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US Election 2020: We believe we will be winners, says Joe Biden as he bags Michigan, Wisconsin

Democrats typically outperform Republicans in mail voting, while the GOP looks to make up ground in Election Day turnout. Here are the latest updates on the US election results.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 5, 2020 9:33:07 am
Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Trump refuses biden's win, US election results, world news, Indian expressThis combination photo shows Donald Trump, left, and Joe Biden during the first presidential debate. (AP, File)

US Election 2020 Results Live News Updates: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden won Michigan and Wisconsin Wednesday, putting him on the brink of taking the White House from President Donald Trump, hours after the president’s team opened legal fights to stop vote counting in at least two states.

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Meanwhile, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien told the Associated Press (AP) that the President would formally request a Wisconsin recount, citing “irregularities in several Wisconsin counties.” Trump, accusing Biden campaign of fraud, claimed he had already won the elections and further counting of votes was like committing a “fraud on the American public”. The Trump campaign said it also filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania and Michigan, laying the groundwork for contesting the outcome in undecided battleground states.

Biden has also won Arizona and its 11 electoral votes, flipping a critical battleground state that Donald Trump won four years ago. Trump, on the other hand, has won Florida, Texas, Iowa and Ohio. In the race to 270 electoral votes, Biden has 264, while Trump has 214.

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09:33 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Sensex jumps 500 points higher as Joe Biden inches closer to victory

The BSE Sensex has jumped over 500 points in early trade to cross the 41,000 mark, while the broader Nifty rises over 140 points to cross 12,000 mark. Markets are rallying as Joe Biden inches closer to victory in the US presidential elections.

06:00 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Lawyers have asked for 'meaningful access': Trump

The Trump campaign said it filed lawsuits on 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.

'Our lawyers have asked for “meaningful access”, but what good does that do? The damage has already been done to the integrity of our system, and to the Presidential Election itself. This is what should be discussed!' Trump tweeted.

05:56 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Indian American doctor maintains narrow lead in key Congressional race in Arizona

Indian American emergency room physician Dr Hiral Tipirneni has maintained a narrow lead over her Republican incumbent in an Arizona Congressional race, which as of Wednesday night was too close to call.

If elected, Mumbai-born Tipirneni would be the second Indian American woman to be elected to the House of Representatives. Pramila Jayapal, the first, was re-elected for her third consecutive term on Tuesday.

Tipirneni would also be the second Indian American doctor after Dr Ami Bera to be elected to the House. Bera has been re-elected for the fifth consecutive term from California.

By Wednesday evening, Tipirneni (52) had a lead of less than 2,000 votes against Republican incumbent David Schweikert, who is facing an ethics investigation in the House.

If elected, the Indian American will become the second Democrat ever to represent the sixth Congressional District of Arizona.
Waiting for the results, Tipirneni told her supporters on Tuesday night that she is on the trajectory that she hopes will lead her to victory. "We are thrilled. Thank you for all of the support, but we will wait until every last ballot is counted. We want to make sure that everybody's voice is heard," she said.

04:57 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Trump, Biden coalitions show race, class divide

Americans sorted themselves into two distinct camps of voters in Tuesday's presidential election, exposing the clear and entrenched partisan divisions that separate voters of different genders, classes and races.

Despite a once-in-a-century pandemic and a weakened economy, some 76% of U.S. voters said they knew all along who they would support and they constituted the bulk of the supporters for both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, according to AP VoteCast, an expansive survey of the voters nationwide.

Trump weighed heavily on voters' minds as they made their choice-- two-thirds said their decision was driven by their opinion of the untraditional president, either for or against.

The candidates' supporters fell into familiar coalitions, with only a few groups showing significant numbers of swing voters. Biden amassed a sizable and diverse coalition of young, women, college-educated, urban and Black voters. Some 38% of his support came from voters of color.

04:43 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Indian origin candidates lose Senate races in Maine and New Jersey

Indian origin candidates Rikin Mehta and Sara Gideon have lost their Senate race from New Jersey and Maine respectively, according to projections made by the American media on Tuesday night.

Born to an Indian father and an Armenian mother, Gideon, the current speaker to the Maine House of Representatives, lost to Republican heavyweight Senator Susan Collins.

Collins received 4,09,974 votes as against the 3,39,364 bagged by Gideon. This was the fifth consecutive victory for Collins. In her remarks, she publicly thanked Gideon for 'a very gracious call', conceding the race.

Gideon's father immigrated from India and worked as a paediatrician in Rhode Island, where Gideon, the youngest of four children, grew up. She moved to Maine after meeting her husband Ben, a personal injury trial lawyer with the lawfirm, Berman & Simons.

Republican Rick Mehta lost the election to Democratic incumbent Cory Booker. Booker received 60.4 per cent of the votes counted as against Mehta's 38 per cent.

Kamala Harris from California is the first Indian-origin Senator to be elected to the US Senate.

04:15 (IST)05 Nov 2020
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03:37 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Biden wins in Michigan

Hours after bagging the swing state of Wisconsin, Joe Biden wins Michigan. The state is part of the traditional Democratic “blue wall” that President Trump flipped in 2016.

03:23 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Explained: Did social media actually counter US election misinformation?

Ahead of the election, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube promised to clamp down on election misinformation, including unsubstantiated charges of fraud and premature declarations of victory by candidates. And they mostly did just that — though not without a few hiccups.

But overall their measures still didn’t really address the problems exposed by the 2020 U.S. presidential contest, critics of the social platforms contend.

“We’re seeing exactly what we expected, which is not enough, especially in the case of Facebook,” said Shannon McGregor, an assistant professor of journalism and media at the University of North Carolina. READ MORE

03:17 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Scattered protests in US cities, but no wide unrest seen

Scattered protests took place from Washington, D.C., to Washington state as votes were counted, but there were no signs of widespread unrest or violence linked to the US election. The outcome of the hard-fought contest for the presidency remained undecided Wednesday, stirring worries that prolonged uncertainty could yet spark conflict.

But demonstrations overnight and on Wednesday in cities including Seattle, Philadelphia, Washington and New York remained largely peaceful.

In Washington, more than 1,000 people protesting President Donald Trump converged on Black Lives Matter Plaza on Tuesday night, just a block from the White House, while hundreds more marched through downtown, sometimes blocking traffic and setting off fireworks.

03:09 (IST)05 Nov 2020
We believe we will be winners: Joe Biden

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has expressed confidence he will win once counting of votes is finished. 

"After a long night of counting, it's clear that we're winning enough states to reach 270 electoral votes needed to win presidency. I'm not here to declare that we won but I'm here to report when counting is finished, we believe we'll be winners," he said.

02:43 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Explained: Why are swing states crucial?

02:24 (IST)05 Nov 2020
WATCH: The Electoral College, explained

01:54 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Trump sues for Michigan ballot access, asks Wis. recount

The Trump campaign said it filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Michigan state court demanding access to locations where ballots are being counted in one of the undecided states that could determine whether President Donald Trump gets another four years in the White House.

The campaign said it is calling for a temporary halt in the counting until it is given “meaningful access” in numerous locations and allowed to review ballots that already have been opened and processed. Trump is running slightly behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Michigan.

The campaign also said it would ask for a recount in Wisconsin, a state The Associated Press called for Biden on Wednesday afternoon. Campaign manager Bill Stepien cited “irregularities in several Wisconsin counties.”

01:42 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Detroit to complete counting of absentee ballots by 4:30 am IST
01:37 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Quixplained: As Trump-Biden contest closely, here are the swing states at a glance

The ‘swing states’ have historically voted for different parties in presidential elections. Electoral data reveals that between 2000 and 2016, 38 states voted for the same political party in five presidential elections. It is the remaining 12 that have changed loyalties.

The term ‘swing state’ first appeared in the New York Times in 1936 when the incumbent Democrat president Franklin Roosevelt won against Republican Alf Landon. “Each believes he has won by swing through the most doubtful states,” said the caption of the cartoon representing the election. READ MORE

00:59 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Biden wins battleground state of Wisconsin

The Associated Press has called Wisconsin and its 10 electoral college votes for Joe Biden. It is the second state to be flipped from Republican to Democrat, following the call of Arizona for the Democratic nominee early this morning.

00:56 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Democrat Joe Biden wins at least three of Maine's four electoral votes

Democrat Joe Biden has won at least three of Maine's four electoral votes in his bid to unseat President Donald Trump.
Biden won the statewide tally and the 1st Congressional District, good for three electoral votes. Trump, meanwhile, hoped to claim one electoral vote in a win in the 2nd Congressional District. The 2nd Congressional District hasn't yet been called.

Maine split its electoral votes four years ago, awarding three to Democrat Hillary Clinton and one to Trump, who won the more rural and conservative of Maine's congressional districts.

It marked the first time in state history that Maine divided its electoral votes. Maine is one of only two states that divides its electoral votes. The other is Nebraska. In the race to the 270 electoral votes needed to win, Biden has 238 while Trump has 213. (AP)

00:47 (IST)05 Nov 2020
When we might know election results

As of Wednesday morning, eight states that will decide the next president remained uncalled, as did a handful of Senate races that will determine who controls the chamber.

Here’s where things stand, when you can expect final results and how to follow along as this extraordinary election unfolds.

What are we waiting for?

In the presidential race, we did not yet know who won Alaska (3 electoral votes), Arizona (11), Georgia (16), Michigan (16), Nevada (6), North Carolina (15), Pennsylvania (20), Wisconsin (10) or Maine’s 2nd Congressional District (1).

Joe Biden has 227 confirmed electoral votes and would need 43 more to win. President Donald Trump has 213 confirmed electoral votes and would need 57 more to win.

Six Senate races were uncalled in five states: Alaska, Georgia, Maine, Michigan and North Carolina. READ MORE

00:43 (IST)05 Nov 2020
CNN projects that Joe Biden has won the key state of Wisconsin
00:09 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Jackpot! Expansion of gambling in the US wins big at polls

The US gambling industry won big at the polls on Tuesday, with three states authorising legal sports betting and three others either approving or expanding casino gambling. Maryland, South Dakota and Louisiana approved sports betting. That sets up a situation in which by the end of next year more than half the country could have legal sports betting, less than three years after a US Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for all 50 states to adopt it if they chose.

Virginia approved casino gambling in four locations, Nebraska authorized adding casino games at its horse racing tracks, and Colorado expanded the number and type of casino games it can offer, along with eliminating some wagering limits. “It appears that Americans are becoming increasingly comfortable with legalized gambling,” said David Schwartz, a gambling historian with the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

“The addition of casinos in Virginia and racetrack casinos in Nebraska indicates that casino-style gambling is on the upswing as well. We have reached a point where voters seem satisfied that legalizing gambling will offer positive returns for their state.” The American Gaming Association, the casino industry''s main trade group, hailed the expansion votes.

us election, us election results, us election results 2020, us election results live updates, us election result live, us election result 2020, us presidential election results, us presidential election results 2020 US Election Results 2020 Live Updates: President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Adding fears in an already chaotic environment, misinformation regarding in-mail voting that led to false claims that ballots have been tampered with is on the rise. According to data published by the New York Times, the highest volume of misinformation regarding in-mail voting has been floating in the battleground states. Of the 1.1 million total voting-by-mail falsehoods that Zignal tallied, Pennsylvania topped the list with 227,907 of them. This comes after Trump’s repeated attacks on the credibility of the system.

The issue of voter fraud was brought up on the last day of campaigning as US President Donald Trump sought to know the results on time. “The Election should end on November 3rd., not weeks later!” he tweeted on Friday.

With Trump threatening legal battles over the declaration of results, several Democratic and Republican lawyers have already gone to court over these issues in the run-up to Tuesday's election. Both sides say they're ready, with thousands of lawyers on standby to march into court to make sure ballots get counted, or excluded.

In the national polls, Trump continues to trail Biden with a 42 per cent chance, according to the latest Reuters poll. Similarly, a poll by The New York Times showed Biden holding a clear advantage over 4 important swing states -- Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona. Biden's electoral position appears to put him in a stronger position than any presidential candidate since 2008.

Meanwhile, Indian-American supporters of both President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden on Sunday intensified their campaigns, particularly in battleground states, asking the community members to get out and vote and support their respective leaders.

Earlier in the day, Americans were seen voting in large numbers in one of the most divisive bitter elections in decades in which incumbent Republican Donald Trump is challenged by Democrat Joe Biden. Some 239 million people are eligible to vote this year. The mail-in ballots could take days or weeks to be counted in some states, meaning a winner might not be declared in the hours after polls close on Tuesday local time.

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