Donald Trump (left) has been claiming the election is being stolen; Joe Biden (right) has been urging patience and maintains all votes must be counted. (Images courtesy CNN)
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Ballots are still being counted in several key states, with elections officials expected to provide updates later today.

Joe Biden holds a 253-213 lead in the Electoral College, and he is now leading in Georgia and closing in on Pennsylvania.

In addition to Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania, the races in Alaska and North Carolina remain still too close to call.

More results expected from Pennsylvania soon

CNN projections on election results as at 8:00 am ET. Image courtesy CNN.

Election officials are expected to soon release more results on their vote count in the Keystone State.

Biden is only behind President Trump by a little more than 18,000 votes in Pennsylvania right now, after having trailed at one point by more than half a million ballots in the hours after polls closed. Tens of thousands of votes — most of them from strongly Democratic areas, including around Philadelphia — remain to be counted.

Here’s why this matters: Trump cannot find a route to 270 electoral votes without Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes.

Right now, Biden has 253 electoral votes. If he wins Pennsylvania, he’s over the 270 electoral vote threshold.

Reminder: Each candidate needs 270 electoral college votes to win the presidency.

Biden team is mounting a push to get supporters and allies to validate election legitimacy

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden joined by Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the The Queen theater Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Joe Biden is waking up today on the cusp of realizing a quest he started more than three decades ago: Winning the presidency.

But it also comes with a stark reality. If he wins, he will have to fight for the legitimacy of his own victory.

Even as the votes are still being counted in Pennsylvania, his native commonwealth that could put him over the top, his advisers have mounted an aggressive behind-the-scenes push to get his supporters — and, even more importantly, Republicans — to help validate the sanctity of the election.

The Biden campaign took note of President Trump’s dire tone in the White House last night and began a plan that is underway today to get his old allies in the Senate — and others from a lifetime in public life — to speak to the legitimacy of the election.

In Wilmington, Delaware, with the sun already rising in the morning sky, the stage is still waiting for Biden. He will address the country at some point, but aides said the timing is out of their hands.

Trump won’t have a path to 270 if he loses Georgia and Pennsylvania

US President Donald Trump speaks in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC on November 5, 2020. – Democrat Joe Biden is leading President Donald Trump in the race for the 270 electoral votes that will put one of them over the top, with the Democrat’s campaign asserting they believe he has enough votes to win in key battleground states that remain undecided, like Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Early this morning, Democratic nominee Joe Biden took the lead in Georgia, where 99% of the state vote count has been reported.

Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, Biden is only behind President Trump by a little more than 18,000 votes in the Keystone State after having trailed at one point by more than half a million ballots in the hours after polls closed. Tens of thousands of votes — most of them from strongly Democratic areas, including around Philadelphia — remain to be counted.

Here’s why this matters: Trump cannot find a route to 270 electoral votes without Georgia’s 16 electoral votes and Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, so his chances of securing re-election will hinge on developments in the two states.

Right now, Biden has 253 electoral votes. If he wins Pennsylvania, he’s over the 270 electoral vote threshold. If he wins Georgia, he’s at 269.

And remember: Four more states — Alaska, Arizona, Nevada and North Carolina — are still yet to be projected. Trump has leads in Alaska and North Carolina, while Biden has leads in Arizona and Nevada.