The election is sucking all the energy out of the news cycle…..the media has finally able to justify their existence…..good for them.
Not much has changed from yesterday….other than Biden is inching closer to the magic number of 270 in Electoral votes…..
Joe Biden has flipped another one of the Blue Wall battleground states, putting him within reach of 270 Electoral College votes, The AP called the Michigan race for Biden early Wednesday evening. The Washington Post, CNN, Fox, and other outlets had already projected Biden as the winner, while the Trump campaign sued to halt counting in the state. The narrow win was the result of extremely high turnout in Detroit and its northern suburbs, where Hillary Clinton struggled to get out the vote in 2016, the New York Times reports. The AP says it called Michigan for Biden because he had a “70,000-vote lead on Wednesday evening, a margin over Trump of about 1.3 percentage points,” and the votes still to be counted were from overwhelmingly Democratic areas.
The AP now puts Biden, who won Wisconsin earlier Wednesday, on 264 Electoral College votes to 214 for Trump, meaning another win in any of the battleground states yet to be called could give Biden the presidency—including Nevada, which has six Electoral College votes and voted for Clinton in 2016. Trump tweeted Wednesday that his campaign has “claimed, for Electoral College purposes,” Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina. He added that “we hereby claim” Michigan if “there was a large number of secretly dumped ballots.” As with several other Trump tweets Wednesday, Twitter put the tweet behind a warning that it contains disputed and potentially misleading information.
Of course we all knew that the Trump enablers would try some sort of legal trick if they thought they were losing……and they did just that….
President Trump’s campaign says it has filed lawsuits trying to halt the vote counts in battlegrounds Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The Trump campaign’s lawsuit to temporarily stop the vote count in Pennsylvania claims there is a lack of “transparency.” Justin Clark, Trump’s deputy campaign manager, said in a statement Wednesday that the campaign is “suing to stop Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing from our Republican poll observers.” He said the campaign wants “to temporarily halt counting until there is meaningful transparency and Republicans can ensure all counting is done above board and by the law.” Clark also said the campaign would seek to intervene in an ongoing Supreme Court case involving the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots.
These are the states that are too close to call….so far…..
Alaska—Trump leads: The Anchorage Daily News reports the long wait has just begun in the state, where at least 122,233 absentee and early votes won’t be tallied until the Nov. 10 to Nov. 18 period, per state law. That count will increase as ballots continue to arrive in the mail over the next few days. Per the paper, “If turnout finishes near what it was four years ago, the late-counted ballots may account for one in three of all votes cast this year.” As of noon, the AP reports 45% of the vote has been tallied, with Trump up 63% to 33%.
- Georgia—Trump leads: The AP describes this one as still too close to call, with roughly 4% of ballots yet to be counted, including mailed ballots from two counties where Biden is ahead: metro Atlanta’s DeKalb County and Chatham County, which is home to Savannah. As of 11:30am it was 50.5% Trump to 48.3% Biden, with Trump ahead by roughly 100,000 votes. The Georgia secretary of state hopes to have results by the end of the day, per the Journal Constitution.
- Nevada—Biden leads: It was neck and neck in the state as of early Wednesday morning, with 67% of votes in and Biden up by less than 8,000 votes. Per the Las Vegas Review-Journal, all in-person votes have been tallied; late-arriving mail and provisional ballots have not. The secretary of state’s office tweeted early Wednesday that the next update would come at 9am Thursday. The state indicated later Wednesday that more results could be released before then, reports the New York Times.
- North Carolina—Trump leads: Trump is leading by 76,000 votes, but the AP reports there are still about 200,000 mail-in ballots left to count, and mail ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 don’t have to be counted until Nov. 12. Per the Charlotte Observer, “The final margin will come down to uncounted absentee votes and provisional ballots,” and as of Tuesday there were almost 137,000 absentee ballots outstanding, though some of those people could have voted in person or decided not to vote. Biden has taken two-thirds of the absentee vote already counted.
- Pennsylvania—Trump leads: Trump has a 266,000-vote lead, down from 500,000 earlier Wednesday, and there are roughly 1.1 million votes left to be counted. Most of those are mail ballots, which have favored Biden. Per the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Most of those remaining ballots come from Philadelphia, its four suburban collar counties … and Allegheny County, home to Pittsburgh. … Those votes will strongly skew toward Biden.”
And the count goes on……
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