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Politics Trump, Biden wait with the world for election results in a contest to decide course of America

02:25  04 november  2020
02:25  04 november  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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WASHINGTON – A months long presidential race that both Donald Trump and Joe Biden framed as the most consequential in history was winding down Tuesday as the first polls began to close in early battleground states and the candidates began the long wait to determine who voters would choose to lead the nation through one of its most challenging moments.

Millions turned out to polls for an election that will determine how to respond to a pandemic that has killed a quarter of a million Americans, bolster an economy that has taken a beating from the virus and heal deep divisions over racial injustice.

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US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden have spent the final hours of the White House race delivering their closing pitch to voters in Nearly 99 million people have already cast their ballots in early voting, putting the country on course for its highest turnout in a century.

Polls closed at 7 p.m. ET in some parts of the critically important battleground of Florida – a state Trump narrowly carried in 2016 – and Georgia, which has also been competitive. Ohio and West Virginia were set to close their polls at 7:30 p.m. ET. The largest block of states, a group that includes one of the most closely watched states in the country,  Pennsylvania, were set to close at 8 p.m. ET.

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The pandemic was foremost on voters' minds, according to a survey of the electorate, conducted by the Associated Press.

Forty-two percent said it's the most important issue facing the country, by far the highest response to the question. Twenty-seven percent picked the economy, which is related.

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Here’s what you need to know Election -Day legal skirmishes began in Pennsylvania as Republicans pressed on two fronts. In battleground states lines at the polls were long, but many said the wait times were manageable. Mr. Biden also paid a visit to his childhood home, where he signed a message the living room

Today is Election Day 2020. President Trump made a final appeal on morning television, while Democratic nominee Joe Biden returned to campaign in “We feel like it is clear that we are winning,” Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a briefing with reporters. “All the data that we’re

Nearly all – 95% – said the federal government's response to the pandemic was a factor in deciding how to vote. The same share said the economic downturn was also factor. That's a slightly higher share than said the same of protests over police violence (92%) or Supreme Court nominations (90%).

And more voters disapproved of Trump's handling of the pandemic than approved: 58% to 42%.

By the end of an emotionally draining and bitter contest, the two candidates had spent more money than any campaign in history and were expected to generate record turnout, with more than 100 million Americans casting ballots before any polling location opened on Election Day. Long lines formed at schools and government buildings, underscoring the significance of the choice for many voters.

"Winning is easy. Losing is never easy – not for me, it’s not,” Trump said during at his campaign headquarters Tuesday, adding he had not readied a victory or a concession speech. “Everybody should come together and I think success brings us together.”

The final week in polls: Trump eats into Biden's leads in Arizona, North Carolina, Nevada and Pennsylvania

  The final week in polls: Trump eats into Biden's leads in Arizona, North Carolina, Nevada and Pennsylvania The final polls show the race between Trump and Biden has tightened since mid-October, both nationally and in the critical battleground states.Biden's lead in USA TODAY's average of averages, which is based on data from RealClearPolitics and FiveThirtyEight, reached double-digits on Oct. 12, but has since fallen back to a 7.5-percentage point lead. That leaves him back roughly in the same position USA TODAY found him in its first poll roundup on Sept. 28, when his polling average lead over Trump was 7.2 points.

According to the US elections project, 98m Americans have already voted out of what could be With approaching 100m votes already cast early, Americans are going to the polls today to decide who will be the next president of the United States Here’s a guide to the vital races in that contest . And in an election tradition we already have Build your own US election result : plot a win for Biden or Trump .

The election comes after America ’s worst-ever week for new coronavirus cases, with more than 1,000 people The world is waiting to see if US voters want four more years of America First or if, tonight, we Let’s be honest, this election has been all about Donald Trump . It’s a personality contest and

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Fundamental questions about the direction of the country and its democracy were at stake. Throughout the campaign, Trump cast the election as America’s last chance to avoid careening left. Biden ran a race that focused heavily on his character and the promise of avoiding another four years of chaos, division and Trump-style drama.

Biden started the day at church with his wife, Jill, and two granddaughters. He flew to his birthplace of Scranton, Pa., where he signed the living room wall in his childhood home.

"From this house to the White House with the grace of God,” he wrote.

Highest stakes

Biden walked into Election Day with a wider path to the presidency. Polls indicated he held a steady lead nationally and in two of the battlegrounds – Michigan and Wisconsin – that thrust Trump to victory against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Polls have shown a narrower lead for him in Pennsylvania. If Biden captures all three states, the election would represent a rebuilding of the “blue wall” that has benefited Democrats as far back as Bill Clinton.

Joe Biden urges patience, unity as he waits with the rest of America

  Joe Biden urges patience, unity as he waits with the rest of America With votes still being counted, Joe Biden urged Americans to remain patient.Despite being on the cusp of the presidency, Biden did not give the victory speech he and his campaign hoped he would deliver on Friday night. Instead, he once again urged Americans to remain patient as the final votes are counted.

In an extraordinary departure from American political tradition, Trump has been arguing for months Both Biden and Trump have paths to victory. The Democratic nominee heads into the final day of campaigning "Don't tell anybody but let me wait until a little bit after the election ," the President said.

US President Donald Trump and his White House challenger Joe Biden are feuding over plans for their final TV debate. Republicans had argued only ballots received by election day should be counted, and were contesting a state Supreme Court decision to allow late ballots to count.

Trump and his aides insisted the polls underestimated his support.

Trump and Biden offered stark contrasts on policy as well as style, with the president vowing to continue his efforts to curb legal and illegal immigration, cut taxes, push federal courts to the right and pursue an “America first” foreign policy that has threatened to upend the global order that emerged after World War II.

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Biden: Biden heads to church, Scranton home on Election Day

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden visits a neighbor's house after stopping at his childhood home on Nov. 03, 2020 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. © Drew Angerer, Getty Images Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden visits a neighbor's house after stopping at his childhood home on Nov. 03, 2020 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Biden hopes to shore up the 2010 Affordable Care Act he helped shepherd through Congress with his former boss, President Barack Obama, reduce the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels and reset relationships between the U.S. and its allies.

"This election is one that historians and political scientists are going to be talking about for a long time," said William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, "because of the massive outpouring of Americans who are determined to vote and determined that their vote will count."

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Michelle Obama: 'Voting in one election isn't a magic wand, and neither is winning one'

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Eric Cantor, a former Republican congressman from Virginia, described the decision in weighty terms.

“What’s at stake in this election is the American position in the world in terms of its economic competitiveness, as well as its military dominance,” he said.

COVID redraws the map

No issue featured as prominently, or threw the differences between the two candidates into such stark relief, as COVID. Trump’s administration encouraged rapid progress on a vaccine, but the president handed much of the response to the virus to state leaders as he sidelined his own top scientists and dismissed their recommendations.

A watershed event that could have brought people together instead split them further apart as other nations got a better handle arresting the spread of infections and death.

That contrast was on display throughout a surreal campaign in which Trump himself was hospitalized with the virus, recovered and used the episode to argue the virus wasn’t all that bad – even as he was forced to repeatedly acknowledge that the treatment he received was out of reach for most Americans.

Trump: Trump visits campaign HQ on Election Day

Bill Stepien, Donald Trump standing in front of a crowd: President Donald Trump visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia on Nov. 3. © SAUL LOEB, AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia on Nov. 3.

Campaign methods differed as much as the candidates during the pandemic. After briefly suspending his massive rallies, Trump resumed the boisterous events – packing mostly maskless supporters shoulder to shoulder on airport tarmacs across the country.

Fact check: States don't have more than 100% voter turnout in an election

  Fact check: States don't have more than 100% voter turnout in an election A post uses outdated data to argue there are more votes than registered voters in key battleground states. Data shows no state exceeds 100% turnout.“Huh. It just so happened that we are on track to have more votes than registered voters in every single state that could potentially win Trump the election,” claims an image posted to Facebook on Nov. 4. “You’ve been caught Dems.

“This is a poll,” Trump of the supporters who came out for his final, post-midnight, rally in Grand Rapids, Mich. “This is not the crowd of somebody who’s going to lose this state.”

He repeatedly mocked Biden for “hiding” in his basement and wearing a mask, arguing that a president had to project an image of confidence rather than setting an example for others to follow.

Puerto Rico unearths over 100 briefcases with uncounted ballots a week after election

  Puerto Rico unearths over 100 briefcases with uncounted ballots a week after election Puerto Rico’s elections commission said it has found over 100 briefcases with uncounted ballots a week after the U.S. territory held its election.Francisco Rosado, the commission’s new president, said the briefcases were found in a secured vault and blamed the situation on what he said was an underfunded and understaffed administrative board responsible for counting a record number of absentee and early votes.

Biden did campaign mainly from home for months, holding virtual fundraisers and inviting Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., to be his running mate on a video call. As the weeks went by, he began holding more small events, with participants donning masks and maintaining social distance, sometimes from their cars at drive-in rallies.

Biden chose western Pennsylvania for his first and last major campaign event, telling supporters in Pittsburgh Monday night that they “represent the backbone of this nation.”

Protests, BLM alter course

Racial justice protests during the summer revealed another stark contrast.

The death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25 sparked nationwide protests for racial justice. The incident rekindled attention on the shooting death of Breonna Taylor during a police raid on March 13 in Louisville, Kentucky. And outrage erupted Kenosha, Wisconsin, after a police officer shot and paralyzed Jacob Blake on Aug. 23.

Trump campaigned as the law-and-order president, supporting police as protests occasionally turned violent with arson, burglaries and shootings. He accused state and local officials such as the mayor of Portland and governor of Oregon of timidity in quieting the protests. Federal authorities cleared a path June 1 with batons and tear gas for Trump to walk from the White House to a nearby church to hold a Bible aloft.

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Biden walked a line between supporting peaceful protests while denouncing violence. He urged greater training for police to calm tense confrontations, while dismissing proposals from more progressive supporters to defund police. And Biden, who had lost his wife, a daughter and a son to an accident and illness, met relatives of the victims.

“He talked about how nothing was going to defeat him, how whether he walked again or not, he wasn’t going to give up,” Biden said of Jacob Blake.

A nation holds its breath

Both men ratcheted up their rhetoric during the campaign, describing their opponent as dangerous and wildly out of step with mainstream American values. As both parties launched a series of last-minute legal battles over voting laws, Trump repeatedly sought to undermine confidence in election systems, arguing any votes counted after the polls closed on election night should be considered suspect.

The argument and claims of widespread fraud were demonstrably false: Millions voted on paper ballots effortlessly because of the pandemic. There was little indication of major problems at the polls on Tuesday.

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The tensions that have plagued the country since before Trump took office remained at an elevated state heading into the election, with law enforcement agencies preparing for violence regardless of who wins. Authorities erected a new fence around the White House late Monday night, with memories of the Black Lives Matter protests from the summer still fresh.

The FBI is reviewing a Texas highway incident last week in which a caravan of vehicles waving Trump flags swarmed a Biden campaign bus. Similar incidents have occurred in other states since then.

Donald Trump, Joe Biden are posing for a picture: President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden debate in September at Case Western University in Cleveland. © Patrick Semansky, AP Images President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden debate in September at Case Western University in Cleveland.

Trump, a real-estate magnate and former reality TV star, won the White House in 2016, despite polls heading into Election Day that showed Hillary.

For Biden’s part, the campaign marked his third attempt at the presidency, after serving eight years as vice president and 36 representing Delaware in the Senate.

Whoever wins will be the oldest president sworn in – older than Ronald Reagan when he was sworn in for a second term in 1985. Trump is 74 and Biden turns 78 on Nov. 20.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump, Biden wait with the world for election results in a contest to decide course of America

Puerto Rico unearths over 100 briefcases with uncounted ballots a week after election .
Puerto Rico’s elections commission said it has found over 100 briefcases with uncounted ballots a week after the U.S. territory held its election.Francisco Rosado, the commission’s new president, said the briefcases were found in a secured vault and blamed the situation on what he said was an underfunded and understaffed administrative board responsible for counting a record number of absentee and early votes.

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