Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the latest on the United States presidential election. The biggest question on your mind right now is who is winning, Joe Biden or Donald Trump? We provide a minute by minute update here on the 2020 election in the United States and tell you exactly who is winning and who is losing. Our location is the capital of the United States in Washington DC and our time is the time in Washington DC.
6.39 a.m. November 5
It’s 6 a.m. in Washington DC, short nights here. This is how things stand right now. Joe Biden has 264 electoral votes at the moment, according to the Associated Press and Fox News. He needs 270 to become the next President of the United States. If he maintains his lead in Nevada, game over, as Nevada has 6 electoral votes. Nevada, in the West Coast, will release a big chunk of data on Thursday morning. This will be around 9 a.m. their time and 12 noon Eastern Time.
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In Georgia, home to Atlanta, we started on Tuesday night with Trump leading by almost 400k votes. Now, it’s down to 18k votes with 80k or 90k mail ballots left to be counted. Joe Biden has been winning the mail ballots by 80 percent. If Biden wins Georgia, he’s also the next President of the United States, according to the Associated Press and Fox News.
In Pennsylvania, we started on Tuesday night with Trump leading by over 700k votes. Now it’s down to 160k with roughly 960k ballots votes left to be counted. Biden is winning mail ballots by 80 percent. If Biden wins Pennsylvania, it’s also game over as he would become the next President of the United States.
President Trump’s re-election campaign has filed lawsuits in four states. It wants to halt vote-counting in Pennsylvania and Michigan, seek a recount in Wisconsin and challenge the handling of ballots in Georgia.
The reality, though, is if Joe Biden wins Pennsylvania, he is officially the next President of the United States. If he maintains his lead in Nevada, he’s also officially the next President of the United States.
Some networks have not called Arizona for Biden, but the Associated Press and Fox News are quite sure, the state will go for Joe Biden and have already called it for the Democrat.
7.38 p.m. November 4
Seeing his lead shrinking, President Donald Trump campaign filed another lawsuit in Georgia to stop the counting of votes there, claiming without evidence, that there were ‘illegal’ votes being counted. Trump is leading in Georgia by 56,000 votes, but with almost hundreds of thousands of votes soon to be announced, the Trump campaign has increasingly become worried over the election outcome. Trump is also pursuing legal options in Wisconsin where he lost, in Michigan where he also lost, and in Pennsylvania where his lead has been shrinking. While Trump has encouraged all votes to be counted in Arizona and Nevada where he’s running from behind, he wants counting to be halted in Wisconsin and Georgia and elsewhere where his lead is shrinking.
6 23 p.m. November 4
The governor of Pennsylvania on Wednesday vowed to fight for every vote to be counted. He said he will not allow anyone to subvert democracy in the United States. The Secretary of State said votes were still being counted. The governor said voting was fair and this election is no different. President Donald Trump’s campaign said it would file a lawsuit to stop counting votes in Pennsylvania.
4.20 p.m. November 4
Former Vice President Joe Biden addressed the nation on Wednesday and expressed confidence he was on track to winning the presidency. Today News Africa has already projected him the winner based on his performance in Nevada. AP has projected him the winner in Arizona, and CNN has projected him the winner in Michigan and Wisconsin. He’s leading in Nevada with majority of the votes left coming from an area he’s winning big as well. Biden said Americans needed to unite and listen to each other again.
3.43 p.m. November 4
President Donald Trump complained that his lead ‘magically’ disappeared over the night. “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. VERY STRANGE, and the “pollsters” got it completely & historically wrong!,” Trump said.
2.32 p.m. November 4
President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign on Wednesday said it was filing a lawsuit to halt the counting of votes in Michigan until it is given access to observe the tabulation process.
Campaign manager Bill Stepien alleged that it had not been given “meaningful access” to observe the opening of ballots at multiple locations.
“We have filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted,” Stepien said in a statement. “We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access. President Trump is committed to ensuring that all legal votes are counted in Michigan and everywhere else.”
13.17 p.m. November 4
Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States. From outstanding votes left, Biden will win Wisconsin by about 21,000 votes, and Michigan by a much larger margin. The Trump campaign says it is going to request a recount in Wisconsin. But Trump also won Wisconsin four years ago by 22,000 votes, and Hillary Clinton accepted the results. Trump is also set to lose Arizona and Nevada, giving Biden the 270 electoral votes he needs even without winning outstanding Pennsylvania and Georgia where things remain too close to call.
11. 44 a.m.
The Secretary of State in Georgia says there are between 240,000 and 250,000 outstanding votes to be counted. At least 200,000 of them are mail ballots. They were cast mainly from areas dominated by the Democrats. President Trump is leading by about 100,000 votes, but the 200,000 mail ballots are expected to be won heavily by Biden, flipping Georgia for Biden and ending the presidential race.
11.31 a.m. November 4
The Michigan Secretary of State reassured a nation on edge on Wednesday that the state was counting all mail ballots. “Rest assured, we’re focused on counting every single ballot,” she said.
11.18 a.m. November 4
Biden has just widened his lead in Michigan. Biden now leads with 32,565 votes. With more mail ballots coming in, it’s an encouraging sign for the Biden campaign.
11.02 a.m. November 4
Joe Biden will address the nation on Wednesday to discuss the presidential election and probably lay out the path for a more patient and united country. He’s currently well positioned to win the presidential election based on outstanding mail ballots.
10.55 a.m. November 4
Pennsylvania Secretary of State and Governor speaking on Wednesday morning said there are still millions of mail ballots yet to be counted. The Secretary of State said at least 50 percent of mail ballots are yet to be counted. Mail ballots favor Joe Biden by a margin or 70 to 80 percent, and that would make him win Pennsylvania and win the presidential election. President Trump is leading in Pennsylvania with over 500 thousand votes, but he’s no more expected to get much out of the millions of outstanding mail ballots because he discouraged his voters to use them. If Biden wins Pennsylvania, the election will be over. Biden is leading in Wisconsin, Michigan and Nevada. He has already won Arizona, according to the Associated Press. He needs to win either Michigan and Wisconsin to get the 270 votes needed to win the presidency.
2 a.m. November 4
(New York, November 4, 2020) – After United States President Donald Trump falsely claimed victory in the US presidential election moments ago, the following quote can be attributed to Kenneth Roth, executive director at Human Rights Watch:
“The vote count continues, there is no winner yet, and Trump’s claim of victory is premature. World leaders should wait for the democratic process, particularly given the time local officials need to count the large number of mail-in ballots. They should ensure every vote counts.”
00 47 a.m.
“We believe we’re on track to win this election,” Joe Biden told supporters in Delaware. President Trump tweeted that “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!”
Elections results are already coming in. We will update the results as they come in.
President Donald Trump has to win Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Texas but from the early projections that does not seem to be happening.
According to the Associated Press, voters in the 2020 presidential election saw election as a judgment on Trump.
AP wrote: “The pandemic and the fragile economy weighed heavily on voters in Tuesday’s presidential election, a contest that for many amounted to a referendum on President Donald Trump’s leadership in a time of turmoil.
“AP VoteCast, an expansive survey of the electorate, found roughly two-thirds of voters said their opinion of the Republican president — either for or against — drove their choice. Only about a third said the same of his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. This was the case nationally, as well as in many of the battleground states that will determine which candidate wins a majority in the electoral college.
“The results suggest that Trump’s leadership, personality and omnipresence in the spotlight have defined the race, even as voters grappled with a historic set of overlapping crises.”
According to a CNN exit poll of the actual voters for President, 38 percent of them were Democrats, 35 percent were Republicans and 28 percent were Independents. Also 53 percent of voters were women and 47 percent were men.
5. 38 p.m.
We are getting closer and closer to the first election results. The first polls are closing in just minutes, and the first estimates would be released shortly. The first results will come from the eastern part of Kentucky in Indiana where President Trump is expected to win. Analysts would be looking at his margin of victory compared to four years ago in the red state.
A CNN exit poll also shows that 13 percent of voters are new voters and 87 percent are not new voters. On how easy it is to vote in their states, 68 percent of voters said it is very easy to vote, 25 percent said somewhat easy to vote. 5 percent said somewhat difficult to vote and 1 percent said very difficult to vote. On how confident the voters are that votes will be counted accurately, 86 percent of voters said they were confident. On when they made up their mind to vote in the election, 93 percent said they had made their mind before last week and only 4 percent said in the last week. The
5 02 p.m.
The first exit poll information in the United States presidential election is now available. A CNN exit poll showed that the most important issue for the voters was the economy by 34 percent, 21 percent of voters said racial inequality was the top issue, 18 percent said the coronavirus, 11 percent said crime in the city and 11 percent said healthcare.
When voters were asked what is more important to you to do right now contain the coronavirus or rebuild the economy? 52 percent of voters said contain the coronavirus and 42 percent said rebuild the economy. On how efforts are going in the United States to contain the coronavirus, 51 percent of voters said badly and 48 percent said well.
Finally, when voters were asked about wearing a mask in public? is wearing a face mask in public a personal choice or public health responsibility? About 68 percent of voters said public health responsibility and 30 percent said personal choice.
The first exit poll information would be released by several networks in less than 10 minutes at about 5 p.m. ET. The exit polls would show things like what has been important to voters? and other key data that could give an anxious nation an idea about how the presidential election may go.
Joe Biden, speaking with the reporters, said he was encouraged by the numbers he was seeing in some states, including Florida and Georgia. He said there is an overwhelming number of women, young people and African American voting. He said he does not like to make predictions but was happy with the numbers he was seeing. He said he would speak with reporters later today if there’s need to do so, if not, he would wait until votes are counted. Biden said he was looking forward to re-establishing the ‘blue wall’, that is, winning Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. He said if elected, his priority would be to unite the country, restore decency in the system and fight for the middle class. Biden also spoke about racial injustices in the United States and how he came to learn how African Americans were in need of basic things he took for granted as a white boy.
In a few hours, some results in the United States presidential election will begin to be known. Voting is taking place in 50 states with 14 of them known as swing or battleground states. At about 7 p.m., the time in Washington DC, the capital of the United States, voting will end in some states and the first results will be known, or at least estimates of the results become clearer. Biden and Trump need at least 270 electoral votes to win. At play are four or five crucial states. Joe Biden needs to win Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin to secure what may likely be an election victory, while President Trump needs to win Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, and then Pennsylvania to have any chance at winning a re-election.
3. 37 p.m.
New York Attorney General is investigating reports of robocalls encouraging people to stay home. The investigation is trying to track the origin of the robocalls. The robocalls are essentially disinformation to prevent voters from voting.
3. 22 p.m. The state board of election in North Carolina has extended voting hour by 45 minutes in four precincts because of delays there on Tuesday morning when some voting machines reportedly malfunctioned. The state board of election voted to extend the time. North Carolina is a battleground state. President Donald Trump needs to win it to have any chance at re-election. If Joe Biden wins North Carolina, it would almost be game over for Trump. A victory there would also mean that the Democrats may pick to senate seats there, leading to the Democrats controlling the Senate next year.
3 08 p.m. The first polls will be closing in the United States in about three hours. Americans would begin to have an idea about who is leading, following, winning or losing. Polls will close first on the East Coast and then later in the night in the West Coast because of time differences. Kathy Boocker, Pennsylvania Secretary of State, speaking with CNN, said 81 percent of all mail ballots have already received. She responded to President Trump claims that results should be known on election night, saying results are never known on election night. She said counting all votes takes time and she and her colleagues will ensure all votes are counted.
Speaking in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Joe Biden said the turnout in the 2020 election has been incredible. He said 54 percent of all voters have been women so far. Polls show women favor Joe Biden over Donald Trump. Joe Biden thanked his supporters, saying “thank you America!”. Biden blasted Trump again for saying that those who died in wars were “suckers” and “losers”.
2. 38 p.m.
The Federal Investigation Bureau (FBI) is investigating robocalls urging Americans to ‘stay home’ on election day.
The United States remains on high alert to secure voting, an official at the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday.
Some phone calls in Iowa were urging voters to “stay home” and “stay safe”. The robocalls were also received in Nebraska and Michigan and other southern states.
Despite the robocalls, millions of Americans were still going to the polls and voting.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a state he hopes to win to bolster his chances to replace President Donald Trump. If Joe Biden wins Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, three states he is leading in the polls, President Donald Trump’s path to the White House may well be over.
Joe Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris is right now addressing voters in Michigan as many head to the polls. Harris said the coronavirus has shown that President Donald Trump has failed. She urged them to elect Joe Biden as President because he is a man who can lead with “compassion” and “care”. She said his healthcare plan will continue protecting people with pre-existing conditions while Trump is trying to take their healthcare away.
In just about four hours, Americans would know whether President Donald Trump, 74, will remain on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest, Washington D.C. in the nation’s capital or he would be replaced by Joe Biden, 77. Mr. Biden kicked off his day with a church service and he proceeded to visit the grave of his late son Beau Biden. He then traveled to Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he was born, and took his grandchildren to his childhood home. There he wrote on the wall “from this house to the White House with the Grace of God.” Biden was expected to then travel to Philadelphia, also in Pennsylvania, a state he must win to quickly secure his election victory. President Trump traveled to Virginia and visited his campaign office. He called on the country to come together after the election. He said he was doing very well in Florida, Georgia, and elsewhere, but his tone did not portray the same optimism. President Trump needs to win Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Pennsylvania to have any chance at re-election. If he loses just one of those states, his re-election may well be over.
A federal judge in Washington D.C. has just ordered US Postal Service to sweep some facilities for remaining mail ballots and rush their delivery by 3 p.m.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who has presided over several lawsuits aimed at Postal Service election mail delays, ruled that the Postal Service has until 3 p.m. to “ensure that no ballots have been held up.”
The order applies to areas within the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Texas, Florida and Arizona.
“With the exception of Pennsylvania and Texas, each of those states requires that mail ballots be received by the close of polls on Election Day, meaning late-arriving ballots would not be counted,” noted The Hill.
USPS has been recording drastic delays, especially in areas where Democrats are expected to do well. The delays are recorded mainly in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Georgia.
Kamala Harris speaking in Detroit Michigan urged voters to vote, saying the day was not over yet. He urged everyone to continue to remain peaceful.
1 31 p.m.
Pre-election votes are already being counted in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona and Nevada. Some states plan to start announcing estimates when polls close at 7 pm ET
President Donald Trump is visiting the RNC offices in Virginia to meet with campaign staffers. The staffers are seen wearing masks. Trump said he thinks his party is ‘doing very well’ all over the country. He said he’s doing very well in Florida, in Arizona, in Texas, all over the place. He said the combination of the second debate and rallies turned out very well. “I feel very good. I feel great,” he said. “We’ve done an incredible job,” he added. He praised his performance on the coronavirus and jobs. He blamed the media for not highlighting his successes. President Trump said the country should come together after the election. “I am not thinking about concession speech or acceptance speech yet,” he said. “winning is easy,” he said, adding that losing is never easy. “I think we’re going to have a great night, but it’s election and you never know,” he said
12. 19 a.m.
First Lady Melania Trump has cast her ballot in Florida while President Donald Trump is headed for Virginia. Trump had voted earlier and does not need to vote again today. White House correspondents say President Trump has been behind schedule on virtually everything today, from a Fox News interview to his trip the RNC office in Virginia. Trump has also slashed the number of guests he expected for the election party from 400 to 250.
11. 53 a.m.
Voting in the United States is taking place peacefully in most parts of the country. In spite of the threats, warnings, and claims of violence breaking out on election day, most voters have behaved peacefully so far. However, a video shared online shows a Trump’s supporter saying he and his ‘patriot’ friends would go to war if Trump loses. He says if election is ‘stolen’ from Trump, that might be ‘the trigger’.
11 30 a.m.
Joe Biden visited his childhood home in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he was born 77 years ago, and wrote this on the wall: “From this house to the White House with the Grace of God.”
11 05 a.m.
The postal service is reporting another drop in election ballots delivery in battleground states. President Trump’s appointed man has been accused of slowing down the mail to suppress vote. All of a sudden, the mail began slowing down in areas where Democrats are expected to do well. In Atlanta in particular, the slowdown was drastic. The drop is also experienced in North Carolina, another key battleground state, as well as Pennsylvania. The ballots delayed might not be counted and may swing the state in favor of President Trump. Overall, election day in America seems to be going on peacefully with long lines in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Biden is expected to win, and therefore win the entire presidential election.
The 2020 presidential election in currently underway in the United States. Democrat Joe Biden, 77, is hoping to replace Republican Donald Trump, 74. One of them would be a resident on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest, Washington DC, for the next four years. President Trump needs a huge turnout in key battleground states to come from behind and win. However, so far, it does not seem there is a very huge turnout on election day since more than 100 million people had already voted before election day. A low turnout would mean almost that Trump’s dreams of extending his mandate has come to an end.
A “non-scalable” fence around the entire perimeter of the White House is going up right now as election dispute looms in Washington DC, although that is unlikely. DC and federal authorities have said they have not seen any credible threat in DC at the moment. 52 acres surrounding the White House are not fenced up. President Trump has invited about 400 people to the White House, on the first floor, where state events are held, to watch election results with him. The mayor of Washington DC has restrictions about the number of people who can gather in DC to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus that has killed more than 230,000 Americans and infected more than 9 million others, a key issue in the presidential election. President Trump would be visiting an RNC campaign office today in Virginia. He would spend about an hour there. The question now is will the people he invited to the White House be there to party or mourn his defeat. Only time will tell. But his path to re-election is really difficult to see.
10 21 a.m.
Joe Biden leaves his childhood house in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he was born 77 years ago. “No, I have not spoken to President Trump today,” Biden told reporters as supporters hailed him. Biden is expected to win the presidential election. Charlie Cook, one of the most respected pollsters in the United States, has said it’s not a question of winning or not, but by how much? He estimated that The Democrats would also pick between 10 and 15 additional seats in the House of Representatives and will take control of the Senate.
10 09 a.m.
Joe Biden has taken his grandchildren to his childhood home in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he was born 77 years ago before moving to Delaware after his father lost his job. He had earlier visited the grave of his late son, Beau Biden, in Delaware, on Tuesday morning, before flying to Scranton, Pennsylvania. After his two stops in Pennsylvania, Joe Biden is headed back to Delaware to monitor the returns.
Polls are about to open in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho in the West Coast. More than 12 million people have already been cast in California, close to 2 million in Oregon, 3.5 million in Washington and over 400,000 in Idaho. California is usually a Democratic state, and not much is expected to change this time around. The battled for the presidency centers around who wins Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and yes Florida. President Trump won all those states in 2016, but he’s playing defense right now. A loss than will almost mean that he’s presidential ambition has come to an end.
9 19 a.m.
Joe Biden has arrived in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he was born 77 years ago. Biden is expected to win Pennsylvania, but polls show that he’s ahead there by just 5 or 6 points. A win in Pennsylvania will almost mean the presidential election is over for President Donald Trump. Biden has different pathways to 270 electoral votes needed to become president, while Trump has a narrow pathway that includes Pennsylvania. “My name is Joe Biden. I was born and raised in Scranton,” Joe Biden told a crowd of supporters who came to welcome him. “It’s good to be home.” He said for those who ask why he did not call Pennsylvania home, his answer would be that he left there when he was in fourth grade. But he returned there almost every summer, he said.
Polls are now open in the battleground state of Pennsylvania where more than 2.4 million people voted before election day. President Trump won the state in 2016 by just over 44,000 votes. Just about 40 percent of all the votes cast in Pennsylvania in 2016 are already in. If Joe Biden wins Pennsylvania, the election will almost be over for President Trump. Joe Biden was seen leaving Delaware for Pennsylvania where he spent his childhood. He would make to stops there and returns to Delaware to watch returns from home.
9 06 a.m.
Polls are now open in the battleground state of Florida. Nearly 9 million people had voted in Florida before election day. There are 29 electoral votes at play in Florida. President Donald Trump has to win Florida. If he does not win Florida, then his re-election is almost over. 93 percent of all the people who voted in Florida in 2016 had already voted before election day. If Joe Biden wins Florida, it’s almost game over.
Again, welcome to our election day updates where we will begin to announce early election results tonight. Election is now underway in half the states in the United States. More than 100 million people had voted before election day. Between 50 million and 60 million more people are expected to vote today. President Donald Trump needs to win all the southern states he won in 2016, including Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas. If he loses just one state there, his re-election is almost over. Biden needs to win Pennsylvania to be super sure about his prospects. But he can win the election without winning Pennsylvania or even Ohio.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in an interview on Monday that the House of Representatives was prepared to play a “prominent role” in deciding the outcome of the presidential election if the results are disputed. President Trump indicated then denied that he was planning to declare a premature victory. Because of the number of votes cast via mail, nearly 65 million, President Trump would appear to be winning on election day but then will lose when all the votes are counted, some election analysts have said. This is because Trump hopes that more Republicans will come out to vote for him on election day. But the long lines being witnessed across the country seem to show that both sides are fired up.
President Trump, in an election day appearance on “Fox & Friends,” expressed confidence in his chances at securing re-election. The President said he has a “solid chance of winning” another four years in the White House. Mr. Trump insisted that he will not “play games” in declaring victory. Despite his confidence, early voting, election trend and polls show President Trump is headed for defeat. Charlie Cook, one of the most respected pollsters in the United States, predicted that Trump will lose, adding that the question now is ‘by what margin?”
Polls are now open in the battleground state of Georgia where Joe Biden is hoping to turn the state blue for the first time since 1992. The number of people who had voted before election day, 4 million, represent more than 56 percent of the voting population in Georgia. Already, long lines are being witnessed across the state. President Donald Trump needs to win Georgia and Republicans need the two senate seats there to keep control of the senate. But polls show that Georgia, which was leaning Republican months ago is now a “toss up”. To have any change at re-election, Trump has to win all the southern states he won in 2016, including Georgia, North Carolina, Florida and Texas. Any loss in any of the states there would practically mean the re-election of President Donald Trump is over.
Polls are now open in the battleground state of Wisconsin and already there are long lines witnessed. More than 1.7 million people have already voted early in person in Wisconsin. President Trump campaigned there on Monday, but Joe Biden is expected to win the state with a wide margin. Biden is also expected to win Michigan and Pennsylvania. If Biden wins those three states, the race for the presidency is practically over for President Donald Trump.
Polls are now open in half the states in the United States and in just a few hours, voting would be underway in almost all the states. Already 100 million Americans had cast their ballots before election day. It’s expected that between 50 million and 60 million more people are expected to vote today. Biden seems to have an advantage in early voting and Trump will be trying to close that gap in just one day, which is really hard.
Where is Joe Biden now?
Joe Biden is seen boarding a plane in Delaware, and leaving for Pennsylvania where he would make two stops in a state where he spent his childhood. Pennsylvania is seen as a key state to win for Biden and Trump. But Biden can win the presidential election without Pennsylvania. But if Trump does not win it, then his re-election is almost in turmoil.
Law enforcement braces for unrest after Election Day
The Hill writes: Federal law enforcement agencies are bracing for possible unrest over the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, following a highly divisive presidential campaign season.
The National Security Integration Center (NSIC), a key national security and counterterrorism component within Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), warned in an internal email late last week about planned protests inside the Beltway, according to text of the email obtained by The Hill.
“From November 4 – 7, Civil Unrest is planned throughout Downtown Washington DC. LE Intelligence Agencies have monitored several messages on protesters’ social media sites stating, ‘If you want to throw down come to Washington DC on November 4th,’” reads one of the bullets in the email.
Trump makes Election Day appearance on ‘Fox & Friends’
Fox News writes: President Trump is appearing on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning to address viewers in a final push as Americans go to the polls on Election Day.
The president is expected live in the 7 a.m. ET hour. Meanwhile, Trump’s Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, is making last-minute appearances in the battleground state of Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
This year is expected to see a record turnout of voters, as nearly 100 million people have already cast their ballots early. Still, it is entirely possible that the country will not have a result when polls close Tuesday night, as several key battleground states are allowing mailed ballots to be counted as they continue to be delivered over the next several days.
When is my polling place open on election day today?
Election monitor Tara Cosacchi Claeys writes: Volunteering as a poll monitor in Prince William County this morning. Long lines already at 6am. Election Protection @866ourvote is the largest non-partisan poll monitoring program in the US. #vote
7 a.m. in Washington D.C., the capital of the United States.
Election 2020: DC, Maryland, Virginia voters take to the polls in person
The Washington Top Radio writes: The 2020 election season has likely been the longest and strangest in a lifetime. But after an unprecedented number of ballots have been dropped into drop boxes and mailboxes, more voters will take to the polls in D.C., Maryland and Virginia on Tuesday.
Voting sites are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the District and Maryland, and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Virginia. As always, if you’re in line when the polls close, you’ll get to vote.
Of course, the coronavirus pandemic has made this election like no other in a long time, and an unprecedented number of ballots across the area have already been cast by mail or by being deposited in a drop box.
Biden’s plan to assert control
Axios writes: If news organizations declare Joe Biden the mathematical president-elect, he plans to address the nation as its new leader, even if President Trump continues to fight in court, advisers tell Axios.
Biden advisers learned the lesson of 2000, when Al Gore hung back while George W. Bush declared victory in that contested election, putting the Democrat on the defensive while Bush acted like the winner.”
Five key states to watch on election night
The Hill writes: Democratic nominee Joe Biden has multiple paths to 270 Electoral College votes with polls finding President Trump struggling to hang on in some of the battleground states that accounted for his 2016 election victory.
Biden leads big in Wisconsin and Michigan and the Democratic nominee has a clear but smaller lead in Pennsylvania, which will be at the center of the political universe between now and when votes are counted.
If Biden can rebuild the former “blue wall” he’s likely to win the White House.
But Biden is also competitive in a handful of other states Trump must win to secure a second term, including Georgia, Arizona, Ohio, Florida, Texas, Iowa and North Carolina.
Not all of the states are expected to finish counting votes on Tuesday night, potentially leading to a few confusing days in which the vote count may appear to swing back and forth.”
Where do we stand right now in the U.S. presidential election?
Today News Africa writes: It’s 6.30 a.m. in Washington D.C., the capital of the United States. Today is November 3, 2020, and Americans are about to render their verdict on President Donald Trump’s tumultuous years in office.
Early voting and polls show former Vice President Joe Biden with an edge and momentum.
Nearly 100 million Americans had cast their ballots ahead of time and only between 50 million and 60 million others are expected to cast their ballots on election day, today.
Voting sites are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the District and Maryland, and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Virginia. As always, if you’re in line when the polls close, you’ll get to vote.
Who won the first votes cast on election day?
Joe Biden won all first five votes cast on election day in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. President Donald Trump received no vote.
Dixville Notch is located along the U.S.-Canada border. The turnout was 100 percent, or five people who all wore masks.
The ballots were counted immediately after they were cast and Joe Biden won all the five votes early Tuesday.
We will provide an update here throughout the day and the night on the 2020 U.S. presidential election and tell you who is winning, Joe Biden or Donald Trump?