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DETROIT — Not lengthy earlier than a number of information shops started declaring former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. the winner of Michigan’s electoral votes, tensions rose on Wednesday at a ballot-counting heart in Detroit, a crucial reservoir of votes for Mr. Biden within the battleground state.

President Trump’s supporters and Democratic observers converged on the TCF Heart to watch ballot employees as they tried to complete counting greater than 170,000 absentee ballots within the state’s largest metropolis. Observers from either side weren’t allowed to enter the ballot-counting heart, as a result of the teams had already reached the utmost variety of challengers allowed inside.

The variety of folks attempting to achieve entry grew from 5 to greater than 30, and the scenario grew heated with arguments breaking out between the challengers, elections officers and the Detroit police.

The president’s backers chanted “cease the depend” as officers stood in entrance of the doorways to the conference heart, a video confirmed. There was no violence, and it was not instantly clear if there have been any arrests.

Although Mr. Trump took an early lead in Michigan as votes started to be counted, his margin evaporated in a single day as ballots from Detroit, which is in Wayne County, had been counted. The president’s marketing campaign filed a lawsuit on Wednesday by which it accused election officers of blocking entry to observers from the Trump marketing campaign because the ballots had been tabulated.

When counting started, there have been 85 challengers who had been monitoring the 900 metropolis employees who had been working in shifts to depend the absentee ballots.

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Lisa Lerer in Orlando, Fla.

Joe Biden has flipped Michigan, together with Wisconsin. Wins in Arizona and Nevada would get him to 270 electoral votes. Or, Pennsylvania would put him excessive.

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Renee Klipfel sat on a bench outdoors her workplace, smoking a cigarette and scrolling by way of her cellphone, monitoring the election updates as they trickled in Wednesday.

She was following Michigan and Pennsylvania, particularly — two crucial battleground races that remained too near name.

“I used to be just a little shocked that it was such an in depth race,” stated Ms. Klipfel, who voted for Joseph R. Biden Jr., however stated she doesn’t establish as a Democrat.

Ms. Klipfel stated that she didn’t like President Trump’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic, and particularly that he held giant marketing campaign rallies regardless of the chance of the virus spreading in huge gatherings.

“He went about his enterprise with none concern for the American folks,” she stated. “I don’t assume he took it critically.”

Even with the election outcomes nonetheless hanging within the air, many People had different work to do. Rhonda McCoy, the proprietor of Punky’s Bathtub and Reward Store in downtown Bismarck, was outdoors cleansing her store’s home windows. She stored her cellphone inside straightforward attain, within the breast pocket of her flannel prime, to examine for updates.

Ms. McCoy hoped Mr. Trump would take again the lead. Her retailer had seen a lack of enterprise due to the pandemic, and she or he feared a win for Mr. Biden would carry nonetheless extra struggling for small companies.

“You by no means know, he would possibly nonetheless pull by way of,” Ms. McCoy stated.

Whereas ready for the winner, she stated she would embellish her retailer for the vacations, hoping the vacation rush would assist preserve her afloat.

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WILMINGTON, Del. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday stated it was “clear” that he would attain 270 electoral votes and win the presidency, although he stopped in need of claiming victory.

“I’m not right here to declare that we’ve received, however I’m right here to report that when the depend is completed, we consider we would be the winners,” Mr. Biden stated in a quick speech at an occasion heart in Wilmington.

After President Trump stated within the early morning hours that vote counting ought to be halted, Mr. Biden supplied a strikingly totally different message, paying tribute to democracy.

“Right here, the folks rule,” he stated. “Energy can’t be taken or asserted. It flows from the folks. And it’s their will that determines who would be the president of america, and their will alone.”

Mr. Biden added that “each vote have to be counted.”

“Nobody’s going to take our democracy away from us,” he stated. “Not now, not ever.”

Sticking with one of many broad themes of his marketing campaign, Mr. Biden stated the presidency “shouldn’t be a partisan establishment” and promised, “I’ll work as arduous for many who didn’t vote for me as I’ll for many who did vote for me.”

“My mates, I’m assured we’ll emerge victorious,” Mr. Biden stated. “However this is not going to be my victory alone or our victory alone. Will probably be a victory for the American folks, for our democracy, for America. And there might be no blue states and purple states after we win — simply america of America.”

At a facility in Lancaster, Pa., election officials continue to count ballots in a key battleground state that’s still up for grabs.

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When all the votes are tallied across the country, Iowa could end up being the biggest disappointment for Democrats.

Before Tuesday, some Democrats in the state — which President Trump won by nine points in 2016 after President Barack Obama won it twice — were cautiously optimistic that it could flip blue again. Some predicted victories up and down the ticket, including in a competitive Senate race. There was even hope that Democrats could make gains in the statehouse and even possibly take control of the Iowa House.

But with more than 90 percent of the vote reported, Democrats’ hopes appear to have been snuffed out.

Mr. Trump once again won the state, according to The Associated Press, with a margin that currently stands at more than seven percentage points. It appears that Joseph R. Biden Jr. will not reclaim any of the counties along the Mississippi River that voted twice for Mr. Obama and then flipped for Mr. Trump.

Losses piled up further down the ballot, too. The Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Theresa Greenfield, was unsuccessful in her bid to unseat first-term Senator Joni Ernst. Representative Abby Finkenauer, who turned her district blue in 2018, lost her re-election bid to State Representative Ashley Hinson, a former television anchor who was caught plagiarizing passages at least a dozen times.

In the statehouse, Republicans are on track to keep their majority in the Iowa Senate and to add seats in the Iowa House.

For weeks, Americans have proudly displayed signs, flags and banners endorsing their favorite candidates. That’s over now.

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PROSPER, Texas — It was a struggle for Renilson Corrente to vote for the first time in the United States on Tuesday. By Wednesday, he was hoping for calm.

“I think what this country really needs is peace to pick itself up,” he said. “If Trump wins, let him try to make this term a good, better one. If Biden wins, let him be respected.”

For Mr. Corrente, 42, an immigrant from Brazil who works in information technology, Election Day was a “headache.”

He had filled out his registration forms more than a month before the election but was still not on the rolls on Election Day. He brought his U.S. passport to show election officials in Prosper, a rapidly expanding and historically conservative town north of Dallas, that he was a citizen and eligible to vote. After 30 minutes of discussion, he cast a provisional ballot.

Mr. Corrente identified himself as a Republican for whom the former Arizona Senator John McCain was his lodestar. “I would like Texas to stay as a Red state, but unfortunately I do not identify myself with Trump,” he said on Wednesday. He said he hoped that if Biden were elected, he would help the United States regain its global “prestige” and repair its relationship with its traditional allies.

And he hoped that another nail-biter of an election would finally lead the country to reform its voting system.

“I work with data science,” he said. “It is not realistic that we discuss 5G, robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, Mars exploration and still conduct our democratic process as we have done in the past century.”

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Thomas Kaplan in Wilmington, Del.

Biden is on his way to the Chase Center in Wilmington, where he will give remarks this afternoon.

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Michael Grynbaum in New York

On Fox News, Chris Wallace tells viewers the WI pickup is key for Biden: “It’s real simple math now. Six votes in NV, 16 votes in MI, and he reaches precisely the magic number.” (Fox has called AZ for Biden.)

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BOSTON — For two moderate Republican governors in New England, navigating the Trump era has been taxing.

Neither Phil Scott of Vermont nor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts could be mistaken for fans of President Trump. Both of them have spent the past four years choosing their words carefully.

So how did they vote?

Governor Scott told reporters that he cast his ballot for Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic candidate. “I put country over party,” he said.

He argued that Mr. Trump had been given four years to unite the country and failed. He said Tuesday was the first time he had ever voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.

“So I had to do some soul-searching,” Mr. Scott said.

Governor Baker came to a different conclusion: He skipped the presidential line on his ballot altogether, rather than voting for either Mr. Biden or Mr. Trump.

“I blanked it,” he said.

The decision matched one Mr. Baker made four years ago, when he said he did not vote for Mr. Trump or his opponent in that race, Hillary Clinton.

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Alicia Parlapiano in Washington

Officials in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, have said they will update results around 9 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. local time) on Wednesday.

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We’ve gotten a bit more data in Pennsylvania, which narrows Trump’s lead to 8 points. To my mind, everything there is still consistent with Biden eventually taking the lead.

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The likeliest outcome by far in Arizona is that the remaining ballots are good enough for Biden. But I don’t think we can be 100 percent confident until we’ve seen some of them.

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Barrier-breaking candidates have notched victories in several national and state races this week:

  • Cori Bush: the first Black woman elected to represent Missouri in Congress.

  • Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones: the first openly gay Black men to be elected to Congress (both in New York).

  • Deb Haaland, Yvette Herrell and Teresa Leger: the first time New Mexico’s entire House delegation will be made up of women of color.

  • Cynthia Lummis: the first woman to serve in the Senate from Wyoming.

  • Sarah McBride: the first openly transgender state senator (in Delaware) and the highest-ranking transgender official in the U.S.

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For anyone with one eye on President Trump’s Twitter feed at midday on Wednesday, and another on the election “rumor control” website put up by his own Department of Homeland Security, it was President Trump vs. the Trump administration.

Mr. Trump doubled down on his unproven allegation that counting mail-in ballots after Election Day was a clear sign of fraud.

“They are working hard to make up 500,000 vote advantage in Pennsylvania disappear — ASAP,’’ he wrote just after noon. “Likewise Michigan and others!” Twitter slapped a warning over the message that the content was “disputed and might be misleading.”

Among those disputing such claims was the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of D.H.S., whose director, Christopher Krebs, told reporters on Tuesday that “after today, keep calm and let them count.”

By this morning, his recently-created “rumor control” page led with the warning that a delay in election results “does not indicate there is any problem with the counting process or results. Official results are not certified until all validly cast ballots have been counted.”

The warning went up before Mr. Trump’s tweets. But the looming contradiction with the president’s well-telegraphed views, officials acknowledged, was inevitable.

So it was notable when the acting secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, praised the work of Mr. Krebs’ agency, known as CISA, and pointed to innovations like the “rumor control” site. He then went to the White House, where he attended the election night reception that Mr. Trump addressed early Tuesday morning, and where the president claimed that he had already won.

Mr. Wolf has been among Mr. Trump’s biggest partisan defenders. So inside the administration some officials were wondering, in private messages, whether the president would notice that his tweets were just the kind of “rumors” that D.H.S. was seeking to counter. Particularly the part where the agency reminded Americans that counting mail-in, military and other ballots after Election Day “does not impact the accuracy of the counting process.”

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Reid Epstein in Madison, Wis.

Trump’s campaign manager says he’ll request a recount in Wisconsin, though it may be up to two weeks before one can begin. In 2016 a statewide recount increased Trump’s margin by 131 votes.

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Reid Epstein in Madison, Wis.

Joe Biden has won Wisconsin, according to The Associated Press, flipping a state President Trump narrowly won in 2016.

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ATLANTA — Leading up to Election Day in Georgia, there was not much that Democrats and Republicans agreed upon, except for a prediction that the day would be a dramatic one, given their state’s shift from Republican stronghold to battleground, and its recent notoriety for electoral system meltdowns and brutally long lines.

They were correct — but not always in the ways some imagined. Fears of embarrassing and widespread polling place glitches, like the kind that marred the June primaries in populous Fulton County, did not materialize. Most Georgia voters virtually waltzed through the voting process Tuesday, after some encountered long lines during the early voting period.

As of Wednesday afternoon, however, many of Georgia’s most dramatic political questions remained unanswered — including the question of who had won the state’s 16 electoral votes.

At 2:15 p.m. Eastern time, President Trump was leading his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, by just over 80,000 votes in the state. But tens of thousands of absentee ballots remained to be counted in a process that officials said could take days.

Some of the delay was inevitable: voters were allowed to deposit absentee ballots in county drop boxes until 7 p.m. Tuesday, and the process of counting them is labor-intensive, involving manually removing ballots from envelopes and, in some cases, subjecting them to human review.

But there were also bizarre and unwelcome surprises, like the pipe that burst Tuesday morning in State Farm Arena, the Atlanta basketball stadium that Fulton County was using to tabulate some votes. The plumbing failure, announced by county officials late Tuesday night, delayed the counting of an estimated 50,000 ballots.

The short-term uncertainties, however, cannot obscure the new, emerging reality that Georgia no longer belongs in the list of Southern states that are an easy walk for Republican candidates.

“I think regardless of who wins the presidential election and who ultimately wins the Senate races, it’s clear that Georgia is electorally competitive,” said Andra Gillespie, an associate professor of political science at Emory University.

“We are entering an era of Georgia politics where we’re probably going to see more races that are going to be decided by small margin — and an era where we are going to see Democrats and Republicans alternate.”

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon has extended an emergency declaration in the city of Portland as the results of the presidential election remain uncertain.

Protesters there and around the country have announced demonstrations on Wednesday in opposition to President Trump’s premature claim to victory and the bevy of legal challenges planned by his campaign, which have come even as some states continue to tally votes.

One event being planned in Portland calls for a mass mobilization in support of counting every vote, while the left-wing activist group Refuse Fascism is promoting protests in a dozen cities across the country.

In announcing an extension of her emergency declaration, which provides for more law enforcement resources in Portland, Ms. Brown said that violence, intimidation and property destruction would not be tolerated.

“It’s important to trust the process, and the system that has ensured free and fair elections in this country through the decades, even in times of great crisis,” Ms. Brown said.

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — In the downtown area where President Harry S. Truman grew up, a group of Biden and Trump supporters meets regularly for coffee at Dave’s Bakery and Deli. Conversation flowed easily the morning after the election.

“Are they calling it division now?” Carl Anderson, a Trump supporter, said. “If we are going to have separation of powers, some people might think that is division.”

Mr. Anderson said he wasn’t surprised that the election results so far show a nearly evenly split nation. He also expressed concern about the variety of state laws regarding ballots being received and counted.

“We shouldn’t have to wait three, four or five days to know the outcome,” he said.

For Mr. Anderson, the key to healing the nation is more people sitting across from one another at a shared table, just like he and his Biden-supporting friend, Jerry Moss, were. The pair share a ritual with four other friends, fellow retirees who meet at Dave’s three times a week to sit and talk. The only hiccup in their meetings was the pandemic, which forced the deli to temporarily shut down. When Dave’s reopened, so did their table.

“At this table we have different opinions, and that is OK,” Mr. Anderson said. “We feel everyone has a right to their opinion.”

Mr. Anderson supports President Trump because he thinks he is doing the business of the country, and he doesn’t care about what Trump is like as a person. As for the pandemic, Anderson insists that a plan is in place.

“Biden says, ‘Trump needs a plan,’” Mr. Anderson said.

“We do need a plan,” chimed in Mr. Moss. “Trump is a liar.”

With another four years, “he will sell us down the river,” Mr. Moss continued.

Another Biden supporter, Debbie Stewart, sat beside Mr. Anderson and said that their rule was not to talk politics with family.

“We just can’t change Trump supporters’ thoughts, and they can’t change ours,” she said.

Mr. Anderson noted that he and his friends at the table can set an example.

“We have a diversity of thought and ideology, but we care for one another,” he said. “Care for your neighbor. That’s the problem.”

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Emily Cochrane in Bangor, Maine

Susan Collins becomes the first senator to be elected by Maine voters to a fifth term, and will become the longest-serving Republican woman in the history of the Senate.

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Thomas Kaplan in Wilmington, Del.

Biden is now raising money for a new “Biden Fight Fund,” which will finance “election protection efforts for Joe Biden and Democrats up and down the ballot,” his campaign manager says.




Collins Wins Maine Senate Race as Gideon Concedes

Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, claimed a fifth term after her Democratic challenger, Sara Gideon, conceded.

“I am the first person since Maine directly elected its senators to win a fifth term. [cheering] So to the folks of Maine, thanks. Thanks. I’ll serve you with all my coronary heart. I’ll work arduous for you every day. And collectively, we’ll come collectively to work on the issues and challenges which might be going through our state and our nation. I’m so honored to have that accountability. Thanks a lot, to the folks of Maine. Thanks.” “We introduced folks collectively, and put ahead a set of concepts and a imaginative and prescient to maneuver this state and its folks ahead. Mainers rallied round our marketing campaign in a approach I’ve by no means seen earlier than. And whereas we got here up quick, I do consider Mainers in each nook of this state are able to proceed to work collectively to make a distinction. Simply now, I spoke with Senator Collins. I congratulated her on successful this election. And I informed her that I’ll at all times be out there to assist serve the folks of Maine. I’m happy with the marketing campaign we ran. And whatever the outcome, collectively we constructed a motion that may assist us make progress for years to come back.”

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Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, claimed a fifth time period after her Democratic challenger, Sara Gideon, conceded.Credit scoreCredit score…Hilary Swift for The New York Instances

Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, claimed victory on Wednesday in her bid to safe a fifth time period, beating again an avalanche of Democratic cash and liberal anger in probably the most troublesome race of her profession to defeat Sara Gideon, a Democrat, and strengthen her social gathering’s maintain on the Senate.

Her win was reported by The Related Press not lengthy after Ms. Collins stated she had obtained “a really gracious name” from Ms. Gideon conceding the race. And Ms. Gideon delivered a concession speech.

“Whatever the outcome, we constructed a motion that may assist us make progress for years to come back,” Ms. Gideon stated.

Ms. Collins’s victory additional dimmed Democrats’ hopes for a Senate takeover, denying them a vital pickup alternative.

Millions of votes are still to be counted in key battleground states. Here, election officials in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Wisconsin address the counting status and the path forward.

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