Election 2020 Biden

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to supporters, early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del., as Jill Biden looks on. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden won the battleground prizes of Michigan and Wisconsin on Wednesday, reclaiming a key part of the "blue wall" that slipped away from Democrats four years ago and dramatically narrowing President Donald Trump's pathway to reelection.

A full day after Election Day, neither candidate had cleared the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. But Biden's victories in the Great Lakes states left him at 264, meaning he was one battleground state away from crossing the threshold and becoming president-elect.

Biden, who has received more than 71 million votes, the most in history, was joined by his running mate Kamala Harris at an afternoon news conference and said he now expected to win the presidency, though he stopped short of outright declaring victory.

"I will govern as an American president," Biden said. "There will be no red states and blue states when we win. Just the United States of America."

It was a stark contrast to Trump, who on Wednesday falsely proclaimed that he had won the election, even though millions of votes remained uncounted and the race was far from over.

The Associated Press called Wisconsin for Biden after election officials in the state said all outstanding ballots had been counted, save for a few hundred in one township and an expected small number of provisional votes.

Trump's campaign requested a recount, thought statewide recounts in Wisconsin have historically changed the vote tally by only a few hundred votes. Biden led by 0.624 percentage point out of nearly 3.3 million ballots counted.

For four years, Democrats had been haunted by the crumbling of the blue wall, the trio of Great Lakes states — Pennsylvania is the third — that their candidates had been able to count on every four years. But Trump's populist appeal struck a chord with white working class voters and he captured all three in 2016 by a total of just 77,000 votes.

Both candidates this year fiercely fought for the states, with Biden's everyman political persona resonating in blue collar towns while his campaign also pushed to increase turnout among Black voters in cities like Detroit and Milwaukee.

Pennsylvania remained too early to call Wednesday night.

It was unclear when or how quickly a national winner could be determined after a long, bitter campaign dominated by the coronavirus and its effects on Americans and the national economy. But Biden's possible pathways to the White House were expanding rapidly.

After the victories in Wisconsin and Michigan, he held 264 Electoral College votes, just six away from the presidency. A win in any state except for Alaska — but including Nevada with its six votes — would be enough to end Trump's tenure in the White House.

Trump spent much of Wednesday in the White House residence, huddling with advisers and fuming at media coverage showing his Democratic rival picking up key battlegrounds. Trump falsely claimed victory in several key states and amplified unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about Democratic gains as absentee and early votes were tabulated.

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said the president would formally request a Wisconsin recount, citing "irregularities" in several counties. And the campaign said it was filing suit in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia to halt ballot counting on grounds that it wasn't given proper access to observe.

At the same time, hundreds of thousands of votes were still to be counted in Pennsylvania, and Trump's campaign said it was moving to intervene in the existing Supreme Court litigation over counting mail-in ballots there. Yet, the campaign also argued that it was the outstanding votes in Arizona that could reverse the outcome there, showcasing an inherent inconsistency with their arguments.

In other closely watched races, Trump picked up Florida, the largest of the swing states, and held onto Texas and Ohio while Biden kept New Hampshire and Minnesota and flipped Arizona, a state that had reliably voted Republican in recent elections.

The unsettled nature of the presidential race was reflective of a somewhat disappointing night for Democrats, who had hoped to deliver a thorough repudiation of Trump's four years in office while also reclaiming the Senate to have a firm grasp on all of Washington. But the GOP held on to several Senate seats that had been considered vulnerable, including in Iowa, Texas, Maine and Kansas. Democrats lost House seats but were expected to retain control there.

The high-stakes election was held against the backdrop of a historic pandemic that has killed more than 232,000 Americans and wiped away millions of jobs. The candidates spent months pressing dramatically different visions for the nation's future, including on racial justice, and voters responded in huge numbers, with more than 100 million people casting votes ahead of Election Day.

Trump, in an extraordinary move from the White House, issued premature claims of victory — which he continued on Twitter Wednesday — and said he would take the election to the Supreme Court to stop the counting. It was unclear exactly what legal action he could try to pursue.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discounted the president's quick claim of victory, saying it would take a while for states to conduct their vote counts. The Kentucky Republican said Wednesday that "claiming you've won the election is different from finishing the counting."

Vote tabulations routinely continue beyond Election Day, and states largely set the rules for when the count has to end. In presidential elections, a key point is the date in December when presidential electors met. That's set by federal law.

Dozens gathered in Detroit Wednesday afternoon, in a square across from the city's election commission office. Many wore yellow sweatshirts and carried signs reading "Count Every Vote." Rai Lanier, one of the organizers, said they had planned the gathering so anxious people could come together and channel that energy into hope.

"This is how democracy is supposed to work," she said

Several states allow mailed-in votes to be accepted as long as they were postmarked by Tuesday. That includes Pennsylvania, where ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 can be accepted if they arrive up to three days later.

Trump appeared to suggest those ballots should not be counted, and that he would fight for that outcome at the high court. But legal experts were dubious of Trump's declaration. Trump has appointed three of the high court's nine justices including, most recently, Amy Coney Barrett.

The Trump campaign on Wednesday pushed Republican donors to dig deeper into their pockets to help finance legal challenges. Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, during a donor call, spoke plainly: "The fight's not over. We're in it."

The momentum from early voting carried into Election Day, as an energized electorate produced long lines at polling sites throughout the country. Turnout was higher than in 2016 in numerous counties, including all of Florida, nearly every county in North Carolina and more than 100 counties in both Georgia and Texas. That tally seemed sure to increase as more counties reported their turnout figures.

Voters braved worries of the coronavirus, threats of polling place intimidation and expectations of long lines caused by changes to voting systems, but appeared undeterred as turnout appeared it would easily surpass the 139 million ballots cast four years ago.

(48) comments

Aim_High

There you go, watchman. The media (Even FOX) is calling it for President-elect Biden. You have fun with your conspiracy theories, but the American people have spoken.

flinthills88

Good job USA!!! Making America Great Again!

WatchmanAnon

Wrong again. The media has spoken.

The states have not spoken.

Now the lawsuits go forward. Yes!

The Dominion Voting Software- that was used to deny Bernie Sanders the democrat primaries- was used in these current contested areas.

A little research will identify who financially benefits from that specific software.

This will bring the media down. Bigly.

Buckle up, conservatives! It's going to get good.

Aim_High

Review: Armed men arrested in Philadelphia were trying to deliver fake ballots.

Trump was right, there are people trying to steal this election... his people!! Sad!!!

flinthills88

Wow disgraceful!

Aim_High

Watchman is happy about PA ballots not being counted and then says "I'm sure you love the idea of purging dissenting voices." I would point out the irony but he doesn't understand what that word means.

Luckily Pennsylvania has already been keeping ballots that arrived late separate, and those votes are already not included in President Bidens vote tally. There are still lots of mail-in military votes arriving in Georgia... wonder why Trump doesn't want those counted either? We keep hearing about how the Troops support Trump... it is all a lie! Sad!!

As for your question about AOC, "Why does she want a list of Trump supporters", the answer is right there in the link you provided... "for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future" I haven't seen or heard this yet because I don't follow AOC or use twitter, and I was honestly surprised to see you have any interest in what she says... she's really not my type.

WatchmanAnon

Gender assigning again? Isn't your side against that?

C'mon, man!

Know your party's platform.

flinthills88

Shhhh... the grownups are talking now.

Aim_High

Your name is Watchman, not Watchwoman. You assigned your own name/gender, snowflake.

WatchmanAnon

Still trying to figure out who I am? Hmm?

I must haunt your dreams.

Rationa1

Aim, you're using binary logic. Watchman has every right to identify as they please, regardless of their handle.

Rationa1

'Fess up, Watchman. With what gender to you identify? What pronouns do you prefer. Post them, and I will adhere to them. Otherwise I will continue, as I have, to use "them/they" when I refer to you.

WatchmanAnon

The theft occurring in front of our eyes at counting stations and the resulting voter suppression are more important than any name or pronoun.

Rationa1

ROFLOL! Watchman, you're both consistent and amusing. There's not much substance in what you write, but I have to give you credit for being consistent and amusing!

WatchmanAnon

From the Christian Broadcasting Network:

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2020/november/a-mess-in-michigan-computer-glitch-in-program-used-in-32-counties-plus-138-000-sudden-votes-for-biden

Aim_High

There's not much information about this from any credible news outlets... "Christian Broadcasting Network" is obviously far right biased, so the chances of this being credible are very low.. If there is a legitimate error and Trump wins Michigan fairly then fine. You won't see me outside the election office chanting "Stop the recount!" I'm all for accuracy and not counting illegal votes, but this glitch is more than likely more fake news like your rejected sharpie ballots.

Your side lost, deal with it.

Rationa1

Lots of votes remain to be counted yet, Aim. It is premature to say which side lost.

Aim_High

I suppose we can let them enjoy the last tiny sliver of hope they have before they're forced to come to terms with reality.

WatchmanAnon

State Secretaries of State validate election results not the media. Where are their signatures validating the results?

I know it hurts- the media just won't call biden a winner.

You must be from the generation where everybody gets a ribbon regardless of how the person finished.

Well, go count the ribbons on your bulletin board because you will need your comfort objects soon.

Jumping the gun smacks of desperation.

This race is a marathon not a sprint. It will be weeks before the electoral votes are validated and given to one candidate or another.

WatchmanAnon

I imagined you recoiled at the word "Christian."

And I thought you were most afraid of garlic, wooden stakes, and sunlight.

Aim_High

I don't recoil at the word christian, but I do laugh at the phrase "Christian broadcasting network". You do realize this is crazy Pat Robertsons channel, right?

WatchmanAnon

[beam]

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newsweek.com/supreme-court-intervenes-pennsylvania-vote-count-alito-orders-late-ballots-separated-1545684%3famp=1

WatchmanAnon

[beam]

https://www.google.com/amp/s/dfw.cbslocal.com/2020/11/06/texas-social-worker-charged-counts-election-fraud/amp/

WatchmanAnon

I'm sure you love the idea of purging dissenting voices. I'm sure AOC is a hero of yours.

She wants a list of Trump supporters.

For what?

A purge?

A purge of dissenting voices?

Or a purge of dissenting people?

I remember reading about these things in history books and seeing images on news media of purges in third world countries.

This is what the goosesteppers want.

It's what you voted for.

https://mobile.twitter.com/AOC/status/1324807776510595078

Aim_High

"I expressed an interest in learning opinions of Emporians on national topics." No, you didn't... You first started whining about the AP calling Wisconsin for Biden, and followed it up with more whining about the Gazette not having "more of a hand in writing material rather than pulling a story from the AP" and calling it "lazy journalism." Nothing about "an interest in learning opinions of Emporians..." lol.

"Nothing was stated about going to Wisconsin." So you're just wanting a different source other than the AP... Sad. Maybe try FOX news... I hear they've been accurate on calling states.

"Your personal beef with me is well, sad." There's nothing personal, I've been on the Gazette website correcting bad information for YEARS... There's been plenty of people just like you in the past, and there will be more in the future. You will be disappearing from these comments soon enough... I will still be here. It's been fun. Sorry your Trump Train derailed. Better Luck next time.

WatchmanAnon

Buzzards are always last to the party.

Aim_High

Desperation is a stinky cologne.

Aim_High

Thank goodness Jo Jorgensen was able to pull 76k votes in PA... the Libertarian party saved America from another 4 years of Trump. I think that's KB Thomas political party... so THANKS KB!

Aim_High

Donald J. Trump, you're FIRED!!!

Say it with me Watchman: Joe Biden will be my next president. Joe Biden will be my next president. Joe Biden will be my next president. Just like Trump is currently my president, Joe Biden will be your next president.

WatchmanAnon

Nope. Joe Biden is no one's president. He never was. He never will be.

You're missing something huge.

Democrats will be demanding a total recount soon. Recounting the legal ballots will show the red wave that occurred on Tuesday- the one the media is denying.

You will be screaming for a recount soon. Say it with me: "Recount the legal votes! Recount the legal votes!"

WHY you'll be screaming for a recount...it's right in front of you.

Aim_High

"The only reason Biden is winning is because they're counting every vote. This is a devastating attack on our democracy"

Oh the irony! Sad!!

WatchmanAnon

No irony there.

Biden wants to count every vote.

Trump wants to count every LEGAL vote.

Big difference to patriots and communists alike.

Aim_High

Not surprising you don't understand the irony... there's only one group of clowns trying to stop ALL counting of votes in PA, legal or not. President-elect Biden didn't need any illegitimate votes to win, he had the backing of the majority of Americans.

Aim_High

The best part of this election is the so-called "Constitutional conservatives" pretending to be "patriots" while trying to stop legit ballots from being counted... I don't think trying to stop the counting in Georgia, keep it going in Arizona, stop it in Pennsylvania, keep going in Nevada, demand a recount in Wisconsin, and filing multiple frivolous lawsuits with the hope of getting Amy Corney Barrett to rule in your favor is what the founding fathers had in mind. Sad. [sad]

Aim_High

So the "All Lives Matter" crowd is upset that all votes matter too? Sad!!!!

They're chanting "Stop the count"... really? Republicans don't want every legal and valid vote to be counted? That is just incredibly sad. Unpatriotic. Unamerican. Undemocratic.

WatchmanAnon

So I guess the AP- a liberal news group- is in charge of calling races then?

Why not CNN then?

How is a 501-c3 group able to call a government race?

Do they have some power we don't know about?

Aim_High

Just because you don't like the facts the AP is conveying doesn't make them liberal... they're one of the least biased news sources out there... ❄️

WatchmanAnon

Like has nothing to do with it.

State law does.

Aim_High

Then wait for the State to certify it? No need to be a ❄️.

Ryann Brooks Staff
Ryann Brooks

The Associated Press has been accurately calling presidential races since 1848.

An Expatriate Emporian

Junior, you are clear that any news outlet "calling" an election result doesn't actually mean anything / it doesn't make it gospel. They don't need any "power" you can make a declaration on who you think will win in an outcome. Try it, guess what, the election ninjas won't appear and haul you off. CNN does call races. As does Fox, as do the others. Sometimes they will leverage off of another outlet, it depends on their internal resources.

WatchmanAnon

Wow, you're thick headed.

I expected the Emporia Gazette, the paper of W.A. White, to have more of a hand in writing material rather than pulling a story from the AP. That's lazy journalism. That's, "I'm not getting out of my office chair to interview anyone or create a community survey to see what Emporians think." Lazy journalism. The AP does the work and someone at the EG copy and pastes it online.

If I wanted to read the opinions of AP writers then I would go there and read them. I expect more from the EG. Their coverage is getting sloppy and not hitting the bar set 20-30 years ago. Or is the EG is more of a hobby newspaper?

Aim_High

Talk about thick headed... and salty.

If the AP has already reported the facts, why would a small town newspaper send someone clear to Wisconsin? Or are you asking them to just copy facts from someone other than the AP? Either way the answer is obvious and has already been explained by the Gazette staff above... maybe read it slower?

The AP is a news gathering association, and other news organizations can pay to use their content. The Gazette doesn't just copy/paste their content as that would be stealing. It took under 30 seconds to google this. Educate yourself.

An Expatriate Emporian

Are you seriously comparing a newspaper today to 20 years ago (or even 5)? Especially in a small town setting. That it was White's paper has utterly zero bearing on the fact that you're lucky to even have a newspaper still in print.

Yes, the bulk of their non-local news is all wire service, but that was also the case back in the day as well. There were some more local angles being written, but they also had a far bigger staff.

Sure, it's not what it was, but it's still around, which is far more than most towns of similar (and even far larger) can say. Kudos to 'em

WatchmanAnon

Aim- you're a dolt.

As stated earlier I expressed an interest in learning opinions of Emporians on national topics. Nothing was stated about going to Wisconsin.

Your personal beef with me is well, sad.

WatchmanAnon

Expatriot- so we're lucky for regurgitated news?

When readers show up for the comment section more than the reporting, there's a problem.

I look at the EG for what it was and what it could be again. There's nothing wrong with ambition or wanting a local paper to gain the readership of many more people than it has.

I would like to see the EG around for many more years. Maybe you're okay with mediocrity.

An Expatriate Emporian

Anon - it won't be. Ad and subscription revenue, and the overall number of print circulation is going to continue to decline. How many writing and editorial staffers are at the Gazette at this point, 3 or so, with an additional handful of contributors (that they only use as much as they can given the revenue available, which is not much), and the cost of the wire feed access. They're pretty well tapped, and over the longer run (say 5-10 years), it'll be nothing short of a miracle of they can keep it running. Yea, fine, it's mediocre if you compare it to a fully funded and staffed newspaper, but that's hardly fair.

WatchmanAnon

Expatriot- I wish you were wrong about your prognostication because the EG is worth keeping around. Perhaps the powers that be should adapt like successful businesses do to meet the needs of customers better.

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