Trump, Biden race comes down to a few battleground states as vote counts continue

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TOO CLOSE TO CALL: President Donald Trump was ahead in the key states of Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. If these states are called, Trump will be reelected.

By Dan McCaleb | The Center Square

President Donald Trump won key battleground states in Ohio, Florida and Texas Tuesday, but the race in others remained too close to call as most Americans went to bed not knowing the winner of the presidential election.

And they might not find out when they wake up, either.

Results in Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – where millions of votes were still being counted as of 6 a.m. eastern time Wednesday – will determine the winner.

In early morning comments before supporters, Trump said he was poised to win Tuesday night but questioned why races weren’t called in Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where he held leads as votes were still being counted.

“We had such a big night,” Trump said. … “We were going to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election,” claiming that the integrity of the election was in question.

Earlier, Biden told supporters he was confident he would still win despite deficits in the key battleground states.

“We feel good about where we are,” Biden said. “We believe we’re on track to win this election.”

Trump so far has been declared the winner in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

Biden won Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

Nebraska is one of two states – Maine also – that splits its electoral college votes by Congressional districts. In the 48 others, all electoral college votes are awarded to the winner of the respective state.

Biden held a 238-213 electoral vote advantage over Trump at 6:20 a.m. eastern, according to The Associated Press. Either candidate needs to secure at least 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.

The battleground states of Georgia (16 electoral college votes), Michigan (16), North Carolina (15), Pennsylvania (20) and Wisconsin (10) will determine the outcome. Trump held leads in all but Wisconsin.

If Trump ends up winning in the states he held leads in early Wednesday, he would be reelected.

But if the race remains close in some key swing states, it’s possible – maybe even likely – that a winner won’t be known for days as more than 99 million Americans voted early or by mail before Tuesday’s polls even opened. States have different rules for counting and processing mail-in votes. Some wait until after all polls close in the state. Some states also will accept mail-in ballots for days after Nov. 3.

In the key swing state of Pennsylvania, for example, some counties don’t expect to start counting mail-in ballots until Wednesday or later. During Pennsylvania’s June primary, roughly half of counties were still counting ballots a full week after Election Day.

And in states where the final, unofficial results are particularly close, both Trump and Biden have attorneys on standby to legally challenge any potential discrepancies. That could drag out the presidential outcome.

In 2016, Trump won the electoral vote and the presidency despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes. By winning the key swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin, Trump claimed 304 electoral votes to Clinton’s 227.

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6 thoughts on “Trump, Biden race comes down to a few battleground states as vote counts continue

  1. Breaking: MI goes to DJT…Biden *did not* win Wyoming 😀

    So looks like AZ called too early thank ‘fair and balanced’ for that one *facepalm*…then overnight AP followed suit – why not lol. Reportedly 60,500 votes are uncounted in notoriously corrupt AZ.

    Unless math is wrong DT has 265 with the 100%, plus high majority other states counted but not certified, could come down to AZ, NV, *WI is challenged for recount* – DJT needs one of the above. Pls pray believers – looks we’ll need it!

    • Correction was called for Biden – however MI refused to allow poll watchers watch and are being sued – surprise! 😀

  2. That a Presidential candidate should run for election, never mind win who spent little time campaigning, can’t attract even a small crowd, promises to open the borders, make destitute government dependent illegal aliens citizens, shut down the economy, supports destructive anarchists, raise taxes and is drowning in corruption utterly defies reason, particularly opposing a sitting President who has a booming economy, is credited with raising minority employment and businesses, is greeted by tens of thousands of enthusiastic followers at every appearance and has been recommended for multiple Nobel peace prizes for brokering Mideast mutual benefit peace & cooperation treaties. It leads me to suspect there is an unrecognized (as yet) outside influence involved…

  3. Watch the left cheat, they were so ready to take this election at any cost………it may get ugly before it is over.

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