US ELECTION 2020 | Latest results and updates

UPDATE @ 8.00AM | Donald Trump’s lawyer says they’re now considering a national lawsuit, claiming voter fraud is rife in many states.

It’s understood legal action has been launched in Pennsylvania, where Joe Biden is narrowing the gap as with mail-in ballots.

Action has also been launched in Wisconsin, which has been called for Biden by several local media outlets this morning.


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Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani says the Republicans have already won this election, but the votes have to be counted properly.

We were supposed to be allowed, by law, to observe the counting of the ballots. Now, “observe” means, to any intelligent person, being able to look at it.

“The way it’s interpreted by the Democrat-crooked machine of Philadelphia (in Pennsylvania) is that the observers can be 20 or 30 feet away. Never able to see the ballot itself. Never able to see if it was properly post marked, properly addressed, properly signed on the outside.

“All the things that often lead to disqualification of ballots, or make it very easy to dump 50,000 totally fraudulent ballots because they’re not observed.

“This went on for 20 hours. While all of you thought there was some kind of legitimate count going on here in Philadelphia, it was totally illegitimate,” Mr Guiliani said.

It comes after Biden regained a strong lead in Michigan and Wisconsin overnight, which Trump was leading late last night.

Millions of mail-in ballots are continuing to be counted around the country, with the predication that a majority of those votes will be from democrats.

Mr Guiliani says Trump is considering a national law suit, to ensure that all votes have been counted properly.

Philadelphia, unfortunately – and I’ll say this about my own city – has a reputation for voter fraud. We have a reputation for dead people voting, and we’re gonna look at how many dead people voted here.

“And you have a reputation of people being busted from Camden voting here. Wouldn’t be the first time that happened. But this goes way beyond any of that. And let me also add that this is happening just — this isn’t happening just here.

“We have exactly the same lawsuit in Wisconsin, where exactly the same thing happened. Except in Wisconsin, mysteriously, at 4:00 or 3:00 in the morning, about 120,000 ballots appeared,” Mr Guiliani said.

Donald Trump is yet to address supporters this morning, but has been active on Twitter by unofficially declaring victory in Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina.

Twitter has flagged that Tweet with the message “Official sources may not have called the race when this was Tweeted”.

A number of other tweets have been taken down for being ‘misleading’.

Current Electoral Vote Count

Donald Trump – 213

Joe Biden – 253

EARLIER @ 7.20AM | Democratic hopeful Joe Biden has addressed supporters in Delaware, as vote counting in the US election continues.

It’s looking more favourable for Biden this morning, as some states continue to count millions of early votes.

Overnight, the state of Wisconsin has been called for the Democrats, meaning they only need to flip Michigan, Pennsylvania or Georgia.

Biden says it’s looking good, but has stopped short of declaring victory.

“I’m not here to declare that we’ve won. But I am here to report, when the counting is finished, we believe we will be the winners. With all the votes counted,
we have won Wisconsin by 20,000 votes

“It’s virtually the same margin, that President Trump won that state four years ago.

“In Michigan, we lead by over 35,000 votes, and it’s growing. A substantially bigger margin than President Trump won Michigan in 2016.

“Michigan will complete its votes soon, maybe as early as today. And I feel very good about Pennsylvania, virtually all the remaining ballots to be counted were cast by mail, and we’ve been winning 78 percent of the votes by mail.

“We flipped Arizona and the second district of Nebraska. Of special significance to me, is that we’ve won with a majority of the American people, and every indication is that the majority will grow,” Mr Biden said in Delaware this morning.

However, it could be a while yet before Donald Trump concedes anything. His campaign team has confirmed that they’re launching legal actions in a number of states.

CNN has now called Michigan for Joe Biden, handing him another 16 electoral votes.

Current Electoral Vote Count

Donald Trump – 213

Joe Biden – 253

EARLIER @ 6.00AM | Democratic hopeful Joe Biden is on track to win the US election, after securing a key state overnight.

Late last night, Donald Trump was narrowly ahead in the state of Wisconsin but Biden has taken it back overnight as millions of early votes continue to be counted.

Trump’s campaign team is likely to order a recount in the state, with Biden only ahead by a small margin.

If Biden is able to win Michigan, in which he’s close, or Pennsylvania or Georgia, he will be able to take the White House.

Trump has also deployed lawyers to a range of states, including Pennsylvania where thousands of mail in votes are yet to be counted.

Current Electoral Vote Count

Donald Trump – 213

Joe Biden – 237

EARLIER @ 5.45PM | Donald Trump claims he has already won the US Presidential election and will ask the Supreme Court to stop any more votes being counted.

The President claims the current vote count is a “major fraud” and an embarrassment to the nation.

“I want to thank the American people for their support, millions and millions of people voted for us today, and a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people. And we won’t stand for it, we will not stand for it,” President Trump said.

“We lead by many votes with almost nothing left, and all of a sudden everything just stopped. 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.

“Out goal now is to ensure the integrity for the good of this nation, this is a very big moment, a major fraud on our nation. We want the law to be used in a proper manner, so we will be going to the US Supreme Court, we want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them to the list.

“It is a very sad moment, to me it is a very sad moment.”

“We will win this, and as far as I’m concerned, we already have won it.”

Despite President Trump’s claim that he has already won, there are still millions of votes to count and a number of states yet to be declared.

Trump has secured Montana, giving him another three votes.

Biden leads 220-213.

States yet to be called include Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, Maine, North Carolina, Hawaii and Alaska.

Current Electoral Vote Count

Donald Trump – 213

Joe Biden – 220

States Won

Donald Trump – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska (5 of 6) North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming.

Joe Biden –  California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska (1 of 6) New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington.

UPDATE @ 4.30PM | Donald Trump’s electoral vote has received another significant boost with Texas now declared in his favour.

Texas carries 38 votes.

He’s also picked up five of the six votes in Nebraska with the other going to Biden.

Rhode Island has been secured by Biden with four votes.

Trump has closed the gap significantly with Biden now leading 220-210.

Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin remain too close to call.

Biden leads in Arizona but trails in the remaining four.

He will need to win at least three of those states if he’s to have any chance of moving into the White House.

Current Electoral Vote Count

Donald Trump – 210

Joe Biden – 220

States Won

Donald Trump – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska (5 of 6) North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming.

Joe Biden –  California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska (1 of 6) New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington.

UPDATE @ 4.00PM | Joe Biden has addressed supporters in his home state of Delaware as counting continues.

Vice President Biden is remaining confident that he can still get to the magic number of 270.

“We knew this was going to go long, but who knew we were going to go into maybe tomorrow morning, maybe even longer, but, look, we feel good about where we are. We really do.

“I’m here to tell you tonight we believe we’re on track tonight we believe we’re on track to win this election. We knew because of the early vote and the mail in vote it’s going to take a while. We’re going to have to be patient until the hard work of tallying votes is finished and it ain’t over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted.

“We are feeling good, we’re feeling good about where we are. We believe one of the nets has suggested we have won Arizona, we are confident about Arizona. That’s a turn around.

“We also just called it from Minnesota and we are still in the game in Georgia, although that’s not one we expected. We are feeling real good about Wisconsin and Michigan. And by the way, it’s going to take time to count the votes. We’re going to win Pennsylvania.”

Meantime Twitter has deleted a tweet from Donald Trump accusing Joe Biden of trying to steal the election.

The president claims the election is a big win for him.

He is also due to address supporters soon

Meantime Florida has finally been declared for Donald Trump, giving him 29 electoral votes.

He’s also picked up Iowa with six votes.

Joe Biden has secured Minnesota which has 10 votes.

Current Electoral Vote Count

Donald Trump – 171

Joe Biden – 215

States Won

Donald Trump – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska (3 of 5) North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming.

Joe Biden –  California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington.

UPDATE @ 3.15PM | Joe Biden has taken out Virginia as counting continues in a neck-and-neck Presidential race.

That state carries 13 electoral votes taking Biden’s tally to 205.

Donald Trump has secured Ohio with 18 electoral votes and Idaho (4 votes) taking his total to 136.

But Biden is running out of opportunities to pick up too many more states.

He is on track to win Arizona, which would be the only state that he has managed to flip so far.

But it only carries 11 electoral votes.

Trump continues to lead in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin but experts say there are still millions of postal and early votes still to be counted.

Current Electoral Vote Count

Donald Trump – 136

Joe Biden – 205

States Won

Donald Trump – Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska (3 of 5) North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming.

Joe Biden –  California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington.

UPDATE @ 2.15PM | Polls have closed on America’s West Coast with those states boosting Joe Biden’s stocks.

Biden has secured California with the biggest prize of 55 votes, along with Washington (12 votes) and Oregon (7 votes).

But all were won by the Democrats in 2016.

Donald Trump has claimed Wyoming with three electoral votes and Mississippi with six.

The race is set to come down to the states of Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia and Wisconsin but the result may not be known for days.

Trump leads in all but Arizona.

Current Electoral Vote Count

Donald Trump – 114

Joe Biden – 192

States Won

Donald Trump – Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska (3 of 5) North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming.

Joe Biden –  California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington.

UPDATE @ 1.45PM | The path to victory for Joe Biden appears to be narrowing as counting continues in the US Presidential election.

Despite leading the electoral vote count, he is yet to flip any of the states that Donald Trump won in 2016.

Biden has just secured New Hampshire giving him a further four electoral votes, New Mexico (5 votes) and Illinois (2o votes)

Donald Trump has secured Utah (6 votes), Kansas (6 votes), Louisiana (8 votes) and Missouri (10 votes)  along with three of five votes in Nebraska.

Nebraska is one of two states where it is not winner takes all.

With Florida now appearing to be out of Joe Biden’s reach, he will now be looking to Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

He leads in Arizona but trails in the others.

Current Electoral Vote Count

Donald Trump – 105

Joe Biden – 118

States Won

Donald Trump – Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska (3 of 5) North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia

Joe Biden –  Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Vermont.

UPDATE @ 1.00PM | Donald Trump has secured South Carolina and Alabama giving him another 18 electoral votes.

In a worrying sign for the Biden camp, Donald Trump has hit the lead in a number of battleground states.

Trump is now comfortably in front in Florida, Michigan and Georgia and also leads narrowly in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Current Electoral Vote Count

Donald Trump – 72

Joe Biden – 89 

States Won

Donald Trump – Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia

Joe Biden –  Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Vermont.

 

UPDATE @ 12.30PM | Donald Trump has secured North Dakota and South Dakota giving him a further six electoral votes

Joe Biden is projected to win Connecticut with 7 electoral votes and Colorado with 9.

Biden now has a total of 89 votes to Trump’s 54.

Meantime Joe Biden’s lead in Texas has narrowed significantly while Donald Trump has stretched his lead in Florida to more than 350,000 votes.

Trump’s campaign team is even claiming victory in Florida despite most outlets believing it’s still too close to call.

Current Electoral Vote Count

Donald Trump – 54

Joe Biden – 89 

States Won

Donald Trump – Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia

Joe Biden –  Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Vermont.

UPDATE @ 12.00PM | Joe Biden has won the states of New York and New Jersey, securing another 43 electoral votes.

Donald Trump has secured West Virginia with its 5 electoral votes and Arkansas with 6.

Biden now has 73 electoral votes to Trump’s 48.

The President maintains a lead in Florida of around 207,000 votes and also has his nose in front in Michigan, Georgia and Virginia.

But there are positive signs emerging for Joe Biden with early counting having him in front in battleground states of Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Polls have just closed in another 12 states.

UPDATE @ 11.30AM | Donald Trump has won the state of Tennessee giving him another 11 electoral votes.

Despite only 14 per cent of the vote being counted, the President has already secured more than 70 per cent of the vote.

Trump now has 37 electoral votes while Biden remains on 30.

Meantime a number of outlets have started predicting that Donald Trump will hold onto Florida while others believe it’s still too early to call.

With 86 per cent of the vote counted, Trump has 50.4 per cent of the vote to Biden’s 48.8 per cent.

UPDATE @ 11.00AM | Results continue to flood in across parts of the US in the race to the White House.

Joe Biden is projected to win his home state of Delaware (3 votes), Maryland (10 votes), District of Columbia (3 votes) and  Massachusetts (11 votes).

Donald Trump is projected to win Kentucky (8 votes) and Oklahoma (7 votes).

The current state of play has Joe Biden with 30 electoral votes and Donald Trump with 26 electoral votes.

Meantime Donald Trump has taken a narrow lead in the key state of Florida.

With 81 per cent of the vote counted, Trump holds 49.9 per cent of the vote while Joe Biden has 49.2 per cent with less than 200,000 votes separating the pair.

Polls have just closed in 22 more states including the key battlegrounds of Michigan and Pennsylvania.

UPDATE @ 10.30AM | Joe Biden is projected to win the Democratic stronghold of Vermont.

That gives him three electoral votes in the race to 270.

Meantime results are flooding in from the battleground state of Florida with an extremely tight race emerging.

With 64 per cent of the vote counted, Joe Biden leads with 50.6 per cent of the vote while Donald Trump is on 48.6 per cent but there are only around 150,000 votes in it at the moment.

The lead in Florida has changed numerous times during the count so far.

It’s a crucial state for both leaders with Florida carrying 29 electoral votes.

UPDATE @ 10.00AM | The first big round of poll closures has just happened in eastern states including two key battleground states.

Votes will now be counted in the bulk of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont and the rest of Indiana and Kentucky.

Experts believe we will soon start to get an idea of where the election is heading when votes come in from Florida and Georgia.

Meantime Donald Trump is projected to win the Republican state of Indiana giving him the first 11 electoral votes.

EARLIER | The first polls have closed in parts of the US in one of the most crucial Presidential elections ever.

Early counting is now underway in parts of Kentucky and Indiana.

Both are Republican strongholds.

More than 100 million people across the country cast their votes before election day which could play a big part in whether we see a result today.

The key number for Donald Trump and Joe Biden is 270 – that’s the number of electoral college votes required to win the election.

The number of college votes from each state depends on the size of the population.

There are a number of swing states to keep an eye on today – Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

Meantime exit polls have ranked the economy as the number one issue this election.

According to CNN, one in five voters ranked racial inequality as the second most important issue with coronavirus rated as the third most important issue.

Donald Trump was remaining confident in the final hours of voting.

“Hopefully we’ll be only doing one of those two and you know, winning is easy. Losing is never easy. Not for me it’s not,” the President told Fox News.

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