US Election Updates: Trump alleges fraud, to move US Supreme Court
First Published 4, Nov 2020, 4:58 AM
The fight is closer than one expected, and there are no clear winners yet in the race to the White House. Will Joe Biden emerge triumphant? Or will Donald Trump win a second term to the Oval Office? Watch the outcome of the United States presidential elections as they unfold.
Trump takes to the podium in the White House's East Room.
He starts by thanking his family, and the millions of supporters who turned out for him tonight.
"We were getting ready for a big celebration," he says, adding "We were winning everything."
Taking a triumphant tone, Trump celebrates his big win of the night in Florida.
"We didn't win it, we won it by a lot," he says.
Trump alleges ‘major fraud’ in the elections, says 'we will be going to the US Supreme Court'
Trump claimed that he has won the elections and added that he would be making a statement tonight. "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!" he tweeted.
This is big. Joe Biden is projected to win California and bag its huge 55 electoral college votes. It was once a solid Republican state but has voted Democrat since 1992. Meanwhile, election officials in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have said they will not be announcing the winners of their states tonight. Fox News has called Florida and its 29 electoral votes for Donald Trump.
Donald Trump will address the nation later today to "project strength" and "set his own narrative", an official who spoke to the US President. "Yes, the president will speak tonight. Even if it's not to declare victory, he needs to set the narrative," the official told CBS. Trump will deliver remarks from the White House East Room
Joe Biden is projected to win in New York and bag the 29 votes there. Trump's former home state has been a Democratic stronghold for three decades. Trump lost New York to Hillary Clinton in 2016. Joe Biden is also projected to win Illinois and Rhode Island. According to media reports, Biden has outperformed Hillary Clinton's numbers in Houston and Dallas. Biden has now secured 119 electoral votes, while Trump has won 92. A candidate needs to win 270 electoral votes to capture the presidency.
Polling in 14 states on America's East Coast have just closed. These states represent a total of 156 electoral votes or nearly 30 percent of the nation's total. Several of these states, include Azizona, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota are considered crucial battlegrounds for the presidency.
Florida appears to be swinging towards Donald Trump. Florida is a must-win state for Donald Trump. With 29 Electoral College votes, Florida is America's largest swing state. Till last count, Trump had secured over 50% of the votes in the state while Biden had secured 48% of the popular vote
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has been re-elected in Kentucky. First elected to the Senate in 1984, McConnell is Kentucky/s longest-serving senator. He was in the headlines recently for leading Republican efforts to have Justice Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to the Supreme Court just weeks before election day.
Here's the scenario so far.
The Associated Press and the New York Times have called Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi for Donald Trump while his Democrat rival is projected to win Maryland, Illinois, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, Massachussets and Rhode Island
Fox News is reporting that the Republican National Committee has moved its headquarters on election night from a government building in Washington, D.C., to an undisclosed location, citing security concerns. The US capital is reportedly bracing for protests and potential civil unrest following election results, with a beefed-up police and Secret Service presence outside the White House.
Another set of early results have just come in. Incumbent president Donald Trump has won the state of West Virginia and its five electoral votes. Joe Biden takes Virginia
CNN is now projecting President Trump to win Indiana. There are 11 electoral votes at stake in Indiana. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the 2020 presidential election.
Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia has won a third term. From 2002 to 2006, Warner served as governor of Virginia. As a senator, he now serves as Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence. He is also on the Finance, Banking, Budget and Rules committees.
Early results trickling in. Donald Trump has won Kentucky while Joe Biden wins Vermont.
According to CNN, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is now at his home in Wilmington, surrounded by his family, waiting for returns to start coming in at any moment.
Here's sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik wishing Donald Trump and Joe Biden all the very best in the US presidential elections.
The polls have closed in parts of Indiana and Kentucky. Trump is expected to win both traditionally Republican states. Initial reports say Biden is leading in Kentucky
Here's what the key players have been saying in the last few minutes:
Donald Trump: We are looking really good all over te country. Thank you
Kamala Harris: Today I’m thinking about the ancestors who, in the face of injustice and danger, put their lives on the line and fought for their rights. Honour their sacrifice by voting before polls close.
Joe Biden: This is our moment to prove that: Love is more powerful than hate, hope is more powerful than fear, light is more powerful than dark.
The US is on track to see some of the highest voter engagement since the early 1900s. According to Michael P McDonald, the University of Florida professor who compiles data for the Elections project, over 101 million people have voted. The 101,167,740 votes cast include 35,923,053 in-person votes, 65,244,687 mail ballots and 26,858,126 outstanding mail ballots