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US Election Day 2020: Trump and Biden results | 3 November

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US Election Day 2020: Trump and Biden results | 3 November

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Election 2020: latest headlines

Current Electoral college standings:

Biden: 264 
Trump: 214

- Michigan has now been called by AP for Biden, meaning per their tally he is on 264 electoral college votes, just six shy of the winning number. Which is exactly what's on offer in Nevada, where Biden is around 8,000 votes up with 86% of votes counted. Nevada is not expected to report final numbers until Thursday morning.

- The outstanding states with electoral college votes are: Georgia (16), Nevada (6), Pennsylvania (20), North Carolina (15), Alaska (3). 

- Pennsylvania expects to have most ballots counted by Friday. Trump leads by 2.6% with 89% of votes reported, but the remaining votes to be counted are expected to favour Biden. 

- Trump is up in Georgia (by 0.5% with 95% reported)and Alaska (by 30% with 56% reported with remaining mail-in ballots to be counted next week)

- Result from Georgia expected by Thursday morning with Pennsylvania, North Carolina to take longer

- Trump says he's filing lawsuits to attempt to halt the routine ballot count in Pennsylvania and Michigan, and he's demanding a recount in Wisconsin, where he's lost by around 1%. That request would cost $3 million as the margin isn't tight enough to really require a recount.

- Biden says he's "on track to win this election" but quickly points out he's not claiming he's won it, something Trump did in a shameful speech last night, in which he threw doubt on the integrity of the election

- Twitter slaps warnings on Trump tweets falsely claiming foul play over continued ballot counting "they are finding Biden votes all over the place"

- Biden: "To make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies. We are not enemies."

- Republicans likely to retain the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wins re-election in Kentucky, while minority Democrat congresswomen "The Squad" all win fresh terms

Maricopa County Arizona Trump Biden

Arizona vote count continues, more to come Thursday night 

In the latest results, Trump hit the percentage he needed to stay on track to potentially win Arizona, but it may not hold. The next Maricopa County release is not expected until Thursday night. 

Exit poll shows most black men supported Biden

Even though on the whole Democrats have been losing black male votes for over 10 years.

USA Elections 2020 results in Arizona: who has won the popular and college vote?

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USA Elections 2020 results in Arizona: who has won the popular and college vote?

Who won popular vote and Electoral College votes in Arizona?

It's still hotly contested and is even sparking demonstrations in Maricopa County, but many outlets have called Arizona already. Who did its 11 votes go to?

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Trump fans harass election offices in Michigan, Arizona

Dozens of angry supporters of President Donald Trump descended on vote-counting centres in Detroit and Phoenix as the returns went against him Wednesday in the two key states, while thousands of anti-Trump protesters demanding a complete tally of the ballots in the still-undecided election took to the streets in cities across the U.S.

The protests came as the president insisted without evidence that there were major problems with the voting and the ballot counting, especially with mail-in votes, and as Republicans filed suit in various states over the election.

Wearing Trump gear, the Phoenix protesters filled much of the parking lot at the Maricopa County election center, and members of the crowd chanted, “Fox News sucks!” in anger over the network declaring Joe Biden the winner in Arizona yesterday.

Rep. Paul Gosar, an Arizona Republican and staunch Trump supporter, joined the crowd, declaring: “We’re not going to let this election be stolen. Period.”

“Everyone should want all the votes to be counted, whether they were mailed or cast in person,” said the statement signed by Clint Hickman, the GOP chair of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, and Democratic Supervisor Steve Gallardo. “An accurate vote takes time. ... This is evidence of democracy, not fraud.”

Meanwhile, from New York City to Seattle, thousands of demonstrators turned out to demand that every vote be tallied. And in Portland, Oregon where civil unrest has ruled for months now, protests focused not only on vote counting, but police brutality too.

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Absurd conspiracy that Sharpies ruin Arizona ballots misses the mark

As states across the U.S. release vote totals for the presidential election, some social media users are falsely claiming that ballots are being invalidated in Arizona. The supposed culprit: Sharpie markers.

In what’s come to be known as #Sharpiegate, social media posts suggest that election officials in Maricopa County provided voters with Sharpie pens, which interfered with ballots being recorded, specifically those for President Donald Trump.

Arizona election officials say that voting with a Sharpie would have no impact on the votes being recorded by tabulation machines, and if there was an issue, there is a process that would keep the ballots from being canceled out.

Via AP

AOC promises fans another Twitch

Freshly re-elected in New York Congress but in need of a nap, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez promises fan she'll do another Twitch live stream.

Trump's "spiritual leader" Paula White prays for result

Really. That the "enemies to God are quieted and their plans are overturned."

Paula White-Cain is a preacher and televangelist.

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France says it has faith in US institutions validating vote results

France's foreign minister said on Thursday he had faith good sense would prevail in the US election and that its strong democratic values would ensure the correct results.

"I have faith in U.S. institutions validating the results of the election," Jean-Yves Le Drian told Europe 1 radio.

Biden vows US return to Paris Climate agreement

The deal originally signed in 2016 is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance.

Portland

Police arrest 10 in Portland, 50 in New York on night after US vote

Police in the city of Portland made arrests and seized fireworks, hammers and a rifle after late night demonstrations, as Oregon Governor Kate Brown activated the state's National Guard in response to "widespread violence" on the night after voting in the U.S. presidential election.

Portland Police said it arrested ten people in the demonstrations after declaring riots in the city's downtown area while the New York Police Department (NYPD) said it made about 50 arrests in protests that spread in the city late on Wednesday.

"All of the gatherings that were declared riots were downtown. We have made 10 arrests", a Portland Police spokesman told Reuters in an emailed statement.

Demonstrations were also seen in a few other US cities on Wednesday night as activists demanding that vote counts proceed unimpeded rallied in several cities, including Atlanta, Detroit, New York, and Oakland.

Biden clawing back ground in Georgia

The latest news repoorts suggest that just over 25,000 votes separate Trump and Biden in Georgia as counting continues.

 

Dollar

Dollar dips as Biden gains upper hand in tense US election

The dollar slipped to its weakest level in more than two years against the yuan and eased against other Asian currencies as Democrat Joe Biden edged closer to the White House in a nail-biting U.S. presidential election.

Financial markets, however, were braced for days or even weeks of uncertainty as Republican incumbent President Donald Trump has opened a multi-pronged attack on vote counts in several states by pursuing lawsuits and a recount.

That could hamper the dollar in the short run, traders say.

Democrats may be able to flip Georgia

The latest batch of vote count figures suggest that the margin is narrowing even further in Georgia with Joe Biden just 31,000 adrift of President Trump. The southern state was seen as a safe Republican spot before Election Day but it could be the final nail in Trump's coffin if the Peach State slips through his grasp. 

The most recent information suggests that a final count could be completed by 3:00AM ET. Thursday morning. After the delay caused by a burst pipe in the Atlanta voting center, local authorities have said that they will be returning their vote tonight. 

'Count Every Vote' protesters march in New York City

'Count Every Vote' protesters march in New York City

Team Trump calls on supporters to "FIGHT BACK"

In a bizarre and slightly sinister call to arms an email circular from the President's re-election team asked his supporters to "FIGHT BACK" against "the Left-wing MOB". 

Of course it is not the first time that Trump has resorted to this kind of language but its use in emails sent directly to his base seems particularly disturbing. He continues with the rhetoric of his Election Night 'victory' speech in which he claimed that his rightful win was being denied due to fraud. 

'Count Every Vote' protests sparked across America

As the President continues to file lawsuits (in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, so far) calling on electoral authorities to stop counting some votes, demonstrations have begun in some major US cities in opposition.

The movement uses the tagline 'Count Every Vote', echoing a tweet by Joe Biden early today which said exactly that. 

Georgia tightens in Biden's favour with result expected tonight

Biden is still in with a shout in Georgia but it appears that Trump will be able to hold off the challenge in this traditionally Republican state. The unique demographics have led to a rollercoaster vote count here, with Trump picking up plenty of rural vote while Biden does better with the urban voters. 

Crucially, most of the remaining uncounted votes come from Atlanta, Georgia where a burst pipe disrupted vote counting yesterday. The state's biggest city will almost certainly favourite the Democrats so a surprise victory is not impossible. 

After the flooding yesterday evening, local election officials appear determined to return a count tonight, saying they will be there: “as long as it takes.”

Biden looks in good shape to pick up Pennsylvania

As has been the case in other states who do not count their postal votes until Election Day, the Democrats are staging a late surge as mail-in ballots are tallied up. Republican voters usually favour in-person voting so they tend to start off strongly. 

In Pennsylvania it's going to be close, but with Biden picking up votes at a much higher rate than Trump, the former VP is believed to be the favourite. 

Vote count continues in Arizona

The second day of presidential election 2020 may be drawing to a close but vote counters are powering through in Phoenix, Arizona with a margin believed to be narrowing. THe race was called for Biden but the Trump campaign has rejected the call. 

Could Arizona call flip to Republican?

Arizona was a notable early win for the Democrats when it was called yesterday but as the count continues Team Trump are feeling optimistic about their prospects.

Around an hour ago projections saw Donald Trump picking up around 45% of the votes still to be counted; an hour later it seems he picked up 57% of the votes. This would be a pretty sensational turnaround if the President can stage a shock comeback here and would greatly strengthen his chances of re-election. For Biden, it would not be a knock-out blow but it would complicate his path to the White House. 

 

Vote count ends in Nevada for today

Not wanting to be rushed, Nevada has brought vote counting to a close for the second day of the 2020 presidential election without confirming a winner. Hillary Clinton won the state in 2016 so Biden is expected to hold the six Electoral College votes. 

The state has promised an update on the count at 9am Thursday morning, with it still pretty close at this stage. Joe Biden (49.3%) leads Donald Trump (48.7%) but only around 75% of the vote has been counted so far. 

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UPDATE: Arizona vote count latest

The latest vote count from Arizona suggests that Joe Biden is headed for victory, as was called by Fox News and AP yesterday. The Democratic candidate has a lead of around 80,000 votes with 86% counted. 

President Trump echoes calls for Pennsylvania Attorney General to resign

Votes are still being counted in the hotly-contested state of Pennsylvania but Donald Trump has already made his thoughts about Attorney General Josh Shapiro known. The President gave a speech from the White House early on Wednesday morning claiming PA, along with a whole host of swing states, in his favour. 

As the count is gradually done it seems like the state may be leaning more towards Biden. In response Trump shared an article by right-wing publication Breitbart, which called for Shapiro to "step aside". The article takes issues with his prediction that Trump would lose the Keystone State if “all the votes are added up", accusing him of bias. 

Arizona Secretary of State: Trump has no "legal pathway"

The Secretary of State for Arizona, Katie Hobbs, told CNN that the President does not have a "legal pathway" if he decides to launch an appeal in the courts regarding the state's electoral practices. The Trump campaign has already filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan as the incumbent battles to retain the Rust Belt states. 

Arizona was called for Joe Biden on Tuesday evening by Fox News with Associated Press soon following their lead. However a final vote count has not yet been returned, with Hobbs saying: “We’ve said from day one that this is going to take time. We want to do it right. We want to make sure that every vote is counted."

NYT reveals Trump's fury over Arizona call

The first big surprise of the 2020 presidential election came on Tuesday evening when Arizona was called for the Democrats. The news came first from Donald Trump's favourite news source, Fox News, leaving the President furious according to reports. 

It is thought that Trump was also intending on contesting the result of the election and claiming victory, but the flipping of a Republican state that early made it tricky to spin the night as a successful one. 

The New York Times says: "Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, was also in touch with Rupert Murdoch, the Fox News owner, as the night wore on. And on Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, insisted the president would win Arizona by 30,000 votes."

US election 2020 results vs 2016 electoral college votes: how has it changed?

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US election 2020 results vs 2016 electoral college votes: how has it changed?

How have the Electoral College votes changed from 2016 to 2020?

Although he lost the popular vote, Donald Trump won the presidency four years ago by picking up more of the all-important Electoral College votes than his rival Hillary Clinton. How has his vote count changed this time around and how is Biden doing?

Trump campaign files Georgia lawsuit

The most recent of the post-election Trump lawsuits comes in Georgia where recent counts suggest that Biden is closing the President's lead. He has now began legal procedings in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia. 

The Georgia case filed by Team Trump says: "A significant degree of confusion may still exist regarding whether votes received after 7:00pm can be counted counted in Georgia - they cannot". 

Transition Biden

Biden launches transition website

Joe Biden in a move to show he believes he's on course for victory has launched a transition website, buildbackbetter There's nothing in it beyond this text yet, but he's clearly already thinking about the next moves. 

If you want an incredible, and very scary, view of the way Donald Trump approached the transition from the Obama administration I'd thoroughly recommend reading The Fifth Risk, by Moneyball and the Big Short author Michael Lewis. 

Tidbits from the earlier in the election

It feels like this time yesterday was a lifetime ago. Here's a round-up of some of the key moments we've lived through in this presidential election: 

- Around 100 million Americans voted early, either by mail-in ballot or in-person, a stunning number, caused mostly by the coronavirus pandemic. In some states, such as Texas, Montana and Hawaii, the early vote was greater than the entire 2016 turnout.

- The election saw the highest turnout ever, some 161 million votes (according to Bloomberg). Biden also beat Barack Obama's 2008 popular vote record with over 70 million votes. 

- Biden's hopes of flipping Florida and, even less likely Texas, were soon dashed on Tuesday evening, as he failed to get out the vote, particularly the Latino vote in Florida, in his favour and made no inroads in rural communities. 

- Georgia's vote count was delayed by a burst pipe in a polling centre.

- It became clear fairly early on the Democrats' dreams of taking the Senate were almost certain to be dashed. Senate majority leader Mitch MCConnell was re-elected and looks likely to retain power in the chamber. 

- As the race was looking extremely tight late last night, Biden gave a confident speech to his supporters in Delaware, Trump responded by falsely claiming he had won the election and that a fraud was being perpetrated on the American people.

US presidential election 2020 results map: who is winning each state?

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US presidential election 2020 results map: who is winning each state?

Here's the current map

Remember Nebraska and Maine split their electoral college vote, hence the striped lines. 

Check out all the details here:

Biden

How does Biden land the presidency from here?

Joe Biden currently stands on 264 electoral college votes, per Associated Press, meaning he needs just six votes to win the race to the White House, and he could get them by landing Nevada and its six votes. That would mean he wouldn't need Pennsylvania, previously thought to be vital his chances. Biden is ahead by some 8,000 votes in Nevada, with another 14% of votes to be counted, but they are expected to lean in his favour. 

Right now, Trump appears to be accepting he's not going to have the votes to win the election, hence his decision to lawyer up and seek legal strategies to discredit the election, including stopping counting and demanding recounts. The hope is that civil unrest is not his ultimate aim by convincing his supporters they had the election stolen from them.

Late on election night Trump claimed that he had won the election and that he was going to take a case to the Supreme Court. This is just Trump's usual bluster. There's no legal way to "take a case to the Supreme Court" as he says. Any lawsuit would need to be filed at the appropriate state level and then potentially be appealed up to the Supreme Court, which would still always have the option of hearing or rejecting it. Four Justices have to decide to hear a case for it go before the court. 

So far Trump's threats of legal action appear to have produced nothing other than anger among both his supporters and detractors, with protests on the streets of Philadelphia over Pennsylvania vote, with hundreds of people out in protest against the President's claims he will attempt to halt vote-counting in key states.
 

French bulldog wins Kentucky mayoral election

Wilbur Beast received 13,143 votes, the highest winning total in the history of mayoral elections in Rabbit Hash, Kentucky. After the rsults was confirmed, the campaign said:

"Thank you for the vote of confidence from local supporters and people from all over the world! It’s an exciting adventure and a deeply meaningful cause to preserve the river Hamlet town of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky,"

Economist data journalist gives Trump little hope in key remaining states

Votes are still being counted in Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania but the figures published so far suggest that the postal vote swing in Biden's favour should see him clinch the presidency fairly comfortably. 

The vote count in Nevada could be the first to be confirmed but there is still no official time for any of these races. 

US Elections results | Who is winning the popular vote: Biden or Trump?

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US Elections results | Who is winning the popular vote: Biden or Trump?

Who is winning the popular vote: Biden or Trump?

The vast majority of the votes for the 2020 presidential election have been counted and reported, but which of Donald Trump and Joe Biden has collected more individual ballots from the American people.

How has Arizona been called for Biden?

President Trump's camapign team are convinced that they are still in the race in Arizona, fuelled by the news earlier today that around 80%, rather that 95%, of the votes had been counted. 

Arizona is still counting votes but Associated Press have release a statement explaining their decision to pre-emptively call the state for the Democrats. 

They say: "With 80% of the expected vote counted, Biden was ahead by 5 percentage points, with a roughly 130,000-vote lead over Trump with about 2.6 million ballots counted. The remaining ballots left to be counted, including mail-in votes in Maricopa County, where Biden performed strongly, were not enough for Trump to catch up to the former vice president."

Vote count delay in Nevada leaves electorate... frustrated?

We're all eager to see how the final count from the crucial state of Nevada will look but one electoral enthusiast was particularly keen. 

He stormed into a outdoor press conference to accuse the media of a cover up and demand "our freedom for the world", before wandering off. 

His vest read 'BBQ, BEER, FREEDOM' and, judging by his bizarre 'free speech' outburst, he's had plenty. 

Vote count delay in Nevada leaves electorate... frustrated?

We're all eager to see how the final count from the crucial state of Nevada will look but one electoral enthusiast was particularly keen. 

He stormed into a outdoor press conference to accuse the media of a cover up and demand "our freedom for the world", before wandering off. 

His vest read 'BBQ, BEER, FREEDOM' and, judging by his bizarre 'free speech' outburst, he's had plenty. 

USA Elections 2020 results in Nevada: who has won the popular and college vote?

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USA Elections 2020 results in Nevada: who has won the popular and college vote?

USA Elections 2020 results in Nevada: who has won the popular and Electoral College vote?

We're still not sure when Nevada will be called but here's what we do know as the state's vote count passes 75%...

 

Nevada 2016 result suggests a Biden win

Bordering on the Democrat stronghold of California, Nevada has voted for a blue candidate in five of the last seven elections. The most recent Democrat to get that support was Hillary Clinton who won by a margin of roughly 2.5 percentage points in 2016. 

Biden has already outperformed Clinton in a number of key areas so his chances of picking up Nevada and its six Electoral College votes look good. 

Trump - Trump 2024?

While it seems that Donald is in no mood to give up his presidency lightly, while we wait for news on the Nevada count some have began to speculate about the next generation of Trump presidential candidates. 

The President reportedly wanted daughter Ivanka to be his running mate in 2016 but the 2024 Trump ticket may be a campaign too far for the 45th. 

When will Nevada be called?

If Arizona goes as Fox News have called and Trump's Pennsylvania and Michigan lawsuit is unsuccessful, Nevada could be about to decide the winner of the 2020 presidential election. 

Not that they seem to be in any particular hurry...

Detroit mob surrounds counting center

More footage has emerged of protesters in Detroit attempting to disrupt the process of the presidential election. The 'anti-counting' protesters appear to be responding to President Trump's claims that there will be mail-in vote fraud, specifically in areas that appear likely to return a vote for the Democrats. 

Trump appeal set for Supreme Court hearing?

After claiming victory during the early hours of Wednesday morning the President announced that he will be going to the US Supreme Court to demand all vote counting is stopped. 

In the recent past Trump has hinted that his rushed nomination and confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett so she could rule in his favour on any post-election disputes. With Trump reportedly ready to sue to retain the presidency, the Supreme Court could be the final destination of the 2020 presidential election. 

Trump lawyers call for "meaningful access"

Some more details about the President's legal challenge as he takes to Twitter to say: "The damage has already been done to the integrity of our system".

His team have confirmed that they are filing lawsuits to contest the method of vote-counting. Previous posts making these baseless claims have been flagged with a warning about misleading election information. We'll see how long this one lasts

LIVE: Protesters take to the street in Philadelphia over Pennsylvania vote 

Helicopter footage from Philadelphia shows hundreds of people out in protest against the President's attempts to halt vote-counting in key states. Donald Trump has made clear on Twitter that he does not intend to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election and has instructed his team to file a lawsuit contesting the count. 

At time of writing, the count is still too close to call in Pennsylvania and could secure the presidency for Joe Biden. 

Joe Biden beats running mate Barack Obama's popular vote record

The previous best came in Obama's first election win in 2008. However the American population has grown from 304 million to 330 million in that time. As a percentage of the country's registered voters, Obama got 48% while Biden looks on course to receive around 45% this time.

Rihanna dismisses Trump lawsuit

The President wants the vote-counting halted in a number of key states but RiRi thinks otherwise. 

Biden Wins Michigan

Electoral College Map: UPDATE

Confirmation of Biden's win in Michigan gives him a fourth victory in the vital northern Rust Belt states. Trump's Michigan lawsuit notwithstanding, it's looking promising for the former VP with just one more states potentially enough now. 

AP calls Michigan for Joe Biden

Confirmation of a second big flip for the Democrats as Michigan and it's 16 Electoral College votes turns blue.

This is a big win for Biden who is creeping towards the magic 270 required for the White House, but this will not be the last we hear of the Great Lake State this election. Trump's legal team have launched a lawsuit in Michigan to contest the way postal votes were counted. 

Trump campaign releases statement on Michigan lawsuit

The President's legal team will be suing in Michigan after the state was projected to flip to the Democrats. After initially looking good for Trump the counting of postal votes appears to have swung it back in Biden's favour. The President's lawsuit demands the opportunity to review and verify the ballots. 

Team Trump lawyer Guiliani says they may sue in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan

Donald Trump's campaign look set to launch a legal challenge in a number of close states due to claims of vote fraud. Rudy Guiliani, Trump personal attorney, told a crowd in Pennsylvania that they will be suing to challenge the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. 

Exact details of the lawsuit are not known, but Trump took to Twitter to claim a victory in Michigan shortly after it was projected in Biden's favour. 

Nearly 24 hours after the first polls closed, some are growing tired of Trump's antics

Poll challengers swarm counting facility in Detroit

Well here we go, many had predicted some form of unrest would arise from the highly partisan 2020 presidential election and we're getting a first taste. Donald Trump has repeatedly called for states to stop counting votes cast legally, baselessly accusing the Democrats of vote fraud. 

A crowd of his supporters surrounded the doors at a Detroit counting facility, demanding that they "Stop the count". 

Trump is going to Court: can the Supreme Court decide an election and pick the president?

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Trump is going to Court: can the Supreme Court decide an election and pick the president?

Trump is taking the election to court

In his post-election remarks in the wee-hours of Wednesday morning Trump inferred that the Democrat party was trying to “disenfranchise” a group of American voters.

Trump has been making threats about the validity of ballots cast through expanded mail-in voting throughout the US and, with the presidency appearing to slip from his grasp, he is looking for recourse in the courts. 

Update on the state of play in Pennsylvania

A big part of the reason for Joe Biden's nomination was the hope that he would perform well in the Rust Belt states, but it appears that the race will go down to the wire in his birthplace of Pennsylvania. Donald Trump has a considerable lead as it stands but the outstanding postal votes should favour the Democratic candidate.

Biden calls for "progress"

The former VP did not claim victory in his address this afternoon but it is clear that he is confident about the election outcome. During campaigning he promised to work to bring the country together if elected, and it appears he is already attempting to make a start. 

Nevada could return result today

Earlier today Nevada had announced that they would not be able to provide a final result until Thursday but they may now be able to provide an update later this afternoon. 

Hillary Clinton won the state's six Electoral College votes in 2016 and with Biden generally improving on her performance nationally, he will expect to retain the state. Recent projections have put Michigan in the Democrats' column and confirmation of a win in Arizona would bring Biden's tally to 264. 

With that in mind, and assuming nothing changes after the incumbent's impending appeal, Nevada's six votes could secure the White House for Biden. We'll keep you updated as the picture becomes clearer. 

President Trump shares fake viral story about Michigan votes

Earlier today a viral tweet was doing the rounds, suggesting that a new batch of data from Michigan vote counters had awarded over 100,000 votes to Joe Biden without a single one going to Donald Trump. The tweet found it's way to the President who shared it twice, commenting: "WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?"

After further investigation it has been established that the error was the result of a typo that falsely updated an online vote map but could not have altered the actual vote count for either candidate. 

Despite being quickly disproved, the President had spread the 'news' to his supporters as he looks to strengthen his case to appeal the result of the election. A number of established broadcasters have recently called Michigan in Biden's favour; Trump responded by publically claiming the victory.

Despite being clearly untrue, this conspiracy theory has already gained traction with elements of his online support. 

New York Times calls Michigan for Biden

They're flooding in now, this time it's the New York Times who place Michigan in the blue column as Biden looks to be well on his way to 270 Electoral College votes. 

Contrary to CNN and Fox News projections, Trump claims Michigan

In the last half an hour first CNN and now Fox News have announced that their data suggests that Michigan will turn blue and return 16 Electoral College votes for Joe Biden. However the President took to Twitter just moments ago to claim "for Electoral Vote purposes" that he has won Michigan. 

It's all getting messy, but it is clear that Trump wants to get his defence in first before a solid call is made in the Democrat's favour. No evidence is given for this claim, we'll see what follows

Sky News News Political Editor gives Electoral College update

Beth Rigby of Sky News gives this quick breakdown of the state of play on the second night of vote-counting. There's a couple of IFs, and the assumption that Michigan will turn blue, but it does look like Biden now has multiple routes to the presidency. 

More of Trump team's tweets get warnings from Twitter

Not only Twitter slapped a warning of false claims as Eric Trump made a completely unfounded declaration of victory in Pennsylvania, newly re-elected Congresswoman Ilhan Omar chimes in with a simple take down, too.

Trump screams down the phone at Rupert Murdoch

It was clear that the Pesident was not too happy with Fox News' decision to pre-emptively call Arizona in Joe Biden's favour last night but details are just emerging of just how unhappy he was. 

Trump is known to have been an avid watcher of Fox News during his time in office but his favourite channel turned against him last night, chalking up a vital win for Biden and facing some choice words from the President. 

Trump makes a claim for one of the remaining swing states

The huge numbers of postal votes in Pennsylvania look like making it one of the last states to return a result, but the President has already nailed his colours to the mast on this one. Defeating Joe Biden in his home town would be of huge significance for Trump but latest counting data suggests that the vote has begun to lean towards the Democrat. 

Power can't be taken or asserted, it flows from the people, and it's their will that determines who will be the President of the United States.

Joe Biden, Presidential Candidate 2020

Final states yet to be called

Things are really heating up now, nearly 24 hours after the first polls closed in the US presidential election we are still waiting on a handful of states to decide the race. Michigan is projected to go Democrat but Trump still has a route to victory if he can secure the remaining swing states. 

Among them Pennsylvania and Georgia, which Trump falsely claimed to be leading comfortably in his White House speech last night. As the counting continues in these states we will get a better idea of the final winner. 

PROJECTION: Biden flips Rust Belt state of Michigan

Now this one is not confirmed but, if true, this would be a massive call in this election. CNN News have projected that Joe Biden will win the battleground state of Michigan, with the state's 16 Electoral College votes enough bring him within touching distance of the 270 mark

As we say, not confirmed yet but Biden is expected to perform well as counting comes to a close here and the Democrat-favouring postal votes are tallied up. A victory here, providing that the previously called states like Wisconsin are not overturned after a recount, would put Biden firmly in the driving seat.

Historic election results in New Mexico

The state's three congressional districts will all be represented by women of colour, a first in US congressional history. They are Democratic incumbent Rep. Deb HaalandRepublican Yvette Herrell and Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez

Joe Biden addresses the nation: "Here, the people rule"

The Democratic nominee makes his first public address after a busy second day of vote-counting that saw him clinch the crucial state of Wisconsin. He has not gone so far as to claim victory at this stage, but he made clear that he is expecting a favourable outcome. 

USA elections 2020 results in Wisconsin: who has won the popular and electoral college vote?

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USA elections 2020 results in Wisconsin: who has won the popular and electoral college vote?

Wondering what's gone down in Wisconsin?

Joe Biden's secured a narrow win in the crucial Rust Belt state over incumbent Trump. 

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Trump limbers up for legal battle in Pennsylvania and Michigan

Trump campaign said it filed lawsuits Wednesday in Pennsylvania and Michigan, laying the groundwork for contesting the outcome in undecided battleground states that could determine whether President Donald Trump gets another four years in the White House.

Suits in both states are demanding better access for campaign observers to locations where ballots are being processed and counted. 

The campaign also is seeking to intervene in a Pennsylvania case at the Supreme Court that deals with whether ballots received up to three days after the election can be counted, deputy campaign manager Justin Clark said.

The Republican is ahead in Pennsylvania but his margin is shrinking as more mailed ballots are counted.

There have been no reports of fraud or any type of ballot concerns out of Pennsylvania. The state had 3.1 million mail-in ballots that take time to count and an order allows them to be counted up until Friday if they are postmarked by Nov. 3.

Via AP

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Wall Street enjoys tech boost as presidential race remains undecided

Technology stocks pushed Wall Street indexes up today as an early vote count pointed to a close race for the White House, although investors remained worried about the prospect of a contested result, according to Reuters.

Nine of the 11 major S&P indexes were up in morning trading, led by information technology and healthcare sectors, as investors said chances faded for Democrats to score a big win in the U.S. Senate, lowering bets of higher antitrust scrutiny and capital gains taxes.

Low hopes for Trump recount in Wisconsin

Associated Press say history dictates it won't make much difference.

Biden just won Wisconsin by more than half a percentage point, or 20,510 votes.

Breaking | Wisconsin for Biden

AP has now joined CNN in calling Wisconsin a Biden win. Trump had taken the state in 2016.

As we reported earlier, the Republicans are planning on making a request for a recount.

Second stimulus check: what has McConnell said about relief package?

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Second stimulus check: what has McConnell said about relief package?

Second Stimulus back in the spotlight

Lawmakers got back to the daily grind today while the world waits to hear if Biden or Trump will be the future president, and coronavirus economic relief was high on the agenda. Mitch McConnell, newly re-elected to the Senate says he's pushing for an "end of year" bill. 

Read the full story:

Trump team file Michigan suit to stop vote count

In an extraordinary show of bravado, today Trump's campaign manager filed a lawsuit to halt the completely routine counting of mail-in ballots in the entire state of Michigan.

California Republican Senator Kevin McCarthy holds press conference

On the Republican gains in the Senate this election. Kevin McCarthy reiterates that the GOP want "every legal vote to be counted" but that "people shouldn't be allowed to vote today".

It seems not only Trump is confused about the distinction between voting, and counting votes.

FACT CHECK: As is completely normal in an election, votes received after Election Day will not be counted.

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Georgia nearing the finish line...

Of the 200,000 uncounted votes in Georgia, most come from left-leaning areas of metropolitan Atlanta, suggesting they’re likely to skew Democratic, says Stephanie Saul at The New York Times. 

Trump currently leads Biden in Georgia by 83,000 votes.

Trump hypocrisy coming in for it

Trump's team have confirmed they will demand an immediate recount in Wisconsin.

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The end is nigh for Wisconsin; Trump recount imminent

There are only about 300 votes left to count in Wisconsin, officials say. They’re in the town of Willow in Richland County.

Biden leads by more than 20,000 votes. 

Meanwhile, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement that Trump “is well within the threshold to request a recount” in Wisconsin, and that the campaign planned to “immediately do so.”

This would incur a $3 million fee to Trump's campaign, as the margin is more than one quarter of a percent.

Social media credits Jon McCain's widow for Biden Arizona win

Thousands on Twitter have thanked Cindy McCain for publicly supporting Biden's Democratic challenge to Trump's GOP.

We expect final results in Michigan and Georgia today, Nevada tomorrow, Pennsylvania late tomorrow, North Carolina could take several days

Jen O’Malley Dillon, Joe Biden's campaign manager

Federal judge Sullivan makes clear non-compliance unacceptable

In hearing with USPS over non-delivery of mail-in ballots on Election Day.

It is yet unclear whether the number of ballots left behind would affect the election result or in fact be negligible.

Michigan on track for unofficial total by end of today

Democrat Joe Biden remains in a slim lead over Donald Trump in the state. 92% of the votes have now been counted and remaining votes to be counted are expected to favour Democrats.

Federal Court to hear USPS mail-in ballot case at noon ET

A hearing is currently in session with U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan over data seemingly showing that the United States Post Office failed to deliver all remaining mail-in ballots on Election Day.

English former soccer star Gary Lineker rips into Trump

In response to Trump's tweet exclaiming "They are finding Biden votes all over the place — in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. So bad for our Country!"

Lineker retorted "They’re probably votes for Biden as he was one of the candidates. That’s sort of how elections work, I think."

Lineker has been quipping all day on Twitter, clearly titillated by the election drama:

"This is so educational. Apparently Pennsylvania is not just an Avenue."

"I’ve just learned that Michigan is near Wisconsin."

US Election 2020 results: which swing states have Trump, Biden won?

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US Election 2020 results: which swing states have Trump, Biden won?

What are the latest election results in the swing states?

What we know so far at noon ET, Wednesday 4 November on all the key battleground states in this nail-biting presidential race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

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Twitter takes Donald Trump rantings into its own hands

Twitter this morning has slapped warnings on multiple tweets and retweets  from POTUS on Wednesday, warning that Trump’s statements about “surprise ballot dumps”, Democrats "trying to STEAL the election" were misleading.

Twitter's notice says "Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process."

The move prompted an enraged response from the president, tweeting "WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?"

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Judge reviews ballot counting in suburban Philadelphia county

The battle over mail-in ballots rages on. On Wednesday, a federal judge in Pennsylvania weighed arguments by Republicans seeking to stop a suburban Philadelphia county from counting mail-in and absentee ballots that voters had been permitted to correct,according to Reuters.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Savage in Philadelphia appeared skeptical of arguments by the plaintiffs’ lawyer, which lawyers for Montgomery County election officials and the Democratic National Committee said could disenfranchise voters.

A decision could have implications for the national presidential race between Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Results in several states are unclear, and Pennsylvania is a battleground as mail-in ballots are tabulated. Trump appeared at the White House early Wednesday to falsely claim victory in the presidential race and make unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud.

Biden is expected to address the American people at some point today

Jennifer O'Malley Dillon, Joe Biden's Campaign Manager
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Lest we forget...

The incumbent president Donald Trump bidding for re-election for four more years once tweeted this.

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Arizona call wrong says Trump team

In a series of flustered statements Trump's team continue to sow unfounded doubts over the legitimacy of votes counted after polls close.

Trump campaign officials tell reporters that "if all legally cast ballots are counted, we believe the president will win." They continue to describe Fox News, AP calls of Arizona for Biden as "just plain wrong."

To be clear once again: never in the history of US elections have the results been known immediately after polls close, mail-in voting counting takes time, it always has, and this year there are millions more mail votes across key states due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Biden team calm and confident

Amid panicked tweets from the incumbent Trump and threats to bring cases before the Supreme Court, in stark contrast Jennifer O'Malley Dillon, Biden's campaign manager, simply says, "Joe Biden is on track to win this election, and he will be the next president of the United States."

You know my position, it is clear ... I have a good policy with Trump, I hope he will be reelected...the Democratic candidate on two occasions talked about the Amazon. Is that what you want for Brazil? Interference from outside?

Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil, "Tropical Trump"

Error in vote count percentage in Arizona

Because of an error in an Edison Research data feed of results, the estimate of the counted vote in Arizona displaying on maps and tables is too high. The actual estimate is that 86% of the vote has been counted.

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Trump camp getting nervous over Wisconsin

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien is projecting confidence in the president's chances in Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada and Georgia. He said Wisconsin was headed to "recount territory."

Wisconsin is currently running at 97% votes counted and a 0.7pp lead to Biden at 7:34am ET.

Via Annie Karni, for NYT in Washington.

Trump's circus continues

The incumbent president is apparently potentially a VERY sore loser, who is gradually and very slightly losing ground to Democrat Joe Biden in several key battleground states (namely Michigan and Wisconsin)

Trump continued today his completely unfounded narrative that counting mail-in votes properly following unprecedented turnout equals fraud.

The irony being that the delay means each ballot is being checked thoroughly against voter registration records to prevent fraud.

Twitter have promised to place warnings on falsehoods this election. So far no warning on this humdinger.

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Michigan: Biden pulling into a tentative lead

Biden pulled ahead in Michigan by a whisper of 0.2pp, as another batch of votes rolled in from Wayne County, where Detroit is located.

That heavily Democratic area is currently reporting about 70% of returns, according to reporters for NYT.

In Michigan state now 90% of votes have been counted, and it's widely expected that the remaining 10% will favour Democrats.

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Bettors get behind Biden as his luck seems to be turning

Democratic candidate Joe Biden was back as clear favourite to win the U.S. presidential election in online betting markets on Wednesday morning, a reversal of fortune for President Donald Trump who had been favoured overnight.

The shift, according to data from three odds aggregators, came after Biden overtook Trump in the battleground state of Wisconsin, with an estimated 89% of the vote tallied there.

British-based Smarkets exchange was giving Biden a 78% chance, while New Zealand-based predictions market PredictIt had Biden at nearly 80%. Trump’s chances on Smarkets were sitting at 21% - a massive drop from nearly 80% overnight.

Taking the lead in Wisconsin could be the turning point with the Democrat now also projected to win Nevada and Arizona, which would likely give him the 270 electoral college votes he needs for victory,” Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said.

Acquitted Amanda Knox makes extremely unfunny election "joke"

The one-time accused murderer tweeted today

"Whatever happens, the next four years can't be as bad as that four-year study abroad I did in Italy, right?"

In reference to her conviction, imprisonment and eventual acquittal for the murder of Meredith Kercher in 2007.

The results of the election race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is still too close to call on Wednesday.

Taylor Swift invested in Pennsylvania result

The popstar has implored fans to vote for Democrat Joe Biden for months.

USA Election 2020: Bernie Sanders' October prediction

US Election 2020

USA Election 2020: Bernie Sanders' October prediction

How did Sanders get it so right? 

Democrat Bernie Sanders made a spookily close prediction back in October and his guesses seem to be unfolding right now.

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US exits Paris climate pact quietly today

As the world bites its nails waiting for a decisive US election result today, the USA has quietly slipped out of the Paris Climate accord.

The global agreement was forged 5 years ago, and Trump triggered America's exit one year ago today.

The decision further isolates the United States from the rest of the world but has no immediate impact on international efforts to curb global warming.

189 countries remain committed to the 2015 Paris accord, which aims to keep the increase in average temperatures worldwide “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), ideally no more than 1.5C (2.7 F), compared to pre-industrial levels. A further six countries have signed, but not ratified the pact.

Singer Lana Del Rey in Twitter spat over false accusation she voted Trump

Singer snapped back expletives at the tweet suggesting Del Rey voted for Trump's re-election. I guess she voted Biden, then?

Wisconsin sees small but historic shift to diversity in state government

According to unofficial results from the Dane County ClerkFrancesca Hong, chef and restaurateur, won Wisconsin’s 76th Assembly District race and became Wisconsin’s first Asian American state representative. 

In addition Ald. Samba Baldeh defeated Republican Samuel Anderson in the 48th Assembly and became Wisconsin’s first Muslim man elected to the Legislature. Baldeh moved to Madison from Gambia two decades ago and joined Madison’s City Council in 2015.

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Ink shortage holds up remaining Wisconsin count

The absentee ballot results in Green Bay, Wisconsin, are delayed because one of the vote-counting machines ran out of ink. An elections official had to return to City Hall to get more.

So far 92% of votes have been counted in the state and Biden leads Trump by a hair's breadth.

Via NYT.

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Pennsylvania: still all to play for

But too close for comfort. NYT from New York report that Trump leads by nearly 700,000 votes in Pennsylvania.

That means Biden’s chances there depend on whether he can win a large percentage of more than 1.4 million uncounted absentee ballots. 

Joe Biden has won absentee ballots counted in Pennsylvania by an overwhelming margin so far, according to data from the Secretary of State early Wednesday. If he carried the remaining absentee ballots by a similar margin, he would win the state.

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Nevada, where Biden is narrowly in lead, expect results Thursday

According to The New York TimesNevada (worth 6 electoral college votes) where Joe Biden holds a narrow lead early Wednesday, will not announce any new updates on election results until 9 a.m. Pacific time on Thursday, state election officials said.

So far, all in-person votes and all mail-in ballots through Nov. 2 have been counted, the election division of the secretary of state’s office said in a tweet on Wednesday morning.

Mail-in ballots received on Election Day, mail-in ballots received over the next week and provisional ballots still need to be counted.

US Election 2020: how will mail votes affect the results?

US Election 2020

US Election 2020: how will mail votes affect the results?

How do high numbers of mail votes affect election results?

It's a complex numbers game, certainly slowing the results but will the winner be affected by the rise in postal ballots?

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Stocks react to uncertainty in election results

Futures tracking the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq indexes rose in volatile trading on Wednesday as investors faced the prospect of a drawn-out and potentially contested U.S. election result after President Donald Trump took the lead in some key states.

Both Trump and Biden claimed they were on course for victory after results for a majority of states were called. Trump went further, claiming falsely that the election was being “stolen” from him with millions of votes still uncounted.

The knife-edge election and the prospect of an acrimonious legal battle to determine the winner sent S&P e-mini futures tumbling 1.15% earlier, but they recovered to trade up 0.5% by 5:54 a.m. ET.

“The indecisiveness in futures is not surprising because we don’t yet have a clear result,” said Nicolas Janvier, head of U.S. equities at Columbia Threadneedle in London.

Via Reuters.

First ever transgender senator in US history

Congratulations to Sarah McBride and her state of Delaware.

"The Squad" of women in Congress triumph

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan all succeeded in keeping their seats in Congress this year.

Read about why AOC can't run for office.

USA Election in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan: latest votes and when will we know results?

US Election 2020

USA Election in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan: latest votes and when will we know results?

Latest vote counts in the Rust Belt states

Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin could make or break the election for Trump or Biden.

USA elections 2020 results in North Carolina: who has won popular and college vote?

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USA elections 2020 results in North Carolina: who has won popular and college vote?

North Carolina close to end of vote count

Where does the balance tip in the swing state with 15 electoral seats up for grabs?

USA Elections 2020 results in Illinois: who has won the popular and college vote?

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USA Elections 2020 results in Illinois: who has won the popular and college vote?

Who won in the Prairie State?

With 20 electoral college votes up for grabs, the results are in for Illinois.

USA elections 2020 results in Georgia: who has won popular and college vote?

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USA elections 2020 results in Georgia: who has won popular and college vote?

What's the score in Georgia?

With 92% of the vote counted it's still too close to call, but here are the latest numbers.

US Elections 2020: Trump prematurely claims to have won the presidential election

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US Elections 2020: Trump prematurely claims to have won the presidential election

Yes, this actually did happen

Full story on the moment POTUS claimed a false, premature victory when it suited him.

Other key votes Tuesday that weren't Trump vs. Biden

A little light relief from all the election tension, via Reuters.

Voters in New Jersey and Arizona legalised marijuana for recreational use on Tuesday, and in Oregon approved the country’s first therapeutic use for psilocybin, the hallucinogenic drug known as magic mushrooms.

Colorado voters defeated a measure that would have banned late-term abortions, Florida approved a hike in the minimum wage and California exempted rideshare and delivery drivers from a state law that would have made them employees of companies such as Lyft and Uber, rather than independent contractors.

Rapper Kanye West responds to failed presidential bid

The rapper known as Yeezy was rushed onto the ballot in 12 states after only announcing his candidacy in July.

Read the full story.

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What's the latest in each state?

The latest figures show Biden with 238 and Trump with 213 electoral college seats. Still everything to play for with the Rust Belt states of Pennsylvania Michigan and Wisconsin to be called.

US Elections 2020: Trump prematurely claims to have won the presidential election

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US Elections 2020: Trump prematurely claims to have won the presidential election

Trump's wildly irresponsible speech

People were worried he would do it, he said he wasn't going to... he did it anyway. Trump falsely claimed he'd won the election, and peddled crazy claims that a fraud is being perpetrated on the American people. It's clear what his game is, but it's a pretty shocking, dirty game. 

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Trump breaks electoral and covid-19 rules with White House speech

There are, understandably, guidelines about using taxpayer-funded resources when a sitting President is running a re-election campaign. Although a news conference is permitted, addressing a room of family, friends and supporters to rapturous applause is not. He cancelled an Election Night party at his Washington hotel to be at the White House tonight, making it pretty clear than this was a Trump Campaign event. 

From what could be seen on the footage, it didn't appear that anyone in the vacinity was wearing a face mask. Given that the White House was named as the center of a covid-19 outbreak little over a month ago, and that a recent event in the Rose Garden was described as a 'super-spreader event', this ommission seems particularly brazen. 

Fairly trivial in the grand scheme of things, but another couple of lines that the President has gleefully crossed. 

 

MSNBC reporter says 2m votes left to count in Pennsylvania

The president is calling to halt counting already, to disenfranchise potentially millions of legitimate voters. He only won there by 44,292 votes in 2016.

Don't say you weren't warned...

AP calls Arizona for Joe Biden

Contrary to recent ramblings, the 2020 presidential election is far from over and Biden has just secured a vital win in a formerly Republican state. Arizona adds another 11 Electoral College votes to his total. 

Here's the state of play as Trump declares victory

The President is banking on victories in states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania that only voted for him by slender margins in 2016. With mail-in votes (which are more commonly utilised by Democrat voters) likely to be the last to be returned a Joe Biden win is far from unlikely. 

In fact, some commentators have Biden as a narrow favourite at this stage.

The President is demanding that the Supreme Court rule that all uncounted votes are discarded, despite the election still being too close to call

Says it all, really.

A breakdown of Donald Trump's shocking White House press conference

- The President told the American people: “We were all ready to just go outside and celebrate something wonderful”

- He continued by making a number of baseless claims about impending victories in crucial swing votes: “It is also clear that we have won Georgia... likewise we have clearly won North Carolina”

- He moved on to say of the Democrats: “They knew they couldn’t win, so they’re taking us to court”. In response, Trump revealed that he will now be taking this to the Supreme Court to prevent any more votes being counted. 

- TO BE CLEAR: The President of the United States is demanding that hundreds of thousands of votes cast by the American people are discounted because he believes he has already won

“They knew they couldn’t win, so they’re taking us to court.

"This is a fraud on the American people.

"We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we had won this election… This is a major fraud on our election"

Donald Trump, Incumbent President

Trump addresses his supporters in the White House

The President is running through a list of states he has won, and ones that he expects to win in the near future. As of yet he has not gone so far as to explicitly claim a win, but he's getting there...

Protesters gather in Washington on Election Night

Protesters gather in Washington on Election Night

Most of the world has had their eyes on the polls but many took to the streets last night to voice their disapproval of President Donald Trump's time in the White House. It is thought that around a thousand people, many of whom carried Black Lives Matters placards, were involved in the demostrations. Some clips from social media appeared to show protesters clashing with police. 

LIVE: President to address the nation from the White House

Election Night 2020 got off to a slow start but a flurry of late activity saw Donald Trump win important victories in Texas and Florida. He has already claimed on Twitter that he is "up BIG" (despite currently being behind in terms of Electoral College votes) and will be speaking live from the White House shortly. 

Stay tuned...

Facebook adds warning note on post by Joe Biden

It seems like it's all square in the 'race to get temporarily locked out of your social media account for failing to comply with site policy'. Shortly after Donald Trump's Tweet was slapped with a "misleading" warning, a Facebook post by Joe Biden suffered a similar fate.

The Democratic candidate posted to say he was still confident of winning the election, telling his supporters: “Keep the faith, guys. We’re gonna win this.” 

In response, Facebook added: “Votes are being counted. The winner of the 2020 US Presidential Election has not been projected."

Here's what we know so far from Georgia

The southern state has voted for Republican candidates in the last five US presidential elections and with 91% of votes counted it looks like doing the same again in 2020. Donald Trump has a 2.5 percentage point lead as it stands but his victory is far from guaranteed.

Remember, a major counting center in Atlanta, Georgia has had to stop counting postal votes after a water leak a few hours ago. Joe Biden tends to fare better in the cities and with most of the uncounted votes coming from the state's largest urban area the Democrats are still in with a chance. 

No expense spared In Los Angeles County, California

Everyone wants this final count confirmed as quickly as possible and California are going above and beyond to get theirs reported swiftly. With 55 Electoral College votes California has the most of any state and is a Democrat stronghold, returning seven consecutive blue votes. 

Nebraska returns final Electoral College vote

The midwestern state is one of two who divide its Electoral College votes up to reflect the split of votes amongst its electorate. In 2016 Donald Trump won all five so the results this time around suggest a slightly improved performance from the Democrats. 

Interestingly, the other state to split its vote is Maine, another midwestern state that could be important if Biden is to pick up any Electoral College votes in the region. 

Joe Biden, alongside wife Jill, gives speech from Delaware

Joe Biden, alongside wife Jill, gives speech from Delaware

The Democratic candidate insisted that he is still confident about the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and expressed thanks to his team,

Social media companies move to counter misleading Trump tweet

Shortly after seeing Florida called in his favour, the President took to Twitter to claim that: "they are trying to STEAL the Election". 

No precise details about 'who' or 'how' were given but Twitter almost immediately flagged the post with a warning of "misleading" content. The Republicans have undoubtedly secured some important wins this evening but Joe Biden has also seen Arizona called for him, flipping a usually red state. In short, it's a bit early to be starting a victory lap and Twitter are clearly hoping to nip it in the bud. 

AP calls Texas for Donald Trump

The Lone Star State is a pretty safe haven for Republicans usually but this year the early Election Night projections had Joe Biden with a narrow lead. However it was not to be and the President came storming back to seize all 38 Electoral College votes. 

This is not a revelatory victory for Trump but in the context of a potential defeat just a few hours earlier, it does seem like an important win. It doesn't matter too much at this stage, but Republicans will be delighted to see the President's Electoral Colleg tally building nicely.

 

USA Elections 2020 results in Ohio: who has won the popular and college vote?

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USA Elections 2020 results in Ohio: who has won the popular and college vote?

Donald Trump retains Ohio

In recent weeks Joe Biden has been pouring money into the state but it was all in vain, here's how the vote went down in th Buckeye State

Trump staffers suggest Biden still in with a good chance

Florida was a biggy for the President but the race is far from over. Joe Biden still leads in the states that have been called so far and with a potential flip in Arizona and/or Texas he has options. 

An unnamed Team Trump staffer has reportedly told Jacqueline Alemany of the Washington Post that the momentum is shifting towards the Democrats. 

Biden: "It's the decision of the American people, but I'm optimistic about the outcome of this election"

Shortly before Trump gives his statement, Democratic nominee spoke from his Delaware to make clear that he is not giving up hope on this election. Losing Florida is a blow for Biden but if Arizona falls his way and he can pick up some more swings states, the White House is still in sight. 

Let's see what the President makes of all this...

Trump to make statement tonight on "a big WIN"

Following swiftly after the calling on Florida in his favour, the President has announced that he will be making a statement tonight. No details yet but it seems clear that Donald Trump is feeling optimistic about his chances of a second term. 

In a Tweet posted just a minute earlier he said: "We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Poles are closed!"

AP calls Florida for Trump

Now then, this is a big one. Many Democrats felt that a victory in the perpetual swing state of Florida represented their best chance of defeating Donald Trump but that option appears to be off the table as AP call the Sunshine State for the President. 

At 12:35AM Eastern Time this is a pretty swift turnaround from the vote-counters in the context of this election, and points to a pretty stark under-performance from the Democrats. Trump will pick up another 29 Electoral College votes and many will ask why Biden was not able to connect with voters more effectively. 

There were warning signs earlier this evening when exit polls suggested that Biden was performing worse than Hillary had done in the states's largest county: Miami-Dade. There are still routes to the White House for Biden, but the presidential pendulum has definitely swung in Trump's favour. 

Trump scoops up a trio of victories

The President has now been confirmed as the winner in Ohio, Montana and Iowa. Each of these were states he won in 2016 but Ohio was picked out by pollsters as a potential swing state, so Donald Trump will be relieved to pick up the 18 Electoral College votes once again. 

In reply Joe Biden claims Hawaii and Minnesota. It's a bit later than usual but we're getting a little flurry of activity from state electoral authorities now. 

Trump furious with Fox News' early Arizona call

If you're looking for shocks this Election Night, this isn't one of them: the President was reportedly so angry with his favourite broadcasters for calling Ariona in Joe Biden's favour that he has demanded they retract it. 

The Washington Post quotes Trump's senior advisor, Jason Miller, as saying: “Can’t believe Fox was so anxious to pull the trigger here after taking so long to call Florida. Wow"

Presidential election could end in a draw

Pre-election it was dismissed as unthinkable but as the map begins to fill up there are definitely scenarios in which we could be heading for a 269-269 split.

How would a tie be settled and what would it mean for the presidency? We've got all the answers in our contingent election explainer.

US presidential election 2020 results map: who won each state?

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US presidential election 2020 results map: who won each state?

Election Night Map: UPDATE

With more states called for both Donald Trump and Joe Biden, here's our up-to-date presidential election map as it starts to fill up with blue and red. 

"The election is not over on Nov.3"

Some sage advice from NowThisNews this Election Night: the unique circumstances of the 2020 presidential race means that we're not going to get a definitive answer tonight. 

There's still votes to be counted and, in some cases, received with postal voting delaying an already fairly chaotic election. We've got up-to-date election maps here all the way through so you can keep track as the results come in. 

Ohio called for Donald Trump

The President appears to be clinging to another of the formerly Democratic states that he flipped in 2016.  NBC News have called Ohio's 18 Electoral College votes for Donald Trump. 

Given that he won here by eight points in 2016, another Trump victory in the Buckeye State is not a disaster for the Democrats but it is another opportunity missed. Here, as is the case with a number of the states Trump has retained tonight, we'll get a better idea of Biden's chances nationwide when we see the vote count. 

Ohio called for Donald Trump

The President appears to be clinging to another of the formerly Democratic states that he flipped in 2016.  NBC News have called Ohio's 18 Electoral College votes for Donald Trump. 

Given that he won here by eight points in 2016, another Trump victory in the Buckeye State is not a disaster for the Democrats but it is another opportunity missed. Here, as is the case with a number of the states Trump has retained tonight, we'll get a better idea of Biden's chances nationwide when we see the vote count. 

Republicans grow in confidence in their bid to retain the Senate

NBC News gives a handy breakdown of the Senate race with the Democrats needing to overturn a three-seat deficit to win control of the Upper House. It's still too early to say with any confidence but it does appear that the window of opportunity for the Democrats is shrinking with some under-fire Republican Senators performing well. 

AOC hits out at Democratic Party for failing to engage with Latinos

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has retained her seat in the House as Representative for New York's 14th District but she is clearly far from happy with how Election Night has panned out. Joe Biden, from what we can see at this early stage, has underperformed amongst Hispanic voters and appears to have given Donald Trump a route to victory.

The heavily Latino county (the largest in the state) appears to be moving towards Trump when compared to four years ago, an inconceiveable result for Democrats who feel their best chance at winning back the White House is trhough Florida. 

Trump supporters in Florida

Trump supporters take to the streets to celebrate in Florida

The Sunshine State is still too close to call but some promising early signs from the President gives him a good chance of retaining the 29 Electoral College votes. His supporters were cheering outside of the Versailles restaurant on Election Night as they await news of the next President of the United States. 

USA Elections 2020 results in Texas: who has won the popular and college vote?

2020 US ELECTIONS

USA Elections 2020 results in Texas: who has won the popular and college vote?

USA Elections 2020 results in Texas

Here's the lay of the land in Texas as Joe Biden's intitially strong showing was pegged back by a surge of votes for President Donald Trump. 

Key swing states will not be able to return their results on Election Night

As we expected the combination of a soaring turnout, a huge number of early and postal votes and the closeness of some key races means we will not get results back for days in some states. Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania form part of the all-important Rust Belt that won Donald Trump the election in 2016, but none will be called tonight. 

Arizona Senate seat flips in Democrats' favour

Building on that call from Fox News, there does seem to be some sign of Democratic success in AZ as Mark Kelly unseats Republican Senator Martha McSally. This gives the Democrats a one-point gain in the Upper House as it stands. 

Fox News calls Arizona for Biden

Finally, this (could be) a pivotal call. There has not been any official confirmation at this stage but Fox News have called Arizona for Joe Biden, which would be the first state flipped in the 2020 presidential election. 

Not only that but it's a fairly beefy state too with 11 Electoral College votes potentially turning blue. In 2016 Trump secured a four percentage point victory over Hillary Clinton, which would represent a sizeable swing for Biden this time around. Far from confirmed, but a fascinating call at this stage. 

Judge rules against Team Trump for a second time

GOP activists have mounted two last-ditch legal challenges to the counting practices of mail-in ballots in Clark County, Nevada but have twice been denied. They had requested that the votes submitted through this method be thrown out. 

As The Hill explains: [The Trump campaign] "complained, without supporting evidence, that an automated signature-matching device used by the county and at various sites across the country had opened the door to fraudulent ballots."

Good omens for Trump in the Rust Belt

Mahoning County, Ohio is projected to go Republican this election, for the first time in nearly 50 years. As the chair of Students For Trump Charlie Kirk is quite clearly leaning in the President's favour, but it does appear that Donald Trump's pre-election tour of the Rust Belt may be paying dividends. 

Election Night Map: UPDATE

Election Night Map: UPDATE

Here we go, a few more states are called by AP and our updated election map now gives Joe Biden a solid lead, although he yet to record any break-though victories. A double of Texas and Florida would be enough to win him the White House but, realistically, even picking up one would be a great result for the Democrats

VOTING HAS CLOSED in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington

Election Day is drawing a close across the US now as another four states reach their polling deadline. We’re not expected anything too dramatic here. Oregon, California and Washington should be comfortable wins for Joe Biden, while Trump looks certain to retain Idaho.

AP: New Hampshire remains Democrat

Hillary Clinton won the state's four Electoral College votes in 2016 by less than a single percentage point, and it appears Joe Biden will have extended that lead this time 

New direction needed for the Democrats?

It's still far too early to start congratulating either candidate but there are certainly a few takeaways for the Democrats. Some had predicted a 'blue wave' this election with Donald Trump expected to suffer for his mismanagement of the pandemic and 'erractic' first term, but he appears to be neck-and-neck with the challenger. 

Democratic Strategist & Columnist Max Burns took to Twitter to call for a new-look Democratic party as they again struggle to pick up the working class vote that they had traditionally relied upon. 

Election Night Map: UPDATE

Election Night Map: UPDATE

The map is slowly starting to fill up this Election Night as we get a better idea of the course of the 2020 presidential election. No huge surprises so far but Team Biden may be a bit concerned by a lack of progress in certain states. 

New Mexico, for example, went to HIllary Clinton in 2016 by a margin of over eight percentage points. This time around, the Democrat's lead is around five. 

USA elections 2020 results in New York: who has won the popular and college vote?

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USA elections 2020 results in New York: who has won the popular and college vote?

Everything you need to know about Biden's New York victory

New York has been called for the challenger Joe Biden, handing the democratic candidate the state's 29 electoral college votes.

NBC: Trump retains Utah

The President secured a resounding victory in Utah in 2016 and with a 20-point margin and he has clinched the state's six Electoral College votes again. 

Latest headlines for the 2020 presidential election:

- Latest prejections: Biden on 119 Electoral College votes to President Donald Trump's 94, but there are still 325 to play for

- NBC News projections suggest the Democrats will retain majority in the House of Representatives

- Both parties have flipped a seat in the Senate, preservering the Republican's three-seat advantage

- The President is performing well in Florida, apparently beating the pollsters in the state's largest county: Miami-Dade

- Recent data puts Trump ahead in Texas after an strong early showing from Biden

- Final turnout figure could be the highest for nearly a century

- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wins re-election in Kentucky

- Final count for Atlanta, Georgia likely to be delayed after pipe burst in counting center

USA Elections 2020 results in Pennsylvania: who has won the popular and college vote?

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USA Elections 2020 results in Pennsylvania: who has won the popular and college vote?

How are things looking in the battleground state of Pennsylvania?

Here's the state of play for presidential election results in the Keystone State, as Donald Trump and Joe Biden wrestle for the 20 electoral college votes

Republicans flip Alabama Senate seat

And we're all square in the Senate. Just after the Democrats closed the defecit in the Upper House the Republicans get one back as Tommy Tuberville defeats Doug Jones. It's bad news for the Dems but Jones was always considered a weak seat due to the manner of his previous victory. 

As per the New York Times: "Senator Doug Jones is the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent in the chamber. He won a special election in 2017 against Roy S. Moore, a Republican accused of sexual abuse and child molestation."

AOC is back for NYC

House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has won a second term as Representative for New York's 14th district. On hearing of the victory, she said: 

"Serving NY-14 and fighting for working class families in Congress has been the greatest honor, privilege, & responsibility of my life."

BBC American correspondent Emily Maitlis crunches the numbers

It couldn't, could it? It almost unthinkable that the 540 Electoal College votes could be divided equally when the dust has settled but, as Emily Maitlis points out, it is not impossible. 

This would be the messiest of all the possible Election Night outcomes, but we've taken a look at what would happen in the case of a contingent election.

Vote dump from Arizona is promising for Biden

Arizona returns its voting figures in a series of 'dumps', providing a big batch of vote data at a time. The Phoenix metro area comprises 60% of AZ's population and, with 77% of the votes counted, Joe Biden has a sizeable lead.

Current data has Biden on 54.2, while 44.6 of the votes so far accounted from have gone Trump. 

NYT correspondent suggests Trump is doing well in Pennsylvania

Trumbell County, Ohio is right on the border with Pennsylvania and could give a good idea of how Joe Biden's childhood state is likely to vote. Donald Trump is apparently slightly up on his 2016 performance, suggesting another decent showing from his in the Rust Belt states. 

Strong showing puts Trump back in the lead in Texas

Most Democrats admitted it was always a long shot and it appears that Texas is now leaning back towards the Republicans. There is still a chance here for Joe Biden but he needs to pull something out of the fire to turn the Lone Star State back in his favour now. 

Incumbent Republican loses Senate race in Colorado

Democrat challenger John Hickenlooper took to Twitter to say: "Thank you, Colorado! Serving you is the honor of my life, and I can’t wait to be your Senator."

This is the first Democratic flip in the Republican-held Senate. They need another two flips to draw level in the 100-seat house, with the deciding vote going to whoever wins the vice presidential in the case of a tie. 

Florida Senator calls the Sunshine State for Trump

Now, this is definitely one to take with a healthy pinch of salt at this stage, but the Republican Senator for Florida Rick Scott believes that the crucial swing state will land for the President. The data suggests that it is still too close to call with any certainty, but Trump is performing better than expected in key areas like Miami-Dade. 

VOTING HAS CLOSED in Iowa, Montana, Nevada and Utah

In 2016 Montana and Utah were comfortable wins for the President which look insurmountable this time. Nevada and Iowa, however, seem to offer some hope for both candidates in 2020.

Donald Trump won Iowa by nearly 10 points in 2016 but polls in recent weeks have put him and Joe Biden at level pegging. Likewise, Nevada was a narrow win for Hillary Clinton four years ago and Trump may harbour ambitions of flipping the state's six Electoral College votes.

Ohio swings back into Trump’s favour

The 18 Electoral College votes that Donald Trump won in Ohio in 2016 could be back in the red column as data from the last few minutes puts the President back in the lead. This is still a sizeable change from four years ago when Trump secured an eight percentage point victory but even a narrow margin could be telling in the course of this election. 

UPDATE: Donald Trump (South Dakota) and Joe Biden (Connecticut)

It's one apiece for each candidate as results keep rolling in. 

The New York Times has Biden ahead but there's plently left on the table

As of 9:03pm Eastern Time the Democratic candidate has 119 Electoral College votes to President Donald Trump's 94 but with 325 still to play for it's anyone's race. 

UPDATE on where we stand this Election Night

With more results coming in Associated President have been able to call a few more states for either campaign. Here's where we stand..

President Donald Trump: SD, ND, NB, WY, LA, ​

Joe Biden: NM, NY