’t even close. It’s not like, ‘Oh, it’s close,’ ‘ Trump said during an appearance at the White House.
But by early Friday morning his lead had slipped to about 22,000 votes, as mail-in ballots from across the state continued to be counted. The late counted ballots were overwhelmingly in Biden’s favor.
One reason for the tightening race: Under state law, elections officials are not allowed to process mail-in ballots until Election Day. It’s a form of voting that has skewed heavily in Biden’s favor after Trump spent months claiming – without proof – that voting by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud.
There’s a possibility the race won’t be decided for days. If there is less than a half percentage point difference between Biden and Trump’s vote total, state law dictates that a recount must be held.
Democrats had long considered Pennsylvania a part of their ‘blue wall’ – a trifecta that also includes Wisconsin and Michigan – that for years had served as a bulwark in presidential elections. In 2016, Trump won each by less than a percentage point.
Biden, who was born in Scranton, claims favorite-son status in the state and has long played up the idea that he was Pennsylvania’s ‘third senator’ during his decades representing neighboring Delaware.
He’s also campaigned extensively in the state from his home in Delaware.