Biden predicts victory as he leads over Trump: Live news
Americans have been waiting longer than in any presidential election since 2000 to see who wins.
By Shereena Qazi7 Nov 2020
- Americans continue to watch and wait to see who will be declared the winner of Tuesday’s presidential elections.
- Alaska, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania are still counting ballots and winners have not been projected.
- Trump has repeated voting fraud claims without providing evidence.
- Biden, who has urged patience, has taken the lead in Georgia and Pennsylvania.
- Arizona has been projected for Biden, but officials say mail-in ballots are still being counted.
Iran: Rouhani urges next US gov’t to ‘return to commitments’
President Hassan Rouhani has called on the next US administration to restart fulfilling commitments under the Iran nuclear deal.
In a televised speech, Rouhani said the Iranian people have faced “economic terrorism” for the past three years and have shown admirable resistance.
The president said he hopes those who sanctioned Iran will come to the conclusion their methods have been wrong and will bear no results.
Here’s where things stand in key states on Saturday morning.
By Saturday morning on the east coast, Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s lead in Georgia had surpassed 7,000 votes, but the race there and in some other key states that could decide the next president remained uncalled. In a brief speech late on Friday night, Mr. Biden expressed confidence that he would prevail.
With some, but not all, of the pivotal counties planning to report the count of additional ballots on Saturday, there was an expectation that a winner could be declared soon. But when that might happen is still unclear.
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As the weekend began, supporters of both candidates waited for a resolution.
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Joe Arpaio’s former deputy is poised to lose his bid for Maricopa County sheriff.
The former deputy to Joe Arpaio, whose hard-line anti-immigrant positions won him praise from President Trump, appeared headed toward a loss in the race for sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz.
The Democratic incumbent, Sheriff Paul Penzone, declared victory over Mr. Arpaio’s former deputy chief, Jerry Sheridan, in a statement on Friday, the Arizona Republic reported, and led the race by more than ten percentage points.
Mr. Sheridan had not yet conceded as of early Saturday morning. During the campaign, he tried to distance himself from his old boss, who was found guilty of criminal contempt of court in 2017 for defying an order to stop detaining suspected undocumented immigrants.
Pennsylvania’s vote count crawls forward, as Trump scores a minor legal victory.
As of early Saturday morning, Joseph R. Biden Jr. led President Trump in Pennsylvania by 28,833 votes, with 96 percent of the state’s ballots counted. The remaining mail ballots are expected to favor Democrats, and officials in Philadelphia have said it could take a few more days to complete the count there.
As Pennsylvania’s ballot count continued on Friday evening, the Trump campaign won what appeared to be a small victory in the Supreme Court: Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. granted the state’s Republican Party’s request to order state election officials to set aside mailed ballots that arrived after Election Day and to not include them, for now, in vote totals.
But in practice, the decision changes almost nothing: Election officials in Pennsylvania had already been segregating those ballots and not counting them in announced vote totals.
What happens when the election results are contested?
As the country waits for ballot tallies in a handful of crucial battleground states, the Trump campaign has pursued lawsuits in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and said that it would demand a recount in Wisconsin.
If lawsuits and recounts persist — and if vote margins are razor thin in key swing states — it could be weeks before President Trump or Joseph R. Biden Jr. is named the winner. In some scenarios, the contest could drag into 2021, and might look something like this:
Even before Election Day, armies of lawyers for the Trump and Biden campaigns were preparing for an onslaught of litigation. Mr. Trump has long pushed allegations of voter fraud without evidence and raised questions about the validity of the mail-in vote.
“This election won’t be resolved until a losing candidate concedes defeat and congratulates his opponent,” said Edward B. Foley, an Ohio State University law professor. “And if the candidates don’t give us finality that way, then the legal process has to give it to us.”
Election 2020 Live Updates: Biden’s Lead Widens in Several Key States
Biden added to his margin in Fulton County, Ga., which includes most of Atlanta. He now leads by more by 7,248 votes in the state, with more than 98 percent votes reported.
Trump’s chief of staff tests positive for the coronavirus as the U.S. outbreak soars.
Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, has contracted the coronavirus, a senior official in the Trump administration said on Friday night, as the United States set a daily record for new cases for the third straight day.
His diagnosis came as the pandemic rampaged across the United States, which has recorded an average of more than 100,000 new cases per day over the past week and hit another record on Friday, with more than 132,700 cases in a single day. The country also recorded more than 1,220 deaths.
Mr. Meadows, who abided by President Trump’s efforts to play down the coronavirus throughout the summer, is only the latest in a string of people in the president’s circle to contract the virus in the past seven weeks. Others include Mr. Trump himself and the first lady, Melania Trump, and several aides to the president and Vice President Mike Pence.
A Somali refugee waiting for his wife and children now awaits election results.
Afkab Hussein has barely eaten since Election Day.
“All I can do is pray and watch the news,” said Mr. Hussein, 32, a refugee from Somalia.
He arrived in the United States five years ago, after more than a decade in a refugee camp in Kenya. But he is still waiting for his wife and two children to join him.
A close friend of Harris’s isn’t celebrating yet.
MORAGA, Calif. — Suzy Loftus has been Kamala Harris’s close friend and colleague for two decades. She worked on Ms. Harris’s first political campaign, a successful run for district attorney in San Francisco. She served as a senior adviser during Ms. Harris’s ascent to state and national politics, and they worked together at the state’s Justice Department.
Yet on Friday afternoon, as she watched results trickle in that seemed to point to a victory for Ms. Harris and Joseph R. Biden Jr., Ms. Loftus was in no mood to celebrate.
“Are you kidding?” Ms. Loftus said from her home in San Francisco. “There’s still hand-wringing.”
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Incendiary texts traced to outfit run by top Trump aide
A texting company run by one of Trump’s top campaign officials sent out thousands of targeted, anonymous text messages urging supporters to rally where votes were being counted in Philadelphia, falsely claiming Democrats were trying to steal the presidential election.
The messages directed Trump fans to converge at a downtown intersection where hundreds of protesters from the opposing candidates’ camps faced off Thursday afternoon.
“This kind of message is playing with fire, and we are very lucky that it does not seem to have driven more conflict,” said John Scott-Railton, senior researcher at the University of Toronto’s online watchdog Citizen Lab.
Guns seen outside vote-counting centres
The most turbulent and norm-breaking presidential election of a lifetime has led to an extraordinary spectacle in the US over the past three days: Armed protesters gathering nightly outside offices where local workers are counting the votes that will decide who wins the White House.
Experts warn weapons potentially create dangerous situations that could be seen as intimidation or tip easily into violence.
Trump Chief of Staff Meadows diagnosed with COVID-19
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who has frequently appeared at public events without wearing a mask, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, Two senior administration officials confirmed.
They offered no details on when the chief of staff came down with the virus or his current condition.
Recounts: What are the rules in key contested states?
Trump to seek recounts in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Georgia where apparent winner Biden is ahead by narrow margins.
Biden predicts victory as his lead over Trump grows
Biden says he is going to win the US presidency as his lead over Trump in battleground states grows, although television networks are holding off from declaring him the victor as officials continue to count votes.
“The numbers tell us … it’s a clear and convincing story: We’re going to win this race,” Biden said late on Friday, adding he and his running mate Kamala Harris were already meeting with experts as they prepare for the White House.
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