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Biden takes a narrow lead in Wisconsin and Michigan


STATES ARE STILL COUNTED

Wisconsin – 95% coverage

Both 49.57%

Trump 48.94%

Michigan – coverage 95%

Both 49.32%

Trump 49.14%

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%

Both 44.35%

Joe Biden has taken a narrow lead in major swing states, Wisconsin and Michigan, bringing him closer to overall victory, despite overnight Trump claiming he won the entire election, calling this a "cheat" that he hadn't done me have enough votes for the electoral college and swear to go to the Supreme Court to contest it.

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.

But if Biden wins in Michigan and Wisconsin, then he takes Nevada – which he expects but where the result will last at least until tomorrow – he will win. If he wins Michigan and Wisconsin and Georgia where votes are still counting, he will win too, as he will if he take Michigan, Wisconsin and North Carolina.

The only way Trump can win is if he regains a head start in either Michigan or Wisconsin or Michigan if he wins North Carolina, Georgia, Nevada – which is unlikely – and then Pennsylvania, where an outcome is not likely until Friday.

In Wisconsin, Biden is ahead of Trump's 48.94% with 49.57% of the vote.

In Michigan, Biden now has 49.3% lead and Trump 49.14% of the vote.

Michigan holds significantly more electoral college votes – 16 – than Wisconsin's 10.

Biden campaign officials welcomed the news Wednesday morning, saying, "Things are coming to an end – and an end in our favor."

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.

Despite the great outstanding uncertainty, Trump hosted a victory ceremony on Tuesday evening and said in the White House: “To be honest, we won this election. 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. & # 39;

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

The race in key states of Michigan and Wisconsin is incredibly close, but Biden is moving forward. Trump won both states in 2016. Together they represent 26 votes on the electoral college

The race in key states of Michigan and Wisconsin is incredibly close, but Biden is moving forward. Trump won both states in 2016. Together they represent 26 votes on the electoral college

The race in key states of Michigan and Wisconsin is incredibly close, but Biden is moving forward. Trump won both states in 2016. Together they represent 26 votes on the electoral college

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.

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 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 4 a.m. and add them to the list, ”Trump said.

Its main legal obstacle is that states that oversee elections under 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.

"To be honest, we won this election," said Trump in a speech at 2:30 am. “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;

"This is a fraud for the American public, this is an embarrassment for our country. We prepared to win this election. To be honest, we won this election," proclaimed Trump in the eastern room of the White House, surrounded by his family and his followers

Vice President Mike Pence, speaking after Trump's remarks, said he was confident that Republicans will win the White House. Pence vowed to "remain vigilant, as the president said"

Vice President Mike Pence, speaking after Trump's remarks, said he was confident that Republicans will win the White House. Pence vowed to "remain vigilant, as the president said"

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 seems 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 type 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.

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 tweeted that "they are trying to steal the election" and said he would make a statement tonight. Trump's allegation that Biden tried to "steal the election" was flagged as "misleading" by Twitter almost immediately.

Trump tweeted that "they are trying to steal the election" and said he would make a statement tonight. Trump's allegation that Biden tried to "steal the election" was flagged as "misleading" by Twitter almost immediately.

Trump's allegation that Biden tried to "steal the election" was flagged as "misleading" by Twitter almost immediately.

Trump's allegation that Biden tried to "steal the election" was flagged as "misleading" by Twitter almost immediately.

"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.

Biden tweeted that it was neither his nor Donald Trump's job to declare the election winner

Biden tweeted that it was neither his nor Donald Trump's job to declare the election winner

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

“We look really good all over the country. THANK YOU! & # 39; Trump tweeted early Tuesday night before the votes came in after sounding hoarse and tired in an early morning radio interview and scheduling a brief visit to his campaign headquarters on Tuesday.

Trump had an early 55 to 44 lead in Michigan, with 38% of counties reporting.

But less than a third of the vote came in the voting Wayne County, which includes Detroit. In Oakland County outside Detroit, Biden had risen 58% of the vote to 52-47.

After the votes were counted, the two candidates just had to wait.

Joe Biden took Vermont, which was expected, and received three votes for the electoral college. He also took Virginia with 13 electoral college votes

Joe Biden took Vermont, which was expected, and received three votes for the electoral college. He also took Virginia with 13 electoral college votes

Unterstützer füllen die Straße, während der demokratische Präsidentschaftskandidat Joe Biden während eines Zwischenstopps in Philadelphia am Dienstag spricht

Unterstützer füllen die Straße, während der demokratische Präsidentschaftskandidat Joe Biden während eines Zwischenstopps in Philadelphia am Dienstag spricht

Trump schnappte sich den größten Wahlpreis der Nacht vor Mitternacht am Dienstag, als ihn Netzwerke zum Gewinner in Florida erklärten. Trump nahm auch Kentucky, West Virginia und Indiana auf, wie er es erwartet hatte, als die ersten Umfragen zu Ende gingen. Trump won eight votes from Kentucky, five from West Virginia and eleven from Indiana

Trump schnappte sich den größten Wahlpreis der Nacht vor Mitternacht am Dienstag, als ihn Netzwerke in Florida zum Gewinner erklärten. Trump nahm auch Kentucky, West Virginia und Indiana auf, wie er es erwartet hatte, als die ersten Umfragen zu Ende gingen. Trump won eight votes from Kentucky, five from West Virginia and eleven from Indiana

Trump schickte gemischte Nachrichten, wenn er glaubt, dass der Wahlsieger bekannt sein wird, als er einem Raum voller seiner Mitarbeiter in seinem Wahlkampfhauptquartier in Arlington, Virginia, sagte: „Verlieren ist nie einfach. Not for me it's not & # 39;

Trump schickte gemischte Nachrichten, wenn er glaubt, dass der Wahlsieger bekannt sein wird, als er einem Raum voller Mitarbeiter in seinem Wahlkampfhauptquartier in Arlington, Virginia, sagte: „Verlieren ist nie einfach. Not for me it's not & # 39;

Präsident Trump beobachtete mit Familienmitgliedern und engen Beratern die Rückkehr in die Residenz im Obergeschoss des Weißen Hauses. Unten im Ostflügel sahen Trump-Anhänger die Rückkehr auf Fernsehbildschirmen, auf denen Fox News gezeigt und Fast Food, einschließlich Pommes und Hamburger, gegessen wurde.

Biden ist in seinem Haus in Wilmington und sieht zu, wie die Stimmen mit seiner Familie eingehen.

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

„Wir sehen im ganzen Land wirklich gut aus. VIELEN DANK!' Trump twitterte am frühen Dienstagabend, bevor die Stimmen eingingen

„Wir sehen im ganzen Land wirklich gut aus. VIELEN DANK!' Trump twitterte am frühen Dienstagabend, bevor die Stimmen eingingen

The Supreme Court extended the deadlines in North Carolina and Pennsylvania to allow officials there to accept postal ballots, a blow to Republicans. Insbesondere Trump hat gegen die Entscheidung von Pennsylvania gewettert und rechtliche Schritte im Staat gegen umstrittene Stimmzettel angedroht.

"We believe this is a close race," said Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien on Tuesday evening when he called reporters. “We believe that every voice will play a role. There will be a turnout. We think we are better positioned in this type of campaign. & # 39;

There have been reports of long queues for polls across the country. As long as voters stand in line at the time of the election, they can vote.

Biden refused to tell how the night would go and told reporters outside a community center in Delaware Tuesday that he was "superstitious" when making predictions but remained "hopeful".

"The things that are happening are a good sign for the grassroots who supported me – but we'll see," he said.

Der Mehrheitsführer des Senats, Mitch McConnell, erzielte den ersten wichtigen Sieg in der Wahlnacht. Kurz nach Abschluss der Wahlen in Kentucky riefen Netzwerke sein Rennen zur Wiederwahl an

Der Mehrheitsführer des Senats, Mitch McConnell, erzielte den ersten wichtigen Sieg in der Wahlnacht. Kurz nach Abschluss der Wahlen in Kentucky riefen Netzwerke sein Rennen zur Wiederwahl an

But he noted that because of the large number of states, things were "so unsafe".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scored the first important win of the election night, with networks calling his race for reelection soon after the polls closed in Kentucky.

It was a result that political experts had forecast – but it dashed the hopes of Trump 'resistance' members who poured contributions into the race in hopes of turning back a prime facilitator of the president's agenda.

McConnell, the architect of the strategy to push through a quick confirmation for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, was leading Democrat Amy McGrath 56% to 40%, with about two-thirds of the state's vote counted.

McConnell, who also helped push through Trump's tax cuts and confirmed a raft of appeals court judges, also designed 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 majority leader or as minority leader – with Democrats holding a decent chance of taking over the chamber, where Republicans hold a 53 to 47 edge.

He won in a what was looking to be a difficult year for incumbent Republicans after spending 36 years in the Senate, defeating McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, as President Donald Trump carried the state.

Democrats made McConnell a top target even with ample other opportunities on the map, funneling $88 million to McGrath and shattering records compared to $55million 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.

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 casualty Tuesday night, after former governor and Denver mayor John Hickenlooper defeated him.

Gardner was considered one of the most endangered Republican incumbents on the ballot Tuesday, running in a state where Joe Biden was running strongly against President Trump.

His defeat would take the GOP's narrow Senate majority down to 52 votes – however should Republicans knock off Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones it would be a wash.

Gardner trailed Hickenlooper in opinion polls going into election day, and Hickenlooper overcame some of his own stumbles after he was forced to pay a state ethics fine. He ran for president this year and stumbled, but was considered a top Democratic prospect in his state.

Like other Senate Republicans, Hickenlooper became tied to Trump, who was viewed negatively in the state. Although he once criticized Trump during the 2016 campaign after the 'Access Hollywood' tape, Gardner, a former leader of his party's campaign wing, didn't put much distance between himself and the president.

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

Lindsey Graham beat out his challenger, Jaime Harrison, who became a potent fundraiser, and as the race tightened Graham was forced to go on Fox News repeatedly to ask national viewers to make contributions to his reelection effort

Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham reacts after electronically marking his ballot as he votes in the general election on election day at the Corinth-Shiloh Fire Department in Seneca, S.C.

Lindsey Graham beat out his challenger, Jaime Harrison, who became a potent fundraiser, and as the race tightened Graham was forced to go on Fox News repeatedly to ask national viewers to make contributions to his reelection effort

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner (pictured) became the first major political casualty Tuesday night, after former Democratic governor and Denver mayor John Hickenlooper defeated him

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner became the first major political casualty Tuesday night, after former Democratic governor and Denver mayor John Hickenlooper (pictured) defeated him

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner (left) became the first major political casualty Tuesday night, after former Democratic governor and Denver mayor John Hickenlooper (right) defeated him

Mike Pence casts his ballot next to Second Lady Karen Pence at the Marion County Clerk office in Indianapolis, Indiana during the United States presidential election

Mike Pence casts his ballot next to Second Lady Karen Pence at the Marion County Clerk office in Indianapolis, Indiana during the United States presidential election

Lindsey Graham's race became a surprise tossup of the election cycle.

Graham's challenger, Jaime Harrison, became a potent fundraiser, and as the race tightened Graham was forced to go on Fox News repeatedly to ask national viewers to make contributions to his reelection effort.

He became a favorite target of Democrats, having forged a reputation as an independent-minded Republican who befriended John McCain and ran against Trump – only to become one of the president's most loyal allies.

Graham in 2016 called Trump a 'race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,' while Trump once gave out his personal cell number at a campaign rally. But the two mended fences after Trump one, and Graham became the president's frequent golf partner and advisor.

Graham headed up an investigation of the FBI's crossfire hurricane probe of Russian election interference. Then, upon the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, he oversaw the quick confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Trump's nominee.

Harrison, a former party official in the state, blew through fundraising records and amassed $57 million in the final quarter. But it wasn't enough. Graham was leading 55 to 44% with 43% of precincts reporting, and the Associated Press called the race around 10pm.

Nearly 100 million Americans nationwide have voted early, but it fell on election day voters to finish the job.

Control of the Senate is also at stake: Democrats had to win three seats if Biden wanted to take the White House and take control of all of Washington for the first time in a decade.

If Biden loses to Trump, the Democrats can still take control of the Senate if they take four Republican seats.

In the meantime, the house is expected to remain under democratic control.

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America has its say: Huge lines form at the crack of dawn outside polling stations across the country as Election Day voters add to 100 million ballots ALREADY cast

Americans have started casting their Election Day ballots in the bitterly contested presidential race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden as polling places opened across the United States.

Long lines started forming well before dawn on Tuesday with polls opening in some eastern states as early as 6am EST.

Those casting their ballots on Election Day will add to the record number of Americans – nearly 100 million – that voted early either in person or by mail.

Some who voted early were motivated not only by concerns about waiting in lines on Election Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic but also by extraordinary levels of enthusiasm after a polarizing campaign.

While there were long lines in many places, in some states lines were shorter – potentially a reflection of the massive early vote.

In Pennsylvania, dozens of voters lined up bundled in jackets and hats on an unseasonably chilly morning. Some voters in suburban Ohio and Michigan braved the cold temperatures as they started lining up outside polling stations before the sun had even risen.

UNION, KENTUCKY: Hundreds of voters wait in line at a polling location at the Larry A Ryle High School in Union

UNION, KENTUCKY: Hundreds of voters wait in line at a polling location at the Larry A Ryle High School in Union

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: People stand in line to vote at the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center first thing Tuesday morning on the last day to cast their vote for either Trump or Biden

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: People stand in line to vote at the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center first thing Tuesday morning on the last day to cast their vote for either Trump or Biden

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY: Voters check in with election officials before receiving their ballots at Ballard High School

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY: Voters check in with election officials before receiving their ballots at Ballard High School

MARSHFIELD, MASS: Voters braved long lines and cold weather outside a polling station at Marshfield High School

MARSHFIELD, MASS: Voters braved long lines and cold weather outside a polling station at Marshfield High School

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA: A protester dressed as a Handmaids Tale character outside the Marion County Clerk's Office where US Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence vote in the US presidential election on October 23

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA: A protester dressed as a Handmaids Tale character outside the Marion County Clerk's Office where US Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence vote in the US presidential election on October 23

HOUSTON, TEXAS: Lines outside this polling station in Houston Texas stretched around the block after opening

HOUSTON, TEXAS: Lines outside this polling station in Houston Texas stretched around the block after opening

In McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, Martin Seylar, a 45-year-old welder who had just finished his shift, said of Trump, his preferred candidate: 'He's a bit of a jerk, and I appreciate that.

'He doesn't get everything that he says done, but the way I see it is he's trying, versus where everybody else blows smoke at us.'

In Detroit, Republican voter Nick Edwards, 26, cast a ballot for Biden but voted for Republican candidates for Congress.

'Honestly, decency in the White House,' Edwards said when asked about his main concern. 'When someone leads the party, they need to hold those values, as well. I don't think Trump encompasses that.'

Biden, the Democratic former vice president who has spent a half century in public life, has held a strong and consistent lead in national opinion polls over the Republican president. But Trump is close enough in several election battleground states that he could piece together the 270 state-by-state Electoral College votes needed to win the election.

The most closely watched results will start to trickle in after 7pm EST when polls close in states such as Georgia.

Definitive national results, however, could take days if the contest is tight.

Results in Florida, where mail-in ballots can be counted before Election Day, are expected to begin to come in relatively quickly on Tuesday night.

But Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin will not begin counting the vast majority of mail ballots until Election Day, raising the possibility of a prolonged vote count that could stretch for several days.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: Voters check in at First Ward Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina shortly after the polls opened on Election Day

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: Voters check in at First Ward Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina shortly after the polls opened on Election Day

LOS ANGELES: People wait in line for the vote center to open at the Pantages Theatre on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to cast their ballots

LOS ANGELES: People wait in line for the vote center to open at the Pantages Theatre on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to cast their ballots

PORTLAND, MAINE: People wait in line to vote in Maine first thing Tuesday morning

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