Biden pulls ahead in Michigan as largest counties continue to count ballots

Biden pulls ahead in Michigan as largest counties continue to count ballots
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Former Vice President Joe Biden has pulled ahead of President Donald Trump in Michigan as the state's largest counties continue to count ballots.

On Wednesday morning, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson took to Twitter to confirm that "hundreds of thousands of ballots" still had not been counted in the state's largest areas.

"Hundreds of thousands of ballots in our largest jurisdictions are still being counted, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint, Warren & Sterling Heights," Benson tweeted around 7 a.m.

As of 8:30 a.m. EST Trump led in Michigan by 24,179 votes, which equates to a 0.5% lead, according to the Associated Press tally for the state. That tally accounted for approximately 91% of Michigan's expected vote. However, as of 9:00 a.m. EST Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has taken the lead by more than 18,000 votes.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan saw an increase in absentee voting with more than 3.2 million ballots cast. The publication reports that a large number of those ballots have yet to be counted and there is a strong likelihood that those votes will be favorable for Biden. Election officials also project that Michigan's overall voter turnout may top 5.26 million for the 2020 election, surpassign the state's voter turnout for the 2008 election.

Although the count for mail-in votes was expected to be delayed by hours up to several days, Trump is already attempting to undermine the results of the election. However, Michigan officials have vowed to count all ballots and provide accurate results.

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