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The fate of the US presidency hangs in the balance as President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden battle for familiar battleground states that could prove crucial in determining who wins the White House.The fate of the US presidency hangs in the balance as President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden battle for familiar battleground states that could prove crucial in determining who wins the White House.

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Voting has closed in the US and counting is underway, but while some results are emerging a final result could take a while yet. Here's a look at what happens next.Voting has closed in the US and counting is underway, but while some results are emerging a final result could take a while yet. Here's a look at what happens next.

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We’re for Sydney | Daily Telegraph

Courts won’t stop vote-counting just because the president wants them to.Courts won’t stop vote-counting just because the president wants them to.

Trump has no legal grounds to contest the election yet - The Washington Post

Results from the western swing state of Nevada could be known on Thursday morning, after pollsters stopped counting ballots on election day and planned to return to them on Wednesday.Results from the western swing state of Nevada could be known on Thursday morning, after pollsters stopped counting ballots on election day and planned to return to them on Wednesday.

Nevada results could come on Thursday after officials delay count | Daily Mail Online

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The election is close - and Trump is prematurely claiming victory.The election is close - and Trump is prematurely claiming victory.

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Whoever takes the presidency, this election portends a crisis of legitimacy where only minorities of either party accept a winner from the other, stretching America’s cohesion even further.Whoever takes the presidency, this election portends a crisis of legitimacy where only minorities of either party accept a winner from the other, stretching America’s cohesion even further.

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(Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden won Michigan and Wisconsin Wednesday, putting him on the brink of taking the White House from President Donald Trump, hours after the president’s team opened legal fights to stop vote counting in at least two states.Both CNN and NBC projected Biden would win Michigan, which Trump took in 2016, giving him 264 Electoral College votes out of the 270 needed to win the presidency. Trump has 214.Biden needs only to win an additional outstanding state, such as Nevada where he is leading, or Georgia, where his campaign believes absentee votes will push him over the top.Biden said he expects to prevail. “I’m not here to declare that we’ve won, but I am here to report that when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners,” he told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware.His remarks came after he scored a win over Trump in Wisconsin, closing off one of the president’s best routes to re-election.Trump’s campaign said it is suing in Pennsylvania and Michigan to halt vote counts that have been trending toward Biden.Trump falsely declared victory in Pennsylvania, one of the six states that has yet to be called by the Associated Press. The president was ahead in the state by 383,000 votes but Pennsylvania officials said more than a million ballots still have to be counted.Trump faces a more difficult path to victory. Trump would have to win all the battleground states that have not yet been called.Biden’s Wisconsin and Michigan victories reverse Trump’s upsets in 2016 when he defeated Hillary Clinton.Trump’s campaign said it would demand a recount in Wisconsin, where the candidates were less than 1 percentage point apart.Biden’s campaign said it expects to be able to declare overall victory Wednesday afternoon, sooner than many expected.Election officials continued to count votes in several battleground states as Democrats, whose expectations for a “blue wave” were dashed.Trump tweeted throughout the day casting doubt on the count of mail-in ballots, which were heavily Democratic, after the Election Day in-person votes were counted, which leaned Republican.“How come every time they count Mail-In ballot dumps they are so devastating in their percentage and power of destruction,” the president said on Twitter. Another tweet mused about his leads “magically” disappearing in states run by Democratic governors.Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager, insisted the president was headed for re-election and that the campaign was readying its lawyers to challenge results in some states.In a middle-of-the-night speech from the White House, Trump threatened to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene to stop what he called the disenfranchisement of Republican voters, without offering evidence that any wrongdoing had occurred.“Frankly, we did win this election,” Trump said, noting that he held a lead in a number of states where results were still uncertain. “So we’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop.”It wasn’t immediately clear what Trump meant, as states including Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina and Nevada were counting legally cast votes. It is routine for states to continue counting votes after Election Day, and Pennsylvania said results likely wouldn’t be finalized for several days.U.S. stocks held onto their gains after the news, led by technology shares, on speculation that a split Congress would ensure the extension of key elements of the bull market, such as Trump’s 2017 corporate tax cuts. Treasuries also rallied.The unresolved outcome -- due to an unusually large number of mail-in ballots because of the coronavirus -- risks stoking tensions further in the U.S., beset by an economic downturn and the raging virus.But the Biden campaign was optimistic of the outcome and slammed Trump’s efforts to halt vote counting.“When all of the votes are tallied, we are confident that Vice President Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States,” said Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon.O’Malley Dillon said in a statement early Wednesday that Trump’s remarks were “outrageous, unprecedented and incorrect” and “a naked effort to take away the democratic rights of American citizens.”In Nevada, where tallying was halted until Thursday, Biden was clinging to a lead of almost 8,000 votes. In the nationwide popular vote, Biden leads by roughly 2 million.There were few surprises among states where the Associated Press announced winners, with Republican and Democratic states generally falling in line, despite expectations for several upsets.Trump won Florida, a crucial prize in the race to the White House that closed off Biden’s hopes for an early knockout in the election. The president also won Texas, which Democrats had hoped might flip and entirely reshape the electoral map.Trump won Ohio and Biden won Minnesota, states that each candidate had sought to take from the other but wound up politically unchanged from 2016.Trump still holds small leads in North Carolina and Georgia, though there are votes outstanding in each. Trump won both states in 2016. But Trump’s lead in Georgia was narrowing Wednesday evening.In addition to Wisconsin, Biden won Nebraska’s second congressional district, Minnesota, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, New York, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Delaware, District of Columbia and New Hampshire, according to the AP.Trump won Nebraska’s other four Electoral College votes, Ohio, Florida, Texas, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Missouri.Nebraska is one of only two states, with Maine, that award an Electoral College vote to the winner of each congressional district. Trump won two districts and Biden won one. Trump won the state overall, giving him Nebraska’s two remaining Electoral College votes.Trump won Maine’s second congressional district and Biden won the first, plus the state’s two at-large electoral votes.Even if Democrats yet claim the White House, a wave of support they hoped would also give them control of both chambers of Congress may fall short.Democrats would need to win three of the five Senate seats still undecided to leave the Senate with a 50-50 split, which would leave the party in the White House in control.Biden’s lead appears to be thanks to holding onto Latino and African-American voters in numbers similar to what Clinton had four years ago. And he narrowed Trump’s margin among White voters, voter surveys from the AP show.Trump had a 12-point lead among White voters in Tuesday’s election. Network exit polls four years ago showed him with a 20-point advantage among those voters. Biden led among Latino voters 30 points, Black voters by 82 points, and women by 12 points.(Michael Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News, provided $100 million in support of Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris in Florida, half of that from his Independence USA PAC.)(Updates with count in Georgia in 28th paragraph. An earlier version of this story corrected the ninth paragraph to remove language about the first Republican wins in Michigan and Wisconsin.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.(Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden won Michigan and Wisconsin Wednesday, putting him on the brink of taking the White House from President Donald Trump, hours after the president’s team opened legal fights to stop vote counting in at least two states.Both CNN and NBC projected Biden would win Michigan, which Trump took in 2016, giving him 264 Electoral College votes out of the 270 needed to win the presidency. Trump has 214.Biden needs only to win an additional outstanding state, such as Nevada where he is leading, or Georgia, where his campaign believes absentee votes will push him over the top.Biden said he expects to prevail. “I’m not here to declare that we’ve won, but I am here to report that when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners,” he told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware.His remarks came after he scored a win over Trump in Wisconsin, closing off one of the president’s best routes to re-election.Trump’s campaign said it is suing in Pennsylvania and Michigan to halt vote counts that have been trending toward Biden.Trump falsely declared victory in Pennsylvania, one of the six states that has yet to be called by the Associated Press. The president was ahead in the state by 383,000 votes but Pennsylvania officials said more than a million ballots still have to be counted.Trump faces a more difficult path to victory. Trump would have to win all the battleground states that have not yet been called.Biden’s Wisconsin and Michigan victories reverse Trump’s upsets in 2016 when he defeated Hillary Clinton.Trump’s campaign said it would demand a recount in Wisconsin, where the candidates were less than 1 percentage point apart.Biden’s campaign said it expects to be able to declare overall victory Wednesday afternoon, sooner than many expected.Election officials continued to count votes in several battleground states as Democrats, whose expectations for a “blue wave” were dashed.Trump tweeted throughout the day casting doubt on the count of mail-in ballots, which were heavily Democratic, after the Election Day in-person votes were counted, which leaned Republican.“How come every time they count Mail-In ballot dumps they are so devastating in their percentage and power of destruction,” the president said on Twitter. Another tweet mused about his leads “magically” disappearing in states run by Democratic governors.Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager, insisted the president was headed for re-election and that the campaign was readying its lawyers to challenge results in some states.In a middle-of-the-night speech from the White House, Trump threatened to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene to stop what he called the disenfranchisement of Republican voters, without offering evidence that any wrongdoing had occurred.“Frankly, we did win this election,” Trump said, noting that he held a lead in a number of states where results were still uncertain. “So we’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop.”It wasn’t immediately clear what Trump meant, as states including Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina and Nevada were counting legally cast votes. It is routine for states to continue counting votes after Election Day, and Pennsylvania said results likely wouldn’t be finalized for several days.U.S. stocks held onto their gains after the news, led by technology shares, on speculation that a split Congress would ensure the extension of key elements of the bull market, such as Trump’s 2017 corporate tax cuts. Treasuries also rallied.The unresolved outcome -- due to an unusually large number of mail-in ballots because of the coronavirus -- risks stoking tensions further in the U.S., beset by an economic downturn and the raging virus.But the Biden campaign was optimistic of the outcome and slammed Trump’s efforts to halt vote counting.“When all of the votes are tallied, we are confident that Vice President Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States,” said Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon.O’Malley Dillon said in a statement early Wednesday that Trump’s remarks were “outrageous, unprecedented and incorrect” and “a naked effort to take away the democratic rights of American citizens.”In Nevada, where tallying was halted until Thursday, Biden was clinging to a lead of almost 8,000 votes. In the nationwide popular vote, Biden leads by roughly 2 million.There were few surprises among states where the Associated Press announced winners, with Republican and Democratic states generally falling in line, despite expectations for several upsets.Trump won Florida, a crucial prize in the race to the White House that closed off Biden’s hopes for an early knockout in the election. The president also won Texas, which Democrats had hoped might flip and entirely reshape the electoral map.Trump won Ohio and Biden won Minnesota, states that each candidate had sought to take from the other but wound up politically unchanged from 2016.Trump still holds small leads in North Carolina and Georgia, though there are votes outstanding in each. Trump won both states in 2016. But Trump’s lead in Georgia was narrowing Wednesday evening.In addition to Wisconsin, Biden won Nebraska’s second congressional district, Minnesota, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, New York, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Delaware, District of Columbia and New Hampshire, according to the AP.Trump won Nebraska’s other four Electoral College votes, Ohio, Florida, Texas, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Missouri.Nebraska is one of only two states, with Maine, that award an Electoral College vote to the winner of each congressional district. Trump won two districts and Biden won one. Trump won the state overall, giving him Nebraska’s two remaining Electoral College votes.Trump won Maine’s second congressional district and Biden won the first, plus the state’s two at-large electoral votes.Even if Democrats yet claim the White House, a wave of support they hoped would also give them control of both chambers of Congress may fall short.Democrats would need to win three of the five Senate seats still undecided to leave the Senate with a 50-50 split, which would leave the party in the White House in control.Biden’s lead appears to be thanks to holding onto Latino and African-American voters in numbers similar to what Clinton had four years ago. And he narrowed Trump’s margin among White voters, voter surveys from the AP show.Trump had a 12-point lead among White voters in Tuesday’s election. Network exit polls four years ago showed him with a 20-point advantage among those voters. Biden led among Latino voters 30 points, Black voters by 82 points, and women by 12 points.(Michael Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News, provided $100 million in support of Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris in Florida, half of that from his Independence USA PAC.)(Updates with count in Georgia in 28th paragraph. An earlier version of this story corrected the ninth paragraph to remove language about the first Republican wins in Michigan and Wisconsin.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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The 2020 election is shaping up to be the biggest betting event of all time, betting companies say, with one player placing a record-breaking bet of one million British pounds ($1.3 million) on a victory for Biden***

Bettors stampede flips back in favor of a Biden win as results stream in - U.S. News - Haaretz.com

If public-opinion data are unreliable, we’re all flying blind.If public-opinion data are unreliable, we’re all flying blind.

The Polling Catastrophe - The Atlantic

In the lead-up to the vote, markets had reflected a clear Biden win. A closer race has traders worried about a protracted legal battle and long-term uncertainty. In the lead-up to the vote, markets had reflected a clear Biden win. A closer race has traders worried about a protracted legal battle and long-term uncertainty.

Markets volatile as US election race tightens | Business| Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 04.11.2020

Trumpism is alive and kicking – and openly contemptuous of democracyTrumpism is alive and kicking – and openly contemptuous of democracy

Fintan O’Toole: At 2.23am today, the US president launched an attempted coup

US President Donald Trump alleged on Wednesday that there had been "surprise ballot dumps" in states where he had been leading Democrat Joe Biden in the race for the White House.US President Donald Trump alleged on Wednesday that there had been "surprise ballot dumps" in states where he had been leading Democrat Joe Biden in the race for the White House.

Very Strange: Trump Alleges Surprise Ballot Dumps In States He Was Leading

The strength of Trump’s showing confirms there are still millions of people who want a different kind of politics.

A painful reminder for the elites - spiked

Opinion: Trump's political ideas are not going anywhere, and are already being emulated by other authoritarian leaders around the world, regardless of the eventual outcome of this tumultuous U.S. electionOpinion: Trump's political ideas are not going anywhere, and are already being emulated by other authoritarian leaders around the world, regardless of the eventual outcome of this tumultuous U.S. election

Trump sets U.S on course for institutional crisis - POLITICO

What Happens If Joe Biden & Donald Trump Have Electoral College Tie at 269 Each? There's a slim chance in every Presidential election that the electoral college results in a 269 to 269 tie. The nominee needs 270 votes to officially win the…Check it out...

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"How come every time they count Mail-In ballot dumps they are so devastating in their percentage," president says - Anadolu Agency"How come every time they count Mail-In ballot dumps they are so devastating in their percentage," president says - Anadolu Agency

Trump argues count in Democratic states erased his lead

Joe Biden has gained an edge over President Donald Trump in the extremely tight race for the White House, with U.S. media projecting that the Democratic challenger has picked up two crucial Midwest states won in 2016 by the Republican incumbent.Joe Biden has gained an edge over President Donald Trump in the extremely tight race for the White House, with U.S. media projecting that the Democratic challenger has picked up two crucial Midwest states won in 2016 by the Republican incumbent.

Biden edges closer to take White House, flips 2 key Midwest states

Investors who met news of likely gridlock in Washington with a large-scale unwind of bets on a Democratic sweep weighed prospects for big stimulus measures while cheering fading expectations of higher taxes and new regulations.Investors who met news of likely gridlock in Washington with a large-scale unwind of bets on a Democratic sweep weighed prospects for big stimulus measures while cheering fading expectations of higher taxes and new regulations.

Investors welcome U.S. election gridlock, retreat from 'blue wave' bets | Reuters

As in 2016, the race will come down to the Midwest. Joe Biden urges patience; the president wants to stop the countAs in 2016, the race will come down to the Midwest. Joe Biden urges patience; the president wants to stop the count

Election-night results - Donald Trump surges, putting the election on a knife-edge | United States | The Economist

The result of the US presidential election was still undetermined on Wednesday morning, with experts warning that it could be several days – or even ...The result of the US presidential election was still undetermined on Wednesday morning, with experts warning that it could be several days – or even ...

United States awaits results of presidential election - Vatican News

Predicting voter intentions in the US has become harder with embarrassing results for pundits and pollsters.Predicting voter intentions in the US has become harder with embarrassing results for pundits and pollsters.

Even if Trump loses, he has once again defied the polls

With swing states yet to complete their count of votes, the winner of this year's presidential election remains anyone and everyone's guess. Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Nevada remain uncalled, and only Fox News and the AP feel confident enough to project a win for Joe Biden in Arizona. The map appears to favor Biden,…With swing states yet to complete their count of votes, the winner of this year’s presidential election remains anyone and everyone’s guess. Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia a…

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We won't rest until everyone's vote is counted, Joe Biden warns Donald Trump as US election turns controversialWe won't rest until everyone's vote is counted, Joe Biden warns Donald Trump as US election turns controversial

'We won't rest': Joe Biden warns Donald Trump as US election 2020 nears climax

People are tensely waiting to find out the final result of the 2020 election - Donald Trump or Joe Biden. Here's how the celebrities are passing the time...A lot of different coping mechanisms going on here.

Celebrity election night 2020 posts sum up how tense it is

United States stock markets rally as odds of a much anticipated Democratic ‘blue wave’ sweep are all but crushed.United States stock markets rally as odds of a much anticipated Democratic ‘blue wave’ sweep are all but crushed.

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WHY AP CALLED MICHIGAN FOR BIDEN: Democrat Joe Biden has won the electoral battleground of Michigan, the third state that President Donald Trump carried in 2016 that the former vice... WHY AP CALLED MICHIGAN FOR BIDEN: Democrat Joe Biden has won the electoral battleground of Michigan, the third state that President Donald Trump carried in 2016 that the former vice...

The results left Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden struggling for narrow victories in a handful of battleground states and the party’s chances of a winning a Senate majority all but out of reach.

Biden 'blue wave' fails to materialize as GOP bests expectations - BNN Bloomberg

President Trump will be reelected by counting "legal ballots" in several undecided states, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said Wednesday.President Trump will be reelected by counting

Trump campaign manager says president will win if 'legal ballots' are counted - Washington Times

While some states have pretty clear winners, others aren't so easy to see -- especially considering the mail-in and absentee ballots still being counted.While some states have pretty clear winners, others aren’t so easy to see — especially considering the mail-in and absentee ballots still being counted.

These are the 7 states too close to call | KFOR.com Oklahoma City

While some states have pretty clear winners, others aren’t so easy to see — especially considering the mail-in and absentee ballots still being counted.

These are the 7 states too close to call | KFOR.com Oklahoma City

Even if Joe Biden is somehow put in the White House (all those combinations of winning Arizona and finding 700,000 spare ballots in Pennsylvania), he will still have lost this election. Come 2021, the Senate will remain under the thumb of the Dickensian Mitch McConnell; the Supreme Court will begin construing its original intent constitutional theories (a cross between the Torah, Ten Commandments, and sharia law); and House Republicans can begin their live feeds to the QAnon web site (free pizza with every subscription). More

No Country for Old Democrats - CounterPunch.org

With multiple networks calling the state of Michigan for former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democrat is closer than ever to vanquishing President Donald Trump…Michigan Call Puts Biden On Precipice Of Presidency

Michigan Call Puts Biden On Precipice Of Presidency | Talking Points Memo

Momentum Shifts In Joe Biden's Favour As He Takes Lead In Wisconsin, Michigan In Late Night Counting

With record numbers of mail-in ballots, Pennsylvania has proved a key battleground for Mr Biden, who was born in the state, and Mr TrumpWith record numbers of mail-in ballots, Pennsylvania has proved a key battleground for Mr Biden, who was born in the state, and Mr Trump

All eyes on Pennsylvania as battleground state which could decide election

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Wednesday each faced narrow paths to potential victory in a close-fought U.S. presidential election that will be determined by a razor-thin margin.President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Wednesday each faced narrow paths to potential victory in a close-fought U.S. presidential election that will be determined by a razor-thin margin.

Factbox: Trump, Biden's paths to victory in U.S. presidential election | Reuters

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are locked in a tight race in Wisconsin as the nation's eyes turn to the same Midwestern battlegrounds that decided the election four years ago. Biden had a lead of less than three-tenths of a percentage point over Trump early Wednesday morning as counties around

Razor-thin margin separates Biden, Trump in Wisconsin race