US presidential election

 

Highlights

• Tense wait as US election winner remains unclear

• Biden wins more votes than any candidate in US history

A tense US presidential election was still undecided on Wednesday amid delays in vote counting in some key swing states, even as President Donald Trump claimed that there was a fraud being perpetrated against him.

Trump claimed that there was a fraud being perpetrated against him

The outcome of the race now appears to be down to six states: Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has multiple pathways to a win and appears to be gaining as more votes are counted.

Biden’s campaign was optimistic, saying it expected him to have “leads in states that put him over 270 electoral votes” by the afternoon and to “garner more votes than any other presidential candidate in history.”

The former vice president is ahead in Nevada, Wisconsin and in Michigan by slim margins

The former vice president is ahead in Nevada, Wisconsin and in Michigan by slim margins, while Trump maintains a lead in the remaining three states.

Trump railed against the development in a slew of tweets, saying without evidence that a lead he claimed he had in several key states had “magically” disappeared overnight.

“Last night I was leading, often solidly, in many key states, in almost all instances Democrat run & controlled. Then, one by one, they started to magically disappear as surprise ballot dumps were counted,” he tweeted.

Twitter again labelled the president’s tweet as possibly misleading, the latest social media post from Trump to face warning labels. Early leads can often be reduced or overturned, depending on which counties in any state report first and how mail-in ballots are tallied.

 

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