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US Election Results 2020 LIVE Updates: No winner yet between Trump, Biden; Vote counting continues in tense race
The US Election 2020 appears to be inching closer to an outcome, with Democrat Joe Biden appearing to be on track for winning enough states to win him the Presidency. This even as his challenger, the incumbent President Donald Trump, threatens to undermine the victory by challenging its legality in court. Trump’s legal challenge comes after it becomes clear that it would be difficult for the Republican to withstand a late blue surge that could help Biden stitch up several battleground states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. As per the latest projections by AP, Biden has won or will win states having 264 Electoral College seats to Trump’s 214. A win in one more state will win Joe Biden the race, even as the outcome is yet to be projected in five, at least two of which appear to be leaning Democratic.
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US Elections 2020 LIVE: Protests over counting continue in several parts of US
Protests have broken out in several places in the US, with pro-Biden groups urging for every vote to be counted while Trump supports insisting on counting to be stopped. Republicans, though, do want counting to continue in Arizona where Trump has a chance of victory despite that race being already called -- a bit prematurely, it would seem -- in favour of Biden.
US Elections 2020 LIVE: Biden's vote tally at all-time high
Joe Biden now has more votes than any presidential candidate in US history at a little over 72 million. This has surpassed Barack Obama's 2008 record who polled 69 million votes.
In a sign that of how hotly-contested this election was, Trump, too, could go past Obama's record, with his current tally standing at 68.5 million.
In 2016, Trump had polled 62.9 million votes to Hillary Clinton's 65.8 million votes. Trump was elected basis higher Electoral College seats.
US Elections 2020 LIVE: COVID-19 cases surge
New confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. have climbed to an all-time high of more than 86,000 per day on average, in a glimpse of the worsening crisis that lies ahead for the winner of the presidential election, Fox News reported.
Biden had made Trump's handling of the pandemic a core election issue though there is some evidence it did not play on the voters' mind as much as was thought.
US Elections 2020 still undecided: What's next for the markets?
In the race to 270, the score currently is 253:214 to Biden. Pollsters expect Nevada results to be delayed and Arizona will be announcing later today - both are expected to go to Biden, which gets him to 270 regardless of what happens in Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Continue Reading
US Elections 2020 LIVE: Trump gaining ground in AZ
Did pollsters call Arizona a bit too early in Biden's favour? Biden is leading Trump by 80,000 votes (50.7 percent vs 47.9 percent) but only 86 percent votes have been counted and the state is seeing a bit of a surge in Trump's favour.
Interestingly, it was Fox News, a Rebublican-leaning channel and AP, which is generally fairly conservative with its forecasts, which called Arizona on Election Day itself even as statisticians Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight and Nate Cohn of New York Times said the call was a bit premature.
Even if Trump manages to wrest control of Arizona, the path to the presidency opens up for him only slightly, and Biden will still have various ways to win this election.
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Indian-origin millionaire Thanedar elected to Michigan state legislature in US
Shri Thanedar, an Indian-origin millionaire businessman who ran for Governor two years ago, has been elected to the House of Representatives in Michigan with 93 per cent votes. Thanedar, 65, also a scientist, raised a record-breaking USD 438,620, primarily from his own wealth, in the state House primary against six other opponents of the Democratic Party. The former gubernatorial hopeful cashed in on his high name familiarity after he moved from Ann Arbor to Detroit after losing the 2018 primary. His campaign two years ago featured a heavy dose of "Shri for We" television ads. He won from the 3rd District of Michigan with 93 per cent of the total votes.
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Here's the latest update on the vote count in Pennsylvania
With 71% of mail-in ballots counted in Pennsylvania, officials still needs to count 763,000 of the 2.6 million cast, according to a CNN report. In Allegheny County 46,000 mail-in ballots remain to be counted, as of 12:45 p.m. EST, the report added.
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Path to presidency in sight for Joe Biden as Democrat enjoys late surge
The US Election 2020 finally appears to be inching closer to a result, although the threat of Donald Trump's legal challenge to the outcome could come in the way of a likely Joe Biden win. There are several ways in which Joe Biden could reach the White House and only a long shot that Trump will. As of November 5, 10:00 am India time, AP has called states with 264 electors in Biden's favour, compared to 214 for Trump. This includes calling Michigan in favour of Biden, where the Democrat has a comfortable lead and Wisconsin where he has a slim lead. 99 percent of votes in both states have been counted. Trump has filed lawsuits to stop counting in Michigan as well as Pennsylvania and Georgia, where the battle is too close to be called.
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Georgia's DeKalb County finishes counting, says report
DeKalb County, Georgia, a large Democratic stronghold just outside Atlanta, finished counting its last absentee ballots just after midnight Thursday, CNN reported.
A total of 127,019 absentee ballots were processed, it added. The county’s final tally was roughly 83% for Biden and 16% for Trump, the report said. Fulton County, Georgia’s most populated county, meanwhile is still counting votes. At last check, 17,000 votes remained uncounted in that county, it added.
Why this matters: There are 16 electoral votes at stake in Georgia. CNN is yet to project a winner in the state. Joe Biden leads the race for the presidency with 253 electoral votes. President Trump has 213 electoral votes. The candidates each need 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.
US Presidential Elections 2020: What to make of Trump's legal threat to poll results
While addressing the East Room of the White House, US President Donald Trump declared himself a winner, but he seemed anxious. He insisted on going to the US Supreme Court and ask for the counting of votes to stop, something he had been building up to for quite a while now.
"We don't want them to find any ballots at 4:00 in the morning and add them to the list," he said.
"It's a very sad moment, and we will win this; as far as I am concerned, we have already won it." A premature assertion that both the candidates have made, especially since the mail-in ballots of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, are yet to be counted.