You want to know the latest on the vote counting, don’t you?
In Pennsylvania, Biden’s lead is now 45,727. He’s won 49.8% of the vote compared to Trump’s 49.1%.
Arizona has Biden in front by 16,985 votes. That is the state that was called early for Biden by Associated Press and – much to the president’s annoyance – Fox News. The Trump campaign have maintained for days they would overhaul that lead. As yet, they have not.
Biden’s lead in Nevada is 34,283. Mail-in ballots can still arrive up until 12 November in the state, so there won’t be a final result there for some time.
Georgia is tightest, and is guaranteed to head to a recount. Biden leads by 10,353. In the last twenty years the outcome of an election has only been over-turned by a recount in the US three times, and in each case the change was in the low hundreds, not the thousands.
Trump is in the lead in North Carolina, with a shade over 50% of the vote at 75,371.
Overall Joe Biden has 75,404,182 votes to Donald Trump’s 70,903,094. That’s a lead of 4.5m, and those numbers represent the two highest popular votes of all time in a US presidential election.
It also marks the second time that Donald Trump, the first president to fail to be re-elected since 1992, has lost the popular vote.
Here’s some of that Washington Post report that the Trump administration is not playing ball already when it comes to the peaceful transition of power to the Biden-Harris team:
A Trump administration appointee is refusing to sign a letter allowing Joe Biden’s transition team to formally begin its work this week, in another sign the incumbent president has not acknowledged Biden’s victory and could disrupt the transfer of power.
The administrator of the General Services Administration, the low-profile agency in charge of federal buildings, has a little-known role when a new president is elected: to sign paperwork officially turning over millions of dollars, as well as give access to government officials, office space in agencies and equipment authorized for the taxpayer-funded transition teams of the winner.
It amounts to a formal declaration by the federal government, outside of the media, of the winner of the presidential race.
But by Sunday evening, almost 36 hours after media outlets projected Biden as the winner, GSA Administrator Emily Murphy had written no such letter. And the Trump administration, in keeping with the president’s failure to concede the election, has no immediate plans to sign one.
With one election barely behind us – and the final tally of Joe Biden’s victory still to be fully counted, we can already look ahead to the next – on 5 January in Georgia, when two run-offs give the Democrats hopes that they can flip the Senate. We’ve got a profile piece today on Stacey Abrams, who has been so vital to turning the state blue in the presidential election last week.
Though it is poised for a recount, Georgia surprised America and the world when – on the basis of the first count –the Democrats outpolled the Republicans last week. If the result survives the recount then Joe Biden will become the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia in 28 years.
He could not have done it without Stacey Abrams.
In 2018, the race for governor in Georgia was a highly contested one. The final tally said Abrams lost by just 55,000 votes. But Abrams, who had earned endorsements from Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama, wouldn’t accept the result.
More than 1 million Georgians had been purged from voter rolls, with nearly 670,000 cancelled from the roles in 2017. An Associated Press analysis revealed that 70% of the cancelled voters were Black – a stark racial disparity since only 32% of Georgia’s population is Black. This would cut deeply into Abrams voter base.
Meanwhile, the person in charge of maintaining the voter rolls was her opponent. At the time of the race, Brian Kemp was serving as Georgia secretary of state, a position that oversees the state’s elections – a clear conflict of interest.
The New Yorker said of Kemp: “His tenure as secretary of state has been marred by a record of voter suppression and intimidation tactics. In general, it’s impossible to talk about these actions without talking about how they hurt minority turnout.”
Abrams didn’t concede. But she also didn’t stop working.
As America grapples with record-breaking surges in Covid-19 infections and no meaningful federal response, some state and local governments are implementing new restrictions to combat the surging virus.
Other hard–hit areas, however, are taking little to no action against a pandemic that has claimed more than 200,000 lives and sent the US economy into a tailspin.
Oregon, which saw a state record-breaking 805 new cases Thursday and 769 Friday, will implement new restrictions in at least five counties to stop Covid-19 from spreading. These regulations halt visits to care homes, and limit indoor dining at restaurants to 50 people.
Authorities are also urging businesses to require work-from-home. Officials are also asking Oregon residents not to gather with people they don’t live with, but to limit any non-household gathering to six people, the AP reported.
In New York, Andrew Cuomo, the governor, said Friday that officials were weighing additional restrictions to combat the surge in western and central New York and would announce details on Monday. Cuomo also said that officials would ramp up enforcement of new quarantine requirements for out-of-state travelers.
Those coming to New York from states other than New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts must take a Covid-19 test within three days of arriving, show proof that it’s negative, and then have another negative test the fourth day after arrival.
Read more of Victoria Bekiempis’ report here: New restrictions announced in US states seeing Covid-19 surges
Welcome to our live coverage of US politics today. Here’s a quick catch-up on where we are, and a little of what we might expect to see later on.
- Joe Biden’s transition team is in full swing after months planning for his first term.
- The president-elect is preparing a coronavirus task force, and is due to unveil details on Monday.
- Biden is also planning a series of urgent orders that would roll back some of Trump’s agenda, immediately fulfilling some of his campaign promises.
- Vice president Mike Pence will lead a coronavirus taskforce meeting today – the first in weeks after the campaign schedule had halted the meetings.
- Coronavirus did not take a campaign break. The US has reported over 100,000 Covid infections five times in the past week, according to a Reuters analysis.
- A little-known Trump appointee is reportedly “refusing to sign a letter allowing Biden’s transition team to formally begin its work this week”.
- Top Republicans have either amplified Trump’s baseless claims of widespread vote rigging or remained silent, with only a tiny number of moderates following tradition and congratulating Biden.
- Donald Trump has no public events on his schedule today, though his campaign are expected to file further lawsuits. We’re not expecting any gardening stores to be involved today.
I’m Martin Belam, I’ll be with you for the next few hours. If you want to have a scroll back through the last couple of hours of live coverage, you can find that at the live blog we just closed: Biden and Harris release first public schedule as they begin transition – as it happened
And here’s our full report to set you up: