US ELECTION LIVE BLOG: ‘Be patient, folks. Votes are being counted,’ says Biden

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TONIGHT...

  •  States still counting votes


Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

  •  Electoral college votes


So far, Biden has 264 electoral votes and Trump 214 votes. The magic number is 270 for one of them to be elected the next US president.

  •  Electoral college votes up for grabs in each state

 Alaska (3), Arizona (11), Georgia (16), Nevada (6), North Carolina (15), and Pennsylvania (20).

  •  Threats of legal action

Trump’s campaign has announced lawsuits in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia and demanded a recount in Wisconsin.

The US president has also stated on Twitter he will take legal action to challenge “all of the recent Biden claimed states.”

It’s important to note that despite claims of electoral fraud from the Trump campaign, there has been no evidence of election fraud surrounding the election count.

  •  Voter turnout in Tuesday’s election

According to the US Election Project, voter turnout in Tuesday’s election is projected to be the highest in 120 years at 66.9%.

Biden has won more votes than any other presidential candidate in US history with 70.5 million votes. 

Trump has pulled in 67.2 million votes, which is four million more than he received in 2016.

  • The situation in the key states

NEVADA

Nevada, where Biden is favored, could put him precisely at the number needed to win, if he keeps Arizona. With more than 87% of the vote counted, Biden was leading by about 12,000 votes, according to CNN.

 NORTH CAROLINA

In North Carolina, Trump had a comfortable lead of about 77,000 votes with 95% of the ballots, about 5.38 million, tabulated.

GEORGIA

 In Georgia just after midday, Biden lagged Trump by just over 13,500 votes with about 98% counted. But he could pull in the lion's share of the final votes being counted, which include thousands in Democratic-leaning areas.

PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania is the biggest prize remaining, with 20 electoral votes. As in Georgia, Trump is currently leading, but the majority of votes left to be counted are in Democratic-leaning areas like greater Philadelphia.

 At midday, Trump's lead stood at about 116,000 votes, with 92% of the ballots counted.

ARIZONA

One wild card that could upset these calculations: Arizona. Fox News and the Associated Press have already called the race in Biden's favour, but other networks including CNN and NBC have said the race is still too close to call.

As Americans continue to wait to see who will be declared the winner of Tuesday’s election, Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden has appealed for patience as votes continue to be counted in several states. 

Biden tweeted a while ago: “Be patient, folks. Votes are being counted, and we feel good about where we are.” 

The former vice president is close to victory in the presidential race as President Donald Trump seeks to stave off defeat with legal challenges and unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud.

Vote counting still continues in six states: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES

So far, Biden has 264 electoral votes and Trump 214 votes. The magic number is 270 for one of them to be elected the next US president.

MORE THREATS OF LEGAL CHALLENGES

US President Donald Trump has continued to falsely claim voter fraud in the election, threatening more legal battles to election results in several states.

 Trump tweeted a while ago, “All of the recent Biden claimed States will be legally challenged by us for Voter Fraud and State Election Fraud. Plenty of proof - just check out the Media. WE WILL WIN! America First! [sic]”

Trump’s campaign has so far announced lawsuits in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia and demanded a recount in Wisconsin.

Biden is close to victory in the US presidential race as Trump seeks to stave off defeat with legal challenges.

The Democratic hopeful could pick up the votes needed for victory from other states where counting was continuing in Georgia, Nevada, or Pennsylvania.

With 86% of the vote counted, Biden has a razor-thin 8,000-vote lead in Nevada, which has six electoral votes.

Trump has sizeable leads in Georgia (16 electoral votes) and Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes), but Biden has been making gains as the votes continue to be tallied and his campaign is confident he can overtake the president.

So far, Biden has 264 electoral votes and Trump 214 votes. The magic number of electoral votes is 270 for one of them to be elected the next US president.

TWITTER FLAGS TRUMP TWEET

Twitter has once again labelled one of Trump’s tweets as misleading after he tweeted a few minutes ago that “any vote that came in after election day [Tuesday] will not be counted.”

This is simply not true as some votes may still be counted in certain states.

Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, and Arizona are still counting mountains of uncounted mail-in ballots, which have favoured Biden.

On Wednesday, Twitter also labelled several of Trump’s tweets as misleading after the president claimed ballot irregularities during the vote-counting process.

Trump alleged that there had been “surprise ballot dumps” in states where he had been leading Biden in the race for the White House.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW SO FAR…

• Vote counting still continues in six states: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

• As votes continue to trickle in, Biden is leading in both Arizona and Nevada - two states where more votes are expected today.

• Trump has a narrow lead in Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral college votes.

• Biden has already flipped the states of Wisconsin and Michigan from Republicans.

• Trump’s campaign announced lawsuits in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia and demanded a recount in Wisconsin.

ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES

So far, Biden has 264 electoral votes and Trump 214 votes.

Remember, the magic number of electoral votes is 270 for one of them to be elected the next US president.

RUSSIA REACTS TO US ELECTION

“Everything that concerns our country is seen in the United States like a red rag to a bull,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov told reporters on Thursday. “That’s why we won’t make any comment. Americans probably need to put some order in their own affairs themselves.”

Peskov added, however, that the uncertainty linked to the election results in the world’s biggest economy “could potentially have negative consequences for the world, above all for the global economy”.

TRUMP CAMPAIGN DUE TO BRIEF MEDIA 

Trump’s campaign team has announced that it will be making a “major announcement” in Las Vegas during a press conference.

Fox News is reporting that the campaign wants to file a lawsuit in Nevada over alleged voter fraud.

As the knife-edge US presidential race tilted toward Democrat Joe Biden, US President Donald Trump in his first tweet on Thursday tweeted “stop the count” as he continues to make claims of voter fraud in the election. 

His campaign has also filed lawsuits in several states to stop the counting of mail-in ballots. 

This is despite there being no evidence of election fraud.

At the same time, Biden continues to make his call for all votes to be counted.

TRUMP ACCUSED OF “GROSS ABUSE OF OFFICE”

The head of an international observer mission to the US elections accused Trump of a “gross abuse of office” after the US president called the polls a fraud and demanded that vote counting be halted.

 “The most disturbing thing was that with presidential fanfare of the White House, that is, with all the insignia of power, the American commander-in-chief called for an end to the count because of his purported victory,” Michael Link from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe told the German newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung.

GEORGIA SET TO REPORT RESULTS
 
US media is reporting that Georgia should be done counting votes by noon on Thursday. 

This as Trump’s lead is narrowing in the state as more mail-in votes are being counted.

WHY GEORGIA MATTERS

The southern state has been dominated by Republicans for presidential elections for a generation, but Biden’s bid for the White House has made the state competitive for the first time in nearly 30 years.

So far, Biden has flipped Michigan and Wisconsin, which are the two key swing states that Trump won four years ago. 

However, Trump’s campaign wants votes to be recounted in Wisconsin. The campaign also filed a lawsuit in Michigan to stop vote counting.

BIDEN LAUNCHES ‘FIGHT FUND’ FOR VOTE COUNT BATTLE

As both the Trump and Biden campaigns gear up for potential legal battles over election results, Biden announced the formation of what he called the “Biden Fight Fund” to ensure every vote is counted.

“Donald Trump does not decide the outcome of this election and nor do I. The American people decide. That’s why we’ve launched the Biden Fight Fund - to ensure every vote is counted,” Biden tweeted on Thursday. 

STOCKS RALLY, DOLLAR SLIDES AWAITING CLEAR WINNER

Stock markets rallied Thursday and the dollar slid against the euro and pound as US election uncertainty reigned ahead of a key Federal Reserve update.

The knife-edge US presidential race has tilted toward Biden, with Democrat wins in Michigan and Wisconsin bringing him close to a majority.

But Trump claimed he was being cheated and has gone to court to try and stop vote-counting in some states.

So far, Biden leads the race with 264 electoral votes and Trump has 214 votes. The magic number for a candidate to win the election is 270.

BY THE NUMBERS

According to the US Election Project, voter turnout in Tuesday’s election is projected to be the highest in 120 years at 66.9%.

 Biden has won more votes than any other presidential candidate in US history with 70.5 million votes. 

Trump has pulled in 67.2 million votes, which is four million more than he received in 2016.

IN HIS OWN WORDS…

US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in his last televised address on Wednesday was optimistic about winning the election.

He spoke from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, where he was joined by his running mate Kamala Harris.

But unlike Trump – who claims he is being cheated and went to court to try and stop vote-counting in some states - Biden stopped short of declaring victory.

Here’s what Biden had to say in quotes:

Every vote counts

“Every vote must be counted. No one is going to take our democracy away from us. Not now, not ever.”

When counting is finished

 “I am here to report that when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners.”

Government by and for the people

“If we had any doubts, we shouldn’t have any longer about a government of, by and for the people.”

Democracy

“Yesterday [Tuesday] once again proved that democracy is the heartbeat of this nation, just as it has been the heartbeat of this nation for two centuries.”

Divided nation

“Once this election is finalised and behind us, it’ll be time for us to do what we’ve always done as Americans, to put the harsh rhetoric of the campaign behind us, to lower the temperature, to see each other again, to listen to one another, to hear each other again, and respect and care for one another.”

STATES TOO CLOSE TO CALL

The six states of Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania are being closely watched as voting counting continues. 

The Trump campaign is challenging vote counts in the key states of Wisconsin, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

Biden won Michigan by 50.6%. US media have forecast the Democratic candidate took Wisconsin by 49.6%. 

Voting counting still continues in Pennsylvania where both Trump and Biden are neck and neck. 

The US presidential election is going down to the wire with votes still being counted in several battleground states that could determine the winner between Trump and Biden.

ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES

As things stand, Biden leads the race for the White House with 264 electoral votes and Trump has 214 votes.

To win the White House, a candidate must take an absolute majority of electoral votes, making 270 the magic number.

More results are expected from Arizona and Georgia in a US election whose outcome still rests on a knife edge.

Earlier, the Democratic nominee Joe Biden said that he could see a path to victory, while US President Donald Trump launched legal challenges.

TRUMP CAMPAIGN CLAIMS ‘IRREGULARITIES’ IN WISCONSIN

Trump’s campaign said it was demanding a recount in Wisconsin, where early returns show Biden with a slender lead.

“There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results,” campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement. 

 He added: “The president is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.”

Wisconsin is one of a handful of states where the fate of the US election now hangs in the balance.

 TRUMP CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISING FOR ELECTION RESULT BATTLES

The Trump campaign is reportedly fundraising for resources to wage legal battles against election results, CNN has reported. 

According to the report, the US president’s campaign has sent out six emails to supporters since midnight on Tuesday asking for money. 

Earlier, Trump falsely claimed that he had won the US election, despite being neck-and-neck with Biden. He said he would go to the US Supreme Court to dispute the counting of votes, adding, “we want all voting to stop.”

 There is no evidence of election fraud surrounding the election count.

MORE TRUMP TWEETS

Earlier, Twitter labelled two of Trump’s tweets as misleading after he claimed ballot irregularities during the ongoing vote-counting process in swing states.

But Trump seems undeterred by this. 

He tweeted a few minutes ago that Democrats “are finding Biden votes all over the place in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. So bad for our Country!”

BERLIN CALLS FOR 'TRUST' IN VOTING PROCESS 

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Wednesday urged America’s politicians to help maintain “trust” in the electoral system after President Donald Trump prematurely declared victory in the tightly contested race.

 Maas said in a statement: “It is important that all politicians who reach people directly, establish trust in the electoral process and the results.”

ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES

 So far, Biden has 238 electoral votes and Trump 213.

The magic number of electoral votes is 270 for one of them to be elected the next US president.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW SO FAR…

• Trump alleged on Twitter that there had been “surprise ballot dumps” in states where he had been leading Biden in the race for the White House.

Twitter labelled the US president’s comments on ballot irregularities as “misleading”.

• Earlier, Trump claimed he had won the US election, despite the final results not yet being given, and said he would go to the US Supreme Court to dispute the counting of votes.

• Biden vowed that his campaign would not “rest until every vote is counted”. His White House campaign slammed Trump’s threat to try to stop the election vote count as “outrageous”, saying its legal team was ready to prevent such an “unprecedented” act.

• A lawyer for Biden’s campaign warned Trump will suffer a harsh loss if he follows through on threats to challenge election vote counts in the Supreme Court.

BATTLEGROUND STATES

• Trump is currently leading in the key state of Pennsylvania by about over 600,000 votes. He has won in the states of Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Missouri, and Texas - which has 38 electoral college votes, second only to California’s 55.

• Biden has captured 20 states including his home state Delaware and big prizes California and New York, as well as the US capital. The former vice president has flipped one state won by Trump in 2016 - Arizona, in the southwest.

• AGAIN… the election is still too close to call at this stage.

BIDEN CAMPAIGN ON TRUMP’S SUPREME COURT THREAT 

President Donald Trump will suffer a harsh loss if he follows through on threats to challenge election vote counts in the US Supreme Court, a lawyer for Democrat Joe Biden’s campaign warned a few minutes ago.

Trump “will be in for one of the most embarrassing defeats a president ever suffered before the highest court in the land” if he asks it to invalidate ballots counted after Election Day, said former White House counsel Bob Bauer.

US STOCK GAINS PICK UP SPEED

Wall Street stocks were in rally mode on Wednesday, shrugging off uncertainty over the still-unresolved presidential election and the likelihood of divided government in Washington.

Markets were watching updates from about a half dozen states that will determine the next US president where some vote tallies showed razor-thin differences. 

In any case, Republicans appeared poised to maintain control of the Senate, raising the likelihood that Washington will remain divided.

Joe Biden vowed that his campaign would not "rest until every vote is counted" in the US election after President Donald Trump sought Supreme Court intervention to halt the counting process.

"We won't rest until everyone's vote is counted," Trump's Democrat rival said on Twitter a few minutes ago.

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter a few minutes ago, claiming “surprise ballot dumps” in states where he was leading.

Twitter labelled Trump's comments on ballot irregularities as "misleading".

TRUMP LEADS IN PENNSYLVANIA

Trump is currently leading in the key state of Pennsylvania by about 618,000 votes.

Both Trump and Biden have emphasised the importance of Pennsylvania to their electoral prospects. 

 Trump flipped the state in 2016. Pennsylvania had voted for the Democratic party in six consecutive presidential elections.


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STATES WON BY TRUMP

Trump has won in the states of Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Missouri, and Texas which has 38 electoral college votes, second only to California’s 55.

 Biden flipped Arizona and has been projected to win Maine, Hawaii, Washington, California, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, New Jersey, and Illinois.

BIDEN LEADING IN WISCONSIN

 According to US media, Biden is currently ahead in Wisconsin after trailing Trump throughout the night. 

 That leaves the battlegrounds Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania still up in the air - as well as the easier to predict states of Alaska (Republican) and Nevada (Democratic).

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TRUMP: WE DID WIN THIS ELECTION

Earlier, Trump claimed he had won the US election, despite the final results not yet being given, and said he would go to the Supreme Court to dispute the counting of votes.

He was speaking at an extraordinary speech from the ceremonial East Room of the White House.

Here’s what Trump had to say in quotes:

“We were winning in many other states and we were just about to declare it and then suddenly this fraud happened there. A fraud on the American people. And we will not let this happen.”

“So, we are going to go to the US Supreme Court and ensure that suddenly new ballots are not mysteriously found at 4am and added to their tally. Quite frankly this is a shame to America and to the millions of Americans.”

Here’s what some Americans have to say as election results trickle in.

NOT JUST ABOUT THE PRESIDENT

Besides voting for president, millions of American voters will also be choosing members of the country's 117th Congress. There are 35 Senate seats up for grabs, as are all 435 in the House of Representatives.

US SENATE RACE 
 
With control of the Senate up for grabs, Democrats put their stamp once again on the House of Representatives, securing another two years as the party in power with Speaker Nancy Pelosi - Trump's chief nemesis in Washington - likely to preside over her flock again.

Controlling the Senate is vital as the party in power controls, which bills reach the floor and which of the president's nominees receive confirmation votes. 

WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR…

- As it stands, there are seven states still left uncalled, including major prizes such as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - meaning both Trump and Biden still have a path to victory.

- US media outlets have projected wins for the Republican incumbent in 23 states including big prizes Florida and Texas, as well as Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ohio - all states he won in 2016.

- Biden has captured 20 states including his home state Delaware and big prizes California and New York, as well as the US capital.  The former vice president has flipped one state won by Trump in 2016 - Arizona, in the southwest.

 - Nebraska split its electoral votes between the two - four for Trump and one for Biden. Maine was won by Biden, but so far, he has only three of the four electoral votes on offer, with the last still to be decided.

 BY THE NUMBERS

So far, that gives Biden 238 electoral votes and Trump 213.

STATES NOT YET CALLED

Alaska

Georgia

Michigan

Nevada

North Carolina

Pennsylvania

Wisconsin

WHEN WILL WE FIND OUT WINNER? 

 The key battle states of Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin have all indicated a final picture could emerge Wednesday, Pennsylvania has said it could take up to 6 November, while in North Carolina mail ballots postmarked election day are accepted until 12 November.

 

LATEST ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES COMING IN

TRUMP (213):

Alabama (9)

Arkansas (6)

Florida (29)

Idaho (4)

Indiana (11)

Iowa (6)

Kansas (6)

Kentucky (8)

Louisiana (8)

Mississippi (6)

Missouri (10)

Montana (3)

Nebraska (4)*

North Dakota (3)

Ohio (18)

Oklahoma (7)

South Carolina (9)

South Dakota (3)

Tennessee (11)

Texas (38)

Utah (6)

West Virginia (5)

Wyoming (3)


BIDEN (238):

Arizona (11)

California (55)

Colorado (9)

Connecticut (7)

Delaware (3)

District of Columbia (3)

Hawaii (4)

Illinois (20)

Maine (3)**

Maryland (10)

Massachusetts (11)

Minnesota (10)

Nebraska (1)*

New Hampshire (4)

New Jersey (14)

New Mexico (5)

New York (29)

Oregon (7)

Rhode Island (4)

Vermont (3)

Virginia (13)

Washington (12)

As it stands, Democratic candidate Joe Biden has won 224 electoral votes and US President Donald Trump a maximum of 213, based on the states they’ve so far won.

Remember that 270 of the electoral votes is the magic number to win the presidential election.

Barack Obama's vice president was boosted by the addition of Arizona in the early hours of Wednesday morning - as the two men try to eke their way to the magic number of 270 out of a total of 538.

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