Biden back as favourite after Trump claims he’s ‘already won’ – LIVE

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he fate of the US presidency is hanging in the balance as Donald Trump and Joe Biden fight it out for battleground states that could prove crucial in determining who wins the White House.

The two candidates split territory across the US after polls closed on Tuesday night, with neither candidate securing the 270 electoral college votes needed for victory. Counting is still under way in key battleground states including Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia, where Mr Biden hopes to make up ground.

As the stalemate continued, Mr Biden was back as clear favourite in online betting markets. Mr Trump kept several states, including Texas, Iowa and Ohio, but Mr Biden picked off other key areas, including New Hampshire and Minnesota. Florida, the most fiercely contested battleground on the map, went to Mr Trump. 

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Only 13 undelivered ballots found in Pennsylvania after US Postal Service sweep

The US Postal Service disclosed it had found just 13 undelivered ballots in Pennsylvania after it completed required sweeps of mail processing facilities in around a dozen states.

The service said yesterday it could not meet a 3pm deadline to complete the checks under a ruling by District Judge Emmet Sullivan.  

Sullivan had ordered the sweep in response to lawsuits by groups including Vote Forward, the NAACP, and Latino community advocates.

The Postal Service told Sullivan it was not logistically possible to meet his deadline.

Sullivan was due to hold status conference today on the lawsuits.  

Postal Service data showed that as of Sunday about 300,000 ballots that were received for mail processing did not receive scans confirming their delivery to election authorities.

In a court filing, the Postal Service said: “The lack of a destination or finalisation scan does not mean that the ballots were not delivered.”

Sullivan’s order covered processing centres in central Pennsylvania, northern New England, greater South Carolina, south Florida, Colorado, Wisconsin and parts of Illinois, Arizona, Alabama and Wyoming, as well as the cities of Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia, Detroit.

A senior postal inspection official said today officials in Pennsylvania had found 10 ballots in Lancaster and three delayed ballots in Johnstown and they were referred to management for delivery.  

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Trump’s fury at mail-in votes

Donald Trump furiously rallied against mail-in votes that appear to be edging Joe Biden towards the White House.  

He tweeted: “They are finding Biden votes all over the place — in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. So bad for our Country!

“They are working hard to make up 500,000 vote advantage in Pennsylvania disappear — ASAP. Likewise, Michigan and others!”

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Joe Biden’s team say they are on a clear path to victory

Joe Biden’s campaign team: We believe we are on a clear path to victory

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Latest from Wisconsin…..

Joe Biden has won Wisconsin by 20,697 votes, according to reports.

Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator Meagan Wolfe told NBC News: “All of the ballots have indeed been counted.”

The victory would flip the state Donald Trump won in 2016.

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Donald Trump rages against mail-in ballots “destruction”

Donald Trump doubled down on efforts to cast aspersions on mail-in ballots as counting continues in the tight election race.

The US President tweeted he was “leading, often solidly” in key battlegrounds but the states “started to magically disappear as surprise ballot dumps were counted”.  

Twitter hid the contents of the tweet being warning it was disputed and might be “misleading about an election or other civic process”.

Mr Trump later added: “How come every time they count Mail-In ballot dumps they are so devastating in their percentage and power of destruction?”

His campaign has tried to paint the huge influx of postal ballots as unanticipated.  

However, state authorities, which administer US elections, have known for weeks that millions of Americans planned to vote early, either by mail or in person, amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

According to the US Elections Project at the University of Florida, a record 100million citizens voted before Tuesday.

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“Trump and MAGA” graffiti daubed on headstones at Jewish cemetery in Michigan

Graffiti spelling out “Trump” and “MAGA”, an acronym for Make America Great Again, were daubed on headstones in a Jewish cemetery in Michigan.

Six headstones were vandalised with letters spelling the slogans, police said.

The incident occurred before US President Donald Trump’s rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan on the same night, CBS reported.

Police Sergeant John Wittkowski told CNN that there was no footage of the incident due to the graveyard being out of the way.

He added that the headstones were probably spray-painted three to five days before the vandalism was discovered.

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Joe Biden “on track to win the 2020 US election”, says campaign

Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s campaign said on Wednesday the former U.S. vice president was on track to win the 2020 election against President Donald Trump, with expected victories in the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Campaign manager Jennifer O’Malley Dillon said she expected Biden will have more than 270 electoral votes later on Wednesday. She told reporters she believed Biden has already won Wisconsin and was expected to win Nevada.

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Biden campaign believes it will take Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Nevada

Campaign chief Jen O’Malley Dillon said: “We expect and we believe that we have already won Wisconsin.”

The other states were contingent on the remaining votes being counted but the Biden campaign is confident of victory.

Georgia is a “toss-up”, with many outstanding ballots in the Biden-leaning Atlanta area, Ms O’Malley Dillon said.

North Carolina is “really tight” but “probably leaning towards Trump right now”, although it could be several days before the outcome is known.

Ms O’Malley Dillon said: “Last night the President of the United States falsely claimed that he had won this race and then demanded that votes stop being counted.

“The American people get to pick their president, the president does not get to pick the people whose votes get counted.”

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Black voters turn out in force after shunning Hillary Clinton

The two young, black first-time voters were sure they had made history. “I just changed the world by voting,” said the 19-year-old man, smiling as he leant out of the car he was driving.

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Joe Biden’s campaign chief says he is “on track to win this election”

Jen O’Malley Dillon said the Democratic candidate was “on track to win this election and he will be the next president of the United States”.

She said: “We believe we are on a clear path to victory. By this afternoon we expect that the vice president will have leads in states that put him over 270 electoral votes.

“Today the vice president will garner more votes than any presidential candidate in history and we are still counting.”