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US Election results so far: What states could swing the vote, and how the Senate is looking

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Workers count votes on election night, at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Tally Operations Center in Downey, California, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

Workers count votes on election night, at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Tally Operations Center in Downey, California, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

Workers count votes on election night, at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Tally Operations Center in Downey, California, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

President Donald Trump falsely claimed victory over Democratic rival Joe Biden on Wednesday with millions of votes still uncounted in a White House race that will not be decided until a handful of states complete vote-counting over the next hours or days.

Shortly after Biden said he was confident of winning the contest once the votes are counted, Trump appeared at the White House to declare victory and said his lawyers would be taking his case to the US Supreme Court, without specifying what they would claim.

"We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election," Trump said. "This is a major fraud on our nation. We want the law to be used in a proper manner. So we'll be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop."

Polls have closed and voting has stopped across the country, but election laws in US states require all votes to be counted, and many states routinely take days to finish counting legal ballots. More votes stood to be counted this year than in the past as people voted early by mail and in person because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier in the evening, Trump won the battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and Texas, dashing Biden's hopes for a decisive early victory, but Biden said he was confident he was on track to winning the White House by taking three key Rust Belt states.

Biden, 77, was eyeing the so-called "blue wall" states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania that sent Trump, 74, to the White House in 2016 for victories once those states finish counting votes in hours or days to come. Trump was ahead in all three states in partial counts, with Democratic mail-in ballots still to be tallied.

"We feel good about where we are," Biden said in his home state of Delaware, shouting over a din of supporters in cars honking their horns in approval. "We believe we're on track to win this election."

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A demonstrator holds a pinata depicting U.S. President Donald Trump in Times Square in New York City (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

A demonstrator holds a pinata depicting U.S. President Donald Trump in Times Square in New York City (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden pauses in front of a mural during visit to The Warehouse teen center in Wilmington, Delaware. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden pauses in front of a mural during visit to The Warehouse teen center in Wilmington, Delaware. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Stickers are seen on a table at a home watch party as US citizens living abroad watch results come in for the US presidential election in Sydney, Australia. (REUTERS/Loren Elliott)

Stickers are seen on a table at a home watch party as US citizens living abroad watch results come in for the US presidential election in Sydney, Australia. (REUTERS/Loren Elliott)

People march on the night of the election in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

People march on the night of the election in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Donald Trump supporter John McGuinness celebrates while watching election returns in favor for Trump at a Republican election night watch party in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Donald Trump supporter John McGuinness celebrates while watching election returns in favor for Trump at a Republican election night watch party in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Police arrested protesters who marched with fireworks to Uptown in Minneapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. They were cornered at Painter Park by the police. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

Police arrested protesters who marched with fireworks to Uptown in Minneapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. They were cornered at Painter Park by the police. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

A supporter of US President Donald Trump wears MAGA socks at the Oklahoma GOP watch party for the 2020 US presidential election in Edmond, Oklahoma. (REUTERS/Nick Oxford)

A supporter of US President Donald Trump wears MAGA socks at the Oklahoma GOP watch party for the 2020 US presidential election in Edmond, Oklahoma. (REUTERS/Nick Oxford)

A supporter of US President Donald Trump wears a 'Make America Great Again' cap during the 2020 U.S. presidential election (REUTERS/Marco Bello)

A supporter of US President Donald Trump wears a 'Make America Great Again' cap during the 2020 U.S. presidential election (REUTERS/Marco Bello)

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks next to his wife Jill following early results from the 2020 US presidential election in Wilmington, Delaware (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks next to his wife Jill following early results from the 2020 US presidential election in Wilmington, Delaware (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

A mural of a smiling US President Donald Trump in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania. (REUTERS/Nathan Layne)

A mural of a smiling US President Donald Trump in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania. (REUTERS/Nathan Layne)

Trump supporters check for updates on the 2020 presidential election results at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota, (REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi)

Trump supporters check for updates on the 2020 presidential election results at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota, (REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi)

US President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, speaks about early results from the 2020 US presidential election (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

US President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, speaks about early results from the 2020 US presidential election (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

People watch as US President Donald Trump speaks about early results from the 2020 US presidential election. (REUTERS/Leah Millis)

People watch as US President Donald Trump speaks about early results from the 2020 US presidential election. (REUTERS/Leah Millis)

A protester yells after a march to the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on the night of the election, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A protester yells after a march to the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on the night of the election, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

People watch as a flag burns outside of the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse after a march on the night of the election, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

People watch as a flag burns outside of the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse after a march on the night of the election, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Workers count votes on election night, at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Tally Operations Center in Downey, California, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

Workers count votes on election night, at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Tally Operations Center in Downey, California, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

US President Donald Trump speaks about early results from the 2020 U.S. presidential election in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 4, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

US President Donald Trump speaks about early results from the 2020 U.S. presidential election in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 4, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

US President Donald Trump speaks about early results from the 2020 US presidential election in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 4, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

US President Donald Trump speaks about early results from the 2020 US presidential election in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 4, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Election workers sort absentee ballots to count at the Lansing city clerk's office on election night on November 03, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Election workers sort absentee ballots to count at the Lansing city clerk's office on election night on November 03, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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

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

Supporters of US President Donald Trump hold signs and flags outside Versailles Restaurant at Little Havana neighborhood in Miami, Florida, USA, November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Supporters of US President Donald Trump hold signs and flags outside Versailles Restaurant at Little Havana neighborhood in Miami, Florida, USA, November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Elections workers open ballots at the Palm Beach County Elections Office during the 2020 US presidential election in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Elections workers open ballots at the Palm Beach County Elections Office during the 2020 US presidential election in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Patti Gorman, Service-Learning Coordinator at Seattle Central College, dresses as Lady Liberty as she encourages people to vote at the ballot drop box behind her Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Patti Gorman, Service-Learning Coordinator at Seattle Central College, dresses as Lady Liberty as she encourages people to vote at the ballot drop box behind her Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Technicians finish setting the stage so Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden can speak to supporters, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Technicians finish setting the stage so Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden can speak to supporters, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Protest: Kelli Midgley, who is opposed to the Trump presidency, dressed as a character from The Handmaid’s Tale in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. PHOTO: J SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP

Protest: Kelli Midgley, who is opposed to the Trump presidency, dressed as a character from The Handmaid’s Tale in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. PHOTO: J SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP

Ballot: A man votes while carrying his baby in Virginia yesterday

Ballot: A man votes while carrying his baby in Virginia yesterday

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden rallies supporters in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of Philadelphia. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden rallies supporters in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of Philadelphia. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Election workers sort absentee ballots to count at the Lansing city clerk's office on election night on November 03, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Election workers sort absentee ballots to count at the Lansing city clerk's office on election night on November 03, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to supporters, early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to supporters, early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Campaign signs for U.S. President Donald Trump and presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden are seen on Election Day in Cherryville, Pennsylvania, U.S., November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Rachel Wisniewski/File Photo

Campaign signs for U.S. President Donald Trump and presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden are seen on Election Day in Cherryville, Pennsylvania, U.S., November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Rachel Wisniewski/File Photo

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about early results from the 2020 U.S. presidential election in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 4, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about early results from the 2020 U.S. presidential election in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 4, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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A demonstrator holds a pinata depicting U.S. President Donald Trump in Times Square in New York City (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Winning those three states would be enough to give Biden an Electoral College victory. Fox News projected Biden would win Arizona, another state that voted for Trump in 2016, giving him more options to get to 270 Electoral College votes.

Biden leads 220 to 213 over Trump in the fight for 270 Electoral College votes, according to Edison Research.

Even without Pennsylvania, Biden victories in Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin, along with his projected win in a congressional district in Nebraska, which apportions electoral votes by district, would put him in the White House, as long as he also holds the states that Trump lost in 2016.

Biden also leads in Nevada, a state Trump lost in 2016, while Trump leads in Georgia, a state he carried easily in 2016, but votes are still being counted.

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Calling a winner

"We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!" Trump said on Twitter before his White House appearance, which swiftly tagged the tweet as possibly misleading.

"It's not my place or Donald Trump's place to declare the winner of this election. It's the voters' place," Biden said on Twitter in response to the president.

Trump has repeatedly and without evidence suggested an increase in mail-in voting will lead to an increase in fraud, although election experts say that fraud is rare and mail-in ballots are a long-standing feature of American elections.

In Pennsylvania, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf said the state still had to count more than a million mail-in ballots. He called Trump's remarks a partisan attack. According to Edison Research, more than 2.4 million early ballots were cast in the state, of which nearly 1.6 million were by Democrats and about 555,000 by Republicans.

Supporters of both candidates called the election a referendum on Trump and his tumultuous first term. The winner will lead a nation strained by a pandemic that has killed more than 231,000 people and left millions more jobless, racial tensions and political polarization that has only worsened during a vitriolic campaign.

What states could swing the vote?

The election will be decided by about a dozen states that could swing to either President Donald Trump, a Republican, or his Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

These states will play a critical role in delivering the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. Due to a surge in mail voting amid the coronavirus pandemic - as well as the states' varying rules for when ballots can be counted - the final results for all the states are expected to take days to be revealed.

ARIZONA

Electoral votes: 11

Polls have closed.

Rating in presidential contest: Leaning Democratic

Other key races: Democratic challenger Mark Kelly appears to have won the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Martha McSally.

Vote counting: Arizona has no-excuse absentee voting. All ballots had to arrive by the close of polls on Election Day. Ballots could be scanned and tabulated starting 14 days before Tuesday but results not reported until after polls closed on Election Day.

GEORGIA

Electoral votes: 16

Polls have closed.

Rating in presidential contest: Leaning Republican

Other key races: The race for one U.S. Senate seat will proceed to a two-way runoff between a Democrat and a Republican. The other race is considered competitive.

Vote counting: Georgia has no-excuse absentee voting. Ballots had to be received by clerks by the close of polls on Election Day. Ballots could be opened and scanned on receipt, but they could not be tallied until after the polls closed on Tuesday. Officials in Fulton County, home to Atlanta and a tenth of all Georgians, warned on Tuesday that its vote count would not be finalized until Wednesday after a burst pipe delayed absentee-by-mail ballot processing for at least two hours, according to local reports.

PENNSYLVANIA

Electoral votes: 20

Polls have closed.

Rating in presidential contest: Leans Democratic

Other key races: Competitive U.S. House contests in the 1st and 10th Districts

Vote counting: Pennsylvania has no-excuse absentee voting, and ballot counting could begin at 7 a.m. on Election Day. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a ruling by Pennsylvania’s top court that officials in the state could accept mail-in ballots three days after Tuesday's election, so long as they were postmarked by Election Day. Election officials in Philadelphia, the state's largest county and a Democratic stronghold, said on Tuesday evening they expected to release more results between midnight and 1 a.m. EST (0500 and 0600 GMT) on Wednesday, with more updates later that morning.

WISCONSIN

Electoral votes: 10

Polls have closed.

Rating in presidential contest: Leans Democratic

Other key races: No governor or U.S. Senate races on the ballot

Vote counting: Wisconsin has no-excuse absentee voting. The state's election officials cannot count mail-in ballots that arrive after Election Day, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Oct. 26. Ballots could not be counted until polls opened on Tuesday. The Board of Elections director in Milwaukee County, the state's most populous, said on Tuesday evening that the county's presidential vote count would not be completed until at least 6 a.m. EST on Wednesday due to the amount of absentee ballots received.

MICHIGAN

Electoral votes: 16

Polls have closed.

Rating in presidential contest: Leans Democratic

Other key races: Competitive U.S. Senate contest

Vote counting: Michigan has no-excuse absentee voting. Ballots had to arrive at clerks' offices by the close of polls on Election Day. Some densely populated jurisdictions in the state, such as Detroit, began sorting absentee ballots on Monday, but the vast majority did not. Clerks could begin scanning and counting absentee ballots at 7 a.m. on Tuesday. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said on Tuesday evening that she expected a fuller picture of the state's results in 24 hours, ahead of early projections. She said absentee ballots could top 3.3 million, while in-person voting ends at 2 million to 2.5 million.

NORTH CAROLINA

Electoral votes: 15

Polls have closed.

Rating in presidential contest: Leaning Republican

Other key races: Competitive U.S. Senate contest has not been called. Democratic Governor Roy Cooper appears to have won re-election.

Vote counting: North Carolina has no-excuse absentee voting. Absentee ballots could be scanned weeks in advance, but results could not be tallied before Election Day. In a blow to Trump, the U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to block the state's plan to tally ballots that are postmarked by Tuesday and arrive by Nov. 12.

NEVADA

Electoral votes: 6

Polls have closed.

Rating in presidential contest: Leans Democratic

Other key races: No governor or U.S. Senate contests on the ballot

Vote counting: Nevada has no-excuse absentee voting, and ballots can be processed upon receipt. Nevada officials could begin scanning and recording ballots 14 days before the election, but results are not released until election night. Ballots postmarked by Tuesday will be counted so long as they arrive within seven days after the election.

TEXAS

Electoral votes: 38

Winner: Trump

Other key races: U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, appears to have won re-election.

Vote counting: Texas voters must qualify to vote by mail, for example by being older than 65, being ill or disabled, or not being present in their voting county during the early voting period through Election Day. All voters could vote early in person. The population of a county determined when election officials could pre-process and count mail ballots. If the county has more than 100,000 people, the ballots could be counted after polls closed on the last day of in-person early voting in the state, which was Oct. 30. Ballots will still be counted if they were postmarked by Tuesday and are received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday. For military and overseas voters, that deadline is extended through the end of business on Nov. 9.

IOWA

Electoral votes: 6

Winner: Trump

Other key races: U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican, appears to have won re-election.

Vote counting: Iowa has no-excuse absentee voting. The ballots had to be received by the close of polls on Election Day, or by noon the following Monday if they were postmarked by Nov. 2. Election officials were allowed to begin opening ballot envelopes on the Saturday before the election and begin scanning and tabulating them on Monday.

FLORIDA

Electoral votes: 29

Winner: Trump

Other key races: Scott Franklin, a Republican, appears to have won the race for U.S. Representative of the 15th District. Carlos Gimenez, a Republican, appears to have won the race for U.S. Representative of the 26th District.

Vote counting: Florida has no-excuse absentee voting. Election officials could begin scanning ballots more than three weeks before Election Day, but results could not be generated until after polls closed. All ballots had to be received by the close of polls on Election Day to be counted. Ballots flagged for signature errors can be corrected, however, until 5 p.m. on Thursday.

OHIO

Electoral votes: 18

Winner: Trump

Other key races: U.S. Representative Steve Chabot, a Republican, appears to have won re-election in the 1st District.

Vote counting: Ohio has no-excuse absentee voting. Ballots could be scanned, but not tallied, as early as Oct. 6. Absentee ballots were the first to be counted on election night. Mail ballots had to be postmarked by Monday and received by 10 days after Tuesday's election to be counted.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Electoral votes: 4

Winner: Biden

Other key races: Governor Chris Sununu, a Republican, appears to have won re-election.

Vote counting: New Hampshire state officials have said all voters are able to cast an absentee ballot if they have concerns about COVID-19, and the ballots had to be received by 5 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots could be pre-processed in some jurisdictions beginning on Oct. 29, but not counted until the polls closed on Tuesday.

MINNESOTA

Electoral votes: 10

Winner: Biden

Other key races: Competitive contests for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House in the 1st and 7th Districts

Vote counting: Minnesota has no-excuse absentee voting, and ballots must be pre-processed within five days of receipt. Beginning on Oct. 20, ballots could be opened and logged, but the results were only tabulated after polls closed on Election Day. A federal appeals court ruled last week that the state's plan to count absentee ballots received after Election Day was illegal.

What's going on with the Senate?

Democrats picked up a seat in Colorado and Republicans picked one up in Alabama in the battle for control of the US Senate in Tuesday's elections. In Georgia, a Republican-held seat was now headed to a January runoff.

Elsewhere, Republicans held off Democratic challengers in five of the 14 most competitive races, bolstering their chances that they would retain a majority in the 100-seat chamber.

The final outcome may not be clear for some time.

Republicans currently hold 53 seats. Democrats need to win four seats to take a majority, or three if Joe Biden wins the White House, which would give a Vice President Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote.

A Democratic victory could lead to a new era in U.S. politics, if the party also captures the White House and holds onto the U.S. House of Representatives.


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