US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Democratic candidate Joe Biden is leading Republican nominee President Donald Trump in terms of electoral votes. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris of Indian origin inched closer to the magic figure of 270 Electoral College votes, even as incumbent Republican President Donald Trump moved ahead with his plan to mount a massive legal battle. Biden is falling short of six to 17 Electoral College votes, according to the projections made by various media outlets

US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: In-person voting has concluded. Results are pouring in from across the United States. Democratic Party candidate and former vice president Joe Biden is taking on Republican Party’s nominee and incumbent President Donald Trump. California Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence are their respective running mates.

Biden is leading Trump in the overall Electoral College vote tally. But, things can still change. Yet, Trump has already claimed victory and has said he’ll move the Supreme Court to dispute the counting process. Voters were urged to vote early this time, especially through mail-in ballots, to avoid queues amid the coronavirus pandemic. More than 101 million early votes had been cast. Additionally, about 26.8 million mail ballots are yet to be returned to polling authorities. Thus, over 101 million votes would have been cast and recorded even before the Election Day. Voters had already cast about 73.4 percent of the total votes counted in the 2016 presidential election, even before Election Day. But counting of mail ballots is more laborious and that is delaying the result.

US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: The Trump campaign is filing a lawsuit to stop vote counting in Georgia, a campaign official said. It is unclear whether the suit will be successful. “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,” Trump Deputy Campaign Manager Justin Clark said in a statement. Clark went on to say that “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.”

Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has expressed confidence that he will win the election and has enough states in the bag to reach the magic number of 270 electoral votes. His statement came as he was projected to win the critical battleground states of Michigan and Wisconsin, taking his tally to 253. He also holds narrow leads in swing states of Nevada and Arizona, while President Donald Trump leads in Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina.

Biden’s victory in the two swing states is a big setback to Trump, as these were states he had managed to win four years ago. Wisconsin has 10 electoral votes, while Michigan has 16. “When the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners,” Biden said in his hometown of Wilmington, as he stressed that “every vote must be counted,” contravening President Trump, whose campaign has asked a court to suspend the tabulation of votes in Michigan and Pennsylvania, claiming lack of transparency, and has sought a recount in Wisconsin.

Biden has also won at least three of four of Maine’s electoral votes, according to projections, to widen his slim lead over Trump in the race to reach 270 votes needed to win the presidential election. In an incredible reversal of fortunes, the former vice-president has also taken a sudden lead in Michigan. Biden’s campaign has said its legal teams are “ready to deploy” if Trump presses ahead with his “outrageous” threat to move the Supreme Court to stop election counting. In a statement, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon called Trump’s statement that he will “be going to the US Supreme Court” and that he wants “all voting to stop” “outrageous, unprecedented and incorrect”.

Trump and Biden are now focused on the three Northern industrial states — Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — that could prove crucial in determining who wins the White House. Four years after Trump became the first Republican in a generation to capture that trio of states, they were again positioned to influence the outcome of the presidential election. Trump earlier won prezed-satte Florida and Biden won Arizona, another key battleground, which expanded his possible pathways to victory.

Speaking amid a nail-biter of an election, Joe Biden earlier said it was not over till every vote was counted and they believed that they were on track to win polls. Addressing a crowd in Delaware, Biden said: “We feel good about where we are. We’re on track to win this election. It’s not over till every vote, every ballot is counted. We are confident about Arizona, that’s a turnaround, and still in the game in Georgia. We’re gonna win Pennsylvania, but it will take time to count votes.” His statement drew a reaction from President Donald Trump who said he would address people tonight. “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!,” he tweeted. However, his tweet was red-flagged and hidden by Twitter as ‘misleading’.

Joe Biden has taken the lead over his Republican counterpart with 220 votes, while Donald Trump is just 7 votes behind him at 213. Voters under 30 years old across the Midwest are swinging toward Joe Biden, according to preliminary exit polling by CNN. Biden earned support from around 6 in 10 voters under 30 years old in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Trump earned support from about 1 in 3 voters under 30 years old, the early exit polls show. Hillary Clinton won young voters in all three states by single digits in 2016, while Biden currently leads by significantly more than that. White voters with a college degree are also shifting slightly toward Biden, according to the early exit polls. Biden captured a double-digit lead with the group in Michigan and Pennsylvania; Clinton didn’t win this group in either state in 2016. Early returns could suggest a strong night for either President Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden but this year more than most, it’s important to emphasize that these returns are early.

And the mail-in votes, a larger portion of votes in this pandemic year, could prove decisive in each of these states. In Florida in 2018, mail-in votes made the governor’s race tighten substantially in the days after Election Day. In Arizona, another close battleground state, the 2018 Senate race saw a decisive lead change after Election Day and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, won the race.

Democratic candidate Joe Biden today said if he was elected to power, “there will be no red states or blue states, just the United States”. Republican incumbent President Donald Trump and Biden on Tuesday ended their most divisive and bitter election campaign with fervent appeals on social media to the undecided Americans to vote for them as they pledged to take the country out of the woods. The November 3 presidential election has been billed as one of the most divisive in recent American history. The election is already setting records for turnout, and perhaps no two candidates are more at odds over the future of the country and the direction they want to take it in.

Trump, 74, toured the key voting battlegrounds of Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania on Monday while his 77-year-old rival campaigned in Pennsylvania and Ohio, urging Americans to back them in the race for the White House. “To all of our supporters: thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have been there from the beginning, and I will never let you down. Your hopes are my hopes, your dreams are my dreams, and your future is what I am fighting for every single day!” Trump tweeted past mid-night. “A vote for Sleepy Joe Biden is a vote to give control of government over to Globalists, Communists, Socialists, and Wealthy Liberal Hypocrites who want to silence, censor, cancel, and punish you. Get out and VOTE #MAGA tomorrow!” the president wrote in another tweet, attacking Biden.

The Republican Party in a tweet said, “Let’s Make America Great Again and re-elect our fantastic president! We made history together four years ago, and tomorrow we’re going to make history once again,” the ruling party said. Biden, the former US vice president, said he was “running as a proud Democrat, but I will govern as an American president.” “I will work with Democrats and Republicans, and I’ll work as hard for those who don’t support me as for those who do.

“Because that’s the job of a president,” he wrote. He pointed out that under President Trump, over “230,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, 30 million people have lost hours, paychecks, or jobs and nearly one in five small businesses have closed.” “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” Biden asked the voters.

If elected as president, Bien said he will rebuild the infrastructure, combat climate change and create millions of good-paying and union jobs. “It’s time to build back better together,” Biden said.

National polls suggest a firm lead for Biden in Tuesday’s election. But his lead is narrower in the handful of states that could decide the result.

Nearly 99 million people have already cast their ballots in early voting, putting the country on course for its highest turnout in a century. To be elected president, a candidate must win at least 270 votes in what is called the Electoral College. Each US state gets a certain number of votes partly based on its population and there are a total of 538 up for grabs on Tuesday.

The election comes amid the raging coronavirus pandemic. The US has recorded more cases and more deaths than any other country worldwide, reporting more than 81,000 new infections on Sunday alone. The US has reported over 231,500 deaths and more than 9,292,000 confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker, making the country the worst-hit nation from the deadly virus.

The US economy saw record-breaking 33 per cent growth in the third financial quarter of this year, following a record 31 per cent contraction in the second quarter due to the huge damage inflicted by the pandemic.

Who’s leading in the battleground states (as of 7.55 am IST):

Biden has either won, or is leading in Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Michigan, New Hampshire and Wisconsin.

Trump has either won, or is leading in Georgia, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden were locked in a tight contest as the counting of votes continued in the US.

November 05, 2020 08:03 AM IST
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates | Race for the Senate: Democrats and Republicans are neck and neck in the race to take control of the 100-member US Senate. Results are awaited in two seats from Georgia and one from North Carolina. Republicans are leading in two of these three seats, according to The New York Times.

November 05, 2020 07:54 AM IST
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates | President Trump’s re-election 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 pm on Election Day.

State party chair added that they planned to sue in a dozen counties. (Input from The Associated Press)

November 05, 2020 07:46 AM IST
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates | Twenty years after the George Bush vs. Al Gore legal case was fought to decide the US presidency, Americans are concerned that this presidential election may also result in a similar impasse.

The situation could arise if neither Trump nor Biden are able to reach the majority mark of 270 Electoral College votes.

November 05, 2020 07:35 AM IST
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates | Biden’s lead in Arizona has slightly widened courtesy fresh counting numbers from the crucial Maricopa County, CNN has reported. Arizona has 11 electoral votes and is crucial for both candidates.

November 05, 2020 07:24 AM IST
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates | Counting situation in states that have not been called:

Nevada: 14 percent remaining
Arizona: 14 percent remaining
Georgia: 5 percent remaining
North Carolina: 5 percent remaining
Pennsylvania: 12 percent remaining

Most of the pending votes are in the form of mail ballots, which according to political experts, are likely to have gone to Biden due to the Democratic Party’s aggressive push for early voting. (Data from The New York Times)

November 05, 2020 07:09 AM IST
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates | States were counting is still and who’s leading

There are a few states that have not been called by major news organisations. Of these, Biden is leading in Nevada (6 electoral votes) and Arizona (11). Trump is leading in Georgia (16), North Carolina (15) and Pennsylvania (20) – but the margins have narrowed significantly over the last few hours.

Trump is also leading in one Congressional district in Maine and could win three electoral votes in Alaska.

November 05, 2020 06:58 AM IST
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates | Biden has been tweeting regularly over the last few hours. “Keep faith in the process and in each other. Together, we will win this,” Biden said in his latest tweet about an hour ago.

November 05, 2020 06:49 AM IST
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates | Trump has tweeted multiple times over the last few hours. “Our lawyers have asked for “meaningful access”, but what good does that do? The damage has already been done to the integrity of our system, and to the Presidential Election itself. This is what should be discussed!” Trump said in his latest tweet a while back.

November 05, 2020 06:39 AM IST
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates | Popular vote update: Biden is believed to have secured more than 71 million votes, the most in history. Counting is still on and that number could rise further.

In 2016, then Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had secured 65.8 million votes against Trump’s 62.9 million.

November 05, 2020 6:31 AM IST
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates | Quick recap: Biden has won the battleground prizes of Michigan and Wisconsin in the last few hours, reclaiming a key part of the “blue wall” that slipped away from Democrats four years ago and dramatically narrowing Trump’s pathway to re-election.

Yesterday, neither candidate had cleared the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency. But Biden’s victories in the Great Lakes states have now taken him to 264, meaning he was one battleground state away from crossing the threshold and becoming president-elect.

November 05, 2020 6:20 AM IST
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates | You just need 270 electoral votes, not the popular vote

Under the American political system, the president is not directly elected by the people but by the Electoral College — a constitutional group of 538 members. This group is formed every four years to elect the president and the vice-president.

Each state legislature determines the manner in which they want to choose their electors. Other than Maine and Nebraska, states require electors to pledge all votes for that state’s winning candidate (by popular vote). For example, under this ‘winner takes all’ method, a candidate who secures the popular vote in California wins all of the state’s 55 electoral votes. A candidate needs at least 270 such electoral votes to win the election.

In 2000 and 2016, the candidates with the popular vote nationally (Al Gore and Hillary Clinton, respectively), did not become the president.

November 05, 2020 6:09 AM IST
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates | Who’s leading in the battleground states (as of 6.10 am IST)?

Biden is leading in Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Michigan, New Hampshire and Wisconsin.

Trump is leading in Georgia, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

November 05, 2020 6:05 AM IST
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates | Democratic Party candidate and vice president Joe Biden won the crucial battleground states of Wisconsin and Michigan over the last few hours. That gave him 26 more electoral votes, taking him closer to the 270-mark.

November 05, 2020 6:01 AM IST
US Election 2020 LIVE Updates | Besides the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, there are many other political groups in fray. However, they do not enjoy enough popularity.

November 05, 2020 6:00 AM IST
US Election 2020 LIVE Updates | The Battle: Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden is taking on Republic Party’s nominee and incumbent US President Donald Trump. California Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence are their running mates, respectively.

If re-elected, this would be the second and final presidential tenure for Trump, according to the US Constitution.

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