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Politics Presidential election, Senate and House races, Supreme Court: 5 things to know Wednesday

12:15  04 november  2020
12:15  04 november  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Pack the court? Battles between Republicans and Democrats fuel clash over Supreme Court's future

  Pack the court? Battles between Republicans and Democrats fuel clash over Supreme Court's future The Constitution does not set the number of justices. Created in 1789 with six, the court has veered from five to 10, settling at nine 150 years ago.Fuming at what President Donald Trump and Republicans have done since 2016 to turn the court to the right, they could fight back with legislation, Senate rules changes – even by granting statehood (and two Senate seats) to the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.

President Trump won Georgia by five points in 2016, but polls have shown him in a close race with Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the state, which has undergone a political transformation fueled by growing diversity, young voters, suburban women alienated by Mr. Trump and minorities energized by Stacey

Results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election , including electoral votes between Trump and Biden, who won the popular vote and polling in each state. U.S. Presidential Election Results 2020. The expected vote is the total number of votes that are expected in a given race once all votes are counted.

Joe Biden, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: A combined image of protesters, President Donald Trump, Amy Coney Barrett and Joe Biden. © Associated Press A combined image of protesters, President Donald Trump, Amy Coney Barrett and Joe Biden.

The presidential election: Stand by for key results

Despite securing 213 Electoral College votes of the necessary 270, President Donald Trump falsely declared victory early Wednesday. He has not won the election. Some battleground states are still on the table and mail-in ballots could delay a result in the presidential race. We're standing by for key results from Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin on Wednesday. Trump has won Texas, Florida, Ohio, Iowa and Montana. Meanwhile, Democratic nominee Joe Biden has won Arizona — turning the state blue for the first time in 24 years — Minnesota and Hawaii. Biden earlier won California, Oregon, Washington, New Hampshire, Colorado, the District of Columbia, New Mexico, New York, Virginia, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Illinois, Delaware and Connecticut. Either candidate will need 270 electoral college votes to win the election. As of 4:56 a.m. EDT, Biden held 238 votes to Trump's 213, according to the Associated Press. USA TODAY Network journalists are closely watching election results and protests across the country. Follow for live updates and analysis.

Women donors emerge as new power brokers in 2020 election as Democrats look to flip the Senate

  Women donors emerge as new power brokers in 2020 election as Democrats look to flip the Senate Record-high campaign contributions from women helped Democrats take the House in 2018 and now women have their sights set on the Senate. Your browser does not support this video In the 15 most competitive Senate races, an average 43% of the large-dollar donors to Democratic candidates are women compared to 28% of donors to Republicans, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. © Nam Y. Huh, AP Lindsey Schwartz wears a mask with a message as she holds a sign during the Women's March in downtown Chicago, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.

2. Supreme Court . Read More. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has already called on Barrett to recuse herself from a fast-approaching case on the fate of the Affordable Care Act. What's the situation with the next presidential debate? The Trump campaign is pushing for an in-person

3. Supreme Court . Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett faced the Senate Judiciary Committee one last time before her likely Senate confirmation in two weeks. The White House recently announced it was planning to move ahead with the sale of three advanced weapon systems

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The battle to control the Senate got tighter. Here's where things stand.

Republicans have fended off challenges in a number of key Senate races, putting a damper on Democratic hopes of taking control of the chamber. Democrats need at least three wins to flip the Senate — four if President Donald Trump wins reelection. Republicans currently hold 53 seats, while Democrats have 45, plus two independents who caucus with them. There were 35 Senate seats in the election but only about 14 were truly in play. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rated 12 Republican-held seats as competitive, while just two Democratic-held seats were in that category. Democrats won two seats held by Republicans: in Colorado and in Arizona. But Republicans held off liberal challengers in Iowa, Montana and South Carolina and flipped a Democratic seat in Alabama. Election results in some states could take days to finalize because of the unprecedented volume of mail-in ballots. Additionally, at least one Senate race in Georgia is headed to a January runoff; a second could follow.

President Trump has kept his promise to remake the federal bench, including the Supreme Court

  President Trump has kept his promise to remake the federal bench, including the Supreme Court Trump has become the first president since Richard Nixon to name three judges to the Supreme Court in a first term.With the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy created by the death  of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump has become the first president since Richard Nixon to name three judges to the nation's highest court during a first term.

2. Supreme Court . Amy Coney Barrett faced questions from Senate Judiciary Committee members Barrett provided comments on abortion law, healthcare and the state of race in America. Analysis: How you know Lindsey Graham is starting… Michigan Supreme Court rules against governor…

Last Wednesday , the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a ruling by Pennsylvania’s top court that A federal appeals court ruled last week that the state's plan to count absentee ballots received after Rating in presidential contest: Leans Democratic. Other key races : No governor or U.S. Senate

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Democrats expected to retain control of the House

Democrats are expected to retain control of the House of Representatives, but optimistic projections that they would be expanding their already robust margin are falling short. Instead, Republicans have enjoyed some bragging rights, unseating freshmen incumbents in South Florida, New Mexico, Oklahoma and South Carolina, while successfully defending what looked to be several vulnerable seats in Texas and elsewhere. And early Wednesday, the GOP claimed its biggest prize by knocking off 15-term Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota. It's a stark contrast to 2018, when Democrats picked up key seats — many in suburban areas — that helped flip the House from Republican control to a Democratic majority.

Fact check: There is no Sen. Rob Donaldson, so posts of his speech about Barrett are fake

  Fact check: There is no Sen. Rob Donaldson, so posts of his speech about Barrett are fake A post on new Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett originated as a hypothetical. It took off, with many people assuming it was from a real senator.Several Facebook posts shared in the wake of those hearings include a long comment appearing to be a transcript of a speech made by a Sen. Rob Donaldson before the committee.

Electoral workers prepare ballots to be counted during the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tuesday's U.S. election , primarily to elect the country's next President , is also important for the Senate and U.S. 'entitled to know ' winner on election day: Donald Trump.

As election day approaches, polling companies will be trying to gauge the mood of the nation by asking voters which candidate they prefer. We'll be keeping track of those polls here and trying to work out what they can and can't tell us about who will win the election .

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Protesters clash outside White House, gather in L.A., Raleigh, Portland

Protesters clashed outside of the White House into Wednesday morning, while dozens marched through streets in Los Angeles and crowds of 200 or more gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Portland, Oregon, late Tuesday. There were no signs of serious violence or widespread unrest across the Unites States in the hours immediately after the polls closed, the Associated Press reported. More than 520 events have been organized nationwide by Protect the Results on Wednesday and beyond if Trump either declares victory before all votes are counted or refuses to accept election results. Protect the Results is a coalition of more than 165 grassroots organizations, advocacy groups and labor unions led by activist groups Indivisible and Stand Up America. Businesses across the country are also bracing for the fallout from the presidential election after a year roiled by a pandemic and protests for racial justice.

How to watch election night 2020: the definitive hour-by-hour guide

  How to watch election night 2020: the definitive hour-by-hour guide Election Day is nearly here, and in a matter of hours we’ll find out whether this is the end of the campaign — or just the beginning of a protracted fight over who won. At 7 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time, which applies to all times mentioned here), we’ll start to see returns from Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Georgia. Trump won all four of these states in 2016 and needs to win them again in 2020. The good news for viewers is that we should see relatively quick results in these key states, all of which are allowed to start processing (i.e., opening envelopes, validating signatures or even counting) their early votes and mail ballots before Election Day.

U.S. presidential elections have been held every four years for nearly two centuries. John Quincy Adams became the next president when he was picked by the House of In the most highly contested election in modern history, the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the Florida recount of ballots

In an extraordinary White House statement, Mr Trump claimed the election was a 'fraud on the American people' and that he was going to the Supreme Court to stop all vote counting immediately. He effectively declared victory, saying: 'Frankly we did win this election .'

Religious freedom v. LGBTQ rights: Supreme Court faces major test

With a new justice on the bench, the Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear an argument on whether foster care agencies can turn down gay and lesbian couples. At issue is the city of Philadelphia's decision to stop referring children in need of foster care to Catholic Social Services, for decades one of its most reliable contract agencies, after discovering that it would not place kids with same-sex couples. The dispute pits the Constitution's guarantee of religious freedom against government bans on discrimination. The addition of Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett gives the court's conservatives a 6-3 majority, putting at risk a 30-year-old Supreme Court precedent that made it difficult for religious groups to avoid neutral laws that apply to everyone. Several justices are eager to overturn the precedent – written, ironically, in 1990 by conservative Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Presidential election, Senate and House races, Supreme Court: 5 things to know Wednesday

Supreme Court appears unlikely to topple Affordable Care Act in latest challenge by Republicans .
The fate of the law dominated much of Justice Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing last month. Two other justices appear ready to save the ACA.After upholding the health care law in 2012 and 2015, the court was faced with a new Republican challenge stemming from Congress' elimination in 2017 of the tax imposed on consumers who refuse to buy health insurance. Since the law originally was upheld as a tax, challengers argued it became unconstitutional without one.

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