Trump leads in Pennsylvania but over a million ballots still being counted

The state is racing to process the mail-in ballots that could decide the race in a crucial battleground state. The mail-in ballots come from mostly Democratic constituencies.
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Transcript for Trump leads in Pennsylvania but over a million ballots still being counted
And as we mentioned, Pennsylvania will be crucial, especially for president trump. And tonight, take a look at this. A live stream from Pennsylvania, one of the vote count sites in Philadelphia, more than a million ball-in ballots still being counted. So, when will we know? ABC's Eva pilgrim back in Philadelphia tonight. Reporter: Tonight, an army of counters in Pennsylvania racing to process millions of mail-in ballots that could decide the race in the crucial battleground state. The governor urging patience. The delay that we're seeing is a sign that the system is working. Reporter: The president right now has the lead in the keystone state thanks to the in-person votes being counted first, but now, that mountain of early mail-in votes being tabulated, mostly from the democratic strongholds of Philadelphia, its suburbs and allegheny county. President trump won Pennsylvania in 2016 by just 44,000 votes, less than 1%. This state now crucial in his path to re-election. Trump tweeting, "They are finding Biden votes all over the place." But Pennsylvania's secretary of state making it clear, these mail-in ballots arrived in time rr ection day. The vote count, as I've said many times, is never done on the day of election night and the counties are doing this accurately. Eva pilgrim back with us tonight from Pennsylvania. And Eva, we've been saying this for so many nights now, I know Americans are really used to the tradition of networks projecting winners on election nife can, sometimes deep into the early morning hours. We knew this year would be different because of the pandemic. The secretary of state right there in Pennsylvania urging caution and patience, but saying this is going to take some time. Reporter: That's exactly right. There's still 1.1 million votes that are outstanding. Joe Biden is trailing by about 320,000 votes. That means he needs 710,000 votes of those outstanding votes in order to win this. That seems like a STE hill to climb, but the Biden camp feels confident that they can get to that point. They say those votes are within their democratic strongholds. The trump campaign, however, still confide president can car this state,david. That's really interesting. That's just a calculation from our political team, the best we can, about 700,000 votes Joe Biden would need, seems really high, but of course, those are urban areas, metro areas, so, 'll see as the night progresses and the days, because it's Pennsylvania we're talking about. And four years ago, it was just 44,000 votes that Donald Trump won Pennsylvania over Hillary Clinton and really both parties tonight say this is going to be a very close state again. Reporter: Really narrow margin. Former democratic governor Ed Rendell predicting that this will be another really tight race. The differences of 100,000 votes or less. He's picking Biden for the win. David? Eva pilgrim, thank you. And as we reported just a

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