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Hundreds of thousands of voices still open
Because of the Corona pandemic, this year a particularly large number of citizens have made use of the possibility of postal voting - above all supporters of the Democratic Party of Trump challenger Joe Biden.
 
Although incumbent Donald Trump declared himself the winner, hundreds of thousands of potentially decisive votes had not yet been counted in many states. Journalists from major cities in the open states of Georgia and Pennsylvania reported on Twitter that counting would not continue until after nightfall.
 
At the Fox television station, a statistician said that he no longer expects to see results from Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin or Pennsylvania during the night. In Pittsburgh and the rest of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania, election workers plan to meet again at 10:00 a.m. local time (4:00 p.m. CET). From Philadelphia there had been reports that results could be announced there again from 9:00 a.m. onwards. Also in Atlanta in the state of Georgia the meeting was not to continue until the morning.

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States for Trump: Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Nebraska, Louisiana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Utah, Idaho, Ohio, South Carolina, Montana, Iowa, Florida, Texas

States for Biden: Vermont, Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia, New Jersey, Massachusettes, Maryland, Illinois, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Washington, New Mexico, New York, Colorado, New Hampshire, Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii, Minnesota, Arizona, Maine

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Newyourktimes write about Pennsylvania and Wisconson

Pennsylvania

Perhaps no state is staring down a longer counting period than Pennsylvania. As of early Wednesday morning, 5.3 million votes had been counted in Pennsylvania, which represented roughly 65% of the estimated vote total in the state.

The state Legislature refused to allow election officials to begin processing absentee ballots until 7 a.m. on Election Day, and officials across the state were laboring through the tedious process of counting ballots.

In Philadelphia, only 76,000 absentee ballots out of more than 350,000 were processed in the first 14 hours that officials were allowed to count ballots. Though Philadelphia election officials were working around the clock on the absentee ballots, the pace indicated that the count could last into Thursday.

Other major counties, like Chester, Montgomery and Delaware, suburban counties outside of Philadelphia and a growing source of strength for Democrats, also had not reported the majority of their mail-in ballots. Allegheny County, home to Pittsburgh and another Democratic base of support, still had a large share of ballots to count.

Sen. Bob Casey Jr., a Pennsylvania Democrat, said, “I’m confident Joe Biden will carry the state because of the margins we’ll get in those counties.”

Though Trump had a roughly 670,000-vote advantage in Pennsylvania, Democrats in the state were confident that they could make up the margins with turnout from Philadelphia and the collar counties still outstanding.

They also were buoyed by winning back Erie County in the northwest corner of the state. Democrats had requested more than 1.1 million more absentee ballots than Republicans in the state, according to data from the secretary of state’s office.

The delays in results in Pennsylvania, however, might extend beyond the simple challenge of counting the outstanding ballots. Republicans filed multiple lawsuits in the state Tuesday, including one regarding provisional ballots for voters who had their absentee ballots rejected.

Early Wednesday morning, national Democrats filed a motion intervening in Montgomery County. Hearings were scheduled in both state and federal court on Republican lawsuits, and lawyers on both sides were anticipating further litigation in Pennsylvania.

Wisconsin

Early returns were inconclusive Tuesday evening, with the key population center of Milwaukee yet to report vote tallies. But early Wednesday, a large vote count from that city was announced, and Biden edged ahead of Trump based on roughly 90% of estimated votes statewide.

Democrats in the state are looking to replicate the political coalition of Sen. Tammy Baldwin, the Democrat who won in 2018 by energizing her party’s constituencies while limiting losses in the suburbs and rural regions.

In an interview on Election Day, Baldwin said she believed Biden would be successful.

“They figured out a way to be here virtually, even if they weren’t here in person,” she said. “We’ve learned a lot of lessons about how we conducted 2016, from the party all the way on down.”


Poll workers sort out early and absentee ballots at the Kenosha Municipal building in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday. | AP

There are several reasons Democrats remain confident in Wisconsin. The state saw increased turnout in Madison, reaching more than 80%, according to election officials. In Milwaukee, another of the state’s liberal strongholds, turnout seemed better than four years ago but below the expectations of the state’s left wing.

Biden built a political campaign focused on Midwestern voters, aimed at clawing back many of the ideological moderates who voted for Trump in 2016. For all the talk about winning states like Florida, Iowa or Texas, Democrats in Wisconsin say the campaign will be decided as it began — with Biden betting his political future on the region of the country that he is most associated with.

Michigan

Though a glance at the top-line numbers appeared to show Michigan largely accounted for and trending toward Trump, some of the state’s major population centers had hundreds of thousands of ballots yet to be counted as of early Wednesday. And these could easily tip the state to Biden, as Democrats have said they expect.

Polls taken before the election showed the former vice president considerably ahead, outside the margin of error.

Trump’s lead so far reflects his advantage in the Election Day vote — not the early vote, which is a larger share of the overall ballots cast in the state and favors Biden.

In Detroit, the city clerk had counted only about half of what was expected. The clerk’s office reported having 125,000 votes tallied just after 2 a.m.

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14:41

Biden at 238 electoral votes, Trump at 213: US media

Provisional results for US presidential elections, electoral college votes by state, as of Nov 4, 2020 at 0830 GMT
Provisional results for US presidential elections, electoral college votes by state, as of Nov 4, 2020 at 0830 GMT

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are battling it out for the White House, with polls closed across the United States -- and the American people waiting for results in key battlegrounds still up for grabs.

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.

So far, that gives Biden 238 electoral votes and Trump 213.
The magic number of electoral votes is 270.
The following is a list of the states won by each candidate and the corresponding number of electoral votes, based on the projections of US media including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC/NBC News, ABC, CBS and The New York Times.

In the case of Arizona, AFP used the projection made by the Associated Press.

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Biden at 238 electoral votes, Trump at 213: US media

Provisional results for US presidential elections, electoral college votes by state, as of Nov 4, 2020 at 0830 GMT
Provisional results for US presidential elections, electoral college votes by state, as of Nov 4, 2020 at 0830 GMT

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are battling it out for the White House, with polls closed across the United States -- and the American people waiting for results in key battlegrounds still up for grabs.

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.

So far, that gives Biden 238 electoral votes and Trump 213.
The magic number of electoral votes is 270.
The following is a list of the states won by each candidate and the corresponding number of electoral votes, based on the projections of US media including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC/NBC News, ABC, CBS and The New York Times.

In the case of Arizona, AFP used the projection made by the Associated Press.

14:23

FOX NEWS

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said overnight that despite several states still being too close to call, his campaign is confident that he will be the next president of the United States. 

As of Wednesday morning, several battleground states including Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin were still up in the air.

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"We believe we are on track to win this election," Biden said in remarks while addressing supporters in Wilmington, Del. He also tweeted the statement.

Biden said it would "take a while" to learn the final result and called for patience, but said his campaign was "feeling real good about Wisconsin and Michigan," and that "we're going to win Pennsylvania" as well.

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14:09

The outcome of the 2020 presidential election remains unclear the morning after Election Day, with several battleground states still too close to call and both campaigns ready to push forward with litigation over ballot counts.

President Trump said early Wednesday his legal team will be "going to the U.S. Supreme Court," and that "we want all voting to stop."

"We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4:00 in the morning and add them to the list," he said, with Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin still undeclared.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden's campaign fired back, calling the comments "outrageous, unprecedented, and incorrect" and "a naked effort to take away the democratic rights of American citizens."

"If the president makes good on his threat to go to court to try to prevent the proper tabulation of votes, we have legal teams standing by ready to deploy to resist that effort," said Biden campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon. "And they will prevail."

All of the states yet to be declared Wednesday morning have seen lawsuits over proposed deadline extensions that would have allowed mail-in ballots to be counted if received after Election Day.

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Pennsylvania, which had been predicted to be a potential key state, could remain undeclared for days, if not longer. Too many mail-in ballots remain uncounted with several counties waiting until Wednesday to tally them. At daybreak, President Trump held a substantial lead over Joe Biden, but Democratic officials were confident that would change.

“When all the votes are counted Vice President Joe Biden is going to win Pennsylvania and be well on his way to necessary electoral votes to win the Presidency,” Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., tweeted early Wednesday. “It's going to take time and we all need to exercise patience.”

Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani disputed this in an early morning tweet, pointing to how Trump was leading Biden by roughly 700,000 votes at the time.

"It is a lie that it is too close to call," Giuliani said.

Pennsylvania's votes will likely not be tallied for several days, as predicted by Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar. While most states began processing early votes in advance, Pennsylvania does not begin the counting process until Election Day itself. The state is currently allowing mailed ballots postmarked by Election Day (and those without postmarks) to be counted until Friday, but ballots received after Tuesday will be segregated until the Supreme Court determines how they should be handled.

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Republicans are in the process of challenging a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that granted the three-day extension for mail-in ballots. They also filed lawsuits Tuesday over whether voters whose mail-in ballots were disqualified should have been permitted to submit a provisional ballot, and whether officials in Montgomery County acted improperly by letting voters fix problems with their mail-in ballots before Tuesday.

It remains possible that none of these lawsuits will matter, depending on the results of the total vote count. The difference between Trump and Biden could end up being greater than the number of ballots in dispute

Given that Election Day has come and gone and votes have been cast, the GOP would likely have to rely on other legal theories. In Pennsylvania and North Carolina, those arguments have involved whether the bodies that granted the extensions had the authority to do so. Typically, it is up to state legislatures to set election rules. Pennsylvania’s deadline extension was granted via court order after a request from Democrats. In North Carolina, a state election board made the change without the legislature.

These battles and others could mean the country may not learn the ultimate outcome of the election for weeks. Trump appeared to grow impatient early Wednesday.

“We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election,” Trump said, calling the delays a “fraud.”

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