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US Elections 2020 Highlights: Trump vows to legally challenge vote counting; Biden continues to lead in polls

After attacking the main-in ballot system throughout his campaign, President Donald Trump says that he is gearing up for legal challenges in the counting of mail and absentee votes.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 3, 2020 7:58:11 am
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 2020Biden told supporters a little after 12:30 a.m., “We believe we’re on track to win this election.” But he emphasized the ballots remaining to be counted and did not declare victory.

 US Presidential Elections 2020 Highlights: With less than 36 hours to go for the US presidential elections, President Donald Trump held rallies in battleground states of Michigan, Iowa and North Caroline and planned stops in Georgia and Florida. Biden made an appearance in the closely contested state of Pennsylvania. Biden is set to close his campaign in Pittsburgh where he made his maiden campaign appearance in April 2019.

After attacking the main-in ballot system throughout his campaign, President Donald Trump says that he is gearing up for legal challenges in the counting of mail and absentee votes in Pennsylvania. “I think it is a terrible thing when ballots can be collected after an election. I think it is a terrible thing when people or states are allowed to tabulate ballots for a long period of time after the election is over because it can only lead to one thing,” Trump said. “We are going in the night of — as soon as the election is over — we are going in with our lawyers,” he added.

In the national polls, Trump continues to trail with a 42% chance as compared to a 51% of Biden, according to the latest Reuters poll. Similarly, a New York Times poll showed Joe 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 battle ground states, asking the community members to get out and vote and support their respective leaders.

 

 

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00:49 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Trump set to spend election night at White House

President Donald Trump's press secretary says Trump expects to spend election night at the White House watching results roll in.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was asked on Fox News Channel's 'Fox & Friends' on Monday where the president planned to celebrate. She said Trump and some aides "will be together ... at the White House" for election night.

Trump's campaign had planned a traditional campaign party at his Washington, D.C., hotel. But Trump said last week that he was considering other options, including staying at the White House, because the District of Columbia's coronavirus protocols would restrict the size of the gathering, the Associated Press reported.

00:38 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Harris emerges as key player in electioneering of Biden campaign

Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Kamal Harris has emerged as a key player in the electioneering of the Biden campaign for the November 3 polls, crisscrossing some of the top battleground states and urging voters to change the course of the US history. Often called a "trailblazer" or a "woman Obama", Harris, whose mother immigrated from India in 195Os and father is an African American from Jamaica, could be the first female vice president of the country, if the latest polls are of any indication.

Harris, 57, has already scripted history by becoming the first African American and Black to become the vice presidential candidate of a major political party. With her campaign restricted by the COVID-19 social distancing regulations, Harris has emerged as a key player in the electioneering of the Biden campaign. Over the past few days, she has been crisscrossing some of the top battle ground states like Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida. Over the weekend, she became the first ever Democratic Party's vice-presidential candidate to campaign in the Republican bastion of Texas. PTI

23:55 (IST)02 Nov 2020
US judge doubtful about Texas Republican bid to scrap 127,000 votes

A federal judge in Texas on Monday appeared skeptical of an attempt by Republicans to throw out about 127,000 votes already cast in the US presidential election at drive-through voting sites in Houston, a Democratic-leaning area.On the eve of Election Day, US District Judge Andrew Hanen said the Republicans who brought the case faced an "uphill road" in convincing him that the votes should be voided.The judge said the plaintiffs needed to show that Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins, a Democrat, had an "evil motive" in allowing drive-through voting as an alternative during the coronavirus pandemic. Hanen also questioned the last-minute timing of the case. Reuters

22:44 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Idli with ‘really good Sambar’, ‘any kind of Tikka’ favourite Indian dishes: Kamala Harris

Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris has listed idli with a “really good sambar” and “any kind of tikka” as her favourite Indian dishes.

Born to a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, Harris, is the first Indian-origin and first Black woman to be picked by a major American political party for the top post.

Harris, responding to a question on what her favourite Indian dishes are, said: “So South Indian, it would be idli with.. a really good sambar, and then North Indian – probably any kind of tikka”. READ MORE

22:39 (IST)02 Nov 2020
WATCH: Six states that could swing the 2020 presidential election

22:01 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Trump and Biden race to woo voters in final hours before Election Day

President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden were making a last ditch efforts on Monday to convince undecided voters of their plans and policies on the final day of the campaign in critical battleground states, with polls indicating that the race for the White House could be headed for a photo-finish.

The two candidates spent Sunday making their final pitches to voters ahead of Tuesday's election. Trump, 74, toured five battleground states of Michigan, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida while his 77-year-old rival spoke at a campaign event in Pennsylvania, where the race also looks tight. Trump, a Republican, plans a hectic campaign trip through Wisconsin and Pennsylvania on Monday, aimed at saving the key states he won four years ago.

Both Biden and Trump are also trying to woo Indian-American voters, one of the critical voting blocs in this year's election. There is an estimated four million Indian-American population of which about 2.5 million are potential voters in the November 2020 presidential elections. Over 1.3 million Indian-Americans are voters in key battleground states, including Texas, Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania.

17:40 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Trump threatens to fire Fauci in rift with disease expert

President Donald Trump is suggesting that he will fire Dr. Anthony Fauci after Tuesday’s election, as his rift with the nation’s top infectious disease expert widens while the nation sees its most alarming outbreak of the coronavirus since the spring.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Opa-locka, Florida, Trump expressed frustration that the surging cases of the virus that has killed more than 231,000 people in the United States this year remains prominent in the news, sparking chants of “Fire Fauci” from his supporters.

“Don’t tell anybody but let me wait until a little bit after the election”, Trump replied to thousands of supporters early Monday, adding he appreciated their “advice.” READ MORE

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17:29 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Trump indicates gearing up for legal battle against prolonged vote count

US President Donald Trump has denied that he is planning to prematurely declare victory after the presidential polls are over on Tuesday and hinted that he is gearing up for a legal battle against a vote count that stretched past Election Day.

"No, no that was a false report," Trump told reporters on Sunday at the Charlotte airport in North Carolina amidst a news report that he is planning to prematurely declare victory on the election night.

Americans have rushed to vote early, already casting nearly 92 million mail-in ballots that 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.

Trump indicated that his team was gearing up for a legal battle.

16:45 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Trump indicates gearing up for legal battle against prolonged vote count

US President Donald Trump has denied that he is planning to prematurely declare victory after the presidential polls are over on Tuesday and hinted that he is gearing up for a legal battle against a vote count that stretched past Election Day. "No, no that was a false report," Trump told reporters on Sunday at the Charlotte airport in North Carolina amidst a news report that he is planning to prematurely declare victory on the election night.

Americans have rushed to vote early, already casting nearly 92 million mail-in ballots that 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. Trump indicated that his team was gearing up for a legal battle.

Trump lamented Supreme Court's rulings that allowed for Pennsylvania and North Carolina to count absentee ballots that are postmarked before Election Day but arrive shortly after Tuesday. "I think it is a terrible thing when ballots can be collected after an election. I think it is a terrible thing when people or states are allowed to tabulate ballots for a long period of time after the election is over because it can only lead to one thing," Trump said.

15:48 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Biden discloses names of 800 major bundlers, including Indian-Americans

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has released the names of major fundraisers, including Indian-Americans, who helped him raise at least USD 100,000 for his election campaign this year.

The list, released on Sunday, contains the names of 800 major donors, including a few dozen Indian-Americans. Topping the list of Indian-Americans are well known community leaders Swadesh Chatterjee, Rameshk Kapoor, Shekar N Narasimhan, R Rangaswami, Ajay Jain Bhutoria and Frank Islam.

Among other prominent Indian-American bundlers are Neil Makhija, Rahu, Prakash, Deepak Raj, Raj Shah, Rajan Shah, Radhika Shah, Jill and Raj Singh, Nidhi Thakar, Kiran Jain, Sony Kalsi and Bela Bajaria. Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has also been listed as a bundler.

Given that the list of bundlers includes all those who have raised more than USD 100,000, the number of Indian-Americans in far less than those of former presidents Barack Obama and Bil Clinton campaigns. Some of the traditional Indian-American Democratic donors like hotelier Sant Chatwal are missing from the list.

15:43 (IST)02 Nov 2020
A tough campaign under the shadow of a pandemic

When he had started his re-election campaign in June last year, Donald Trump possibly did not imagine that the world as we know it would change in the way it did following the global outbreak of coronavirus. This from a man who has for many undoubtedly changed the United States of America, global geopolitics, borders, and to some extent, the world’s lexicon. Take the term ‘fake news’ for instance. How frequently was the phrase applied in everyday conversations, much less in the vocabulary of politicians and global leaders, before Trump punctuated his every fourth argument with it?

It has been a perpetual state of upheaval since Trump became president. But as the US elections have drawn closer, the sense of chaos has only amplified. The start of 2019 brought political figures announcing their candidacy, with Tulsi Gabbard being among the first, closely followed by Kamala Harris. By April, Joe Biden had announced his campaign for 2020. READ MORE

14:07 (IST)02 Nov 2020
In Photos| First lady, first daughter in President's campaign rallies

14:03 (IST)02 Nov 2020
In Photos| Trump's campaign trail

13:55 (IST)02 Nov 2020
FBI probing Trump caravan confrontation with Biden campaign bus in Texas

The FBI said on Sunday it was investigating an incident in which a convoy of vehicles flying flags in support of President Donald Trump's re-election bid surrounded a tour bus carrying campaign staff for Democratic challenger Joe Biden on a Texas highway.Friday's incident - captured on video that was retweeted by Trump on Saturday with the message, "I LOVE TEXAS!" - prompted the Biden campaign to cancel at least two of its Texas events as Democrats accused the president of encouraging supporters to engage in acts of intimidation.Video footage showed a group of pickup trucks and SUVs bearing pro-Trump flags surrounding the Biden campaign bus as it traveled north along Interstate 35 between San Antonio and Austin. (Reuters)

13:40 (IST)02 Nov 2020
In Photos| Joe Biden, Kamala Harris & Barack Obama on campaigns

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13:38 (IST)02 Nov 2020
In Photos| Biden-Harris campaign trail

(Photos -AP)

12:29 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Read the US Election wrap for November 2

On Tuesday, the US will most likely know who its next president will be. But with just days to go before November 3, Donald Trump on Sunday once again cast doubt on the integrity of the elections. A Reuters report suggested that the winner may not be announced on Tuesday because of the high number of mail-in ballots, with the process taking a few days after November 3 to be completed.

                                                Read the latest developments from the last 24 hours here

11:27 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Watch| How Covid-19 changed US Elections 2020

11:17 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Can you get US elections results on time?

Every vote in a modern election being “counted, tabulated, finished” by midnight — is not possible and never has been. No state ever reports final results on election night, and no state is legally expected to.

Americans are accustomed to knowing who won on election night because news organizations project winners based on partial counts, not because the counting is actually completed that quickly.

The difference this year is not the timing of final results — those will come, as always, by the certification deadlines each state has set, ranging from two days after the election in Delaware to more than a month after in California. The difference, rather, is when news organizations are likely to have enough information to make accurate projections.

11:06 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Trump cabinet members invited to election party at Trump hotel

Some members of Donald Trump’s cabinet will gather at his Washington hotel on Tuesday night to watch election results, people familiar with the plans said, as the president hopes for a second poll-defying victory.

The viewing party is being arranged by the campaign and comes after Trump grappled with plans for the evening. The president has signaled that local restrictions in Washington have stymied his hopes of hosting a headline event at his hotel, just blocks from the White House. (Read more here)

Do or die battle for Trump and Biden as US presidential elections enter last stretch

The US presidential elections entered its last stretch on Sunday with the two candidates, Republican incumbent Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, leaving no stone unturned to swing votes in their favour. Trump, 74, and Biden, 77, and their campaigns are making a last ditch effort to convince voters of their plans and policies if voted to power, with polls indicating that the race is tightening more than ever, making it a d-or-die battle for the two leaders.

Till Saturday, more than 92 million Americans have already cast their ballots, setting a new record. This includes 33 million in-person votes and 58 million mail-in ballots. However, all eyes are on November 3, the day of polling. Counting of votes would start soon after the closing of votes, which changes from state to state and also depends on the time zone.

Fighting the toughest political battle of his life, Trump spent his entire Saturday in Pennsylvania, a key battleground state, addressing as many as four rallies. Pennsylvania, as per American political analysts, has emerged as the key battleground state that is a must-win for Trump, to retain his White House residency for another four years.

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