Absentee, provisional ballot counts leave some races in limbo
It's still unclear how many votes still need to be counted among both provisional ballots cast Tuesday and absentee ballots that are still in the mail, but it could be enough to change the outcomes of some races
BIDEN AND 213 FOR DONALD TRUMP. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE MONITORING VERY CLOSELY. IT TAKES PATIENCE TO WAIT FOR A FULL ELECTION COUNT. TRAVIS JOINS US NOW TO EXPLAIN WHAT WE ARE WAITING ON AND WHEN IT WILL COME. WE WERE TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT HOW THINGS WILL POTENTIALLY PROGRESS ONCE THE ELECTION DAY TOTALS CHIME IN. >> WE HERE AT WRAL-TV , EVEN THOUGH TRUMP AND TILLIS HAVE A SMALL BUT ADEQUATE LEAD, WHY IS THAT? BASICALLY, WE DON'T REALLY KNOW HOW MANY VOTES ARE OUT THERE STILL BUT IT IS THEORETICALLY ENOUGH TO CHANGE THE OUTCOME. THE PRESIDENT UP ABOUT 76,000 AND SOME CHANGE. HOW MANY ARE STILL OUT THERE? THAT IS TWO CATEGORIES, PROVISIONAL AND ABSENTEE. PROVISIONAL WAS CAST BUT THE STATE HAVE NOT DECIDED YET WHETHER IT SHOULD COUNT. SOMEONE SHOWS UP ON ELECTION DAY AND IT'S HIS THEY ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE. WE KNOW 2700 OF THOSE WERE CAST IN EARLY VOTING BUT THE STATE HAS NOT UPDATED HOW MANY THERE WERE ON ELECTION DAY. THE ABSENTEE BALLOTS, THE BIGGER NUMBER BUT WE KNOW NEARLY 1 MILLION PEOPLE VOTED BY MAIL BUT THERE IS STILL 170,000 ABSENTEE BALLOTS OUT THERE AND WE DON'T KNOW HOW MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE VOTED YESTERDAY, CANCELING THE MAIL IN BALLOT. THE HARDER QUESTION IS HOW MANY PEOPLE MAILED IN THEIR BALLOT CLOSE TO THE DEADLINE, GOT THAT POSTMARK REQUIRED YESTERDAY BUT THE POST OFFICE HAS UNTIL NOVEMBER 12 TO DELIVER THOSE. WE DON'T REALLY KNOW HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE TO DETERMINE HOW MANY OF THESE ARE OUTSTANDING AND HOW MANY GOT CANCELED BECAUSE THE VOTER VOTED ON ELECTION DAY AND HOW MANY DID NOT RETURN BY THE DEADLINE BUT WHEN YOU ADD IT UP, I THINK WE ARE GETTING INTO THE UNLIKELY TERRITORY. >> THAT IS WHY IT IS SO CRITICAL. WE HAVE BEEN SAYING WE NEED TO WAIT FOR EVERY SINGLE VOTE TO BE COUNTED. THAT IS WHERE JOE BIDEN AND DONALD TRUMP LEACH WILL EXPAND.