Donald Trump is on the verge of becoming the fourth elected president in a century to lose a reelection bid.
The latest indication came when his Democratic Party opponent, Joe Biden, pulled ahead in the traditionally red state of Georgia.
It came as a result of ballots being counted in Clayton County.
It was represented for decades in Congress by recently deceased civil-rights icon John Lewis.
With 99 percent of the votes counted in Georgia, Biden is clinging to a 1,096-vote lead.
The voting-systems implementation manager in Georgia, Gabriel Sterling, told ABC that there are 8,197 absentee ballots that still need to be counted. In addition, another 8,899 military and overseas ballots are available to come in today.
Biden is also winning in Nevada and Arizona.
In Pennsylvania, Trump has a lead of 18,049 votes with 95 percent of the ballots counted. Most analysts expect Biden to win the state when tens of thousands of votes are counted in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
This state's lieutenant-governor, John Fetterman, told ABC this morning that there are about 150,000 to 160,000 ballots left to count in Pennsylvania.
Biden needs 270 Electoral College votes to be elected. He has 253 votes. Pennsylvania has 20; Georgia has 16; Arizona has 11; and Nevada has six.
It raises the prospect of Biden capturing more than 300 Electoral College votes after all the votes are counted.
George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Herbert Hoover were the only other elected U.S. presidents to be defeated in the last century in their attempts to win a second term.
Gerald Ford, who was never elected president, lost when he ran as an incumbent president against Carter in 1976.
Some Republicans allege fraud
Meanwhile, members of the Trump family and some other Republicans are claiming that Biden is stealing the election—an allegation that's been rejected by Democrats and most of the news media.
Trump has purported that Republican observers are being kept out of vote-counting areas, insisting that people have had to rely binoculars to see what's going on.
The Philadelphia Inquirer fact-checked Trump's claims.
"This was true at one point," the paper stated. "We photographed one observer using binoculars during the vote count inside the Convention Center on Tuesday. The city allowed observers to be six feet from the first row of counters’ tables after a Commonwealth Court judge’s order Thursday."
Donald Trump Jr. has even warned potential Republican candidates in 2024 that they may face a rough ride in the primaries if they don't "stand up now" to speak out.
Two potential Republican presidential candidates—senators Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham—quickly expressed their concerns about the election process.
"Philadelphia elections are crooked as a snake," Graham told FOX News host Sean Hannity.
Graham has also donated $500,000 to Trump's legal defence fund.
Cruz, a lawyer, also went on Hannity's show to reinforce the Trump family's message.
In May, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a news release stating that a former judge of elections in Philadelphia, Domenick J. Demuro, had pleaded guilty "for his role in accepting bribes to cast fraudulent ballots and certifying false voting results during the 2014, 2015, and 2016 primary elections in Philadelphia".
"Domenick Demuro put a thumb on the scale for certain candidates, in exchange for bribes,” special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia division, Michael J. Driscoll, said at the time. “As public trust in the electoral process is vital, the FBI’s message today is clear: election interference of any kind, by hostile foreign actors or dishonest local officials, won’t be tolerated. This is an active, ongoing investigation and we're asking anyone with information on election fraud to contact the FBI.”
The director of Pennsylvania State Police, Capt. Leo Hamilton, said in May that this investigation demonstrated that his agency "will relentlessly pursue any breach of the sacred trust bestowed on upon our public officials".
Vice President Mike Pence declared that he stands with the president.
But unlike Trump, Pence tweeted that "every LEGAL vote" must be counted. Yesterday morning, Trump tweeted that the counting should stop.
Sen. Marco Rubio, another prominent Republican, tweeted that taking days to count legally cast ballots is not fraud.
Yet another high-profile Republican in the Senate, Mitt Romney, has made no allegations of fraud. Romney was the only Republican senator who voted to convict Trump of abuse of power following an impeachment trial in the Senate.
Trump's niece and fierce critic, author Mary Trump, told MSNBC she believes that the president is feeling "unimaginable rage" over the results.
"Donald has never been in this place before where there's nobody to bail him out," she said. "He's flailing."