US Election 2020 latest updates: Joe Biden at the cusp of victory; gains in Battleground states
As voting for five key states continues, Democratic candidate Joe Biden overtook President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, a key state in the US presidential race. The majority of ballots left in Philadelphia are provisional and military ballots, news agency Reuters quoted Pennsylvania’s election commissioner as saying. The final count could take several days, he also said.
In Georgia as well, Biden is leading by 4,395 votes, with 99% of the estimated vote counted. Trump needs both Pennsylvania and Georgia to win a second term.
Meanwhile, in Arizona Trump gained ground in the narrow gap of fewer than 30,000 votes.
The state has about 173,000 ballots left to count.
In Nevada, Biden has a lead of 22,657 votes, with about 93% of the vote counted.
Here are some of the latest updates on the US Presidential Election 2020 results:
Trump, GOP test out rallying cry: Count the ‘legal’ votes
President Donald Trump and some of his Republican supporters are testing out a rallying cry for his uphill fight to reverse the lead that Joe Biden holds in key battleground states: count all “legal” votes. The language is freighted with a clear implication, namely that Democrats want illegal votes counted, a claim for which there is no evidence. Read more
Meanwhile in India: ‘Just like Trump’: Shiv Sena’s latest jibe at BJP over Arnab Goswami’s arrest
Taking a swipe at the BJP, the ruling Shiv Sena on Saturday likened the hue and cry over the arrest of television journalist Arnab Goswami with the reaction of Donald Trump to the outcome of the US Presidential elections. An editorial in the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said the reaction of Trump who is on the verge of defeat amounted to belittling the post he was holding. Read more
‘Tensions are high’: Joe Biden widens lead, rejects Trump’s fraud charge
US Presidential candidate Joe Biden addressed the nation as the counting of votes stretched on. Biden said that tensions were high given the ‘tough’ election. He also said that he would ensure that ‘all votes’ are counted, alluding to incumbent President Donald Trump’s claim that Biden and his team were involved in electoral fraud and counting of some mail-in ballots should be stopped. Watch here
Armed men arrested outside counting centre in Philadelphia were trying to deliver fake ballots: Reports
Two heavily armed men “coming to deliver a truck full of fake ballots” have been arrested near the Philadelphia convention center where election workers were counting votes from the undecided US presidential election, police said. Read more
Military vets displeased with Donald Trump’s attacks on mail-in ballots
President Donald Trump has held himself up as a champion of US troops without rival. Now, with his presidency on the line, he’s casting suspicion on a tool of participatory democracy — the mail-in ballot — that has allowed US military personnel to vote while serving far from home since the War of 1812. Read more
Americans lost 138 million hours of sleep on election night
Election night was the low point of the year when it comes to sleep. According to data compiled through a health-tracking device designed in Finland, Americans lost a total of 138 million hours of sleep on election night. Read more
Evangelicals stick with Trump, see upside even if he loses
The conservative evangelical Christians who helped send Donald Trump to the White House four years ago stuck by him in 2020. But even if Trump doesn’t get a second term, some conservative Christians see reasons to celebrate in this year’s election results. Read more
Confident of their victory in the US presidential election, Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris have begun working on the task ahead by focusing on two critical areas of public health and economy, both battered by the raging Covid-19 pandemic. Read more
Biden has secured 632,558 votes so far in Nevada, 22,657 more than Trump’s 609,901 total votes in the state
Pelosi to seek re-election as US House speaker
Veteran Democrat Nancy Pelosi has announced that she was seeking a re-election as Speaker of the US House of Representatives. In a letter to her Democratic colleagues on Friday, she said: “Our vision for the next two years must be built on the success of Democratic House Majority in the 116th Congress, and to harness the extraordinary visions, values and vibrancy of our Caucus to secure the progress that the American people deserve,” adding, “In that spirit. I am writing to request your support to be re-elected as Speaker.”
White House chief of staff Meadows has Covid-19
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who has frequently appeared at public events without wearing a mask, has been diagnosed with Covid-19. He regularly accompanied President Donald Trump on the final frenzied days of the campaign rallies.
Trump trails in Pennsylvania
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced the tally of the 9,288 additional votes, with 7,300 going to Biden and 1,875 for Trump in Allegheny, a largely Democratic county that continues to count its ballots.
We are going to win Pennsylvania: Biden
As Biden inched closer to victory, he addressed US citizens and appealed them to exercise restraint and calm as the votes were counted. ‘We are going to win Pennsylvania,’ he also said during the address.
Americans gave me mandate to tackle pandemic: Biden
Americans had given him a mandate to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, the struggling economy, climate change and systemic racism.
“They made it clear they want the country to come together, not continue to pull apart,” he also said.
The ‘magic number 270’
As slow-moving counting of ballot proceeds, the chances of Trump to win the race falters. He needs 56 electoral college votes to reach the magic 270.
Trump trails by 4.1 million votes
In nationwide counting, Trump is trailing by 4.1 million votes out of a record 147 million cast, according to Reuters.
Nancy Pelosi calls Joe Biden the ‘President-Elect’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called Joe Biden the “president-election” of the United States. Speaking to reporters, Pelosi said, “It is clear the Biden-Harris ticket will win the White House...President-elect Biden has a strong mandate to lead... (it is) a happy day for our country. Joe Biden is a unifier, because he is determined to bring people together.”
Trump campaign sues Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar
The Trump campaign sued Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and county election officials to limit the time election officers have to contact mail-in voters to correct defective ballots.
Separately, two Republican candidates and several voters are seeking to prevent election officials from “curing” invalid mail-in ballots.
Prime Minister of Fiji congratulates Joe Biden
The Prime Minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama has congratulated Joe Biden. The first world leader to congratulate Biden, Bainimarama has tweeted: “Together, we have a planet to save from a Climate Emergency and a global economy to build back better from Covid-19. Now, more than ever, we need the USA at the helm of these multilateral efforts (and back in the Paris Agreement — ASAP!)”
‘Thousands of votes still to count’
With thousands of votes still to count, It is the first since 2000 that American are waiting this long for presidential election result.