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Presidential race too close to call

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In a close election that may take days, or even weeks, to declare a winner as a large number of mail-in ballots take time to count, Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump 238-213 in electoral college delegates as of noon, Nov. 4, the day after the election.

The key battleground states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and North Carolina, as well as Nevada and Georgia had not finished counting mail-in ballots by noon, Nov. 4.

On Nov. 3, Biden flipped Arizona from 2016 to put himself in position to gain the required 270 electoral college delegates. Arizona has not voted for a Democratic president since 1996.

As of noon, Nov. 4, Trump led in Pennsylvania with 53.5 percent of the counted ballots with Biden behind with 45.3 percent. However, the result is in doubt as the mail-in ballots are considered to lean heavily to Biden. Election officials in the state said it may take until Nov. 10 until all the votes are counted. Trump turned the state red for the first time since 1992 in the 2016 election, winning by 0.7 percent.

At press time, Biden leads Michigan with 49.7 percent of the vote to Trump’s 48.8 percent. Trump won Michigan in 2016 from Hillary Clinton by 0.2 percentage points.

Wisconsin, along with Michigan and Pennsylvania, has traditionally been part of what is called the “blue wall,” Midwest states that were considered reliably Democratic. Trump flipped Wisconsin in 2016. Biden currently leads with 49.6 percent of the votes counted with Trump closely behind with 48.9 percent.

Georgia, which has historically been a strong red state, is close at press time, with Trump leading with 50.5 percent and Biden shortly behind with 48.3 percent.

Trump also leads North Carolina with 50.1 percent compared to Biden’s 48.7 percent.

Florida, which was thought to be a swing state, remained red with Trump winning the state with 51.2 percent of the vote and Biden earning 47.8 percent of the vote.

Ohio, considered to be one of the largest swing states of the election was once again won by Trump as he won the state by eight points in 2016.

This election is historic as former Vice President Biden garnering 69.9 million, surpassing former President Barack Obama’s 2012 tally. More votes have been cast in his favor than any candidate in U.S. history.


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