Biden pleads with America to 'be patient' in wait for election results

Joe Biden pleads with America to ‘be patient and calm’ in wait for election results saying he has ‘no doubt’ that he has beaten Donald Trump – who has not been seen since Wednesday at 2.30am and whose supporters have mobbed counts

  • Joe Biden pleads for calm and patience as tensions mount  over the lengthy wait for results
  • Biden made statement from Wilmington, DE, with Kamala Harris at his side
  • President Donald Trump announced his campaign will sue in battleground states that Joe Biden won
  • His team launched legal action in Nevada –  a state that could hand Joe Biden the presidency
  • ‘STOP THE COUNT!,’ Trump tweeted Thursday morning 
  • Counting in Democratic-heavy Philadelphia and Pittsburgh has paused while a lawsuit from the Trump campaign makes its way through the legal system
  • Trump supporters, some of them armed, descended on counting center to demand every ballot be counted and in other places to stop the count 


ARIZONA – 11 electoral college votes: Votes still being counted, deadline for result unclear

50.49% BIDEN

48.14% TRUMP

Fox and the AP gave Arizona to Biden before dawn on Wednesday. On Wednesday afternoon, officials said that there were still 600,000 votes left to be counted which suggested that it could be put back in play. 

The AP is standing by its call, saying the outstanding votes are in Biden strongholds that will not flip back to Trump. 

PENNSYLVANIA – 20 electoral college votes: Result expected Friday

50.1% TRUMP 

48.7% BIDEN

GEORGIA – 16 electoral colleges votes: Result expected sometime on Thursday

49.4% TRUMP

49.2%  BIDEN

NEVADA – 6 electoral college votes: Result expected Friday

49.4% BIDEN 

48.5% TRUMP  

NORTH CAROLINA – 15 electoral college votes: Result expected some time Thursday

50.09% TRUMP

48.69% BIDEN 

Joe Biden asked Americans to be patient and calm as they waited for the final ballots in the presidential race to be counted – amid mounting anxiety over the long wait for results, and concern about public order.

‘Democracy is sometimes messy. It sometimes requires a little patience as well,’ the former vice president said from the stage of Wilmington’s Queen theater late Thursday afternoon.

‘So I ask everyone to stay calm, all people to stay calm. The process is working. The count is being completed and we’ll know very soon.’

In the same brief statement, the Democratic nominee assured supporters that he and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, would come out on top.

‘We continue to feel, the senator and I, we continue to feel very good about where things stand,’ Biden said. ‘We have no doubt that when the count is finished Sen. Harris and I will be declared the winners.’

Trump’s lead in Pennsylvania is slipping and in Georgia too Biden is creeping up on him, while Biden remains ahead in Nevada and Arizona. Biden needs only Pennsylvania to win, taking him to 273 electoral college votes, or Nevada and Arizona, taking him to 270. In contrast Trump would need to secure North Carolina, Arizona and Pennsylvania to secure 271. 

President Donald Trump has responded to Biden’s leads in Arizona and Nevada and his gains in Pennsylvania and Georgia on Twitter, often all in capitals. Several Tweets have been flagged by Twitter as misinformation. 

But he hasn’t appeared in-person since his White House statement made after 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, when he claimed that he had won – a claim repudiated by members of his own party almost immediately.

Biden did not mention Trump’s name Thursday.

But he did make a comment that was clearly aimed at Trump and his campaign team’s legal efforts to stall vote-counting and rhetorical efforts to call into question the legitimacy of the election.

‘In America, the vote is sacred. It’s how people of this nation express their will. And it is the will of the voters, no one, not anything else, that chooses the president of the United States of America,’ Biden said. ‘So each ballot must be counted.’

Earlier Thursday, Biden was at the Queen to participate in a COVID-19 and also an economic briefing. He also made an appearance at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware Wednesday, where he again told Americans they needed to wait – but that he would win.

The appearance in Delaware was clearly intended to cast Biden as presidential and paint a contrast to Trump.

The plea for calm also spoke to increasing concerns about public order.

In Michigan, Arizona and Nevada, Trump supporters, some of them armed have descended on counting locations.

And in New York there were arrests after a pro-Biden ‘count every vote’ protest descended into biolence. 

The president launched a furious tweet demanding that the count be stopped early Thursday morning then said his campaign would sue in any state where Joe Biden had already been declared a winner.

The election outcome now hinges on five states: Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

Nevada, Arizona and Georgia had expected to finish their counts Thursday but then changed expectations. 

The extraordinary focus on the counting in individual states is unprecedented. 

Address to America: Joe Biden appeared with running mate Kamala Harris at his side to plead for calm and patience over the vote count

Public statement: ‘We continue to feel, the senator and I, we continue to feel very good about where things stand,’ Biden said. ‘We have no doubt that when the count is finished Sen. Harris and I will be declared the winners.’

The wafer-thin margins in each state mean that every ballot now counts to the result. In a normal year, the states’ results would have been called quickly by television networks and the Associated Press and the count gone on quietly in the background.

But this time, with unprecedented numbers of mail-in ballots fueling a record turnout, the calls were not made and instead it is official counts which regularly take days or even weeks to be completed, certified and declared which have become the focus of public attention. 

In each state:

  • Nevada: 63,000 ballots remain to be counted but late-arriving mail-in ballots are still arriving and will do until Tuesday November 10. And the result may not be known until Thursday November 12, officials said, when all provisional ballots will be resolved after going through a validation process.’ Biden is ahead by 11,500 votes.
  • Pennsylvania: Counting stopped then restarted in Philadelphia as Trump’s campaign sued claiming they are not being allowed to watch the count, winning their case first. And in Pittsburgh, 35,000 votes cannot be legally counted until Friday. But the Secretary of State hinted that a result could come Thursday, suggesting 
  • Arizona: The Secretary of State says counting of the 450,000 outstanding votes there will not be completed until Friday, stretching out the agonizing wait for an overall election result after a night of chaos which saw Biden’s lead shrink considerably and put the state possibly back in play for Trump. Biden is ahead in Arizona but only by about 67,000 votes after his majority shrank overnight. Of the 450,000 remaining votes there, 300,000 are in Maricopa County where Biden holds a two point lead, and where he is expected to win. 
  • Georgia: State is down to its final 50,000 ballots but has still to say when that will be completed. And Friday is the deadline 
  • North Carolina: There is no indication of when the result will be finalized. 

The Associated Press has awarded Biden 264 electoral votes – including in Arizona, a state not all news organizations have called and that the Trump campaign is arguing they can win when all votes are counted.

Nevada’s six electoral votes would put Biden exactly at 270 in the AP’s count – handing him the presidency. 

Nevada released another tranche of votes Thursday that expanded Biden’s lead to 12,000. 

Georgia also released additional votes counts that resulted in Trump’s lead going down to about 13,500 votes. The state has about 50,000 absentee ballots left to be counted – along with provisional ballots, military ballots, and votes from Americans living overseas.

Trump, with 214 electoral votes, faces a much higher hurdle to 270. He would need to win all four remaining battleground states: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada. 

The Trump campaign expressed confidence the president will get a second term in the White House.

‘By end of tomorrow – Friday – it will be clear that President Trump and Vice President Pence will serve another term in the White House,’ campaign senior adviser Jason Miller told reporters in a press call on Thursday morning. 

The Biden campaign expressed similar confidence.

‘Our data shows that Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States,’ Dillon said. 

As the count dragged on, Trump expressed confidence he will win the election but said his campaign will sue in the battleground states Joe Biden won, a sign his team is not confident the vote tallies will come out in his favor.

‘All of the recent Biden claimed States will be legally challenged by us for Voter Fraud and State Election Fraud. Plenty of proof – just check out the Media. WE WILL WIN! America First!,’ Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning. 

Additionally, Trump has demanded the nation stop counting votes in the presidential election.

He also launched a barrage of litigation.

In Nevada, which could hand Biden the presidency should he win its six electoral votes, he claimed non-residents were being allowed to vote.

The Trump campaign had a legal victory in Pennsylvania on Thursday when a judge ruled ballot observers can watch officials count ballots within six feet. Representatives of both campaigns were in the room to watch the counts but at a further distance because of the coronavirus. A county judge agreed with the Trump campaign, but Democrats appealed to the state Supreme Court. 

The Biden campaign accused the Trump team of using the court system to delay the inevitable. 

‘What we’re seeing on these legal suits are that they are meritless and nothing more than an attempt to distract and delay what is now inevitable – Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States,’ campaign manager Jennifer O’Malley Dillon told reporters Thursday morning. 

‘STOP THE COUNT!,’ the president tweeted Thursday as state officials continued to make their way through the legally cast votes. Trump has spent the past few days holed up in the White House, speaking to advisers about the race.

President Trump’s campaign is taking action in Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia as Joe Biden approaches the 270 electoral votes he needs to win the presidency

If state officials stop counting now and the election were called on the current tallies as the president seems to be demanding – Biden would win. The president needs to make up vote gaps in Arizona and Nevada in order to win the election – in other words he needs officials there to keep counting the ballots. 


The president was likely referring to Pennsylvania, where officials are counting any mail-in ballot received by Friday as long as it is post marked by Election Day. Trump currently leads in the state but Biden is slowing making up ground as the mail-in votes are counted. More Democrats than Republicans used the mail-in voting option.

However he did not state the law as it exists. The state was in the process of counting ballots that did not come in after Election Day. And the change to allow ballots that come in for three days after was upheld by the state supreme court in a decision the U.S. Supreme Court let stand. The Trump camp could try to challenge the post-election day ballots again later in the process. 

Twitter put a warning on several of the president’s tweets. 

And the Trump campaign released a statement from the president to clarify his tweets: ‘IF YOU COUNT THE LEGAL VOTES, I EASILY WIN THE ELECTION! IF YOU COUNT THE ILLEGAL AND LATE VOTES, THEY CAN STEAL THE ELECTION FROM US!’ 

The situation in Pittsburgh is complicated by about 30,000 outstanding ballots, where a vendor sent the wrong ballots to voters and had to reissue new ballots with the correct races. 

Poll workers now have to examine these ballots to make sure that people don’t vote twice, or, if they sent in the wrong ballot, they didn’t vote in races they aren’t eligible for. 

They cannot legally be counted until Friday when Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh sits, swears in a special board to examine these ballots, as required by law.

 Biden has been closing the gap with Trump in Pennsylvania as mail-in ballots are counted. 

And in Chatham County, Georgia, where Savannah is located, a judge ruled against the Trump campaign’s legal challenge to some absentee ballots. The judge declared officials took the proper precautions to ensure it was legal ballots that were counted.  Trump’s lead in Georgia fell to fewer than 20,000 votes as more vote totals were released.   


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Chaos hit the election count center in a crucial Arizona county on Wednesday night after a large group of Trump supporters gathered outside to protest, some carrying weapons as the chanted for the vote to continue

Trump campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski speaks outside the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, amid lawsuits by the campaign in the state

NEVADA: President Trump supporters protest the Nevada vote in Clark County

MICHIGAN: Supporters of President Donald Trump chant slogans as they gather outside the room where absentee ballots for the 2020 general election are being counted

Video from outside the count center showed the angered crowd as they shouted that the vote was being suppressed

As President Trump offers unsubstantiated charges of election fraud, pro-Trump demonstrators have showed up at vote counting centers in Nevada, Arizona, and Detroit demanding that all votes be counted.  

The results of the election remain unclear but Biden is inches towards victory as mail-in ballots are tallied.

Trump has falsely claimed these votes are illegitimate because they are being counted after the election. The votes were legally cast before Election Day but the process to count mail-in ballots takes longer as they have to be checked against voter rolls to confirm it’s a legal ballot from a registered voter – just as when someone who votes in person has to confirm their identity with a poll worker before receiving a ballot. 

In Arizona, after 62,000 votes in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, were added to the tally early Thursday morning, Biden led Trump in the state by 68,400 votes, or less than three points. But Trump faces a tough slog in making up the gap as most outstanding votes are from Democratic areas in the state: Pima, Coconino and Santa Cruz counties. 

More results from Arizona will be released Thursday evening. 

Trump launched legal action in Michigan and Wisconsin on Wednesday – two states that have been awarded to Biden. While officials count ballots, tensions have flared across the country. 

In Arizona overnight, armed pro-Trump protesters descended on a counting center in Maricopa County, after Biden’s commanding 200,000-vote lead was slashed to just 68,000 as ballots continued being tallied.  

They faced off with police and security outside the counting center, chanting that every vote should be counted with the result in the balance. At least one person made it inside, forcing the center to close with staff locked in.   

Amid the ongoing uncertainty;

  • Trump protesters descended on counting centers in both Michigan and Arizona – demanding that the vote count be stopped in the former state, and demanding it continue in the latter
  • Trump also launched a series of lawsuits to try and shift the result in his favor, while make unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud on Twitter
  • In Wisconsin, Trump is suing for a recount – which is expected to go ahead because the result is within 1 per cent of votes cast, but is not expected to overturn Biden’s 20,000-vote margin
  • In Michigan, he claims his poll observers have not been given proper access to the count, and is suing to have the count stopped until they are given access 
  • Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, and Trump’s son, Eric, held a rally in Pennsylvania as they spearheaded the president’s legal action there 
  • In Georgia, he alleges that a GOP poll observer witnessed 53 late absentee ballots added to a pile

Video footage from outside the Maricopa count center on Wednesday showed the angered crowd as they shouted and chanted that the vote was being suppressed and that the election was unfair. 

Some fumed about a rumor that was circulating from right-wing social media accounts throughout the day that claimed that the ballots of some Trump supporters were being disregarded because they were filled out using a Sharpie. 

On Thursday morning, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said she didn’t understand what the protesters were trying to achieve.  

‘I don’t  understand what these protesters are interested in. We’re going to keep counting ballots.

‘If they’re supporting the president they should want us to continue counting. I just don’t know what their goal is. 

‘Absolutely they are not disrupting what we’re doing,’ she said during an interview with Good Morning America.

There is no evidence that any of the votes cast are not being counted in the county or in the state. 

Several members of the group AZ Patriots did successfully manage to make their way inside the building, one wearing a military vest, where they argued that the pens in the count had been changed to Sharpies, before they were kicked out of the building. 

Media crews were escorted from the center at around 12.30am and some staff were also escorted from the building at the end of their shifts as the shouts of the crowd grew louder. There have been no reports of violence although several members of the press claimed they were threatened. 

Inside, the count continued, with the center vowing that it would continue until the last update of the night. 

Meanwhile in Michigan, Trump protesters also surrounded an election center in Detroit where they called on the count to be stopped as the state was declared for Biden. 

Republicans have also filed a lawsuit in Michigan demanding that all vote counting stop because Trump’s people weren’t giving proper access to voting sites and couldn’t oversee the counting process to ensure it was fair.

In Georgia, the lawsuit claims that a GOP poll observer witnessed 53 late absentee ballots added to a pile in Chatham County.

And in Wisconsin, the campaign is demanding a recount, despite Biden winning by more than 20,000 votes which represents around 0.6 percent of the vote. 

The figure falls within the state’s recount rules which allows for anything within a one-point margin to qualify for a a recount. 

In Nevada, the Trump team is claiming there were ‘tens of thousands’ who voted in Nevada who are no longer state residents.

But a group including former Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell that announced the suit did not provide evidence of what would be a large-scale violation. 

 In Pennsylvania, where a result is unlikely before Friday, Rudy Giuliani – Trump’s personal lawyer – and Trump’s son, Eric, arrived to spearhead ‘critical legal actions’ in the state. 

The Trump campaign has announced that it will wade into a case currently before the Supreme Court which challenges state law that allows for mail-in ballots that arrive up to three days after election day. 

Deputy Trump Campaign Manager Justin Clark said the campaign will be suing to stop ‘Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing’ from GOP poll-watchers.

He claimed that Republican observers in Philadelphia were ordered to stand 25 meters away from counting staff, making it impossible to watch.

ARIZONA: The Maricopa County center in Phoenix was forced to close to the public, locking poll workers inside, when supporters of the president surrounded the building chanting ‘count the vote’

NEW YORK: Anti-Trump protesters kneel in the street in Manhattan in the wake of an uncertain election on November 3

MINNESOTA: Demonstrators take to the streets of Minneapolis for an anti-Trump rally in the wake of the election

CALIFORNIA: A man raises his fist during a protest in Los Angeles as uncertainty continued over the result of the election

SEATTLE: A protester lights an American flag on fire during a demonstration in Seattle on Wednesday 

ILLINOIS: Demonstrator Brittany Bysina holds a sign as demonstrators march through central Chicago on Wednesday night

PENNSYLVANIA: Demonstrators, including one carrying a Black Lives Matter flag, march past Independence Hall in Philadelphia to urge that all votes be counted on Wednesday

Joe Biden on Wednesday afternoon all but claimed election victory as he said he was ‘confident’ he would win the White House after taking Michigan and Wisconsin. He is pictured with his running mate Kamala Harris by his side 

Donald Trump on Wednesday at 2.30am – the last time he was seen in public – declaring election victory despite many of the votes still being counted. He has vowed to go to the Supreme Court to challenge what he is calling a ‘fraud’ outcome so far 

And like in Michigan, the Trump campaign is suing to halt vote counting until ‘meaningful transparency’ is guaranteed.

Trump has also accused Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar of unilaterally extending the deadline by which mail-in voters whose voter ID was missing to provide proof. 

In a press conference held in Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon Giuliani and Eric claimed the president won the state, despite roughly one million mail-in ballots still needing to be counted.

Like Trump himself, neither man offered a legal argument for a win or proof of any voter fraud, but nonetheless made claims of cheating.

‘They’re trying to cheat, they’re trying to cheat,’ Eric Trump said repeatedly of the Democrats.

Giuliani ranted for several minutes about mail-in ballots which he claimed – without proof – could be falsified.

‘This is beyond anything I have ever seen before,’ he said. ‘Do you think we’re stupid? Do you think we’re fools?

‘You know something, Democrats do think you’re stupid,’ Giuliani added. ‘And they do think you’re fools. That’s why you get called ‘deplorable’ and ‘chumps’.

Michigan – stop votes being counted and review ballots

Called for Biden with 99 per cent of ballots counted 

Donald Trump yesterday filed a lawsuit in the battleground state of Michigan seeking to halt vote-counting and review counted ballots.

Campaign manager Bill Stepien said Republicans had not been given ‘meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process’.

He claims this violates state law.

Georgia – secure and account for late mail-in ballots

Too early to call. Trump ahead by 0.5 points with 98 per cent of ballots counted 

President Trump and the Georgia Republican Party have filed a lawsuit against election officials in Chatham County, asking a judge to order all late ballots be secured and accounted for. 

It was filed after a Republican observer claims to have witnessed mail-in ballots which arrived after the 7pm deadline added to a pile of lawful votes to be counted.

Sean Pumphry, a registered GOP poll-watcher, said he saw 53 unprocessed ballots added to processed ones. 

Wisconsin – recount the ballots

Called for Biden with 99 per cent of ballots counted 

The Trump campaign last night announced it would demand a recount of ballots in Wisconsin after an ultra-tight race. 

Biden only edged a victory in the state, leading Trump by just 0.53 per cent of the vote.

Wisconsin state law allows campaigns to pay for a recount if the margin of defeat is less than 1 per cent. 

Pennsylvania – multiple legal challenges

Won’t know until Friday. Biden ahead by three points with 89 per cent of ballots counted

Supreme Court  

The Trump campaign yesterday said it will wade into a case currently before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, over whether late mail-in ballots can be counted.

Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar ruled ballots that arrived up to three days late could be counted, which is currently being challenged by state Republicans.

Trump’s lawyers now plan to ‘intervene’ in this case.  

Stop counting until transparency guarantees 

Like in Georgia, he also said Trump would be suing to stop ‘Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing’ from GOP poll-watchers.

He claimed that Republican observers in Philadelphia were ordered to stand 25 metres away from counting staff, making it impossible to watch.

And like in Michigan, the Trump campaign is suing to halt vote counting until ‘meaningful transparency’ is guaranteed.

Voter ID challenge

Trump has accused Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar of unilaterally extending the deadline by which mail-in voters whose voter ID was missing to provide proof.

Under state law, first-time mail-in and absentee voters must provide identification.

‘We’re going to stick with this. We’re going to win this election. We’ve actually won it. 

‘It’s just a matter of counting the votes fairly.’

Giuliani complained the mail-in ballots could have come from Mars or Canada – or could simply be one person who sent in 100,000 votes.

‘Staff at the @maricopacounty Elections Department will continue our job, which is to administer elections in the second largest voting jurisdiction in the county,’ the department tweeted. 

‘We will release results again tonight as planned. We thank the @mcsoaz for doing their job, so we can do ours.’ 

Among the protesters was local Congressman Paul Gosar who joined the crowd in complaining that votes were not being counted, blasting the Arizona Secretary of State as a ‘joke’ and praying, before demanding an update on the tally. 

‘Some shady things are happening in Arizona…’ he tweeted earlier in the day. 

Gosar made the claim after Fox News faced outrage for deciding to call the state’s eleven electoral college seats for Biden before midnight on election night. The Associated Press has since also called a Biden victory but the New York Times and CNN are among the major news organization believing the race is still there for either candidate. 

On Wednesday night, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis railed against the decision to call Arizona and said that Fox should immediate rescind the decision.

‘Trump is gaining in Arizona. There are probably 500,000…’ DeSantis said during an interview with Fox. ‘Here’s my thing, if you’re quick on the trigger, then be quick on the trigger for both sides and stand by it. With Trump, they never want to call the state. Biden, they will do it right away. It’s inconsistent and unacceptable. Look, North Carolina should be called for the president, for sure. Arizona — Fox should rescind that call.’ 

‘We have to do this in a right way,’ DeSantis continued. ‘I thought it was really poor how it was done. Florida, we didn’t even need the panhandle coming in. The president was up so much with the basis of Miami-Dade [county] early in mail voting that here was no way he would lose by Florida and won by 400,000 votes in the end.’ 

FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver, who has himself been criticized for wildly inaccurate polling data, also said that Fox and the Associated Press should retracted the projection.  

The Arizona call from Fox was the first of the states that appeared to have flipped from red to blue, marking a major loss for the Trump campaign in this must-win state if it were accurate. 

Yet the Trump campaign has argued that the voting is not yet over, dismissing the call and predicting that the president will eventually win by some 30,000 votes once all ballots are counted. 

They have also said they are considering contesting the result but have not indicated what action they would take after calling for a recount in Wisconsin and filing lawsuits over vote counting in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia. 

‘@FoxNews is a complete outlier in calling Arizona, and other media outlets should not follow suit,’ fumed Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller on Tuesday night.  

‘There are still 1M+ Election Day votes out there waiting to be counted – we pushed our people to vote on Election Day, but now Fox News is trying to invalidate their votes!

‘We believe over 2/3 of those outstanding Election Day voters are going to be for Trump. Can’t believe Fox was so anxious to pull the trigger here after taking so long to call Florida. Wow,’ he continued. 

‘Retract AZ!’ added Republican National Committee spokesperson Liz Harrington. 

Arizona’s governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, also pushed back at the Fox News result calling it ‘far too early’ to have declared Biden the winner in the early hours of Wednesday morning. 

‘Election Day votes are not fully reported, and we haven’t even started to count early ballots dropped off at the polls. In AZ, we protected Election Day. Let’s count the votes—all the votes—before making declarations.’ 

Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference on legal challenges to vote counting in Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoon after the president filed a lawsuit despite one million votes remaining uncounted

Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara listens as Giuliani and her husband Eric speak Wednesday

Giuliani claimed that Trump has won Pennsylvania despite votes still needing to be counted

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Arizona officials debunk #SharpieGate conspiracy

Social media users are falsely claiming that ballots in Arizona are invalid because they were filled out with Sharpie markers – but officials were quick to quash such rumors stating they’re still valid. 

#SharpieGate emerged on social media on Wednesday as Donald Trump supporters suggested that election officials in Maricopa County provided voters with the felt-tipped pens to interfere with their ballots. 

Some people claimed they were targeted because they wanted to vote for Trump. 

Trump is famous for using the Sharpie permanent marker.   

However, Arizona election officials said that voting with a Sharpie would have no impact on the votes being recorded by tabulation machines, and if there was an issue, there is a process that would keep the ballots from being canceled out.

 On Wednesday the Republican Attorney General’s Office in Arizona said they were investigating complaints from Maricopa County voters over the Sharpie fiasco.


Trump himself was enraged by the call and rang Rupert Murdoch in a fury on Tuesday night, according to reports. 

A source told Vanity Fair that Trump phoned Murdoch, who owns Fox, ‘to scream about the call and demand a retraction’.

The 89-year-old media mogul refused to order his staff to retract the Arizona call. 

Even within Fox, the Arizona announcement allegedly angered staff, Vanity Fair reports.  

‘We called it long before MSNBC!’ one outraged staffer on the opinion side told the magazine.

‘We were so worried about being seen as pro-Trump that we bent over backwards.’

And on air, the hosts questioned the decision desk for the call. 

‘The Trump campaign is, how shall I put this, livid about the fact that Arizona was called,’ Fox White House correspondent John Roberts reported around 12:20am Wednesday morning. 

‘Frankly, there have been public calls for Fox to pull back that call. I’ll leave that to the decision desk, but that’s what the Trump campaign is saying.’ 

Yet those behind the decision have defended the call and maintained they were right to call the race for Biden when they did. 

‘We’re four standard deviations from being wrong,’ Arnon Mishkin, director of the Fox News Decision Desk, said of the network’s statistical model. ‘And, I’m sorry, we’re not wrong in this particular case.’

He also acknowledged that there were outstanding votes to be counted in the state but that they were mainly in areas in which Biden was performing well, according to Politico. 

‘I’m sorry, the president is not going to be able to take over and win enough votes to eliminate that seven point lead’ Mishkin added.  

President Donald Trump supporters gather to protest the election results at the Maricopa County Elections Department office

At one point the group began to pray for the outcome of the election

As it stands, Biden needs both Arizona and Nevada to win the presidency


Donald Trump increased his support among black and Hispanic voters to clinch several toss-up states and keep his reelection bid alive.

Exit polls conducted by Edison Research reveal the president took 12 per cent of the black vote nationally, up 6 per cent since 2016.

Joe Biden hoovered up an overwhelming 87 per cent of the black vote, although saw a 4 per cent drop in his share of the demographic than Hillary Clinton took.

Trump also increased his vote share among Hispanics and Latinos by 4 per cent, taking 32 per cent compared with Biden’s 66 per cent.



The president has previously claimed to be the ‘least racist person’ in the face allegations from critics.

The president’s support among ethnic groups even be higher than exit polls suggest because of a ‘shy Trump’ factor that threw pollsters leading up to the election.

The president also dispelled claims his base was largely non-educated, winning 42 per cent of college grads.

Trump’s increased support among ethnic minorities saw him inch out a critical victory in Florida, his adopted home state, where Democrats had mounted a strong assault to flip the state.

The Sunshine State has always returned razor-thin margins and without it Trump’s path to the White House would have all but evaporated.


Zeroing in on Trump’s win, Democrats have blamed Biden for failing to woo the stat’es Latino voters, especially Cubans.

As results showed Florida breaking for Trump, Democratic Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: ‘I won’t comment much on tonight’s results as they are evolving and ongoing, but I will say we’ve been sounding the alarm about Dem vulnerabilities w/ Latinos for a long, long time.’

Trump and Republicans pummeled Biden for months with claims suggesting he was a ‘socialist’ and would capitulate ‘radical left’ of the Democratic Party.

The attacks carried added firepower with Cuban and Venezuelan Americans, who associate the labels with authoritarian and corrupt Latin American leaders.



Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt also defended the decision on-air stating that the remaining mail-in ballots would sway heavily in Biden’s favor. ‘ 

The Associated Press stated they also made the call for this reasons. Trump took Arizona in 2016 by a margin of 3.5 percent. 

A Biden victory in the state would make him the first Democrat to win Arizona since Bill Clinton in 1996. 

Yet much of the Arizona result hangs on Maricopa County which Trump won the county four years ago, with 49 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton’s 46 percent. 

Officials say that there are still between 428,000 and 446,000 ballots to count in the county, including 248,000 mail ballots that were returned in the last three days before the election. 

They also include between 160,000 and 180,000 mail ballots returned on Election Day and 18,000 provisional ballots, according to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. 

Trump may contest the validity of the mail-in ballots as he has in other states. 

Trump took Arizona in 2016 by a margin of 3.5 percent. A Biden victory in the state would make him the first Democrat to win Arizona since Bill Clinton in 1996.    

Yet much of the Arizona result hangs on Maricopa County which Trump won the county four years ago, with 49 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton’s 46 percent.  

 Officials say that there are still between 428,000 and 446,000 ballots to count in the county, including 248,000 mail ballots that were returned in the last three days before the election. 

They also include between 160,000 and 180,000 mail ballots returned on Election Day and 18,000 provisional ballots, according to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. 

Trump may contest the validity of the mail-in ballots as he has in other states. 

On Tuesday, false stories were circulating among right-wing social media accounts that votes cast for Trump were not counted in Maricopa County because voters used Sharpie pens. 

Dubbed ‘Sharpiegate’ by conservatives on social media, the allegations could be used to try to undermine election results in the historically Republican state. 

County officials were trying to inform voters that Sharpies did not interfere with ballots. 

Yet, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of several voters Wednesday alleging that the use of a Sharpie permanent marker at polling places across the county disenfranchised voters.

Attorney Alexander Kolodin is representing an Arizona woman named as Laurie Aguilera by 12 News as well as ten other unidentified voters in the state. 

‘Plaintiff completed her ballot with the provided Sharpie. While completing it, she noticed the ink was bleeding through,’ the suit reads. It goes on to say that the machine failed to read Aguilera’s ballot and those poll workers would not provide her with a second ballot nor a duplicate ballot when the ballot was not read. She believes her vote was not counted.

‘I should just know that when I put my ballot into the machine and if I followed the instructions it gets counted, and it gets counted perfectly,’ Kolodin said Wednesday night. 

Elsewhere, the Republican party themselves have filled lawsuits in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia and called for a recount in Wisconsin, claiming that fake mail-in ballots for Biden were being created in order to hand him the win. 

The claims of fraud led to protests in Detroit calling on the vote count to stop.  

Back in Arizona, it was also revealed earlier Wednesday that a data feed informing media organizations of the voting tally in the state was incorrectly showing that 98 percent of its votes had been counted for a period on Wednesday morning, casting further skepticism on the early calls. 

In fact, only 86 percent had been tallied at the time, leaving hundreds of thousands more votes still to be taken into account. 

Edison Research data incorrectly displayed the percentage of votes counted for a brief period before being rectified, according to The Hill.      

The error was noted by New York Times editor Patrick LaForge, whose publication has shown a Biden lead throughout Wednesday but do not believe that his victory is yet certain. 

‘An error was found in the data feed from Edison Research (used by @nytimes and other news organizations) for Arizona results — 86 percent of ballots have been counted, not 98 percent,’ LaForge wrote.  

State officials have given no indication of when final results from Arizona will be available. 

Trump files new lawsuits in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia after Biden wins in Wisconsin and Michigan to move to 264 electoral votes and says he’s ‘confident he will take the White House 

Democrat Joe Biden edged closer to a potential upset in Georgia – and to a White House win – coming within 1 point of President Donald Trump in the traditionally red state Wednesday night.

As the race narrowed, Trump’s campaign announced that they had filed a lawsuit in the state, alleging that a GOP poll observer witnessed 53 late absentee ballots added to a pile in Chatham County, where Savannah – a Democratic-leaning urban center – is located.

‘We will not allow Democrat election officials to steal this election from President Trump with late, illegal ballots,’ Deputy Campaign Manager Justin Clark said.  

More totals from Georgia are expected Wednesday night. Trump held 49.9 per cent of the vote, while Biden had 48.9, with the president about 46,000 votes ahead.

The Georgia lawsuit was just the latest in a series of legal maneuvers Trump’s campaign made Wednesday as his path to re-election got narrower – and as the president made unfounded claims on Twitter about fraud.

On Wednesday afternoon, Biden all but declared he’d win the election, as Wisconsin and Michigan were called in his favor.

With Michigan – and with Arizona called for Biden by some networks – the former vice president was just 6 electoral votes away from the 270 he needs to claim the White House.

Trump’s campaign announced they had filed a lawsuit in the state, alleging that a GOP poll observer witnessed 53 late absentee ballots added to a pile in Chatham County, where Savannah – a Democratic-leaning urban center – is located. Pictured: Votes being counted in Chatham County

Election workers count Fulton County ballots at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 4

If he can get any one of the four remaining states to tilt his way – Nevada, North Carolina, Georgia or Pennsylvania – he will win.

Trump will only gain a second term if all four go his way. Trump has been up by around 76,000 votes in North Carolina.

Throughout the day, his lead in Pennsylvania has gotten smaller. It was at around 212,000 votes around 8 p.m. Wednesday night. Outstanding ballots in the Keystone State were coming from Democratic areas like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and they were mail-in, which also favored Biden. 

Biden has been leading in Nevada by a slim margin – 7,647 – but more votes need to be counted there.

Another drop is expected at 12 p.m. EST Thursday.

It means America is inching closer to an election result but still does not have one almost 24 hours after the first polls closed thanks to record voter turnout, which is slowing the counting process. 

The President is demanding a recount in Wisconsin and he has filed lawsuits in Michigan and Pennsylvania to halt counting, claiming his people have not been allowed to oversee the process and ensure it is being carried out fairly.  

Biden at a press conference on Wednesday, was unperturbed by Trump’s last-ditch efforts to snatch back the likelihood of a second term. 

‘After a long night of counting it’s clear we are winning enough states to win the presidency. I am not here to declare that we won but I am here to report that when the count is finished we believe we will be the winners.  

‘We have won Wisconsin by 20,000 votes. In Michigan, we lead by over 35,000 votes and its growing. We have a substantially bigger margin than Trump won Michigan in 2016. 

‘Michigan will complete its vote soon. I feel very good about Pennsylvania. Virtually all remaining ballots to be counted are cast by mail and we’ve been winning 78% of the votes by mail in PA. 

‘We flipped Arizona and the 2nd district in Nebraska. We won the majority of the American people and every indication is that the majority will grow. 

‘Senator Harris and I are on track to win more votes than any ticket in the history of this country – over 70million votes. I’m very proud of our campaign,’ he said. 

‘Only three presidential campaigns in the past have defeated the incumbent president. When it’s finished, God willing, we’ll be the fourth. This is a major achievement.’

Biden said that after the election is resolved, he would help ‘lower the temperature’ and unite the country, though he said he wasn’t naive to how ‘deep and hard the opposing views are.’

‘To make progress we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies, we are not enemies,’ Biden said.

‘What brings us together as Americans is so much stronger than anything that can tear us apart.’

At the end of his speech he stated, ‘Now, every vote must be counted.’

‘No one is going to take our democracy away from us – not now, not ever,’ he added, a statement clearly aimed at Trump. 

Trump supporters chanting ‘Stop the Vote’ storm Detroit counting hall as President sues Michigan for ‘not providing meaningful access’ 

Donald Trump supporters chanting ‘stop the vote’ stormed a Detroit counting hall Wednesday afternoon as the president sued Michigan for not providing ‘meaningful access’ to counting locations and Joe Biden won the crucial swing state.

The TCF Center in downtown Detroit boarded up its windows and shuttered its doors after hundreds of poll watchers descended on the building while ballots were being tallied. 

Angry Trump fans banged on the windows of the absentee ballot counting center and shouted ‘stop the count’ as anxious security guards refused any more poll watchers entry to the counting room. 

Democratic counterprotesters banners also showed up waving ‘count every vote’ banners and insisting every vote in the state be tallied.

Hundreds of challengers had shown up at the center in response to the president’s claims earlier Wednesday that the GOP should have ‘access’ to counting locations. 

Democratic poll watchers also showed up as both sides eyed Michigan as one of the states where the White House may well be won or lost.

GOP poll challengers react after being asked to leave due to room capacity at the TCF Center in Detroit 

Election challengers wait outside after an election official closed the door to the central counting board 

Election challengers peer over the shoulders of volunteers as they observe absentee ballots being processed

Detroit police escort a poll challenger out after he refused to leave, due to room capacity, at the TCF Center 

Protesters who want every vote counted from the 2020 presidential election march down Woodward Avenue on November 4

A protester who wants every vote counted from the 2020 presidential election, carries a sign as they march down Woodward Avenue on November

The scene grew increasingly heated and authorities halted any more poll watchers entering the counting center saying maximum capacity had been reached as Biden inched ahead in the afternoon with a 0.7 percent lead with 99 percent of votes tallied.   

Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit to halt the counting of ballots in Michigan until they received ‘meaningful access’ to counting locations.

Soon after, the state was called in favor of Biden, marking a key win for the Democrat.  

Election officials shuttered the doors Wednesday afternoon to anyone else seeking to monitor the ballot counting process as volunteers were counting the final tallies with dozens of voters peering over their shoulders.  

More than 100 demonstrators had flocked to the center as Biden took the lead Wednesday afternoon joining the more than 200 already on the scene.   

‘We have exceeded the amount of challengers,’ an election worker told more than two dozen people who showed up at 1 p.m. to monitor the process, reported Detroit Free Press. 

‘We are not allowing any more challengers in at this time.’ 

At one point, Detroit police escorted a poll challenger out of the center after he refused to leave due to room capacity. 

Footage on social media also showed another fraught confrontation between police and a challenger. 

Representative Rashida Talib (right) joins protesters who want every vote counted from the 2020 presidential election

Election challengers observe as ballots are counted at the central counting board in Detroit where tensions mounted 

Challengers gathered inside the center Wednesday afternoon as the state counted the final votes 

Challengers check in to observe absentee ballots as they are processed at the central counting board

Poll watchers had calmly checked in earlier in the day near the entrance to the convention center’s hall and strolled among the tables where ballot processing was taking place.  

But the civility later subsided when more people arrived and were told the room was at capacity.  

Both Republicans and Democrats are allowed 134 challenges each to monitor the ballot counting process. 

It is not clear how many challengers are currently present on each side.  

Republican challenger Timothy Griffin, an attorney from Virginia, told the Free Press he had been at the TCF since Tuesday night because the voting system was ‘not fair’. 

‘This whole thing is under suspicion,’ he said. ‘It’s not equal. It’s just not fair.’ 

On the other side, Democratic challenger Liz Linkewitz from Harrison Township said she was there to help ensure the rights of American people to vote was upheld.

‘I just want to make sure that all Michigan votes are counted,’ she said. ‘This election is, as Joe Biden says, for the soul of our country.’ 

Outside the counting room, demonstrators carried ‘Count every vote’ banners and marched along Woodward Avenue. 

Representative Rashida Talib – a Democrat and the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the Michigan Legislature – joined Democrats on the march calling for all votes to be counted in the state. 

The Trump campaign said it was filing the lawsuit against Michigan claiming it had been denied access to the count.

The campaign didn’t immediately make public a copy of the lawsuit and it wasn’t clear what areas they argue they were denied access to. 

Trafalgar Group chief pollster Robert Cahaly says polls are getting it wrong because people are scared they will be CANCELED if they admit to being conservative 

Trafalgar Group chief pollster Robert Cahaly has insisted major polls are wrong because people are scared they will be canceled if they reveal they are voting for Donald Trump 

Trafalgar Group chief pollster Robert Cahaly has insisted major polls are wrong because people are scared they will be canceled if they reveal they are voting for Donald Trump.

Cahaly, whose polling company correctly predicted a Republican victory in 2016, explained what happened after Sean Hannity listed polls that got it ‘dead wrong’.

The pollster told the Fox News host: ‘I think they haven’t adjusted. They talked about how they adjusted the model but they really didn’t.

‘They haven’t made accommodations for the fact that people just don’t want to give their information out – that they are hesitant to say how they feel. And in this day and age, where people are shamed for their political opinions and canceled and all that nonsense, people just want to play their cards close to their chest.’

Tucker Carlson also addressed the issue of pollsters on his show and asked why experts who said there is no way that Trump can win in 2016 are still appearing on television.

‘It’s mainly because they attract an audience of people who feel the same way they do,’ Hume shot back, to nods from Carlson.

He added: ‘Bias makes people stupid. And if you don’t acknowledge to yourself, an own your biases, then they will make you stupid over and over again.’ 

On the issue of pollsters, Hume added: ‘Pollsters are associated in people’s minds with the media, and people don’t trust the media… and the effect of that is that people don’t really talk to them.

‘This fiasco with the polling last night… we’re talking about catastrophic, colossal errors. The polling industry really needs to rethink its methods.’

Cahaly added: ‘You have to figure out a way around that and to get to the real answers, and you have to build some trust and get some anonymity, and they just haven’t figured it out.

‘They said they adjusted. But we saw in Florida in 2018 they got it all wrong there too and we got it right. So I wasn’t very surprised.’

In 2020, opinion pollsters have once again proved badly wrong in the US Presidential election, four years after Hillary Clinton was widely predicted to win and lost.

Polls held just before election day this time around gave Joe Biden an average lead of ten points nationally, and narrower leads in swing states, which all-but evaporated on the day itself.

Nationally, Biden was predicted to lead Donald Trump by 52 per cent to 42 per cent, according to polls.

In fact, Biden has taken around 50 per cent while Trump has taken 48 per cent, with many ballots still left to be counted.

Among the most inaccurate state polls were an ABC-Washington Post poll that gave Biden a 17-point lead in Wisconsin. In fact, Biden won the state with just 49.5 per cent to Trump’s 48.9 per cent.

Meanwhile a Quinnipac poll gave Biden a five-point lead over Trump in Florida and four point lead in Ohio. In the end, Trump won both – by three and eight points, respectively.

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