UPDATE: Will it be Trump or Biden? It’s still undecided
Anyone anticipating a blow out for Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden was likely very disappointed as the results in Tuesday’s election started to roll in.
As the early morning hours wore on, there was still no clear winner in the race for the Presidency.
As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Biden had a lead with 253 Electoral College votes to President Donald Trump’s 214. However, for a winner to be declared, one candidate needs 270 votes.
Six states still had not settled their races one way or the other, and pundits surmised the results may not be coming until later in the day on Wednesday or even Thursday. Among those, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia.
Wisconsin was called shortly after 2 p.m. for Biden, with its ten electoral votes.
Around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the U.S. networks reported that Michigan’s 16 electoral votes have been awarded to Biden.
WXYZ-TV in Detroit reported that Trump’s campaign will sue to stop counting in Michigan, claiming his campaign did not have access to polling places. Trump also announced he would request a recount of Wisconsin.
Trump shocked many commentators when just after 2 a.m., he addressed his supporters at the White House and declared victory in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.
Races in those three states remain too close to call, and Trump called for an end to the count.
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Likewise, the race for the Senate remained unsettled. By Wednesday evening, the Republicans had a lead with 48 seats to the Democrats’ 47. In order to keep control of the upper chamber, the Republicans need at least 51 seats.
Republican Senators Jodi Ernst of Iowa and Susan Collins of Maine survived tough reelection battles, along with Michigan Democrat Gary Peters. Senate seats in Colorado and Arizona flipped Republican to Democratic, and one seat in Alabama went the other way.
CNN declared the Democrats the winners in the House of Representatives, projecting that party would maintain control. To dominate the House, Democrats needed 218 seats. As of late Wednesday night, 226 seats were solidly blue. The Republicans had 209, and winners had not been declared for a few seats.
Many familiar faces will return to Capitol Hill in January including the three female legislators nick-named, “The Squad”. New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib from Michigan were re-elected, along with Republicans Mitch McConnell and Lindsay Graham.
The Democrats had hoped to flip Texas, but after remaining to close to call all evening, it went to the Republicans in the early hours. Arizona voted blue.
Florida also flipped back and forth for the early part of the evening, but then was called for the Republicans hours after midnight.