Updated Thursday Nov. 6, 2020 at 5:20 a.m. ET to include latest vote counts and details
Georgia! A key tossup state in a presidential election! This year is just full of surprises. The southern state hasn’t voted for a Democrat for president since 1992 and Trump opened up an early lead in it that appeared solid. But that lead slowly evaporated as mail-in ballots were counted on Thursday, and early on Friday morning, after 99 per cent of ballots had been counted, Biden eclipsed Trump in the state with a narrow lead of just 917 votes. Georgia’s 2020 election experience has been rocky, with long lines and technical difficulties plaguing both voting and ballot counting. But with 16 electoral college votes, Georgia could be key to tipping the balance in favour of a winner. If he wins it, Biden would be only one vote shy of outright victory.
The Democrats held this state for decades until Donald Trump won it by a narrow margin in 2016. Joe Biden has been consistently polling ahead of Trump there and posted a slim lead of 0.6 points with 97 per cent of ballots counted just before noon Wednesday. Officials in Wisconsin have their work cut out for them—the state’s 1,800-plus municipalities are responsible for conducting their own elections, rather than running them through a central office like most states. Clerks weren’t allowed to start counting ballots until polls opened on election day, but Gov. Tony Evers has said he hopes to be able to report full results by the end of the day Wednesday.
—Update as of 2:30 p.m. ET Wednesday: The Associated Press has called Wisconsin for Joe Biden. The Trump campaign says it will seek a recount under state law.
Michigan is a state of contradictions: A labour union stronghold and a bastion of American gun culture, with a Democrat for a governor and a far-right paramilitary group—one of several in the state—whose members concocted a thwarted plot to kidnap said governor because of her COVID-19 lockdown measures. Like Wisconsin, Michigan went solidly Democrat in presidential elections for decades until Trump came along, winning it by just over 10,000 votes in 2016. And like Wisconsin, Biden had been consistently polling ahead of Trump. As of noon Wednesday, Biden was leading by 0.7 points with 92 per cent of votes counted. Michigan election officials were only allowed to start counting ballots 10 hours before election day and the state expects to be one of the last states to report results, predicting it will be Friday or later. A possible Supreme Court challenge around when ballots can be received and still be counted could tie things up even longer.
—Update as of 6 p.m. ET Wednesday: The Associated Press has called Michigan for Joe Biden. The Trump campaign said it was filing suit in the state for better access for its observers to sites where ballots are being processed.
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