Votes are being counted to elect America’s next president.
The Republican President Donald Trump is being challenged by Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden who is inches closer to victory. The later is popularly known as Barack Obama’s vice-president and has been in politics since 1970.
Here we will be updating the polling results as they keep coming in.
Trump demands recount in Wisconsin
President Donald Trump’s campaign said Wednesday it was demanding a recount in Wisconsin, where returns show Democrat Joe Biden with a major lead.
“There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results,” campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement. “The president is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.”
Wisconsin is one of a handful of states where the fate of the US election hung in balance before Biden’s clean sweep.
Four states still left uncalled
As it stands, there are four states still left uncalled, including major prizes such as Pennsylvania — meaning both Trump and Biden still have a path to victory.
US media outlets have projected wins for the Republican incumbent in 23 states including big prizes Florida and Texas, as well as Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio — all states he won in 2016.
Biden has captured 20 states including his home state Delaware and big prizes California and New York, as well as the US capital. The former vice president has flipped one state won by Trump in 2016 — Arizona, in the southwest.
Nebraska split its electoral votes between the two — four for Trump and one for Biden. Maine was won by Biden, but so far, he has only three of the four electoral votes on offer, with the last still to be decided.
Biden also won in Michigan and Wisconsin, grabbing another 26 electroal votes to be within touching distance of taking presidency.
So far, that gives Biden 264 electoral votes and Trump 214.
The magic number of electoral votes is 270.
Trump says will go to Supreme Court to dispute election count
President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed he had won the US election, despite the final results not yet being given, and said he would go the Supreme Court to dispute the counting of votes.
“We did win this election,” Trump said in an extraordinary speech from the ceremonial East Room of the White House. “This is a fraud on the American public.”
The Republican, who according to initial results is in a neck-and-neck race with Democrat Joe Biden, said he would go to court and “we want all voting to stop.”
He appeared to mean stopping the counting of mail-in ballots which can be legally accepted by state election boards after Tuesday’s election, provided they were sent in time.
Biden, Trump both predict victory as president alleges theft
President Donald Trump early Wednesday said he expected a “big win” and accused Democrats of trying to steal the election after rival Joe Biden also predicted victory.
“We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election,” Trump wrote on Twitter moments after Biden told supporters he expected to win.
“We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed,” said Trump, who promised to speak more later.
Twitter, which has vowed to act against false information, quickly flagged Trump’s tweet accusing theft.
The president has long charged, with no evidence, that mail-in ballots are a way to cheat in the election.
Mail-in ballots, sent due to health concerns during the Covid-19 health crisis, are expected to favor Biden and in some states were being counted later.
Trump appeared to be responding to Biden, who moments earlier told his supporters to be patient.
“We believe we are on track to win this election,” Biden said to honks of approval in his home state of Delaware.
“It ain’t over till every vote is counted,” he said.
“It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to say who won this election.”
Biden at 264 electoral votes, Trump at 214: US media
President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are battling it out for the White House, with polls closed across the United States Tuesday — and a long night of waiting for results in key battlegrounds on the cards.
The results are flowing in, with US media projecting wins for the Republican incumbent so far in 22 states including big prize Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee — all states he won in 2016.
The following is a list of the states won by each candidate and the corresponding number of electoral votes, based on the projections of US media including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC/NBC News, ABC, CBS and The New York Times.