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November 4

(WJW) – The race for the White House remained too close to call on Wednesday as votes are still being counted in battleground states and neither candidate has reached the 270 electoral votes needed for victory.

10:55 p.m. update:

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A riot was declared in Portland, Oregon, and protesters took to the streets in Seattle as people demand that every vote in Tuesday’s election be counted. Hundreds of people were protesting in both cities against President Donald Trump’s court challenges to stop the vote count in battleground states. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter around 7 p.m. that the National Guard was activated in Portland in response to protesters smashing windows at businesses. The sheriff’s office said widespread damage had occurred and one person was arrested.

9:50 p.m. update:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional elections have scrambled seats in the House and Senate but ultimately leave Capitol Hill much as it already is — deeply split. Voters resisted big changes despite the heated race for the White House. The outcome dampens Democratic demands for a bold new agenda, emboldens Republicans and almost ensures partisan gridlock regardless of who wins the presidency. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on track to keep control of the House, but she saw her Democratic majority shrinking and her leadership called into question. Republicans’ control of the Senate tilted their way as GOP senators fended off an onslaught of energized challengers.

9 p.m. update:

HONOLULU (AP) — Voter advocates say Hawaii should set up more voter service centers after a last-minute surge of interest led to hours-long lines for in-person voting on Election Day. The long lines emerged even though the state switched to a vote-by-mail system for casting ballots. Honolulu’s election administrator and lawmakers expressed skepticism that more facilities would make the difference. Sen. Chris Lee says boosting education to spread awareness about early voting options would be effective to prevent a recurrence. There were still hundreds of people in line at Oahu’s two voter services centers when polls were scheduled to close at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

A line of people waiting to vote stretches around City Hall on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

7:55 p.m. update:

The Trump campaign released the following statement on its lawsuit in Georgia:

“President Trump and his team are fighting for the good of the nation to uphold the rule of law, and Georgia’s law is very clear: to legally count, mail ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. That’s still the law, even after Democrats sued earlier this year to extend the deadline and delay Election Day—President Trump and Republicans fought to uphold Georgia law, and we won.

“But today, a Republican poll observer in Georgia witnessed 53 late absentee ballots illegally added to a stack of on-time absentee ballots in Chatham County. We will not allow Democrat election officials to steal this election from President Trump with late, illegal ballots. President Trump and the Georgia Republican Party have filed suit to require all Georgia counties to separate any and all late-arriving ballots from all legally cast ballots to ensure a free, fair election in which only legal, valid ballots count.

“We look forward to the court swiftly resolving this issue and to President Trump’s upcoming repeat win in Georgia.”

7:10 p.m. update:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Georgia Republican Party have filed a lawsuit against the Chatham County Board of Elections asking a judge to order the county to secure and account for ballots received after 7 p.m. on Election Day.

State party chair David Shafer said in a statement Wednesday night that they planned to sue in a dozen counties.

The lawsuit alleges that a Republican observer watched a poll worker take unprocessed absentee ballots from a back room and mix them into processed absentee ballots waiting to be tabulated.

In Georgia, ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order to count. Chatham County contains Savannah and leans Democratic.

A woman who answered the phone at the Chatham County Board of Elections offices declined to comment.

Georgia is among a handful of states that The Associated Press has not called. In the race to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, Democrat Joe Biden currently has 264 while Trump has 214.

7 p.m. update:

DETROIT (AP) —Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump chanting “Stop the vote!” descended on a vote-counting center in Detroit as Americans on both sides of the political divide vented their anger and frustration over the undecided presidential contest at a handful of protests across the country. The Detroit protests started shortly before The Associated Press said that former Vice President Joe Biden had won the Michigan presidential race. Video shot by local journalists showed dozens of people gathered outside the TCF Center in Detroit and inside the lobby, with policemen lined up to keep them from going into the counting area.  Earlier, the Republican campaign filed suit to stop the count until Michigan’s secretary of state, a Democrat, allowed in more inspectors.

6 p.m. update:

WASHINGTON (AP) —  Democrat Joe Biden has carried Michigan and its 16 electoral votes, further dismantling Donald Trump’s Rust Belt wall of support that helped deliver him the presidency four years ago.

The flip from red back to blue was a huge blow to Trump, whose victories in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in 2016 sent him to the White House. Biden also carried Wisconsin, though Pennsylvania hasn’t been called yet.

Biden’s victory in Michigan pushes him to 264 Electoral College votes, six short of the 270 needed to win the White House. Trump is at 214 electoral votes. Nevada, which has six electoral votes, is among the states Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016 that hasn’t yet been called.

4:55 p.m. update:

(WJW)– President Trump tweeted, claiming victories in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Michigan. The posted was flagged by Twitter as potentially inaccurate or misleading.

4:50 p.m. update:

(WJW)– Fox News projects Joe Biden will win Michigan hours after Trump’s camp filed a lawsuit to stop vote counting in the state.

4:45 p.m. update:

(WJW)– During a news conference in Philadelphia, Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, declares victory in Pennsylvania while speaking alongside former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani.

3:25 p.m. update:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump campaign says it has filed lawsuits Wednesday in Pennsylvania and Michigan, laying the groundwork for contesting the outcome in undecided battleground states that could determine whether President Donald Trump gets another four years in the White House. Suits in both states are demanding better access for campaign observers to locations where ballots are being processed and counted, the campaign says. The campaign also is seeking to intervene in a Pennsylvania case at the Supreme Court that deals with whether ballots received up to three days after the election can be counted, deputy campaign manager Justin Clark says. The campaign also says it will ask for a recount in Wisconsin, a state The Associated Press called for Biden on Wednesday afternoon.

2:20 p.m. update:

(AP) — Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump in battleground Wisconsin, securing the state’s 10 electoral votes and reclaiming a key part of the blue wall that slipped away from Democrats four years ago.

The Associated Press called Wisconsin for Biden after election officials in the state said all outstanding ballots had been counted, save for a few hundred in one township and an expected small number of provisional ballots.

Trump’s campaign has requested a recount. Statewide recounts in Wisconsin have historically changed the vote tally by only a few hundred votes; Biden leads by .624 percentage points out of nearly 3.3 million ballots counted.

The victory for Biden bumps him up to 248 electoral votes, while Trump has 214. It takes 270 to win the presidency.

In 2016, Trump won Wisconsin by fewer than 23,000 votes, a breakthrough that along with wins in Michigan and Pennsylvania helped hand him his first term in the White House. Democrats were determined to reclaim Wisconsin, a state that before Trump hadn’t gone for a Republican since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

2 p.m. update:

(AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign says it has filed a lawsuit trying to halt the vote count in battleground Michigan.

The latest counts gives Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden a small lead, but the race is still too early to call.

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien says in a statement Wednesday that the campaign “has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law.”

He says a suit was filed Wednesday in the Michigan Court of Claims “to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted.”

Michigan is a critical battleground state that helped deliver Trump the presidency four years ago, along with Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Neither Wisconsin or Pennsylvania has been called yet.

2 p.m. update:

(AP) — President Donald Trump has won one of Maine’s four electoral votes, just as he did in 2016.

Trump carried the state’s 2nd Congressional District, the more rural and conservative of Maine’s congressional districts.

While Democrat Joe Biden easily carried the state itself, Maine is one of only two states that divides its electoral votes.

Biden won the 1st Congressional District and the statewide tally, good for three electoral votes. Trump’s victory in the 2nd Congressional District means he wins one electoral vote.

Maine split its electoral votes four years ago, awarding three to Democrat Hillary Clinton and one to Trump.

2016 marked the first time in state history that Maine divided its electoral votes.

In the race to the 270 electoral votes needed to win, Biden has 238 while Trump has 214.

12:50 p.m. update:

(AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien says the president plans to “immediately” request a recount in the battleground state of Wisconsin, where the race remains close.

In Wisconsin, if a race is within 1 percentage point, the trailing candidate can force a recount.

Stepien says in a statement Wednesday: “The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.”

The fate of the United States presidency is hanging in the balance, with Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, battling for three familiar battleground states — Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — that could prove crucial in determining who wins the White House.

In the race to the 270 electoral votes needed to win, Biden has 238 while Trump has 213.

12:45 p.m. update

ATLANTA (NewsNation Now) — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger held a news conference Wednesday morning to address delays, confusion, and technical glitches in the state’s vote-counting process. He assured that all ballots will be counted Wednesday.

“My team has set reminders to counters to get all, I repeat all of our results counted today. Every legal vote will count,” Raffensperger said.

Raffensperger projects about 200,000 ballots still need to be counted. That number comes from three counties in the state.

12 p.m. update

(WJW) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said during a press conference Wednesday that there are still tens of thousands of votes to be counted. But she added officials should have a “much better picture” of totals by the end of the day.

10:55 a.m. update

(WJW) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said at a press conference Wednesday that counties are continuing to count votes as and that all votes will be counted “accurately and they will be counted fully.”

He said the delay residents are seeing means the system is working. Election officials say it’s been one of the smoothest presidential elections they’ve seen.

10:15 a.m. update

(WJW) – Michigan’s Secretary of State says Detroit, Flint, and Grand Rapids absentee ballots have still not been fully counted.

10 a.m. update

(WJW) – Joe Biden leads in Michigan with 95% of the vote counted.

His lead has grown to just over 15,000 with ballots still being counted.

9:50 a.m. update

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (WJW) – “People vote. We count the vote, and there’s a winner and there’s a loser.”

Philadelphia City Commissioner Lisa Deeley did not mince words when she updated the media about the election counting in Pennsylvania.

“We’ll be done as soon as we’re done.”

They say workers have been processing ballots through the night, and they expect to continue counting ballots through tomorrow.

They will provide an update later in the day.

9:45 a.m. update

(WJW) – Here’s where things stand in states that haven’t finished counting ballots this morning, according to data from the Associated Press.

  • Pennsylvania – 64% of the vote (Trump leads)
  • Michigan – 94% of the vote (Biden leads)
  • Wisconsin – 99.95% of the vote (Biden leads)
  • North Carolina – 94% of the vote (Trump leads)
  • Georgia – 94% of the vote (Trump leads)
  • Nevada – 67% of the vote (Biden leads)

9:15 a.m. update

(WJW) – We are waiting for an update in Pennsylvania, where at last check only 64% of the vote has been counted.

President Trump is leading with 54.8% of the vote.

9 a.m. update

(WJW) – Joe Biden leads in Michigan by just over 10,000 votes.

94% of the votes have been counted.

Michigan has 16 electoral votes.

8:30 a.m. update

(WJW) – With 91% reporting in Michigan, President Donald Trump leads by a small margin.

According to AP totals, the president has 24,000 more votes.

7:45 a.m. update

(WJW) – With more than 99% of the vote counted, Joe Biden leads in Wisconsin by more than 20,000 votes.

(WJW) – President Donald Trump is leading in Georgia with 94% of the vote counted.

The president has 102,000 more votes.

7:30 a.m. update

(WJW) – Just over 12,000 votes separate President Donald Trump and Joe Biden in Michigan.

With 90% reporting, Trump leads with 49.4% of the vote compared to Biden’s 49.1%, according to the AP.

7:15 a.m. update

(WJW) – Joe Biden leads in Wisconsin by more than 20,000 votes, with more than 94% reporting.

(WJW) – The Associated Press reports 94% of the votes in North Carolina have been counted.

President Trump leads with more than 76,000 votes.

6:45 a.m. update

(WJW) – The Associated Press is reporting Donald Trump has 375,000 more votes in Pennsylvania with 65% of the votes tabulated.

With 87% reporting in Michigan, the AP estimates Trump has 62,000 more votes.

6:30 a.m. update

(WJW) – Elections officials in Nevada say no more results will come in until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

They say they’ve counted all mail-in ballots through Nov. 2 and all in-person early votes, and they have the Election Day votes.

As of their last update, Joe Biden had 7,000 more votes with 588,252.

Still not counted:

  • Mail ballots received on Election Day
  • Mail ballots that will be received over the next week
  • Provisional ballots

Nevada has 6 electoral votes.

5 a.m. update

(WJW) – Under 8,000 votes separate the presidential election count in Wisconsin with 98.8% of precincts reporting.

Joe Biden has 1,538,112 votes.

Donald Trump has 1,575,326 votes.

Ballots are still being counted.

Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director Claire Woodall-Vogg delivers flash drives with absentee voter tallies from a central count location to Milwaukee County election officials on early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

(AP) – Democrat Joe Biden’s campaign says it will fight any efforts by President Donald Trump’s campaign to go to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent ballots from being tabulated.

In a statement sent before 4 a.m. Wednesday, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon called Trump’s statement that he will “be going to the U.S. Supreme Court” and that he wants “all voting to stop” “outrageous, unprecedented and incorrect.”

O’Malley Dillon says the Biden campaign has “legal teams standing by ready to deploy to resist that effort.”

4:30 a.m. update

(WJW) – Philadelphia City Commissioner Lisa Deeley says they continue to process ballots.

She says due to the large volume of mail-in ballots, they are much further behind than they hoped to be at this time.

3:30 a.m. headlines

(WJW) – President Donald Trump claimed victory in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia in a speech at the White House just after 2 a.m. Wednesday.

“This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election,” the president said.

“A very sad group of people, is trying to disenfranchise that group of people, and we won’t stand for it,” he said.

There is no evidence of fraud.

Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to supporters in Delaware about an hour earlier.

“I’m here to tell you tonight, we believe we’re on track to win this election,” he said.

“We knew because of the unprecedented early vote, and the mail-in vote that it was going to take a while, we’re going to have be patient until the hard work of tallying votes is finished, and it ain’t over ‘til every vote is counted, every ballot is counted,” he continued.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said at 3 a.m. Wednesday that the state had more than a million votes to count.

The Associated Press is not calling the presidential race yet because neither candidate has secured the 270 electoral college votes needed to claim victory.

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