Trump-vs-Biden- Election 2020 After thin Biden lead, Georgia heading to recount: Live

Trump claims without evidence the election is being rigged by Democrats, as Biden closes the gap in key battleground states.

People rally to demand that every vote be counted outside of the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [Tracie Van Auken/EPA]
People rally to demand that every vote be counted outside of the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [Tracie Van Auken/EPA]
  • Americans continue to watch and wait to see who will be declared the winner of Tuesday’s presidential elections.
  • Currently, Biden is projected to have won 264 electoral votes and Trump 214. The race goes to the contender with 270 votes.
  • President Trump on Thursday repeated voting fraud claims without evidence in his first address since Tuesday’s elections.
  • Alaska, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania are still counting ballots and winners have not been projected in those states.
  • Biden, who has urged for patience, has closed the gap in Georgia and Pennsylvania.
  • Arizona has been projected for Biden, but officials say mail-in ballots are still being counted.

Hello and welcome to Career Help Bd’s continuing coverage of the US elections. This is Linah Alsaafin in Doha.

White House economic advisor: ‘I think there will be peaceful transfer of power’

White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow told business news network CNBC on Friday that Trump “intends to keep up the fight” as votes continue to be tallied in key battleground states, and “wants to make sure ballots are counted legally”.

When asked if he felt a peaceful transfer of power in the US is necessary to keep financial markets stable, Kudlow said, “I think there will be a peaceful transfer of power and I think the markets have been remarkably calm and resilient and actually rather bullish”.

He added: “This is a great country, this is the greatest democracy in the world and we abide by the rule of law and so will this president.”

Republican leaders weigh in on Trump voter fraud allegations

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican urged Trump to fight to defeat Biden.

“Every legal vote should be counted,” McConnell tweeted early Friday. “All sides must get to observe the process.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy took a more confrontational tone, insisting inaccurately that Trump “won” the election – even though officials in several states are still counting Americans’ ballots.

“So everyone who’s listening, do not be quiet, do not be silent about this. We cannot allow this to happen before our very eyes,” McCarthy said Thursday on Fox News. “Join together and let’s stop this.”

Biden maintains lead over Trump in Pennsylvania’s vote count

According to the latest count, Biden leads Trump in the state of Pennsylvania by about 9,000 votes. Votes are still being counted and the contest is still too early for The Associated Press to call.

Trump’s lead dwindled after Election Day when state officials began processing mail-in ballots, a form of voting that has skewed heavily in Biden’s favor.

If there is less than a half percentage point difference between Biden’s and Trump’s vote totals, state law dictates that a recount must be held.

Joe Biden making a statement on the 2020 US presidential election results during a brief appearance before reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, US [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

Election officials worried by threats and protesters

Election officials in several closely contested states said they are worried about the safety of their workers amid threats and gatherings of angry protesters outside vote tabulation centers, drawn by Trump’s baseless claim of widespread fraud in the election.

Groups of Trump supporters gathered at vote tabulation sites in Detroit and Philadelphia again Friday, decrying counts that showed Biden leading in those and other key states.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, tweeted a plea Thursday to “stop making harassing & threatening calls” to her staff.

Dozens of Trump supporters rallied outside Detroit’s convention center Friday morning, where election workers have counted ballots.

“Stop the steal,” the protesters chanted. Some carried signs that read, “Make Elections Fair Again,” and “We Love Trump.” Police cordoned off streets leading to the tabulation center and maintained a close watch on the protest.

Escalating rhetoric amid concerns Trump won’t concede

The Biden campaign responded to concerns that Trump may not concede if Biden is declared the winner of the election.

“As we said on July 19th, the American people will decide this election,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told Al Jazeera, “and the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House,” he said.

Recount in battleground state Georgia

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger – citing a very small margin that gave Biden a very slight edge in the battle ground state of Georgia on Friday – that the state will head into a recount.

Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voting system implementation manager, said in a press conference Friday morning that there are fewer than five thousand votes that need to be counted.

An additional approximately 8,900 military and overseas absentee ballots have been sent out to requesters but not yet returned. Such ballots, he said, if postmarked by Election Day, can be accepted within three days of Election Day.

Police give additional details about Philadelphia plot

Police in Philadelphia provided additional details about a plot to attack the Pennsylvania Convention Centre on Thursday night – where ballots are being counted.

“Philadelphia police received a tip on Thursday that two people with firearms were en route to the convention centre in a silver Hummer,” police told Al Jazeera’s Hilary Beaumont.

“At 10:27 pm, two officers on bicycles saw two men carrying firearms,” police said, “neither of them had valid carry permits in Pennsylvania, so police arrested and charged them with firearms violations. Another firearm was recovered from the Hummer.”

Demonstrators gathering outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center where votes are being counted in Philadelphia [AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell]

US Postal Service: More mail ballots found in Pennsylvania facilities

The US Postal Service said about 1,700 ballots had been identified in Pennsylvania at processing facilities during two sweeps Thursday and were in the process of being delivered to election officials, the Associated Press reports.

In a court filing early Friday, USPS said about 1,070 ballots had been found at a processing centre in Philadelphia, 300 were found at a centre in Pittsburgh, 266 at a facility in Lehigh Valley and the remainder were discovered at other Pennsylvania processing centres.

US-France trade relations would be “improved” under Biden: France trade minister

If Joe Biden emerges victorious in the US presidential vote, France’s trade minister said he expects “improved” trade relations with America, Reuters reports.

“We would surely see an improvement in relations. We would be more aligned on matters of sustainable development and perhaps also on multilateral work,” France trade minister Franck Riester said.

Under President Donald Trump and his “America First” philosophy, the US imposed tariffs on French wines and threatened tariffs on Champagne, French cheese and luxury handbags.

Biden’s campaign promises to end the “artificial trade war” with Europe that has developed under Trump.

Police investigating plot to attack Pennsylvania Convention Centre

Al Jazeera’s Hilary Beaumont sent in this dispatch from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia police are investigating an alleged plot to attack the Pennsylvania Convention Centre on Thursday night where election workers are counting votes, according to Philadelphia television station WPVI.

Police received a tip that a group was driving in a Hummer from Virginia to attack the convention centre. They found a weapon and arrested two people.

The alleged attack follows a Trump campaign lawsuit that accused Philadelphia election officials of “hiding” the vote count. The Trump campaign was allowed to enter the convention centre on Thursday to observe the count.

Pro-Orban Hungary media push US vote ‘fraud’ claims

Hungarian pro-government media outlets have pushed out unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud in the US election, with nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban also appearing to lend credence to the allegations.

“Huge tension in America over the many signs pointing to fraud,” said a headline in the main pro-Orban news portal Origo.hu.

In 2016, Orban was the first European premier to endorse Trump, and backed him for reelection in September.

“I have always stood beside President Trump,” he said in an interview with a public radio channel on Friday.

Describing Trump as “Hungary’s friend” he said that Hungary-US bilateral and economic relations have been in the “best shape ever” since Trump came to power.

14 mins ago (11:51 GMT)

Georgia vote can be disputed legally

Under Georgia law, if the margin between Joe Biden and Donald Trump is under half a percentage point of difference, a recount can be requested.

“Even if Georgia goes to Joe Biden, that can still be contested,” Robert Gutsche, an associate professor at Lancaster University, told Al Jazeera.

“This will be a test for American democracy. Donald Trump certainly has some concerns he can take to the courts, and we have to see how the American public is going to handle that.”


2 hours ago (10:30 GMT)

German foreign minister says US is more than a one-man show

The United States is more than a one man show and good losers are more important for the working of democracy than great winners, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with Funke media group.

“The USA is more than a one-man show. Those who continue to add fuel to the fire in the current situation are acting irresponsibly,” Maas said in the interview, which appeared in Berliner Morgenpost and other newspapers.

4 mins ago (10:05 GMT)

Biden gains narrow lead over Trump in Georgia

Joe Biden has gained a narrow lead over Donald Trump in battleground Georgia where the Democrats are now leading by over 900 votes.

Biden pulled ahead in Georgia by 917 votes, US media and Edison Research reported, as the tallying of votes continues in the state.

This marks a major shift in Georgia, traditionally a Republican stronghold, which has not backed a Democrat for president since 1992.

02 mins ago (09:45 GMT)

Biden will have ‘difficult task’ ahead of him if he wins presidency

Joe Biden will likely face opposition not only from the Republican party but also from members within his own Democrat party should he secure the presidency, an analyst told Al Jazeera.

“It will be a struggle for Biden to find partners in the Republican party and to pacify members of his own party who are going to want to continue to battle with Republicans in a confrontational way,” Joseph Ura, political science professor at Texas A & M University in Doha said.

“I think Biden is going to have a very difficult task, but he campaigned on the issue of bringing the country together and governing in a new style and doing his best to find common ground. I think if he makes that a priority, he’ll most likely be able to reset the country on a more positive footing.”

SOURCE : AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

In battleground state of Georgia, Biden overtakes Trump by 917 votes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden pulled ahead in the battleground state of Georgia by 917 votes, CNN reported on Friday, as the tallying of votes continues in the state.

Biden is locked in a tight election race with President Donald Trump in which no candidate currently has enough Electoral College votes to be declared the winner.

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Frances Kerry

Source: reuters

2 mins ago (09:30 GMT)

ECB’s De Guindos says seems very likely Biden will win US election

European Central Bank Vice-President Luis de Guindos told Spain’s Antena 3 TV it was very likely that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden would win the US election.

Biden gained more ground on President Donald Trump in the battleground states of Georgia and Pennsylvania, edging closer to the White House hours after Trump falsely claimed the election was being “stolen” from him

27 mins ago (08:55 GMT)

Election officials worried by threats and protesters

Election officials in several states said Thursday they are worried about the safety of their staffs amid a stream of threats and gatherings of angry protesters outside their doors, drawn by President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread fraud in the race for the White House.

“I can tell you that my wife and my mother are very concerned for me,” said Joe Gloria, the registrar in Clark County, Nevada, which includes Las Vegas. He said his staff was bolstering security and tracking vehicles coming and going from the election offices.

But he added that he and others would not be stopped from “doing what our duty is and counting ballots.”


53 mins ago (08:30 GMT)

Trump tweets he wins presidency with ‘legal votes cast’

Donald Trump has fired off several tweets in the early morning hours on Friday, reiterating the complaints he aired earlier at the White House.

“I easily WIN the Presidency of the United States with LEGAL VOTES CAST,” he said on Twitter, without offering any evidence that any illegal votes have been cast.

Trump has made repeated unsubstantiated claims of “fraud,” with Twitter slapping warning signs on post after post, saying the president is apparently spreading misinformation. No election officials have reported fraud.

The president blamed a conspiracy of “big media, big money, and big tech” for the whittling away of his lead as votes were counted, casting doubt about the integrity of the election.

1 hour ago (08:00 GMT)

Biden gains ground on Trump in Georgia and Pennsylvania

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden gained more ground on President Donald Trump in the battleground states of Georgia and Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral votes, Biden cut Trump’s lead to just over 18,000 by the early hours of Friday, while his deficit in Georgia, which has 16 electoral votes, shrunk to about 650.

Those numbers were expected to continue to move in Biden’s favor, with many of the outstanding ballots from areas that typically vote Democratic, including the cities of Philadelphia and Atlanta.

Biden, meanwhile, saw his lead in Arizona shrink to around 47,000 by early on Friday; he was still ahead in Nevada by only 12,000 votes.

According to The Spectator Index, Trump’s lead in Georgia is down at 665 votes.

2 hours ago (07:34 GMT)

Poll watchers emerge as a flashpoint in battle over ballots

Election officials in key battleground states pushed back on claims by the Trump campaign that Republican poll watchers were being improperly denied access to observe the counting of ballots, saying rules were being followed and they were committed to transparency.

Tasked this year with monitoring a record number of mail ballots, partisan poll watchers are designated by a political party or campaign to report any concerns they may have. With a few reports of overly aggressive poll watchers, election officials said they were carefully balancing access with the need to minimize disruptions.

“There were certainly a lot of eyes on the process in every absentee counting board all across our state,” said Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat and the state’s top election official. “I’m proud of how transparent and secure our process has been. I know that the truth is on our side here.”

SOURCE : AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

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Counter protesters gesture at supporters of US President Donald Trump during demonstrations outside of the TCF Center in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Former vice president Joe Biden, making his third run at the White House, was tantalizingly close to victory as President Donald Trump sought to stave off defeat with scattershot legal challenges and his campaign insisted he would be reelected [Seth Herald/AFP]
Counter protesters gesture at supporters of US President Donald Trump during demonstrations outside of the TCF Center in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Former vice president Joe Biden, making his third run at the White House, was tantalizingly close to victory as President Donald Trump sought to stave off defeat with scattershot legal challenges and his campaign insisted he would be reelected [Seth Herald/AFP]

By Creede NewtonJihan Abdalla 6 Nov 2020

  • Americans continue to watch and wait to see who will be declared the winner of Tuesday’s presidential election.
  • Currently, Biden is projected to have won 264 electoral votes, Trump 214 and 270 are needed to win.
  • Alaska, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania are still counting ballots and winners have not been projected in those states.
  • Arizona has been projected for Biden, but officials say mail-in ballots are still being counted.

Hello and welcome to Career Help Bd’s continuing coverage of the US elections. This is Creede Newton taking over from Jihan Abdalla.

Former US VP Al Gore weighs in on 2020 race

In an interview with NBC News, former US Vice President Al Gore said that “nobody should be inciting violence”, as the country awaits the result of the 2020 presidential race.

Gore, who served as vice president of Bill Clinton for eight years, ran for president in 2000 and won the popular vote. But he lost the electoral vote count to George W Bush following a disputed Supreme Court decision.

Georgia to conduct an audit before certifying election winner

Election officials from the US state of Georgia have announced that starting on Friday, they would conduct an audit of the election result beofre certifying the winner of the presidential election.

According to The Hill, the audit will be conducted under a new state law, and has been designed to find any problems and errors in the counting machine.

US President Donald Trump holds a very slim lead of less than 2,000 votes against his challenger, Joseph Biden in the latest count.

Trump’s Senate allies warn GOP may reject vote results

Two Senate allies of Donald Trump on Thursday warned that Republicans may reject the legitimacy of vote results if they turn against the embattled president.

As a few Republicans distanced themselves from Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of fraud in Tuesday’s election, Senators Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz enthusiastically backed him in back-to-back appearances on Fox News.

“I’ll tell you the president is angry and I’m angry and the voters ought to be angry,” Cruz told the network’s host Sean Hannity, whose evening show is a favourite of Trump.

Asked by Hannity if the Pennsylvania legislature could refuse to recognize the results and instead give the state’s electoral votes to Trump, Graham replied, “I think everything should be on the table.”

“Philadelphia elections are crooked as a snake. Why are they shutting people out? Because they don’t want people to see what they’re doing,” said Graham without offering any proof of his allegations.

Trump, Biden neck-and-neck in Pennsylvania

With 94 percent of the votes counted in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, Edison Research is reporting that US President Donald Trump remains slightly ahead with 49.6 percent of the votes.

Meanwhile, Democratic challenger, former vice president Joseph Biden has 49.1 percent of the votes.

Pennsylvania is the hometown of Biden, but voted for Trump during the 2016 elections. The state represents 20 electoral votes.

Trump’s lead in US state of Georgia down to 1,902

President Donald Trump’s lead in Georgia is now down to 1,902 as the southern US state continues to count the last few thousand outstanding votes.

According to reports, there are still over 16,000 ballots that remain to be counted.

GOP House members denounce Trump’s unproven claim of electoral fraud

Members of President Donald Trump’s own party have denounced him following his statement claiming that he has been cheated in the recently-concluded US presidential race.

In a statement on social media, Republican Representative Will Hurd of Texas said that what is Trump doing “is not only dangerous and wrong, it undermines the very foundation this nation was built upon.”

Meanwhile, Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said that the president should “STOP spreading debunked misinformation.”

Trump’s edge in state of Georgia shrinks further

With 99 percent of the total votes counted, US President Donald Trump’s edge in the US state of Georgia has shrunk further to 2,497 votes.

According to the latest count, Trump received 2,447,015 votes, representing 49.4 percent of the total votes.

Meanwhile, Trump’s challenger, former vice president Joseph Biden received 2,444,518, which is also about 49.4 percent of the total votes.

Georgia is a reliably Republican state with 16 electoral votes. Biden only needs six more electoral votes to clinch the presidency.

Trump repeats unproven fraud claims in first speech since election night

US President Donald Trump has reiterated unproven claims that widespread voter fraud has marred the United States presidential election, which remains too close to call as ballot counting continues in several key states.

In a Thursday evening address at the White House, the US president struck a typically defiant tone, accusing pollsters as well as the Democratic Party of engaging in fraud – an unproven claim he has repeated throughout the week on Twitter, which has labelled information in his tweets as “disputed” or potentially “misleading”.

“If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” said Trump, adding that if “illegal votes” are counted, “they can try to steal the election from us”.

Trump did not provide any evidence to back up any of the fraud claims he made during his speech. It was the first time the Republican leader addressed the nation since election night.

Fed chief outlines wish-list for economy: More stimulus and mask-wearing

Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Jerome Powell refused to comment on Thursday about the cliffhanger US presidential election as he rolled out a wish-list of measures to help the nation’s economic recovery, including another round of virus relief aid from Congress and more mask-wearing by Americans.

At a virtual news conference following a two-day policy meeting, during which Fed officials voted unanimously to leave interest rates near zero, Powell said that economic growth and the jobs market are recovering, but improvements are “moderating” and both are still well below pre-pandemic levels.

Characterising the surge in COVID-19 cases in the US and abroad as “particularly concerning”, Powell said the economic outlook remained “extraordinarily uncertain” and that much depended on keeping the virus in check.

“Following the advice of public health professionals to keep appropriate social distances and to wear masks in public will help get the economy back to full strength,” he said.

Duelling rallies outside election count centre in Philadelphia

Al Jazeera’s Hilary Beaumont sent in this dispatch from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

In yellow hoodies emblazoned with the phrase “Count every vote”, dozens of people in their 20s and 30s danced in sync to a Marvin Gaye song outside a downtown Philadelphia convention centre where election staff scanned ballots.

Steps away, separated by a barrier, people waved Trump signs at a second rally. Reporters and cameras lined the sidewalk around them. Police officers leaned against buildings and strategically parked at nearby intersections. A helicopter hovered high above.

Despite Donald Trump’s lead of just over 100,000 votes in Pennsylvania, the mood among Joe Biden’s supporters was celebratory, as the Democratic candidate has dramatically narrowed the race since Wednesday.

Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar says about 350,000 ballots still need to be counted – and they are expected to favour Biden.

In an update at 5:30pm local time (2030 GMT), Boockvar said the majority of in-person ballots had been counted already, leaving mail ballots, military overseas ballots and provisional ballots left. “The closer the race is, the longer it takes,” she said.

First non-binary, Muslim state legislator elected in Oklahoma

Mauree Turner, who identifies as non-binary, or as neither male or female became Oklahoma’s first Muslim state representative in a landmark victory, according to the LGBTQ Victory Fund.

“Conversion therapy and trans students not getting the opportunity to play the sport that they would like to play … that’s the type of things that we’re combatting when we show up,” the 27-year-old Turner was quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency.

Turner defeated Republican Kelly Barlean to represent Oklahoma’s District 88, found in Oklahoma City. Turner won roughly 71 percent of the votes, broadcaster CNN reported.

Biden feels ‘very good’ about election outcome

Amid rising tensions and uncertainty over the final vote count and the winner of the US election, Biden reiterated his call for patience in a sober tweet – in stark contradiction to Trump, who has been raging about election fraud.

In brief remarks delivered at a theatre in Delaware, Biden said he feels “very good” about the outcome of the presidential election and is told his supporters to “stay calm” as votes continue to be counted.

“It is the will of the voters – no one, not anyone else – who chooses the president of the United States of America,” he said.

Trump’s campaign has pursued legal efforts to halt the vote-counting in some states and is seeking a recount in Wisconsin.

Biden said that “the process is working” and “we’ll know very soon” the outcome of the election. He and his top campaign officials have expressed confidence about the vote but have stressed the need for every ballot to be counted.

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