US Election 2020: Trump dramatically ‘closing the gap in Arizona’ – and what Joe Biden needs to win the election

DONALD Trump is dramatically closing the gap in Arizona as Joe Biden need less than 20 electoral votes to clinch the election.

America is anxiously waiting for the results of nail-biting races in Arizona, which Biden is hoping to could help give him the keys to the White House.

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The President made gains early this morning as two more sets of new votes were published in Maricopa – the biggest county in Arizona.

Biden still holds a lead of about 69,000 votes over Trump in the whole state but in Maricopa – where capital city Phoenix is located – that has dramatically shrunk to just 10,000.

The county tweeted there are 275,000 ballots left to tally and its next update will not be until 9pm ET.

Right now, the former vice president is 17 electoral votes short of an Oval Office victory.

Races in Georgia, with 16 electoral votes, and Arizona, with 11, are still too close to call as Biden came within one point of Trump in the traditionally red Peach State on Wednesday night.

But if those states' results are finalized on Thursday, Biden could claim victory and the race could be over.

This election has come down to the wire – after Trump defied pollsters again who predicted a Biden landslide.

AP called the race in Arizona to Biden on Wednesday – despite mail-in ballots still being counted.

They called the race when 80 per cent of the vote was counted but concluded that after analyzing the ballots that there were not enough for Trump to catch up.

CNN also called the race for Biden on Wednesday, but after the latest round of counts came in showing the margin getting smaller in Trump's favor – the news network moved Arizona from Blue to White.

The race to the White House is dramatically coming down to several key counties within battleground states that are still counting their mail-in ballots.

NEVADA – 6 votes

Biden holds a narrow lead of about 8,000 votes.

Clark County – where Las Vegas is – has not updated their tallies for a day.

An update is expected in the afternoon for the county – which also has the largest share of the votes for the state.

GEORGIA – 16 votes

Trump's lead in the Peach State has narrowed even further after ballots were counted over night.

The president currently leads by about 18,000 votes.

Fulton County – where Atlanta is – added 8,300 more mail-in ballots to their tallies overnight.

It is Georgia's largest county and they have a further 10,000 to 11,000 more to count.

Director of Registration Richard Barron told CNN: "We are going to finish up this morning."

However, the certification of the final results from the county is scheduled for November 13.

PENNSYLVANIA – 20 votes

Trump still leads in Pennsylvania by about 164,000 votes but in a similar theme other states where he is leading – that margin is shrinking.

The state still has about 750,000 mail-in ballots left to be counted, according to the Secretary of State’s website.

 Allegheny County – where Pittsburgh is – has finished counting its mail-in ballots and will resume its in-person votes later today.

Why Trump is taking his election battle to court

Trump has filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan to demand better access for Republican observers to locations where ballots are being counted.

A statement from the campaign said in Michigan that they haven't been given "meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law."

The Georgia lawsuit filed in Chatham County essentially asks a judge to ensure the state laws are being followed on absentee ballots  

The Trump campaign also filed a lawsuit to intervene in a Pennsylvania case at the Supreme Court that deals with whether ballots received up to three days after the election can be counted.

A spokesman for Trump’s team said: “This is the most important election of our lifetime, and President Trump made clear our path forward last night: ensure the integrity of this election for the good of the nation.

“Bad things are happening in Pennsylvania. Democrats are scheming to disenfranchise and dilute Republican votes. President Trump and his team are fighting to put a stop to it.”

Separately in Nevada, GOP lawyers had already launched legal challenges involving absentee votes in Nevada, specifically contesting local decisions.

Trump is prepared to give Democrats a court battle "they'll never forget" over the counting of mail-in ballots.

The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits to stop vote-counting in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia to demand better access for Republican observers to locations where ballots are being counted.

Violence erupted in Arizona as Trump supporters stormed a voting center, screaming "stop the steal".

Pictures and video showed armed MAGA supporters protesting the election results at the Maricopa County Elections Department office in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday night.

In Detroit, Michigan, Trump fans were filmed screaming "stop the vote" at a counting site on Wednesday, as they tried to keep ballots from being tallied.

The tense scene came shortly before CNN projected a victory for Joe Biden in Michigan, placing him closer to winning the presidency as the race goes down to the wire.

The Justice Department has told federal prosecutors that armed federal officers to ballot-counting locations to investigate potential voter fraud, the New York Times has reported.

The President's campaign also filed a lawsuit to intervene in a Pennsylvania case at the Supreme Court that deals with whether ballots received up to three days after the election can be counted.

Just before 10.30 pm last night, Biden's campaign manager Rufus Gifford tweeted that there was "serious upset brewing in Georgia".

The country is also waiting results from Nevada (six votes), Pennsylvania (20 votes), and North Carolina (15 votes).

Nevada has suspended vote-counting until Thursday morning.

 








It was reported late on Wednesday that Biden plans to announce his presidential transition team on Thursday.

Biden's transition team website is already live.

Speaking to reporters around that time, Biden confidently proclaimed: "It's clear that we're winning enough states to reach 270 electoral votes needed to run the presidency."

He went on to confirm that he believes that he will win the 2020 election "when the count is finished."

Despite believing that he will beat President Donald Trump, Biden said that the pair are "not enemies."

"To make progress we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies, we are not enemies," he told reporters.

He later echoed those sentiments, stating "there will be no blue states and red states when we win, just the United States of America."

Shortly after leaving the stage, Biden tweeted: "Power can't be taken or asserted, it flows from the people, and it's their will that determines who will be the President of the United States."



















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