Donald Trump closed the gap on Joe Biden in Arizona to less than 47,000 votes after postal ballot papers were received from Maricopa County on Thursday night.
Biden remains at the top in the state, but only by 46,257, or 50.1 percent, compared to 48.5 percent for Trump, and there are about 200,000 ballots left to count.
The AP and Fox News had both called Arizona early Wednesday morning claiming Trump had no way of reclaiming him – a move that was later questioned.
Arizona has eleven major votes for the electoral college which, if they give Biden now, will get him ready for the White House with 264 of the 270 votes he needs. He would only have to win Nevada, Georgia or North Carolina to get the win if his lead in Arizona holds.
Georgia holds 16 and will be announced later. Trump is only ahead in Georgia with 18,000 votes and there are around 60,000 votes left. The census is expected to be completed there today.
If Biden loses Arizona to Trump, Trump will rise from 214 votes to 22. He would then only need 42 additional votes for the Georgia (16), North Carolina (15) and Pennsylvania (20) electoral college – all states where he is is leading – to win, provided he wins Alaska's three electoral college votes, which he is virtually guaranteed to receive.
The delay extends the already excruciating wait to find out who will be the next president for frustrated Americans and people around the world who are now wondering why it is taking so long to reach a conclusion.
So far there has not been a simple answer. In some states, it's because the margin is incredibly tight. In other cases, mail-in ballots have not yet arrived and can still be counted for days.
Official censuses are usually never returned on election day or even immediately afterwards. Instead, the choice is always made by a television or news network based on an analysis of possible outcomes.
But nobody names it this year because the race in the remaining swing states was so close.
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Even though hundreds of thousands of votes are not being counted, Trump is already calling for a recount in Wisconsin and for the vote count to stop in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Nevada. He hasn't requested anything in Arizona yet.
The margin for a recount in Arizona is tiny with only 200 votes. It is possible in Wisconsin and Georgia; in Wisconsin it has to be less than 1 percent of what the result was. In Georgia it has to be within 0.5 percent, which seems increasingly likely.
Trump calls the entire election to foul, claiming votes are counted incorrectly and calling for recounts.
He has filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Michigan to stop the census, and is also calling for a recount in Wisconsin.
A recount in Arizona is not likely. The rules there state that only a margin of 200 votes or less allows this. It is unclear whether the Trump campaign will attempt to challenge the results in Arizona. You haven't done anything about it yet.
Hobbs said she didn't know which option Trump would have to question.
Dozens of protesters got into a counting center on Wednesday evening and forced it to close. They were Trump supporters.
STATES STILL IN GAME
ARIZONA – 11 votes of the electoral college: votes are still counted, deadline for the result unclear
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
GEORGIA – 16 votes from the electoral college: The result is expected on Thursday
NEVADA – 6 votes of the electoral college: Result expected Friday
NORTH CAROLINA – 15 electoral college votes: Result expected on Thursday
"I don't understand what these protesters are interested in. We will keep counting ballots. If they support the president, they should want us to keep counting. I just don't know what their goal is. Absolutely they don't interfere with what we're doing ", she said.
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.
The president tweeted Thursday morning: "Stop counting!"
Joe Biden was relatively calm on Twitter by now.
On Wednesday, he gave a confident press conference with his run mate Kamala Harris, saying he felt "good" about his chances of winning and that he would likely win enough seats to eventually take over the White House, but that he would wait until all of the votes had been counted to claim it.
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 observer saw 53 late postal ballot papers added to a pile in Chatham County, while two other Pennsylvania actions claim a Senator there gave Biden backdoor votes to try to push Trump out.
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 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.
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.
Trump tweeted Thursday calling for the count to stop.
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".
Maricopa County Sheriff's MPs stand at the door of Maricopa County Recorder & # 39; s Office as President Donald Trump's supporters gather in Phoenix on Wednesday, November 4, 2020
A video from outside the counting center showed the angry crowd shouting for the vote to be suppressed
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
Supporters of President Donald Trump's rally outside the Maricopa County Recorder & # 39; s Office in Phoenix on Wednesday November 4, 2020
The vote count in Arizona is expected to last until Friday and will add even longer to the unbearable wait for a result
"We'll stay with that. We will win this election. We actually won it.
"It's all about counting the votes fairly."
THE RECOUNT RULES – WHERE CAN TRUMP GET ONE AND WILL HE BECOME?
Even though hundreds of thousands of votes are not being counted, Trump is already calling for a recount in Wisconsin and for the vote count to stop in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Nevada. He hasn't requested anything in Arizona yet.
However, Trump will have to wait for all of the votes in each state to be counted and then confirmed, and then provide evidence for a recount before requesting one, which can take days if not weeks
The foreign minister in each of the states must request this, which is also an uncertainty for Trump
The margin for a recount in Arizona is tiny, with only 200 votes, so it is unlikely to get one.
It is possible in Wisconsin and Georgia; in Wisconsin it has to be less than 1 percent of what the result was. Trump has three days to request it after the final settlement.
In Georgia it has to be within 0.5 percent, which seems increasingly likely. It must be requested from the Foreign Minister.
In Nevada, it must be requested within three days of the final, certified result, but Nevada has no minimum margin for a recount.
In Pennsylvania, the margin for an auto recount is 0.5 percent. The Foreign Minister must request this.
The candidate must lose by 2,000 votes or less
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;
Finally! Pennsylvania says it could have TODAY election results
The Pennsylvania Secretary of State has announced that the state could return an election result Thursday – a day earlier than expected – that could end the excruciating wait for the next president.
Trump is still the leader in Pennsylvania by 115,000 points, a two point lead that has gradually declined as Biden rallies more votes from urban areas. Pennsylvania holds 20 electoral college votes.
If Biden wins, he wins the election. He currently has 264 votes – including Arizona, although it easily comes back into the game.
Even without Arizona, if he won Pennsylvania, he would take over the White House.
Trump cannot win in Pennsylvania alone. With 214 votes in the electoral college, he would still have to pick up either Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona or Nevada – the other four states where a result has yet to be officially confirmed.
“I think we definitely could. I think there are roughly 550,000 odd – you know, plus or minus – ballot papers that are still counted today.
& # 39; Some of these may have already been counted but not uploaded yet. But yes, they come in. We're getting 10,000 here, 20,000 here, counties are angry at work.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar told CNN on Thursday afternoon that the state could report an election result tonight – one day early
"I think no matter what, I don't think it's going to have a huge impact on this race," said Kathy Boockvar to CNN's Jape Tapper Thursday afternoon.
Trump is already suing in Pennsylvania to undermine the returned election result.
The Philadelphia and Pittsburgh voting was suspended on Thursday due to the legal battle.
A judge intervened and let it go; There are still 550,000 votes to be counted.
There are only around 51,000 left in Nevada who have to be called before tomorrow and they say they need so much time. Arizona also says it will take until tomorrow to get a result for their remaining 450,000 votes.
Pennsylvania said it would continue to count postal votes through Friday as long as they were postmarked November 3rd.
The Trump campaign had a brief legal victory in Pennsylvania Thursday when a judge ruled ballot observer 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 state Supreme Court rejected it.
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
Trump's legal team has filed lawsuits on several fronts – to try to curb the flow of presumably pro-Biden postal ballot papers into the system and to enforce better access for observers to presumably dispute more single ballot papers.
They scored a first victory Thursday morning, which former Florida Secretary of State Pam Bondi, a Trump supporter, wielded at a press conference.
The judgment of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania overturns a decision of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia. It allows Trump watchers "to observe all aspects of the acquisition process within 6 feet while complying with all COVID-19 protocols, including wearing masks and maintaining social distancing."
Trump extolled the "great legal victory in Pennsylvania!" on twitter. But then the Pennsylvania Supreme Court knocked it down almost instantly when the Democrats appealed.
The reason for the appeal wasn't because of concern about the observation itself, experts said, but because Democrats said Republicans accepted the rules for observation before they went into effect.
The argument that the rules could be changed once they were agreed would pave the way for further changes to the rules, they argue.
That is not the end of the road for the Trump campaign.
The big battle with a greater potential to affect the count could result in a challenge to an earlier Supreme Court decision allowing the state to count postal ballots received three days after polling day.
Conservative judges had indicated that there might be another hearing if these later-counted ballots prove decisive.
But a decisive victory for Biden with votes received before election day would undermine the need for the lawsuit – and Biden was with Trump's leadership with hundreds of thousands of ballots outstanding.
The Pennsylvania Democrats, aware of potential challenges and alarmed by reports that Republican-controlled lawmakers may seek to intervene, have later segregated postal ballots received to prevent the entire state outcome from being discarded.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General blew up the move on Thursday.
"This question is a matter of constitutional law," he said, noting that it was decided by the State Supreme Court. "It was decided that these ballots and be counted," he told CNN.
“We obey the law here in Pennsylvania. We count these legal votes, ”he said.
Nevada is delaying the election result until Friday
Nevada has inexplicably delayed its election results, stating that it must be at least tomorrow for the remaining votes to be counted as the country and the world wait in agony to find out who will be the next president.
It's unclear how many votes remain to be counted across the state, but in Clark County, where Las Vegas accounts for 800,000 of the 1.1 million votes already counted, officials say there are 51,000 they won't be able to count be able to return a result by tomorrow.
They claim it's because the process just takes so long, despite having somehow counted 15 times as many votes since the polls ended on Tuesday.
Biden is the leader in Nevada, but only with 11,545 votes, which is around 1 percent. If he claims the state today, he will Earn another 6 electoral college points and get 270 when you factor the 11 from Arizona.
Arizona was called out to him by Fox and the AP on Wednesday morning, but with 450,000 votes still pending, it remains in the game for Trump. If Biden loses Arizona, he will have 259 votes for the electoral college. It would take him 11 more, from either Georgia (16), North Carolina (15), or Pennsylvania (20) to win.
Ric Grenell, Donald Trump adviser and former acting director of the National Intelligence Service, speaks during a press conference outside the Clark County Electoral Department on Thursday. They say they have "evidence" that tens of thousands of votes were fraudulently cast in Nevada
It's unclear when North Carolina will announce, but it's expected to go like 2016 after Trump. The race in Nevada was close. Biden led most of the morning there with only around 7,000 votes.
Trump's team weeps fraud. They say they have "evidence" that "tens of thousands of votes" were fraudulently cast there.
"We are confident that President Trump will win the state of Nevada if all legal votes are counted – and only legal votes are counted," Ric Grenell, former director of National Intelligence, told Fox News Thursday morning.
& # 39; The reality is that transparency is not political. Ballot papers are not automatically considered legal votes until verified. We can't check.
“In the state of Nevada you can stay for 30 days. If you've been out of the state for 30 days, it's illegal to vote.
& # 39; We're filing this federal lawsuit to protect legal voters.
“In this country it is unacceptable that illegal votes are counted. This is exactly what is happening in the state of Nevada, ”Grenell claimed at a press conference.
Nevada law states that a person must be in the state at least 30 days prior to voting in order to be eligible to vote.
That does not necessarily mean that they must have been physically in the state 30 days before the election.
Trump's people also claim that many of the votes in Nevada came from people who no longer live there or were cast on the names of the deceased.
The election result of Georgia depends on the last 47,227 votes
Gabriel Sterling, implementation manager for the Georgia voting system
Georgia will still not call its election as 47,227 votes remain to count, officials said Thursday, and the race there is still too close to predict.
Biden could win Thursday's election with Georgia and earn another 16 electoral college points if he sticks to his leadership in Arizona. The result in Arizona is not expected until Friday, as 450,000 votes remain to be counted.
Trump's lead in Georgia shrank from 18,000 to 9,000 Wednesday through Thursday evening.
Officials in Arizona and Nevada – where only 51,000 need to be counted – say it will take them at least one more day to get through them and get right through them, despite having cast many, many more votes in the last couple of years of days alone.
Nearly 5 million votes were counted in Georgia, but the result depends on the last 47,227.
Why it takes so long to reach a conclusion is a question that millions of frustrated Americans are asking and that is heard around the world. There is no easy answer to this.
A scanner in a Georgia county had a damaged memory card causing 400 to be counted. Officials in some counties are using paper votes for the first time in 20 years because they voted earlier this year that the machine vote was not secret enough. They then scan all of the paper votes, which is a "laborious" process, it said on Thursday.
In some states, the race is just closer than it was in the last election. As a result, it is difficult for news and television networks, which normally hold elections, to make a decisive prediction. Another reason is that there are more postal ballot papers this year than there were elections due to COVID-19. It takes longer to fill in and different states had different rules for when these could be counted.
In any case, Trump is already denying the results in several states. He says there was electoral fraud in Nevada, with people voting in ballot papers in the names of dead residents and non-residents.
In Georgia, they couldn't verify that the census was done properly.
In Wisconsin, too, he wants a recount, and in Michigan and Pennsylvania, he wants the count to stop.
Trump has not been seen in person since 2:30 p.m. Wednesday when he called for an early election campaign and said the entire process was a "scam against the American people."
In almost every state that Biden has won, Trump's lead was initially strong and then shrank as more ballots – especially mail-in ballots – were counted.
He thinks it's suspicious.
Gabriel Sterling, implementation manager for the voting system in Georgia, said Thursday the process is not suspicious or strange, but the elections are usually never that close, so there is not always an official census.
“We have no way of knowing how long the process will take. We hope for clarity, but "done" is a very relative term at this point.
“As we have been saying for weeks and months, it will take some time. The point here is to make sure that all votes are properly counted.
“The problem we have in Georgia is close coordination. There are other states that have more votes than we do, but there is a lot of leeway so nobody cares, ”Sterling said.
He said he expected to get a result by the end of the day.
In Georgia, Supreme Court Justice James Bass said there was "no evidence" to support the Trump suit's claims that 53 ballot papers were late and mixed with other ballot papers. In Michigan, Judge Cynthia Stephens ruled against the Trump campaign's push to stop counting in order to gain additional access for her observers. "I have no basis to determine that there is a significant chance of success in the matter," she said.
"All of the states recently claimed by Biden are being challenged by us for election fraud and electoral fraud," Trump tweeted on Thursday amid the nationwide flash of legal challenges. “Lots of evidence – just look at the media. WE WILL WIN! America first! & # 39;
Trump's team scored a victory in a Pennsylvania court, but not on a point likely to affect a race with thousands of ballots.
"The Trump campaign called it a 'big win', but state officials appealed, saying it jeopardized both the security of the city's accused acquisition and the privacy of voters."
Even if Trump's legal efforts ultimately fail, they are already managing to slow the voting process, and Trump's allies claim that Trump won an "overwhelming victory" on the "verifiable" ballot.
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