US election results 2020 Updates: Even as US President Donald Trump projects himself a winner in the tight race to the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that it will take a while before a clear winner emerges. Joe Biden, on the other hand, is stressing on 'counting of all votes.'
US election results: President Trump is confident of his re-election for the second consecutive term. He has tweeted expressing confidence in the favourable results. (Image - Reuters)
US Election Results 2020 Updates: Donald Trump or Joe Biden? Republican or Democrats? Who will become the next President of the United States of America and which party will gain control of the White House – these are the queries raised by millions across the world and India even as the US Presidential Election 2020 is heading towards a tight finish. Incumbent US President Donald Trump of the Republican party is bagging 211 electoral votes, challenger Joe Biden of the Democratic Party is winning 224 electoral votes, as per ABC. The CBS is showing Trump has 211 electoral votes, Biden has 223. CNN projects Biden is winning 224 electoral votes, Trump has 213. AP declares that Biden is winning 238, Trump is bagging 213 electoral votes. One, who wins 270 electoral votes out of a total of 538, will become the next US President.
There are multiple media reports suggesting that Biden has managed to hold a slim lead in Wisconsin. However, Team Trump has said that it will demand a recount of the votes over alleged ‘irregularities’. The ground reality is that the counting is still on and the mail-in ballots will take time. The fate of both Trump and Biden could well be decided by the outcome in three battleground states – Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The result of these three states could be crucial in determining who will get the keys to the White House. At present, the US Presidency hinges on neck-and-neck battle in key states. US President Donald Trump went on a Twitter rant and repeatedly said that there was some kind of ‘fraud’ in the mail-in ballots. In response, Twitter decided to label the tweets with a warning of ‘misinformation.’
Earlier in the day, Donald Trump won Florida, a vital swing state with 29 electoral votes, and Ohio with 18 electoral votes, Texas which has 38 electoral votes. Biden is projected to win Arizona, a swing state with 11 electoral votes. President Trump’s wins in swing states of Florida, Ohio, and Texas have made outcomes in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania absolutely crucial even as these states are yet to declare results. Michigan has 14 electoral votes, Pennsylvania has 18, and Wisconsin has 8 seats.
President Donald Trump while addressing at White House said he is expecting “phenomenal results” as Republicans are “winning everything” and claimed that Democrats “can’t catch” him. However, President Trump alleged that there has been voting fraud and he would approach the US Supreme Court and wanted all voting to stop. Meanwhile, Biden claimed the results of the election may not be known until Wednesday morning or later (US local time) but he is optimistic about the outcome. Trump again targetted the mail-in ballots and said that something is not right. Tweeting in a very angry tone, Trump said that the mail-in ballots were very ‘destructive’. Pennsylvania poll officials addressed media and said that the process is going to take time.
Apart from electing the next President, the US is also voting for Senate and House of Representatives. Senate has 100 members and is the upper house like that of Rajya Sabha of Parliament of India. The House of Representatives has 435 members and is the lower house like that of Lok Sabha. The race for Senate appears a close fight but Republicans are ahead in the House of Representatives.
The US has already witnessed record-breaking early polls due to the fear of a Coronavirus pandemic. America is on track to witness over 160 million votes cast in the US 2020 presidential election, with a turnout rate of about 67 per cent. This is higher than the US has witnessed in over 100 years.
President Trump is confident of his re-election for the second consecutive term. He has tweeted expressing confidence in the favourable results. “WE ARE LOOKING REALLY GOOD ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. THANK YOU!” Trump tweeted. He was watching the election results from the White House. He has invited some 250 select guests for an event in the East Room of the White House.