US ELECTION

US Election 2020: when will North Carolina report final results?

The outcome of the U.S. presidential election still hangs in the balance as five swing states continued to count their ballots.

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US Election 2020: when will North Carolina report final results?
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At the time of writing North Carolina has counted 95% of votes cast.

At present, Donald Trump leads by more than 70,000 votes, or 1.4 points, with about 5% of the vote uncounted.

State officials have said a full result would not be known until next week. The state allows mail-in ballots postmarked by Tuesday to be counted if they are received by Nov. 12.

Across The U.S. Voters Flock To The Polls On Election DayLUMBERTON, NC - NOVEMBER 03: Volunteers hand in ballot boxes across the street from the Robeson County Board of Elections on November 3, 2020 in Lumberton, North Carolina.

North Carolina voting:

As of 5 a.m. ET, with 95% of the votes counted, here is how things stand in North Carolina based on AP information:

Donald Trump: 50% - 2,732,120

Joe Biden: 48.6% - 2,655,383

Judge orders twice daily sweeps for states still receiving ballots

A judge on Thursday ordered twice daily sweeps at US Postal Service (USPS) facilities serving states with extended ballot receipt deadlines as votes were still being counted in election battleground states.

Some states, including still undecided Nevada and North Carolina, are counting ballots that are received after Election Day Tuesday.

Ballots were still being counted by election officials in battleground states two days after polls closed in one of the most unusual elections in US history because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Democratic candidate Joe Biden was cutting into Republican President Donald Trump's leads in Pennsylvania and Georgia but retained slim margins in Nevada and Arizona.

USPS is using priority mail networks through Saturday to deliver any remaining ballots.

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