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2020 US election: Trump calls on Wisconsin when Biden wins


STATES ARE STILL COUNTED

Michigan – coverage 96%

Biden – 49.59%

Trump – 48.88%

Georgia – reporting over 94%

Trump 50.48%

Both 48.30%

Nevada – coverage 67%

Trump 49.23%

Both 48.59%

North Carolina – 94% coverage

Trump 50.09%

Biden 48.69%

Pennsylvania – 64% coverage

Trump 54.48%

Biden 44.35

Joe Biden approaches election victory after winning the state of Wisconsin and a significant lead in Michigan. This has prompted President Trump to instigate electoral fraud, demand recounts, and even file lawsuits to prevent votes from being counted.

Biden won Wisconsin with 20,000 votes. The only votes that have not yet been counted come from a small town of 300 people, state Electoral Commission administrator Meagan Wolfe said Wednesday afternoon, giving him a 0.6% win over Trump with 1.63 million votes 1.609 million.

Wisconsin gives Biden an additional 10 votes for the electoral college and Michigan, which is also targeted, brings him an additional 16.

If he wins Nevada tomorrow as predicted and gets 6 more votes, he'll have the 270 electoral college votes he needs to claim the White House. In Michigan, Biden leads with 45,000 votes.

Trump leads in Pennsylvania, Georgia and South Carolina, but even if he wins all three, he won't have enough to get a clean victory.

As his chances of winning dwindled on Wednesday, his campaign set out its plan to undermine the results.

They have already requested a recount in Wisconsin and filed a lawsuit in Michigan asking for the vote to be stopped because they think it is suspicious.

“The President is on the threshold to request a recount and we will do so immediately.

"There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties that cast serious doubts on the validity of the results," Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement shortly after Wisconsin's chief electoral officer, Meagan Wolfe, announced it State chose Biden.

To challenge a recount in Wisconsin, the gap between the two candidates must be 1 percent or less.

In Michigan, Trump's campaign claims they have not been given adequate access to polling stations to oversee the process so they cannot trust him.

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

Joe Biden gave a speech shortly after midnight on Tuesday, in which he urged Americans to be patient and claim he would eventually be the winner, despite not getting knockout hits in Florida, Ohio and Texas

A breakdown of the electoral college shows how much each state is worth. This was the situation before the first votes came in. There haven't been any major surprises. Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan are major swing states, and Trump won Ohio and Florida

& # 39; With the votes still counting in Michigan, the president's race in the state remains extremely close, as we have always known it to be. President Trump's campaign was not given meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of the ballot papers and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law.

& # 39; We filed a lawsuit with the Michigan Court of Claims today to stop counting pending meaningful access. We also ask for a review of the ballot papers that have been opened and counted even though we did not have significant access.

"President Trump is campaigning for all legal votes in Michigan and everywhere else to be counted," Stepien said.

In a tweet earlier on Wednesday, the president wept over fraud, claiming that his majority "magically disappeared" overnight thanks to "surprise ballot boxes" in democratic states.

This is because a large number of postal ballot papers for Biden are counted after votes for Trump that were largely cast in person. Neither the President nor Joe Biden have yet received the 270 electoral college votes they need to claim the White House, and ballot counting continues throughout the day and even week.

Biden officially won the most votes of any presidential candidate. It currently has 69,543,071 votes, which is 50% of the votes reported so far.

That is better than Barack Obama, who won this record in 2008 with 69,498,516 votes, according to the Federal Election Commission.

If Biden wins Michigan and Wisconsin – with results in by early afternoon – and then, as expected, takes Nevada tomorrow, he will win the election with the top 270 votes.

Likewise, he could take Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Carolina today, which would give him a win, as did Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia, although those scenarios seem less likely as the votes in both southern states are still counting.

Then it doesn't matter what happens in the Pennsylvania vote, which was likely the subject of untidy legal challenges for Trump, if he couldn't win it when the vote counts on Friday.

The only way Trump can win is if he snaps back Michigan and Wisconsin today and then wins another 28 points on any combination of Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Nevada.

The real reason Trump lost his leadership overnight

President Donald Trump saw his early leadership vanish overnight in key states like Wisconsin and Michigan as the postal vote was counted.

The votes cast on election day are counted first, followed by the postal ballot papers.

These postal ballots were expected to break for Joe Biden as the Democrats urged their supporters to cast their ballots early. In contrast, Trump urged his supporters to vote on election day.

Mail-in ballots usually take longer to count as they need to be checked against voter rolls to confirm that it is a legal ballot from a registered voter – just like if someone voting in person had theirs Must confirm identity with an election worker before receiving a voting slip.

For example, in Wisconsin, inbox envelopes must be checked against election books and verified for the voter's signature, voter's address, and witness's signature before opening. After unsealing, the ballot papers must be flattened before they are fed into tabulating machines. According to local reports, if ballot papers are damaged or the machine refuses to accept them because they are too crumpled or wrinkled, the ballot paper must be re-created by election workers in a time-consuming process mandated by state law.

Additionally, states had a larger than usual number of mail-in ballot papers to deal with as so many voters took up this option due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Many of these postal ballots came from cities that tend to have more democratic voters.

In Michigan, for example, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson predicted that the turnout would likely be above 5.26 million – the highest in the state's history – and many voters used postal ballots.

As of Wednesday, several thousand pending ballots remained in Detroit, a heavily democratic area that is expected to break for Biden, increasing his vote in the state.

In Pennsylvania, Trump led back early, but Biden was set to catch up as postal ballot papers were counted, especially in the heavily democratic areas of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

State law prohibits election officials from counting these ballots until election day. That and the large number of ballot papers resulted in a longer counting time.

Pennsylvania received about ten times as many postal ballots this year as in previous elections, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said. She said there were more than 1.4 million postal ballots left on Wednesday, and those votes are expected to be heavily in favor of Biden.

But even when they dared to dream that Biden would finally enter the White House after decades of trying and the end of the Trump regime, many Democrats realized that this was not the new era they had hoped for.

Despite almost every opinion poll predicting an easy Biden win, the pick turned into a nightly nail biter before Joe Biden finally opened up a path home.

It certainly wasn't Trump's national rejection that they wanted.

Trump still got 48 percent of the vote and got even MORE ballots than in 2016, albeit with much higher revenue.

He also appeared to have invaded the black men and Latino demographics and not alienated as many white women as the polls suggested.

In the meantime, there have been further disappointments in the Senate, which so far stand at 47:47 – with little hope that the Democrats will eventually take control.

And in another bitter blow to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Republicans even took back some seats in the House of Representatives, closing the gap to give Democrats just 89 against their 183 seats, with few left.

All in all, there is a risk that the disappointing night for the Democratic Party will barely leave Biden a chance to set a radical agenda of change, which will frustrate the left wing of his party.

As leading Democratic donor Barry Diller said, "It will be clear that there is no progressive agenda out of steam, given what is likely to happen to a divided Congress."

Diller, chairman of Expedia and IAC, told CNBC that he was "humbled" by the results so far.

He said, "I was hoping for Trump to reject it," but "for all the reasons that are obvious, it did not happen."

Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that the votes were "magically disappearing" for him.

Last night, in many key states, I led, often solidly, in almost all cases where Democrats were led and controlled. Then they began to magically disappear one by one as surprising ballots were counted. Very strange, and the "pollsters" got it completely and historically wrong! & # 39; he said.

He continued, "How is it that every time they count mail-in ballots they are so devastating in terms of percentage and destructiveness?"

He then published a graph showing Biden's numbers in a Michigan census and said, "WHAT'S THIS ALL?"

At the same time, his campaign manager Bill Stepien set out his strategy to question the results if Biden wins.

He outlined the path the campaign had taken, including a recount in Wisconsin, with Trump gaining more votes than expected in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

The Trump campaign also denies Arizona, which was called for Biden.

“If we count all the legal ballots, the president wins. The votes that are still being counted will get in the way of the president at the end of the day, ”said campaign manager Stepien.

The campaign did not offer hard numbers to support its argument, and officials did not take questions from the media.

Meanwhile, the Biden campaign said they expected to have declared victory by this afternoon.

"Joe Biden is on track to win this election and he will be the next President of the United States," campaign manager Jennifer O & # 39; Malley Dillon told reporters. “We believe we are on a clear path to victory this afternoon.

However, this year's controversial presidential elections could drag on. The Trump campaign said they expect the matter to go to court.

"We obviously run a full court press to make sure our legal teams are in place to ensure that all legal votes are elected," said Jason Miller, senior advisor to the Trump campaign.

Pennsylvania has announced that it will continue to count postal votes through Friday, and it is unclear when the other states will have a final result.

Trump is currently in the lead with 54% of the vote, but only 65% ​​of the vote has been counted. He is also the leader in North Carolina with 50% of the vote.

Once Michigan and Wisconsin are declared, it will become clear how important these states will be in determining the bottom line.

Despite the overwhelming uncertainty, Trump hosted a victory ceremony on Tuesday night and said in the White House, “Honestly, we won this election. We want all voting to stop. We don't want them to find ballots at 4 a.m. and add them to the list. & # 39;

He complained that the elections had not yet been scheduled by TV stations and the press – although that was not their role. Trump then threatened a legal challenge – without explaining how – and said he would go to the Supreme Court.

Even Republicans called his comments "worrying" and shocking. Biden has since vowed to wait for all votes to be counted before conceding or claiming victory.

On Tuesday evening, Trump claimed that a "very sad group of people are trying to disenfranchise their voters". "You can't catch us," Trump complained several times as he rattled off the current number of votes.

The president also grumbled that "someone" – Fox News – Arizona had called about Biden. Almost as soon as he left the east room, that call was also made by the Associated Press.

Votes from major metro areas that are Democratic – including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Atlanta – are still counting, with no updates expected for several hours. The deadline for late ballots in Pennsylvania is Friday.

Trump's testimony came two hours after Biden took a stage with his wife Jill to say that he believed he would win but that every vote had to be counted.

In a speech from Wilmington, Delaware, shortly after midnight, Biden was the first to say, "It's not over until every vote is counted."

In response to Trump's vows to sue and stop the counting, former Vice President's campaign manager Jennifer O & # 39; Malley Dillon said, "The count won't stop. It will continue until every properly cast vote has been counted. Because that is exactly what our laws – the laws that protect the constitutional right to vote for all Americans – require. & # 39;

Almost 100 million people cast their votes before Election Day, convinced – and with assurances from their election officials – that their vote would be counted.

"Now Donald Trump is trying to void the vote of any voter who relied on these assurances," she continued.

“If the president approves his threat to go to court to try to prevent the proper tabulation of votes, legal teams will stand ready to oppose those efforts. And they will prevail. & # 39;

Vice President Mike Pence stood on the podium after Trump and vowed to "remain vigilant, as the President said".

"We will protect the integrity of the vote," Pence continued. "But I really do believe with all my heart, with the extraordinary boundaries, Mr. President, that you have inspired in the states you just described and how you started this movement across the country to make America great again . " I really believe, like you, that we are on our way to victory and that we will make America great again. & # 39;

Trump gave little clarity about what he was up to for his legal team after falsely claiming early Wednesday that he had already "won" the election.

Trump said he would go to the Supreme Court even though Republican attorneys would actually have to sue in individual state and county courts to stop or change the count in any way.

For example, if Republicans claim there is a problem in Allegheny County, PA, they must first go to court, appeal through the Pennsylvania court system, and then, if they are not satisfied, go to federal court. Decisions by federal courts are appealed to the federal appeals group and from there to the Supreme Court.

Trump claimed in a series of tweets on Wednesday that the vote count was fraudulent

Trump claimed in a series of tweets on Wednesday that the vote count was fraudulent

It is also up to the Supreme Court to decide whether to hear a case at all. It can simply refuse to accept whatever stays in place, whatever the federal vocational circuit has decided.

Three different federal complaints groups may be involved in the states of the Midwest.

Pennsylvania is on the Third Circuit, which featured the majority of the people appointed by Trump and George W. Bush. Michigan is in the Sixth Circle, which is Republican majority, and Wisconsin is in the Seventh, against Republican majority.

Biden's campaign is confident, but they are not yet claiming victory

Biden's campaign is confident, but they are not yet claiming victory

"So we're going to the US Supreme Court," Trump said in a speech to White House supporters in which he railed against television stations for holding election talks against him while pointing out the battlefield states in which he is in the lead Joe Biden.

“We want all voting to stop. We don't want them to find ballots at four in the morning and add them to the list, ”Trump said.

Its main legal obstacle is that states that monitor elections in accordance with the constitution meet their obligations by counting the votes legally cast. Trying to stop the count before all votes have been taken into account would likely result in constitutional protection for “one person, one vote” based on the non-discrimination clause.

The votes will be counted on Wednesday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is likely the last state to return a result

The votes will be counted on Wednesday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is likely the last state to return a result

Trump has repeatedly claimed that mail-in ballots are fraudulent. However, campaigning lawyers and Republicans have already gone to court to prevent states from counting postal ballots after election day.

In the Wisconsin case, the Supreme Court has already upheld Wisconsin's voting laws that require postal ballot papers to be received by November 3rd to be counted. What kept the results there was simply the voting process that was already taking place.

& # 39; We're going to win this. We have already won for me, ”Trump told the supporters.

Pennsylvania is further behind with less than three-quarters of the vote by around 4 a.m. Prior to the election, it was reported in the Atlantic that Republican lawmakers could attempt to send a number of pro-Trump voters in a ballot dispute if the state's December vote is tied or controversial.

The state has already been the scene of a primary campaign in which the Supreme Court ruled 4: 4 that postal ballot papers stamped on election day may be received three days after the election.

The decision itself appears to contradict Trump's claim that he has already "won" due to an election that has not yet been confirmed with ballots that are still approved.

In just one example of the kind of multi-front campaign GOP attorneys might consider, a Republican congressional candidate sued the suburb of Montgomery County outside of Philadelphia, claiming the state started its census too early. The lawsuit accuses the county of setting "arbitrary standards" – even if Trump complains that the decision on the election is taking too long.

The amazing move was immediately condemned by his own party.

Conservative expert Ben Shapiro tweeted, "No, Trump hasn't won the election and it is deeply irresponsible for him to say so."

Fox News also criticized Trump's approach.

"This is an extremely flammable situation and the president has just brought a match into play," said Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday who hosted the first presidential debate. "He didn't win these states."

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican who advises Trump and helps him prepare the debate, believed the president would regret it.

& # 39; It's a bad strategic decision. It's a bad political decision, ”Christie said.

Former GOP Senator Rick Santorum spoke on CNN and said Trump was stressed out, old and it was 2 a.m. He suggested going back on his comments tomorrow and saying that every vote had to be counted.

"I was very concerned about what I just heard from the president," said Santorum.

Trump this morning at around 2:30 am with Melania after a press conference calling the result a "fraud" against the American people

Trump this morning at around 2:30 am with Melania after a press conference calling the result a "fraud" against the American people

US President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House on election night as First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence watch. Trump spoke to the presidential race against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden just after 2 a.m., who was still too close to call him

US President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House on election night as First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence watch. Trump spoke to the presidential race against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden just after 2 a.m., who was still too close to call him

Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump and Michael Boulos appear in the East Room of the White House early on Wednesday morning on election night

Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump and Michael Boulos appear in the East Room of the White House early on Wednesday morning on election night

Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump appear in the East Room of the White House on election night

Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump appear in the East Room of the White House on election night

Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump appear in the East Room of the White House on election night. Donald Trump Jr. had previously shared an Instagram clip of the lavish party with his siblings Eric and Ivanka and their children, in which he said: “In the game. Let's do that. & # 39; Lara Trump also shared a snap with Guilfoyle with a celebratory emoji

Biden was handed over to Arizona by Fox News and later the Associated Press in a call that the White House denied. Both he and Trump are now in a stalemate that can only be ended by the tedious process of counting postal ballot papers.

“We feel good where we are, we really do. I'm here tonight to tell you we're on the right track to win this election, ”Biden told the supporters who gathered outside the Chase Center just after midnight. He pointed to the Arizona and Minnesota win, which NBC News said he leaned Biden on stage minutes before his performance.

Trump's tweets through the night have been flagged as misleading by Twitter. He claims that election fraud took place

Trump's tweets through the night have been flagged as misleading by Twitter. He claims that election fraud took place

"And we're still in the game in Georgia, even though we weren't expecting it," said Biden. & # 39; We feel very good in Wisconsin and Michigan. By the way, we're going to win Pennsylvania, ”he said, and his drive-thru crowd got plenty of honking.

Biden said he was "especially encouraged" by the turnout in Philadelphia, which is adjacent to Wilmington.

“You see, we could know the results tomorrow morning.

"It may take longer, like I've been saying all along," he said. "It is not my place or Donald Trump's place to call who will win this election, it is the decision of the American people."

"I am optimistic about this result," he said.

Just before stepping out, he told the crowd that he and his run mate, Senator Kamala Harris, would speak tomorrow.

As Biden walked by, the jumbotrons that were playing MSNBC announced that President Donald Trump had officially won Florida – the first sign Tuesday that the US was going to be a long night.

Large numbers of potentially Democratic votes stood out in places like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Atlanta when Biden appeared.

Trump tweeted immediately after Biden's speech to accuse Biden of fraud, saying he had "won BIG" and would make his own statement.

"Votes cannot be cast after the Poles are closed!" He tweeted from the White House residence – he misspelled the polls but made it clear that the battle for late-arriving postal ballots will be over.

Trump tweeted that "they are trying to steal the election". His accusation was flagged as "misleading" by Twitter almost immediately.

After 1 a.m., Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District – which is worth one vote – was called to Biden.

Trump won the rest of the state and garnered four votes for the electoral college.

The win for Biden is noteworthy as it prevents a tie between the two presidential candidates between 269 and 269. In 2016, Trump won all three Nebraska Congressional districts, all five electoral votes.

Trump picked up the night's biggest election awards in the last minutes of Tuesday, taking Ohio, Florida and Texas.

But Biden scored the first takeaway of the evening when he also got Arizona, making the Western Battlefield the first state to change hands from 2016.

The win gave Biden a precarious road to victory even if he lost one of three Midwestern states with close races that are part of his battle plan.

However, this means that the choice now depends on results that will certainly continue into Wednesday and will probably be determined for even longer.

In Wisconsin, pending ballots in the state are coming from red counties, including Brown County, which is where Green Bay is – and where Trump held a rally on October 30th. However, these ballot papers come from the mail-in category, which tends to tilt democratically.

If Biden catches Wisconsin, it only takes Georgia, Pennsylvania or Michigan to win 270 votes.

Joe Biden's wife, Jill, was with him as he announced, "It's not over until every vote is counted. We'll win this," despite losing Florida, Ohio and Texas

The retention of Ohio, Florida, and Texas also suggested that polls had grossly underestimated Trump's support on key battlefields – some gave Biden double-digit leads in a matter of days just for them to evaporate.

TRUMP & # 39; S LEGAL WAYS TO END "ALL VOTES" AFTER THE VOTE FRAUD AND THE PROMISE TO GO TO THE SUPREME COURT

Trump gave little clarity on what he was up to for his legal team after falsely claiming early Wednesday that he had already "won" the election, described Tuesday's election as "a fraud against the American people," and called for "all votes stop".

Trump said he would go to the Supreme Court to stop the counting of the votes, when in fact Republican attorneys would have to sue in individual state and county jurisdictions to stop or change the count in any way.

For example, if Republicans claim there is a problem in Allegheny County, PA, they must go to court there, appeal through the Pennsylvania court system, and then, if they are not satisfied, go to federal court. Decisions by federal courts are appealed to the federal appeals group and from there to the Supreme Court.

It is also up to the Supreme Court to decide whether to hear a case at all. It can simply refuse to accept whatever stays in place, whatever the federal vocational circuit has decided.

Three different federal complaints groups may be involved in the states of the Midwest.

Pennsylvania is on the Third Circuit, which featured the majority of the people appointed by Trump and George W. Bush. Michigan is in the Sixth Circle, which is Republican majority, and Wisconsin is in the Seventh, against Republican majority.

"So we're going to the US Supreme Court," Trump said in a 2:30 am speech to White House supporters in which he railed against television stations for holding election talks against him while pointing out the battlefield states where he was located holds leads over Joe Biden.

“We want all voting to stop. We don't want them to find ballots at four in the morning and add them to the list, ”Trump said.

Its main legal obstacle is that states that monitor elections in accordance with the constitution meet their obligations by counting the votes legally cast. Trying to stop the count before all votes have been taken into account would likely result in constitutional protection for “one person, one vote” based on the non-discrimination clause.

Trump has repeatedly claimed that mail-in ballots are fraudulent. However, campaigning lawyers and Republicans have already gone to court to prevent states from counting postal ballots after election day.

In the case of Wisconsin, which had a sizable vote outstanding Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court already upheld Wisconsin's voting laws requiring postal ballot papers to be received by November 3rd to be counted. What kept the results there was simply the voting process that was already taking place.

& # 39; We're going to win this. We have already won for me, ”Trump told the supporters.

Pennsylvania is further behind with less than three-quarters of the vote by around 4 a.m. Prior to the election, it was reported in the Atlantic that Republican lawmakers could attempt to send a number of pro-Trump voters in a ballot dispute if the state's December vote is tied or controversial.

The state has already been the scene of a primary campaign in which the Supreme Court ruled 4: 4 that postal ballot papers stamped on election day may be received three days after the election.

The decision itself appears to contradict Trump's claim that he has already "won" due to an election that has not yet been confirmed with ballots that are still approved.

In just one example of the kind of multi-front campaign GOP attorneys might consider, a Republican congressional candidate sued the suburb of Montgomery County outside of Philadelphia, claiming the state started its census too early. The lawsuit accuses the county of setting "arbitrary standards" – even if Trump complains that the decision on the election is taking too long.

Ohio, with its 18 electoral votes, is a Trump state that passed in 2016 but presented an opportunity for Biden. He made a brief visit to Cleveland, one of his last campaign trips.

Biden also considered Florida a grand election prize, but it was only part of several election scenarios his team was preparing to execute.

Having Florida and Ohio on its column presented the president with key pieces from his hit 2016 election card – and robbed Joe Biden of an early award that would have sent a strong signal if he had won it.

However, given the tight margin, excellent votes, and the state's history of tight and contested elections, the AP and other networks have not called Florida about Trump.

A Trump loss in Florida might have been devastating. Instead, he was on track to maintain a state where public polls had Biden by a narrow margin. Trump made Florida, a regular battlefield, his official residence after moving it from New York.

Biden leads Trump in Arizona. The planned victory means that he can take away the 11 votes of the state from the 306-vote Trump coalition that met four years ago.

That means Biden must now win two of the three Midwestern states that Hillary Clinton lost in 2016 to get 270 votes for the electoral college. But with Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin all saying the postal vote count will continue through Wednesday, it means there is no quick fix in sight.

Biden made Arizona a top destination and hoped to capitalize on demographic change there. He got another boost when Cindy McCain, widow of the late Arizona Senator John McCain, supported him and fought with him. John McCain was a regular Trump target, and his Senate vote helped put an end to the GOP's efforts to repeal Obamacare.

With Florida out of reach, Biden could still look to North Carolina, but he followed Trump with 95 percent of the vote. Trump had a marginal lead in Iowa, too, with 84% of counties reporting. In Georgia, Trump led by 53 to 45, with 80% of the counties reporting.

In addition to the confusion and drama of the evening, each state counted its votes differently – with some going through early voting quickly, others starting polling on election day, and mail-in ballots continued to be the wild card.

The first sign of anger for the Democrat began with disappointing voices from Miami-Dade County, Florida. Biden ran ahead of President Trump there – but only rose 53% to 46%, with 95% of the counties reporting.

That wasn't enough to match Hillary Clinton's total, and didn't seem enough to offset Trump's advantages in other rural parts of the state. It was a sign that Biden hadn't done what he had to do to block support among the state's many Cuban-American, Venezuelan-American, and other Hispanic voters.

Improvements over Clinton's numbers outside of Tampa and near Jacksonville might not be enough to make up the difference, and the state was too close to call with 94% of the counties reported, despite Trump sticking to a narrow lead.

Florida has a long history of tight elections and controversial counts, and networks have been reluctant to make definitive calls even when Trump led 51-48 and 94% of the counties reported.

An early lead for Biden in Texas was also lost. Trump led by 51 to 47, with 80% of the counties reporting.

Neither of these state results were final, and there were encouraging signs for Biden as well, including Clinton's outperformance in some suburban areas that were critical to Trump's victory.

In a sign that the Democrats' massive fundraising had failed, the $ 100 million Jaime Harrison spent to get Lindsey Graham off the field in South Carolina failed, and the Republican won by a projected margin of up to 10 Points.

President Trump, with family members and close advisers, watched the return to the residence on the upper floor of the White House. Down in the east wing, Trump supporters saw the return on television screens showing Fox News and eating fast food, including fries and hamburgers.

Biden is at his home in Wilmington watching the votes come in with his family.

Trump won eight votes from Kentucky, five from West Virginia and eleven from Indiana, while Biden got three for Vermont.

The Supreme Court extended the deadlines in North Carolina and Pennsylvania to allow officials there to accept postal ballots, a blow to Republicans.

Trump, in particular, railed against the Pennsylvania decision and threatened legal action in the state against controversial ballot papers.

Nancy Pelosi SHRINKS her Democratic majority in the house despite believing the Republicans are overwhelmed and overwhelmed – and faces the nightmare that the AOC-led squad will get even bigger – with the Senate between 47 and 47

The majority of Speaker Pelosi shrank overnight

The majority of Speaker Pelosi shrank overnight

The Democrats went into Tuesday night expecting to increase their majority in the House of Representatives. Instead, Republicans were able to oust several incumbents and fill the gap.

Both parties assumed on election day that the Democrats could wrest at least a dozen more seats from the GOP incumbents, adding to their majority in the lower chamber.

The opposite result, however, was that Republicans took multiple seats and defended representatives in vulnerable districts.

Now the Democratic leadership, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, needs to think deeply about what went wrong and answer tough questions about how their ideal election night was thrown so harshly off track.

Republicans could very likely have a net profit of 10 house seats.

Pelosi led the house with 232 seats, compared to 197 Republican seats on election day, but it appears that somewhere north of 200 seats the GOP will have a solid minority with more power than it has in the last two years.

Democratic leader and chairman of the House Democrats' campaign arm, Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois, predicted a sunny outcome for the Democrats Tuesday, claiming they would defend 2018 gains and turn over districts previously considered safe Republican territory .

Madison Cawthorn, 25, of North Carolina becomes the youngest member of the House

Madison Cawthorn, 25, of North Carolina becomes the youngest member of the House

"I think we're going to see some wins in these deep red areas that will range from ruby ​​red to purple to even blue over time," said Bustos on Tuesday.

She also leaned on the uncertainty of this year's elections and added in her remarks: "This is an election day that may look like an election week."

While Republicans declared an overall victory for their party in the House on Tuesday, more progressive Democrats, including all four members of the "squad," scored a victory in their home races.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York; Ilhan Omar from Minnesota; Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts; and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan won all re-election bids in their respective districts.

To the horror of Pelosi – a more established Democrat whose views often differ from those of the party's more progressive arm – they also added a few new members to their "cadre".

Cori Bush, who won in Missouri 1st District, was immediately hugged by the "team".

The group also added their first two male members, including Jamaal Bowman, who won his race in New York's 16th district, and Mondaire Jones in New York's 17th.

Bowman said: "2018 was just the beginning when my sisters won their positions on the squad."

"Now we are more than doubling in terms of those who have a non-excusingly advanced platform based on the centering of racial and economic justice," he added.

Although Ocasio-Cortez was currently the youngest member of the House, elected at age 29 and now 31, Republicans will now hold that seat at Madison Cawthorn, North Carolina.

The 25-year-old is taking over former MP Mark Meadow's seat in North Carolina's deep red 11th district after vacating the seat earlier this year when he became White House Chief of Staff earlier this year.

Possibly the biggest house win for Republicans was when Minnesota's 7th District seat turned red after trying decades and 15 terms to oust Democratic MP Collin Peterson.

Peterson, 76, has held his seat in the state of Midwest since 1991 but was beaten by Republican Michelle Fischbach, who got 53.6 percent of the vote to 39.8 percent. Only Minneapolis, the largest city in the state, and its suburbs voted again for Peterson's re-election.

With the help of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), the GOP had the resources and organization to mobilize the House Race efforts.

The GOP added several women to its ranks on Tuesday evening.

& # 39; We defied the odds. It's Republican women's night, ”said Kevin McCarthy, minority chairman of the House of Representatives, to Politico early Wednesday morning. & # 39; The Democrats never solved a problem in their majority. They promised that they would rule differently, and they did not.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scored the first major victory on election night. Shortly after the Kentucky elections were completed, networks called his race for re-election

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scored the first major victory on election night. Shortly after the Kentucky elections were completed, networks called his race for re-election

The Republicans beat two Democratic incumbents in South Florida in the Miami area, which usually turns heavily blue – especially in presidential elections.

Democratic MP Donna Shalala, who at the time was 78 years old, was the oldest freshman woman ever elected, lost her seat to radio journalist Maria Elvira Shalazar in the 27th district of Florida. And Democratic MP Debbie Mucarsel-Powell lost her seat to Republican Carlos Gimenez, a Cuban American who won the seat in the 26th district.

The incumbent Democrats were also defeated by GOP candidates in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and South Carolina, and Republicans were able to hold onto vulnerable districts in places like Texas and elsewhere.

Nancy Mace took Rep. Joe Cunningham's seat in the 1st District of South Carolina.

Republican candidate Nicole Malliotakis is ahead in New York's 11th district, which includes Staten Island – and is well on the way to beating incumbent Democrat Max Rose by a 15.8 percent lead from Wednesday morning.

Democratic Representatives Xochitl Torres Small from New Mexico and Kendra Horn from Oklahoma will also vacate their seats so that Republicans can take power in January.

In the 7th district of Virginia, which stretches over a large area west, northwest and southwest of Richmond, Republican Nick Freitas is well on his way to defeating incumbent Democrat Abigail Spanberger.

Lindsey Graham (above the voting in a mask) knocked out challenger Jaime Harrison who became a strong fundraiser and as the race tightened Graham had to repeatedly go on Fox News to ask national viewers to post on his re-election afford to

Lindsey Graham (above the voting in a mask) knocked out challenger Jaime Harrison, who became a strong fundraiser, and as the race narrowed, Graham had to repeatedly go on Fox News to ask national viewers to post on his re-election afford to

In the Senate, majority leader Mitch McConnell scored the first major victory of election night. Shortly after the Kentucky elections were completed, networks called his race for re-election.

It was an outcome that political experts had predicted – but it dashed the hopes of Trump resistance members who had put contributions to the race in hopes of turning back a key mediator on the president's agenda.

McConnell, the architect of the strategy to get a quick endorsement for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, led Democrat Amy McGrath 56% to 40%, with roughly two-thirds of the state's vote counting.

McConnell, who also helped enforce Trump's tax cuts and uphold a number of appellate judges, also devised the strategy to block President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland.

What is still unknown is whether he will return to the Senate next year as a majority leader or a minority leader.

He won in a difficult year for incumbent Republicans after serving 36 years in the Senate, and defeating McGrath, a former Navy fighter pilot, when President Donald Trump promoted the state.

The Democrats made McConnell a top target, even if there were many other options on the map. They flowed $ 88 million to McGrath, breaking records compared to $ 55 million for McConnell, a proven fundraiser.

Both Biden and Donald Trump have viewed Pennsylvania as one of the key swing states in the White House race.

Pennsylvania has a significant 20 electoral votes, meaning both Republicans and Democrats – as well as pollsters – believe that the state's outcome could determine the entire race. There are growing concerns that Trump will declare victory in the state long before the votes are counted, or that he will try to stop the mail-in vote counting after election day.

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (above) defeated Colorado Senator Cory Gardner

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (above) defeated Colorado Senator Cory Gardner

It is believed that due to Trump's constant rhetoric that the process is "rigged", Democrats are more likely to vote by postal vote.

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner became the first major political victim Tuesday night after being defeated by former Denver governor and mayor John Hickenlooper.

Gardner was seen Tuesday as one of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents in a state where Joe Biden ran heavily against President Trump.

His defeat would reduce the GOP's narrow Senate majority to 52 – but if the Republicans shoot down the Democratic Senator from Alabama, Doug Jones, it would be a wash.

Gardner followed Hickenlooper in polls on Election Day, and Hickenlooper overcame some of his own stumbling blocks after being forced to pay a fine for state ethics. He ran for president that year and stumbled, but was seen as one of the best democratic prospects in his state.

Like other Senate Republicans, Hickenlooper was tied to Trump, who was viewed negatively in the state. Despite criticizing Trump once during the 2016 campaign for the "Access Hollywood" band, Gardner, a former leader of his party's campaign wing, did not put a great deal of distance between himself and the president.

He said he thought Trump was moral and ethical when asked about it during a candidate debate. "I wish he could be more specific in his communication with the American people," added Gardner.

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