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2020 US election: Joe Biden has "no doubt" that he beat Donald Trump


Joe Biden told Americans, "Nobody will take our democracy away from us," after Donald Trump launched a 17-minute rant against questioning the entire election with an extraordinary speech in which a conspiracy against him by big tech, big money and the media claims pollsters and democrats.

“Nobody will take our democracy away from us. Not now, never. America has come too far, fought too many battles and endured too much to allow this to happen, ”the Democratic candidates said in a tweet.

"Keep the Faith Folks."

Earlier Thursday, in a speech in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, Biden had asked Americans to be patient and calm as they waited for the final presidential race ballots to be counted amid growing concerns over the long wait for results and apprehension about public order.

& # 39; Democracy is sometimes chaotic. Sometimes it takes a little patience, ”said the former Vice President from the stage of the Wilmington Queen Theater late on Thursday afternoon.

“So I ask everyone to stay calm, everyone to stay calm. The process works. The count is complete and we will know very soon. & # 39;

In the same brief statement, the Democratic candidate assured supporters that he and his runner-up, Senator Kamala Harris, would come out on top.

"We are still very comfortable, the Senator and I, we continue to feel very good about the state of affairs," said Biden. "We have no doubt that Sen. Harris and I will be declared winners when the count is complete."

Trump's leadership in Pennsylvania is slipping, and Biden is sneaking up on him in Georgia, while Biden stays ahead in Nevada and Arizona. It only takes Biden Pennsylvania to win, taking him to 273 votes on the electoral college or Nevada and Arizona to 270 votes. In contrast, Trump would have to secure North Carolina, Arizona, and Pennsylvania to secure 271.

President Donald Trump has responded to Biden's tips in Arizona and Nevada and his successes in Pennsylvania and Georgia on Twitter, often all in capital cities. Several tweets have been flagged as misinformation by Twitter.

Trump broke his 36-hour silence Thursday evening – the first time since his statement at the White House after 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning when he claimed he had won – a claim that was almost immediately rejected by members of his own party.

Address to America: Joe Biden appeared with his running mate Kamala Harris at his side to plead for calm and patience with the number of votes

Joe Biden told Americans "no one will take our democracy from us" after Donald Trump launched a 17-minute tirade against questioning the entire election

Joe Biden told Americans "no one will take our democracy from us" after Donald Trump launched a 17-minute tirade against questioning the entire election

At a White House press conference Thursday night, Trump questioned the entire presidential election, claiming it was rigged from start to finish by a major conspiracy against him, in an extraordinary White House statement that cut off at least seven television channels.

In his 17-minute tirade, he claimed he was the victim of "Big Media, Big Money and Big Tech," who came together to commit "historic electoral sway" and put Joe Biden in charge.

He claimed that if all "legal votes" were counted he would win the election, accusing the Democrats of "corruptly" stealing the contest by postal voting in a suddenly announced White House address that served as his tiny Pennsylvania poll results and Georgia kept slipping.

On the podium in the conference room, he read from a script and listed his complaints about Biden's "suppression polls" and "fraud" campaigns.

His briefing was abruptly interrupted by major networks such as NBC, ABC and MSNBC.

In a briefing Thursday, Biden did not mention Trump's name.

STATES STILL IN GAME

ARIZONA – 11 votes of the electoral college: votes are still counted, deadline for the result unclear

50.6% bid

48.54% TRUMP

Fox and the AP gave Biden to Arizona on Wednesday before dawn. On Wednesday afternoon officials said there were 600,000 votes left, suggesting they could be put back into the game.

The AP stands by his call, saying the outstanding votes are in Biden strongholds that will not return to Trump.

PENNSYLVANIA – 20 electoral college votes: Result expected Friday

49.6% TRUMP

49.2% BID

GEORGIA – 16 votes from the electoral college: The result is expected on Thursday

49.4% TRUMP

49.2% BID

NEVADA – 6 votes of the electoral college: Result expected Friday

49.4% bid

48.5% TRUMP

NORTH CAROLINA – 15 electoral college votes: Result expected on Thursday

50.09% TRUMP

48.69% BIDEN

But he made a comment that clearly targeted Trump and his campaign team's legal efforts to stop the vote counting and rhetorical efforts to question the legitimacy of the elections.

In America, voting is sacred. This is how the people of this nation express their will. And it is the will of the voters, no one, nothing else, who elects the President of the United States of America, ”Biden said. "So every ballot has to be counted."

The previous Thursday, Biden was with the Queen to attend a COVID-19 and business briefing. He also performed at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday, where he again told Americans to wait – but he would win.

The Delaware appearance was clearly intended to cast Biden as president and to paint a contrast to Trump.

The call for calm also spoke of increasing public order concerns.

In Michigan, Arizona, and Nevada, Trump supporters, some of whom are armed, have descended on the census of places.

There were arrests in New York after a protest against Biden, where every vote was counted, turned into violence.

The president launched an angry tweet calling for the count to stop early Thursday morning, then said his campaign would be sued in any state where Joe Biden had already been declared the winner.

The election result now depends on five states: Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Nevada, Arizona and Georgia had expected to end their counts Thursday, but then expectations changed.

The extraordinary focus on counting in individual states is unprecedented.

The paper-thin borders in every state mean that now every ballot counts towards the result. In a normal year, state results would have been quickly pulled up by television stations and the Associated Press, and the count continued quietly in the background.

No calls were made this time, however, as an unprecedented number of postal voting slips fueled record turnouts. Instead, it is official censuses that regularly take days or even weeks to be carried out, certified and declared that have become the focus of public attention.

In every state:

  • Nevada: 63,000 ballots remain to be counted, but late postal ballots still arrive and will be valid through Tuesday, November 10th. The result may not be known until Thursday, November 12th, when all preliminary ballot papers are decided afterwards through a validation process. & # 39; Biden is ahead with 11,500 votes.
  • Pennsylvania: The count stopped and restarted in Philadelphia when Trump's campaign sued for not being able to see the count and won their case first. And in Pittsburgh, 35,000 votes can only be legally counted on Friday. But the foreign minister hinted that a result could come Thursday and suggested
  • Arizona: There are 285,000 votes left. TheseThe State Secretary says the counting of the votes outstanding there will not be completed until Friday. Biden's lead in Arizona has fallen to less than 47,000 votes after Trump closed the void after dumping postal ballot papers Thursday night. Of the remaining votes, 200,000 are in Maricopa County, where Biden is two points ahead and where he is expected to win.
  • Georgia: The state has reached the last 50,000 ballots but has yet to say when this will be completed. And Friday is the deadline
  • North Carolina: There is no indication of when the result will be final.

The Associated Press awarded Biden 264 votes – including in Arizona, a state that not all news organizations have phoned and that argued in the Trump campaign that if all the votes are counted, they can win.

Nevada's six votes would bring Biden to exactly 270 in the AP count – and give him the presidency.

Nevada released another tranche of votes Thursday, increasing Biden's lead to 12,000.

Georgia also released additional vote counts, which caused Trump's lead to drop to about 13,500 votes. The state has about 50,000 postal ballots left to count – along with preliminary ballot papers, military votes, and votes from Americans living abroad.

Trump faces a much higher hurdle to 270 with 214 votes. He would have to win all four remaining battlefield states: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada.

The Trump campaign expressed confidence that the president will receive a second term in the White House.

"By the end of tomorrow – Friday – it will be clear that President Trump and Vice President Pence will have another term in the White House," said the campaign's senior advisor, Jason Miller, at a press conference on Thursday morning.

The Biden campaign was similarly confident.

"Our data shows Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States," said Dillon.

As the count dragged on, Trump expressed confidence he will win the election but said his campaign will be suing in the battlefield states where Joe Biden won. This is a sign that his team is not confident that the voting numbers will be in his favor.

& # 39; All of the states recently claimed by Biden are being challenged by us for election fraud and election fraud. Lots of evidence – just check out the media. WE WILL WIN! America First !, '' Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday morning.

In addition, Trump has called for the nation to stop counting votes in the presidential election.

It also launched a flurry of litigation.

In Nevada, which could give Biden the presidency, should he win his six votes, he claimed that non-residents would be allowed to vote.

The Trump campaign had a legal victory in Pennsylvania on Thursday when a ballot observer ordered by a judge watched officials count ballots within six feet. Representatives from both campaigns were in the room to watch the counts, but at a greater distance due to the coronavirus. A district judge approved the Trump campaign, but the Democrats appealed to the state Supreme Court.

The Biden campaign accused the Trump team of using the court system to delay the inevitable.

"What we are seeing with these lawsuits is that they are unfounded and nothing more than an attempt to deflect and delay the inevitable – Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States," said campaign manager Jennifer O'Malley Dillon said Reporters Thursday morning.

"STOP THE COUNT!" Tweeted the president on Thursday as state officials continued their way through the legal votes. Trump has spent the past few days at the White House talking to advisers about the race.

President Trump's election campaign is being carried out in Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia as Joe Biden nears the 270 votes he needs to win the presidency

President Trump's campaign is being carried out in Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia as Joe Biden nears the 270 electoral votes he needs to win the presidency

If civil servants stop counting now and the elections are brought up to date, as the president seems to be demanding, Biden would win. The president needs to close voting gaps in Arizona and Nevada to win the election – in other words, he needs officials there to keep counting the ballots.

Trump later added this tweet: "EVERY VOTE THAT COMES AFTER ELECTION DAY WILL NOT BE COUNTED!"

The president was likely referring to Pennsylvania, where officials count all postal ballot counts received through Friday as long as they are marked with election day. Trump is currently a leader in the state, but Biden is slowing down as the mail-in votes are counted. More Democrats than Republicans used the mail-in voting option.

However, he did not state the law as it exists. The state was in the process of counting ballots that were not received after election day. And the change to allow voting papers three days later was upheld by the Supreme Court in a ruling that the US Supreme Court upheld. The Trump camp could try to re-question the ballot papers later the day after the election.

Twitter warned several tweets from the president.

And the Trump campaign released a statement from the president to clarify his tweets: “IF YOU COUNT THE LEGAL VOTES, I WILL JUST WIN THE VOTE! IF YOU COUNT THE ILLEGAL AND LATE VOTES, YOU MAY STEAL THE VOTE FROM US! & # 39;

Complicating the situation in Pittsburgh is the approximately 30,000 outstanding ballot papers that resulted in a salesperson sending the wrong ballots to voters and having to reissue new ballots with the correct races.

Poll workers now have to check those ballots to make sure people don't vote twice. If you submitted the wrong ballot, you did not participate in races for which you are not eligible.

They cannot be legally counted until Friday when Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh sits, swears on a special panel to review those ballots as required by law.

Biden closed the gap with Trump in Pennsylvania as the ballot papers are counted.

And in Chatham County, Georgia, where Savannah is located, a judge ruled against the Trump campaign's legal challenge to some postal ballot papers. The judge said officials had taken the right precautions to ensure that legal ballot papers were counted. Trump's lead in Georgia fell to less than 20,000 votes as more votes were released.

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The chaos hit the polling center in a major Arizona county Wednesday night after a large group of Trump supporters gathered outside to protest. Some carried guns to continue the vote

The chaos hit the polling center in a major Arizona county Wednesday night after a large group of Trump supporters gathered outside to protest. Some carried guns to continue the vote

Trump campaign advisor Corey Lewandowski speaks outside the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania amid legal proceedings by the state's campaign

Trump campaign advisor Corey Lewandowski speaks outside the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania amid legal proceedings by the state's campaign

NEVADA: Supporters of President Trump protest against the vote in Nevada in Clark County

NEVADA: Supporters of President Trump protest against voting in Nevada in Clark County

MICHIGAN: Supporters of President Donald Trump chant slogans as they gather outside the room where postal ballot papers are counted for the 2020 general election

MICHIGAN: Supporters of President Donald Trump chant slogans as they gather outside the room where postal ballot papers are counted for the 2020 general election

A video from outside the counting center showed the angry crowd shouting for the vote to be suppressed

A video from outside the counting center showed the angry crowd shouting for the vote to be suppressed

As President Trump brings unfounded charges of election fraud, pro-Trump protesters have appeared at polling centers in Nevada, Arizona and Detroit demanding that all votes be counted.

The election results remain unclear, but Biden is only inches from victory as the postal ballot papers are counted.

Trump has falsely claimed that these votes are ineligible because they are counted after the election. Votes were legally cast before election day, but the process of counting mail-in ballots takes longer as they need to be checked against electoral rolls to confirm that it is a legal vote from a registered voter – just like when someone who votes in person must confirm their identity with an election officer prior to receiving a vote.

In Arizona, Biden led Trump in the state with 68,400 votes or less than three points after 62,000 votes in Maricopa County, which also includes Phoenix, were added to the list early Thursday morning. Trump faces a difficult task, however, as most of the standout votes come from democratic areas of the state: Pima, Coconino and Santa Cruz counties.

Further results from Arizona will be released on Thursday evening.

Trump took legal action on Wednesday in Michigan and Wisconsin – two states that were awarded to Biden. As officials count the ballots, tensions have risen across the country.

In Arizona, armed pro-Trump protesters climbed into a counting center in Maricopa County overnight after Biden's lead was reduced from 200,000 votes to just 68,000 when votes continued to be counted.

They faced police and security in front of the counting center and sang that every vote should be counted with the result on the balance sheet. At least one person got in and forced the center to close with detained staff.

Amid the ongoing uncertainty;

  • Trump protesters came to the counting centers in both Michigan and Arizona – demanding that the counting of votes be stopped in the former state and continued in the latter
  • Trump also launched a series of lawsuits to try to shift the outcome in his favor while making unsubstantiated claims of election fraud on Twitter
  • In Wisconsin, Trump is suing for a recount – which is expected to continue as the result is within 1 percent of the votes cast but is not expected to exceed Biden's 20,000-vote margin
  • In Michigan, he claims his election observers were not given proper access to the census and is suing for the census to be stopped until they are allowed access
  • Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, and Trump's son Eric held a rally in Pennsylvania leading the president's legal action there
  • In Georgia, he claims a GOP poll observer saw 53 late postal ballot papers added to a pile

Video footage from outside the Maricopa counting center on Wednesday showed the angry crowd yelling and singing that the vote was suppressed and the election unfair.

Some raged over a rumor spread throughout the day by right-wing social media accounts that some Trump supporters' ballots were being ignored because they were filled with a sharpie.

On Thursday morning, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said she did not understand what the protesters were trying to achieve.

“I don't understand what these protesters are interested in. We'll keep counting the ballots.

“If you support the president, you should want us to keep counting. I just don't know what their goal is.

“They absolutely don't interfere with what we're doing,” she said during an interview with Good Morning America.

There is no evidence that any vote cast does not count for either county or state.

Several members of the AZ Patriots group successfully managed to break into the building, one wearing a military vest, where they argued that the pins in the count had been changed to sharpies before being thrown out of the building.

Media crews were escorted out of the center around 12:30 p.m., and some staff were ushered out of the building at the end of their shift when the shouts of the crowd grew louder. There were no reports of violence, although several members of the press said it was threatened.

Inside, the count continued, with the center promising it would continue until the night's last update.

Meanwhile, Trump protesters in Michigan also surrounded a polling center in Detroit, demanding that the count stop when the state was declared for Biden.

Republicans have also filed a lawsuit in Michigan demanding that all votes be counted because Trump's people are not giving proper access to the election pages and cannot monitor the counting process to make sure it is fair.

In Georgia, the lawsuit alleges that a GOP polling observer saw 53 late postal ballot papers added to a stack in Chatham County.

And in Wisconsin, the campaign is calling for a recount, even though Biden won by more than 20,000 votes, around 0.6 percent of the vote.

The number falls under the state's recount rules, which allow anything within a one-point range to qualify for a recount.

In Nevada it is The Trump team claims that Nevada voted tens of thousands who are no longer based in the state.

However, a group that included former National Intelligence Director Ric Grenell who announced the lawsuit did not provide evidence of a large-scale violation.

In Pennsylvania, where an outcome is unlikely before Friday, Rudy Giuliani – Trump's personal attorney – and Trump's son Eric came to lead "critical legal action" in the state.

The Trump campaign has announced that it will be embroiled in a Supreme Court case challenging the state's right to allow postal ballot papers received up to three days after election day.

Trump deputy campaign manager Justin Clark said the campaign would sue to prevent "Democratic election officials from hiding ballot counting and processing from GOP election observers."

He claimed that Republican observers in Philadelphia were ordered to stand 25 meters from counting staff, making it impossible to watch.

ARIZONA: The Maricopa County Center in Phoenix was forced to approach the public and imprison election workers when supporters of the president surrounded the building and sang "Count the Vote."

ARIZONA: The Maricopa County Center in Phoenix was forced to approach the public and imprison election workers when supporters of the president surrounded the building and sang "Count the Vote."

NEW YORK: Anti-Trump protesters kneel on the street in Manhattan after an uncertain election November 3rd

NEW YORK: Anti-Trump protesters kneel on the street in Manhattan after an uncertain election November 3rd

MINNESOTA: Protesters take to the streets of Minneapolis after the election to an anti-Trump rally

MINNESOTA: Protesters take to the streets of Minneapolis after the election to an anti-Trump rally

CALIFORNIA: A man raises his fist during a protest in Los Angeles as uncertainty about the election result persists

CALIFORNIA: A man raises his fist during a protest in Los Angeles as uncertainty about the election result persists

SEATTLE: A protester sets fire to an American flag during a demonstration in Seattle on Wednesday

SEATTLE: A protester sets fire to an American flag during a demonstration in Seattle on Wednesday

ILLINOIS: Protester Brittany Bysina holds a sign as protesters march through central Chicago on Wednesday night

ILLINOIS: Protester Brittany Bysina holds a sign as protesters march through central Chicago on Wednesday evening

PENNSYLVANIA: Protesters including one with a Black Lives Matter flag march past Independence Hall in Philadelphia demanding that all votes be counted on Wednesday

PENNSYLVANIA: Protesters including one with a Black Lives Matter flag march past Independence Hall in Philadelphia demanding that all votes be counted on Wednesday

Joe Biden almost claimed election victory on Wednesday afternoon when he said he was "confident" that he would win the White House after taking Michigan and Wisconsin. He is pictured by his side with his run mate Kamala Harris

Joe Biden almost claimed election victory on Wednesday afternoon when he said he was "confident" that he would win the White House after taking Michigan and Wisconsin. He is pictured by his side with his run mate Kamala Harris

Donald Trump declared the election victory at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday - the last time he was seen in public - although many of the votes were still counted. He has vowed to go to the Supreme Court to challenge what he previously called "fraud"

Donald Trump declared election victory at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday – the last time he was seen publicly – although many of the votes were still counted. He has vowed to go to the Supreme Court to challenge what he previously called "fraud"

And like in Michigan, the Trump campaign is suing to stop counting votes until "meaningful transparency" is guaranteed.

Trump has also accused Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar of unilaterally extending the deadline for unilaterally extending mail-in voters who were missing their voter ID.

At a press conference in Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, Giuliani and Eric claimed that the president had won the state even though around a million postal ballots remained to be counted.

Like Trump himself, neither man has presented a legal argument in favor of victory or evidence of election fraud, but still claimed to have cheated.

"They're trying to cheat, they're trying to cheat," Eric Trump said repeatedly of the Democrats.

Giuliani cursed for a few minutes about postal ballot papers that he claimed could be forged without evidence.

"This is more than anything I've ever seen before," he said. “Do you think we are stupid? Do you think we are fools?

"You know something, Democrats think you're stupid," added Giuliani. “And they think you're an idiot. This is why one is called "unfortunate" and "sucker".

Supporters of US President Trump gather to protest the election results at the Maricopa Electoral Office

Supporters of US President Trump gather to protest the election results at the Maricopa Election Department office

Protesters claimed the election was unfair after debunked rumors were spread by right-wing social media accounts

Protesters claimed the election was unfair after debunked rumors were spread by right-wing social media accounts

Angry protesters entered the Phoenix center, where the majority of the remaining votes are still to be counted

Angry protesters entered the Phoenix center, where the majority of the remaining votes are still to be counted

The legal remedies Republicans use to challenge election results

Michigan – Stop the vote count and review the ballot papers

Called for Biden with 99 percent of the counted ballots

Donald Trump filed a lawsuit yesterday in the battlefield state of Michigan to stop counting votes and review the ballots that were counted.

Campaign manager Bill Stepien said Republicans were not given "meaningful access to numerous counting locations to watch ballot opening and the counting process."

He claims this is against state law.

Georgia – secure and allow for late postal ballot papers

Too early to call. Trump is 0.5 points ahead with 98 percent of the ballots counted

President Trump and the Republican Party of Georgia have filed a lawsuit against election officials in Chatham County asking a judge to order the late and settlement of all late ballot papers.

It was filed after a Republican observer claimed to have seen mail-in ballots received after the 7:00 p.m. deadline, which was added to a batch of legitimate votes to be counted.

Sean Pumphry, a registered GOP election observer, said he saw 53 unprocessed ballots being processed.

Wisconsin – tell the ballot

Called for Biden with 99 percent of the counted ballots

The Trump campaign last night announced that it would call for a ballot recount in Wisconsin after an extremely close race.

Biden could only book one victory in the state and led Trump with only 0.53 percent of the vote.

Wisconsin law allows campaigns to pay a recount if the loss is less than 1 percent.

Pennsylvania – Multiple Legal Challenges

I won't know until Friday. With 89 percent of the counted ballot papers three points ahead

Supreme Court

The Trump campaign yesterday said it was embroiled in a case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court about whether late postal ballot counts can be counted.

Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar ruled that ballots that arrived up to three days late could be counted, which is currently being contested by the state's Republicans.

Trump's lawyers are now planning to intervene in this case.

Stop counting until transparency is guaranteed

As in Georgia, he also said Trump would sue to prevent "Democratic election officials from hiding ballot counting and processing from GOP election observers."

He claimed that Republican observers in Philadelphia were ordered to stand 25 meters from counting staff, making it impossible to watch.

And like in Michigan, the Trump campaign is suing to stop counting votes until "meaningful transparency" is guaranteed.

Voter ID Challenge

Trump has accused Pennsylvania's Secretary of State, Kathy Boockvar, of unilaterally extending the deadline for mail-in voters who were missing ID cards to produce evidence.

According to state law, first-time mail-in and out-of-office voters must present identification.

"We'll stay with that. We will win this election. We actually won it.

"It's all about counting the votes fairly."

Giuliani complained that the postal vote could have come from Mars or Canada – or just a person who cast 100,000 votes.

"@Maricopacounty's electoral department staff will continue our job of conducting elections in the county's second largest electoral jurisdiction," the department tweeted.

& # 39; We will publish the results again this evening as planned. We thank the @mcsoaz for their work so we can get ours done. & # 39;

Among the protesters was local Congressman Paul Gosar, who joined the crowd on Votes Not Counted, beat up the Arizona Secretary of State as a "joke" and prayed before calling for the list to be updated.

"Some shady things happen in Arizona …" he tweeted earlier in the day.

Gosar made the allegation after Fox News was outraged over its decision to call the state's eleven seats on the state electoral college for Biden before midnight on election night. The Associated Press has since named a Biden win as well, but the New York Times and CNN are among major news organizations that believe the race is still there for both candidates.

On Wednesday night, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis railed against the decision to call Arizona, saying Fox should overturn the decision immediately.

& # 39; Trump wins in Arizona. It's probably 500,000 … ”DeSantis said during an interview with Fox. “Here's my thing, if you're quick on the trigger, then be quick on the trigger for both sides and stand by it. They never want to call the state with Trump. Biden, you will do it right away. It's inconsistent and unacceptable. Look, North Carolina should definitely be called for the president. Arizona – Fox should withdraw this call. & # 39;

"We have to get this right," DeSantis continued. “I thought it was really bad how it was done. Florida, we didn't even need the panhandle. The president was so high up with the Miami-Dade (county) base at the start of the postal vote that there was no way he would lose to Florida here and win with 400,000 votes. & # 39;

FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver, himself criticized for extremely inaccurate survey data, also said Fox and the Associated Press should withdraw the projection.

Fox's Arizona call was the first of the states to appear to have switched from red to blue, which if correct, meant a huge loss to the Trump campaign in this must-win state.

However, the Trump campaign has argued that the vote has not yet ended, rejected the call and predicted that the president will eventually win by around 30,000 votes once all the ballots are counted.

They also said they were considering contesting the result, but did not specify what action they would take after calling for a recount in Wisconsin and filing vote counting lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia.

"@FoxNews is a complete outlier when it comes to calling Arizona, and other media outlets shouldn't follow suit," said senior Trump campaign advisor Jason Miller on Tuesday evening.

"There are still 1M + votes waiting to be counted on Election Day. We pushed our people to vote on Election Day, but now Fox News is trying to invalidate their votes!"

& # 39; We believe that over 2/3 of these outstanding voters will be for Trump on election day. I can't believe Fox was so intent on pulling the trigger here after taking so long to call Florida. Wow, ”he continued.

"Withdraw AZ!" added Republican National Committee spokeswoman Liz Harrington.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, also pushed back the Fox News result, calling it "far too early" to declare Biden the winner in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

& # 39; Votes on Election Day are not reported in full, and we haven't even started counting early ballots cast in the polls. In AZ we protected election day. Let's count the votes – all the votes – before we make any statements. & # 39;

Rudy Giuliani, ein Anwalt von Präsident Donald Trump, spricht während einer Pressekonferenz am Mittwochnachmittag in Pennsylvania über rechtliche Herausforderungen bei der Stimmzählung, nachdem der Präsident eine Klage eingereicht hatte, obwohl eine Million Stimmen nicht gezählt wurden

Rudy Giuliani, ein Anwalt von Präsident Donald Trump, spricht während einer Pressekonferenz am Mittwochnachmittag in Pennsylvania über rechtliche Herausforderungen bei der Stimmzählung, nachdem der Präsident eine Klage eingereicht hatte, obwohl eine Million Stimmen nicht gezählt wurden

Trumps Schwiegertochter Lara hört zu, wie Giuliani und ihr Ehemann Eric am Mittwoch sprechen

Trumps Schwiegertochter Lara hört zu, wie Giuliani und ihr Ehemann Eric am Mittwoch sprechen

Giuliani behauptete, Trump habe Pennsylvania gewonnen, obwohl die Stimmen noch gezählt werden müssten

Giuliani behauptete, Trump habe Pennsylvania gewonnen, obwohl die Stimmen noch gezählt werden müssten

Beamte aus Arizona entlarven die Verschwörung von #SharpieGate

Social-Media-Nutzer behaupten fälschlicherweise, dass Stimmzettel in Arizona ungültig sind, weil sie mit Sharpie-Markern ausgefüllt wurden – aber Beamte haben solche Gerüchte, die besagen, dass sie noch gültig sind, schnell unterdrückt.

#SharpieGate erschien am Mittwoch in den sozialen Medien, als Anhänger von Donald Trump vorschlugen, dass Wahlbeamte im Maricopa County den Wählern die Filzstifte zur Verfügung stellten, um ihre Stimmzettel zu stören.

Einige Leute behaupteten, sie seien ins Visier genommen worden, weil sie für Trump stimmen wollten.

Trump ist berühmt für die Verwendung des Sharpie-Permanentmarkers.

Wahlbeamte aus Arizona sagten jedoch, dass die Abstimmung mit einem Sharpie keinen Einfluss auf die von Tabellierungsmaschinen aufgezeichneten Stimmen haben würde, und wenn es ein Problem gäbe, gäbe es einen Prozess, der verhindern würde, dass die Stimmzettel annulliert werden.

Am Mittwoch teilte die republikanische Generalstaatsanwaltschaft in Arizona mit, sie untersuche Beschwerden von Wählern des Maricopa County wegen des Sharpie-Fiaskos.

Trump selbst war wütend über den Anruf und rief Rupert Murdoch Berichten zufolge am Dienstagabend wütend an.

Eine Quelle sagte Vanity Fair, dass Trump Murdoch anrief, dem Fox gehört, "um über den Anruf zu schreien und einen Widerruf zu fordern".

Der 89-jährige Medienmogul weigerte sich, seinen Mitarbeitern zu befehlen, den Anruf in Arizona zurückzuziehen.

Selbst innerhalb von Fox soll die Ankündigung in Arizona die Mitarbeiter verärgert haben, berichtet Vanity Fair.

"Wir haben es lange vor MSNBC genannt!" Ein empörter Mitarbeiter auf der Meinungsseite erzählte der Zeitschrift.

"Wir waren so besorgt, als Pro-Trump gesehen zu werden, dass wir uns nach hinten beugten."

Und auf Sendung befragten die Gastgeber den Entscheidungsschalter für den Anruf.

"Die Trump-Kampagne ist, wie soll ich das sagen, wütend über die Tatsache, dass Arizona angerufen wurde", berichtete der Korrespondent des Fox White House, John Roberts, am Mittwochmorgen um 00:20 Uhr.

'Frankly, there have been public calls for Fox to pull back that call. I'll leave that to the decision desk, but that's what the Trump campaign is saying.'

Yet those behind the decision have defended the call and maintained they were right to call the race for Biden when they did.

'We're four standard deviations from being wrong,' Arnon Mishkin, director of the Fox News Decision Desk, said of the network's statistical model. 'And, I'm sorry, we're not wrong in this particular case.'

He also acknowledged that there were outstanding votes to be counted in the state but that they were mainly in areas in which Biden was performing well, according to Politico.

'I'm sorry, the president is not going to be able to take over and win enough votes to eliminate that seven point lead' Mishkin added.

President Donald Trump supporters gather to protest the election results at the Maricopa County Elections Department office

President Donald Trump supporters gather to protest the election results at the Maricopa County Elections Department office

At one point the group began to pray for the outcome of the election

At one point the group began to pray for the outcome of the election

As it stands, Biden needs both Arizona and Nevada to win the presidency

As it stands, Biden needs both Arizona and Nevada to win the presidency

HOW TRUMP WON MORE VOTES WITH BLACK MEN

Donald Trump increased his support among black and Hispanic voters to clinch several toss-up states and keep his reelection bid alive.

Exit polls conducted by Edison Research reveal the president took 12 per cent of the black vote nationally, up 6 per cent since 2016.

Joe Biden hoovered up an overwhelming 87 per cent of the black vote, although saw a 4 per cent drop in his share of the demographic than Hillary Clinton took.

Trump also increased his vote share among Hispanics and Latinos by 4 per cent, taking 32 per cent compared with Biden's 66 per cent.

The president has previously claimed to be the 'least racist person' in the face allegations from critics.

The president's support among ethnic groups even be higher than exit polls suggest because of a 'shy Trump' factor that threw pollsters leading up to the election.

The president also dispelled claims his base was largely non-educated, winning 42 per cent of college grads.

Trump's increased support among ethnic minorities saw him inch out a critical victory in Florida, his adopted home state, where Democrats had mounted a strong assault to flip the state.

The Sunshine State has always returned razor-thin margins and without it Trump's path to the White House would have all but evaporated.

Zeroing in on Trump's win, Democrats have blamed Biden for failing to woo the stat'es Latino voters, especially Cubans.

As results showed Florida breaking for Trump, Democratic Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: 'I won't comment much on tonight's results as they are evolving and ongoing, but I will say we've been sounding the alarm about Dem vulnerabilities w/ Latinos for a long, long time.'

Trump and Republicans pummeled Biden for months with claims suggesting he was a 'socialist' and would capitulate 'radical left' of the Democratic Party.

The attacks carried added firepower with Cuban and Venezuelan Americans, who associate the labels with authoritarian and corrupt Latin American leaders.

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The Associated Press stated they also made the call for this reasons. Trump took Arizona in 2016 by a margin of 3.5 percent.

A Biden victory in the state would make him the first Democrat to win Arizona since Bill Clinton in 1996.

Yet much of the Arizona result hangs on Maricopa County which Trump won the county four years ago, with 49 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton's 46 percent.

Officials say that there are still between 428,000 and 446,000 ballots to count in the county, including 248,000 mail ballots that were returned in the last three days before the election.

They also include between 160,000 and 180,000 mail ballots returned on Election Day and 18,000 provisional ballots, according to the Maricopa County Recorder's Office.

Trump may contest the validity of the mail-in ballots as he has in other states.

Trump took Arizona in 2016 by a margin of 3.5 percent. A Biden victory in the state would make him the first Democrat to win Arizona since Bill Clinton in 1996.

Yet much of the Arizona result hangs on Maricopa County which Trump won the county four years ago, with 49 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton's 46 percent.

Officials say that there are still between 428,000 and 446,000 ballots to count in the county, including 248,000 mail ballots that were returned in the last three days before the election.

They also include between 160,000 and 180,000 mail ballots returned on Election Day and 18,000 provisional ballots, according to the Maricopa County Recorder's Office.

Trump may contest the validity of the mail-in ballots as he has in other states.

On Tuesday, false stories were circulating among right-wing social media accounts that votes cast for Trump were not counted in Maricopa County because voters used Sharpie pens.

Dubbed 'Sharpiegate' by conservatives on social media, the allegations could be used to try to undermine election results in the historically Republican state.

County officials were trying to inform voters that Sharpies did not interfere with ballots.

Yet, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of several voters Wednesday alleging that the use of a Sharpie permanent marker at polling places across the county disenfranchised voters.

Attorney Alexander Kolodin is representing an Arizona woman named as Laurie Aguilera by 12 News as well as ten other unidentified voters in the state.

'Plaintiff completed her ballot with the provided Sharpie. While completing it, she noticed the ink was bleeding through,' the suit reads. It goes on to say that the machine failed to read Aguilera's ballot and those poll workers would not provide her with a second ballot nor a duplicate ballot when the ballot was not read. She believes her vote was not counted.

'I should just know that when I put my ballot into the machine and if I followed the instructions it gets counted, and it gets counted perfectly,' Kolodin said Wednesday night.

Elsewhere, the Republican party themselves have filled lawsuits in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia and called for a recount in Wisconsin, claiming that fake mail-in ballots for Biden were being created in order to hand him the win.

The claims of fraud led to protests in Detroit calling on the vote count to stop.

Back in Arizona, it was also revealed earlier Wednesday that a data feed informing media organizations of the voting tally in the state was incorrectly showing that 98 percent of its votes had been counted for a period on Wednesday morning, casting further skepticism on the early calls.

In fact, only 86 percent had been tallied at the time, leaving hundreds of thousands more votes still to be taken into account.

Edison Research data incorrectly displayed the percentage of votes counted for a brief period before being rectified, according to The Hill.

The error was noted by New York Times editor Patrick LaForge, whose publication has shown a Biden lead throughout Wednesday but do not believe that his victory is yet certain.

'An error was found in the data feed from Edison Research (used by @nytimes and other news organizations) for Arizona results — 86 percent of ballots have been counted, not 98 percent,' LaForge wrote.

State officials have given no indication of when final results from Arizona will be available.

Trump files new lawsuits in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia after Biden wins in Wisconsin and Michigan to move to 264 electoral votes and says he's 'confident he will take the White House

Democrat Joe Biden edged closer to a potential upset in Georgia – and to a White House win – coming within 1 point of President Donald Trump in the traditionally red state Wednesday night.

As the race narrowed, Trump's campaign announced that they had filed a lawsuit in the state, alleging that a GOP poll observer witnessed 53 late absentee ballots added to a pile in Chatham County, where Savannah – a Democratic-leaning urban center – is located.

'We will not allow Democrat election officials to steal this election from President Trump with late, illegal ballots,' Deputy Campaign Manager Justin Clark said.

More totals from Georgia are expected Wednesday night. Trump held 49.9 per cent of the vote, while Biden had 48.9, with the president about 46,000 votes ahead.

The Georgia lawsuit was just the latest in a series of legal maneuvers Trump's campaign made Wednesday as his path to re-election got narrower – and as the president made unfounded claims on Twitter about fraud.

On Wednesday afternoon, Biden all but declared he'd win the election, as Wisconsin and Michigan were called in his favor.

With Michigan – and with Arizona called for Biden by some networks – the former vice president was just 6 electoral votes away from the 270 he needs to claim the White House.

Trump's campaign announced they had filed a lawsuit in the state, alleging that a GOP poll observer witnessed 53 late absentee ballots added to a pile in Chatham County, where Savannah – a Democratic-leaning urban center - is located

Pictured: Votes being counted in Chatham County

Trump's campaign announced they had filed a lawsuit in the state, alleging that a GOP poll observer witnessed 53 late absentee ballots added to a pile in Chatham County, where Savannah – a Democratic-leaning urban center – is located. Pictured: Votes being counted in Chatham County

Election workers count Fulton County ballots at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 4

Election workers count Fulton County ballots at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 4

If he can get any one of the four remaining states to tilt his way – Nevada, North Carolina, Georgia or Pennsylvania – he will win.

Trump will only gain a second term if all four go his way. Trump has been up by around 76,000 votes in North Carolina.

Throughout the day, his lead in Pennsylvania has gotten smaller. It was at around 212,000 votes around 8 p.m. Wednesday night. Outstanding ballots in the Keystone State were coming from Democratic areas like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and they were mail-in, which also favored Biden.

Biden has been leading in Nevada by a slim margin – 7,647 – but more votes need to be counted there.

Another drop is expected at 12 p.m. EST Thursday.

It means America is inching closer to an election result but still does not have one almost 24 hours after the first polls closed thanks to record voter turnout, which is slowing the counting process.

The President is demanding a recount in Wisconsin and he has filed lawsuits in Michigan and Pennsylvania to halt counting, claiming his people have not been allowed to oversee the process and ensure it is being carried out fairly.

Biden at a press conference on Wednesday, was unperturbed by Trump's last-ditch efforts to snatch back the likelihood of a second term.

'After a long night of counting it's clear we are winning enough states to win the presidency. I am not here to declare that we won but I am here to report that when the count is finished we believe we will be the winners.

'We have won Wisconsin by 20,000 votes. In Michigan, we lead by over 35,000 votes and its growing. We have a substantially bigger margin than Trump won Michigan in 2016.

'Michigan will complete its vote soon. I feel very good about Pennsylvania. Virtually all remaining ballots to be counted are cast by mail and we've been winning 78% of the votes by mail in PA.

'We flipped Arizona and the 2nd district in Nebraska. We won the majority of the American people and every indication is that the majority will grow.

'Senator Harris and I are on track to win more votes than any ticket in the history of this country – over 70million votes. I'm very proud of our campaign,' he said.

'Only three presidential campaigns in the past have defeated the incumbent president. When it's finished, God willing, we'll be the fourth. This is a major achievement.'

Biden said that after the election is resolved, he would help 'lower the temperature' and unite the country, though he said he wasn't naive to how 'deep and hard the opposing views are.'

'To make progress we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies, we are not enemies,' Biden said.

'What brings us together as Americans is so much stronger than anything that can tear us apart.'

At the end of his speech he stated, 'Now, every vote must be counted.'

'No one is going to take our democracy away from us – not now, not ever,' he added, a statement clearly aimed at Trump.

Trump supporters chanting 'Stop the Vote' storm Detroit counting hall as President sues Michigan for 'not providing meaningful access'

Donald Trump supporters chanting 'stop the vote' stormed a Detroit counting hall Wednesday afternoon as the president sued Michigan for not providing 'meaningful access' to counting locations and Joe Biden won the crucial swing state.

The TCF Center in downtown Detroit boarded up its windows and shuttered its doors after hundreds of poll watchers descended on the building while ballots were being tallied.

Angry Trump fans banged on the windows of the absentee ballot counting center and shouted 'stop the count' as anxious security guards refused any more poll watchers entry to the counting room.

Democratic counterprotesters banners also showed up waving 'count every vote' banners and insisting every vote in the state be tallied.

Hundreds of challengers had shown up at the center in response to the president's claims earlier Wednesday that the GOP should have 'access' to counting locations.

Democratic poll watchers also showed up as both sides eyed Michigan as one of the states where the White House may well be won or lost.

GOP poll challengers react after being asked to leave due to room capacity at the TCF Center in Detroit

GOP poll challengers react after being asked to leave due to room capacity at the TCF Center in Detroit

Election challengers wait outside after an election official closed the door to the central counting board

Election challengers wait outside after an election official closed the door to the central counting board

Election challengers peer over the shoulders of volunteers as they observe absentee ballots being processed

Election challengers peer over the shoulders of volunteers as they observe absentee ballots being processed

Detroit police escort a poll challenger out after he refused to leave, due to room capacity, at the TCF Center

Detroit police escort a poll challenger out after he refused to leave, due to room capacity, at the TCF Center

Protesters who want every vote counted from the 2020 presidential election march down Woodward Avenue on November 4

Protesters who want every vote counted from the 2020 presidential election march down Woodward Avenue on November 4

A protester who wants every vote counted from the 2020 presidential election, carries a sign as they march down Woodward Avenue on November

A protester who wants every vote counted from the 2020 presidential election, carries a sign as they march down Woodward Avenue on November

The scene grew increasingly heated and authorities halted any more poll watchers entering the counting center saying maximum capacity had been reached as Biden inched ahead in the afternoon with a 0.7 percent lead with 99 percent of votes tallied.

Trump's campaign filed a lawsuit to halt the counting of ballots in Michigan until they received 'meaningful access' to counting locations.

Soon after, the state was called in favor of Biden, marking a key win for the Democrat.

Election officials shuttered the doors Wednesday afternoon to anyone else seeking to monitor the ballot counting process as volunteers were counting the final tallies with dozens of voters peering over their shoulders.

More than 100 demonstrators had flocked to the center as Biden took the lead Wednesday afternoon joining the more than 200 already on the scene.

'We have exceeded the amount of challengers,' an election worker told more than two dozen people who showed up at 1 p.m. to monitor the process, reported Detroit Free Press.

'We are not allowing any more challengers in at this time.'

At one point, Detroit police escorted a poll challenger out of the center after he refused to leave due to room capacity.

Footage on social media also showed another fraught confrontation between police and a challenger.

Representative Rashida Talib (right) joins protesters who want every vote counted from the 2020 presidential election

Representative Rashida Talib (right) joins protesters who want every vote counted from the 2020 presidential election

Election challengers observe as ballots are counted at the central counting board in Detroit where tensions mounted

Election challengers observe as ballots are counted at the central counting board in Detroit where tensions mounted

Challengers gathered inside the center Wednesday afternoon as the state counted the final votes

Challengers gathered inside the center Wednesday afternoon as the state counted the final votes

Challengers check in to observe absentee ballots as they are processed at the central counting board

Challengers check in to observe absentee ballots as they are processed at the central counting board

Poll watchers had calmly checked in earlier in the day near the entrance to the convention center's hall and strolled among the tables where ballot processing was taking place.

But the civility later subsided when more people arrived and were told the room was at capacity.

Both Republicans and Democrats are allowed 134 challenges each to monitor the ballot counting process.

It is not clear how many challengers are currently present on each side.

Republican challenger Timothy Griffin, an attorney from Virginia, told the Free Press he had been at the TCF since Tuesday night because the voting system was 'not fair'.

'This whole thing is under suspicion,' he said. 'It's not equal. It's just not fair.'

On the other side, Democratic challenger Liz Linkewitz from Harrison Township said she was there to help ensure the rights of American people to vote was upheld.

'I just want to make sure that all Michigan votes are counted,' she said. 'This election is, as Joe Biden says, for the soul of our country.'

Outside the counting room, demonstrators carried 'Count every vote' banners and marched along Woodward Avenue.

Representative Rashida Talib – a Democrat and the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the Michigan Legislature – joined Democrats on the march calling for all votes to be counted in the state.

The Trump campaign said it was filing the lawsuit against Michigan claiming it had been denied access to the count.

The campaign didn't immediately make public a copy of the lawsuit and it wasn't clear what areas they argue they were denied access to.

Trafalgar Group chief pollster Robert Cahaly says polls are getting it wrong because people are scared they will be CANCELED if they admit to being conservative

Trafalgar Group chief pollster Robert Cahaly has insisted major polls are wrong because people are scared they will be canceled if they reveal they are voting for Donald Trump

Trafalgar Group chief pollster Robert Cahaly has insisted major polls are wrong because people are scared they will be canceled if they reveal they are voting for Donald Trump

Trafalgar Group chief pollster Robert Cahaly has insisted major polls are wrong because people are scared they will be canceled if they reveal they are voting for Donald Trump.

Cahaly, whose polling company correctly predicted a Republican victory in 2016, explained what happened after Sean Hannity listed polls that got it 'dead wrong'.

The pollster told the Fox News host: 'I think they haven't adjusted. They talked about how they adjusted the model but they really didn't.

'They haven't made accommodations for the fact that people just don't want to give their information out – that they are hesitant to say how they feel. And in this day and age, where people are shamed for their political opinions and canceled and all that nonsense, people just want to play their cards close to their chest.'

Tucker Carlson also addressed the issue of pollsters on his show and asked why experts who said there is no way that Trump can win in 2016 are still appearing on television.

'It's mainly because they attract an audience of people who feel the same way they do,' Hume shot back, to nods from Carlson.

He added: 'Bias makes people stupid. And if you don't acknowledge to yourself, an own your biases, then they will make you stupid over and over again.'

On the issue of pollsters, Hume added: 'Pollsters are associated in people's minds with the media, and people don't trust the media… and the effect of that is that people don't really talk to them.

'This fiasco with the polling last night… we're talking about catastrophic, colossal errors. The polling industry really needs to rethink its methods.'

Cahaly added: 'You have to figure out a way around that and to get to the real answers, and you have to build some trust and get some anonymity, and they just haven't figured it out.

'They said they adjusted. But we saw in Florida in 2018 they got it all wrong there too and we got it right. So I wasn't very surprised.'

In 2020, opinion pollsters have once again proved badly wrong in the US Presidential election, four years after Hillary Clinton was widely predicted to win and lost.

Polls held just before election day this time around gave Joe Biden an average lead of ten points nationally, and narrower leads in swing states, which all-but evaporated on the day itself.

Nationally, Biden was predicted to lead Donald Trump by 52 per cent to 42 per cent, according to polls.

In fact, Biden has taken around 50 per cent while Trump has taken 48 per cent, with many ballots still left to be counted.

Among the most inaccurate state polls were an ABC-Washington Post poll that gave Biden a 17-point lead in Wisconsin. In fact, Biden won the state with just 49.5 per cent to Trump's 48.9 per cent.

Meanwhile a Quinnipac poll gave Biden a five-point lead over Trump in Florida and four point lead in Ohio. In the end, Trump won both – by three and eight points, respectively.

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