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Politics Fact check: Key Senate races left uncalled due to uncounted ballots, not fraud

17:25  05 november  2020
17:25  05 november  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Trump tweeted what he referred to as "surprise ballot dumps" and said that his loss in several key Already heated enough, tensions in the White House race are fueled by debate over mail ballots . Trump, who has opposed vote-by-mail, claimed that it could potentially lead to election fraud and vote

As the President continues his efforts to discredit voting by mail, he and his allies have pointed to several so-called examples of voter fraud . The latest favorite? More than 800 ballots that were received by mail from "dead voters" in Michigan's recent state-wide primary.

Claim: The election is fraudulent because states that won Republican Senate seats can’t yet be called for a Republican president

a view of a large window: Election personnel counts ballots as vote counting in the general election continues at State Farm Arena, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Atlanta. © Brynn Anderson, AP Election personnel counts ballots as vote counting in the general election continues at State Farm Arena, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Atlanta.

As President Donald Trump unfoundedly calls into question the legitimacy of the election, misinformation about why some states haven’t been called in his favor is spreading online. A Facebook post by the page "Diamond and Silk," run by conservative commentators Lynette Diamond Hardaway and Rochelle Silk Richardson, claims fraud is underway.

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Watch live presidential election results as ballots are counted in key swing states for President Trump and Joe Data from Arizona's Maricopa County shows that there are still about 605,000 uncounted ballots , and results for a NBC News says that the presidential race in Arizona is too close to call.

In fact , there is no more voting — just ballot counting. Biden camp confident as ballot counting continues. Former CBC News chief political correspondent Keith Boag says a delay in the result of the presidential election was expected due to measures taken for the coronavirus and mail-in voting.

“So they want us to believe that the same states that Republican Senators won are too close to call for the Republican President? Fraud!” the post reads.

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The page did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

More: Fact check: That spike in the Wisconsin vote tally was expected and legitimate, not fraud

Uncalled states haven’t named Republican senators yet, and delay has nothing to do with party lines

According to the Associated Press, which is widely regarded as the primary source of election calls, there are five states that have not yet been called as of late Wednesday night: Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Alaska. Only three of those five had U.S. Senate races this year, and Republicans haven’t won all those seats yet. Plus, the hold up on those five seats has nothing to do with partisan divide. Here’s a breakdown of each state left.

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The fact that no one takes this for granted and is sensible enough NOT to break court orders, indicates the huge discrepancy in the system. Prosecutors are political. And they behave politically.

Pennsylvania

There is no U.S. Senate election in Pennsylvania this year, and of the state’s two presently sitting senators, one is a Republican and the other is a Democrat. Pennsylvania is typically regarded as a battleground state, but it voted blue for six presidencies prior to Trump’s 2016 win, according to Ballotpedia.

Pennsylvania can’t yet be called because there are still more votes left to be counted, the York Daily Record reported Thursday. The reason it’s taking so long is that Pennsylvania state law says ballot counting can not begin before 7 a.m. on Election Day. Election officials asked to start earlier, but the Republican-controlled Legislature wouldn’t allow it.

President Donald Trump was leading in the state Wednesday, holding 50.9% of the vote to Biden’s 47.9%, with 89% of ballots counted, according to AP. On Wednesday, Trump prematurely and falsely said he had already won the state.

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Six Senate races were uncalled in five states: Alaska, Georgia, Maine, Michigan and North Carolina. Georgia has two races , both involving Republican Steve Bullock conceded the Montana Senate race to Senator Steve Daines. “I am sufficiently idealistic enough to believe that Washington could work a

Nearly 340,000 early ballots uncounted in Maricopa County; Nevada waiting to update vote totals. Trump has repeatedly assailed the voting process, making baseless claims of fraud , including in a string of Twitter posts since the election ended with the outcome unresolved and several states still

But mail-in votes are expected to favor Biden because more Democrats voted that way – and those ballots come largely from counties won by 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, USA TODAY reported. AP uses similar reasoning to describe why it has not called the race.

Georgia

Georgia has both a regular and special U.S. Senate election this year.

In the regular election, Republican David Perdue is leading in the polls, holding 50.2% of the vote to Democrat Jon Ossoff’s 47.5%, with 97% of votes reported, according to AP. That race has not yet been called.

In the special election, a runoff will take place between the two top finishers — Democrat Raphael Warnock, holding 32.5% of the vote, and Republican Kelly Loeffler, holding 26.1% of the vote — because neither candidate won a majority of votes, according to AP.

Georgia can’t yet be called because an estimated 4% of the vote still remains to be counted as of Wednesday night, many of those are mailed ballots from the Atlanta metro region, which leans Democratic, according to AP. Plus, results from Fulton County, where Atlanta is located, were delayed after a water pipe burst at the State Farm Arena, where absentee mail ballots were being held. No ballots or machinery were damaged, county spokesperson Regina Waller told NBC News.

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Nevada

There is no Nevada U.S. Senate race this year, and both sitting senators are Democrats, according to Ballotpedia.

Clark County election workers process ballots Nov. 4, 2020. © Ed Komenda/Reno Gazette Journal Clark County election workers process ballots Nov. 4, 2020.

The state hasn’t been called yet because roughly 25% of votes have not been reported, according to AP. Biden has a slim lead over Trump with 49.3% of the vote to Trump’s 48.7%, amounting to about 8,000 votes.  Under Nevada state law, ballots can still be accepted so long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3. Additional results are expected Thursday, Las Vegas’ 8 News Now reported.

North Carolina

North Carolina has a U.S. Senate race this year, and Republican Thom Tillis is ahead, with 48.7% of the vote to Democrat challenger Cal Cunningham’s 46.9%. Independent challengers have amassed about 4.3% of the vote, with 93% of votes reported. AP has not called the race.

The winner of North Carolina’s presidential contest hasn’t been called because — you guessed it — it’s too early. With 94% of ballots counted, Trump is ahead, with 50.1% of the vote to Biden’s 48.7%. There are still under 200,000 mail-in-ballots to count, and if they were postmarked by Nov. 3, state election officials have until Nov. 12 to count them, according to AP.

Alaska

There is a U.S. Senate race in Alaska this year, and Republican Dan Sullivan appears to be winning it easily. But just like the presidential contest in the state, AP hasn’t called it. That’s because just 50% of ballots have been counted.

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While Alaska will almost undoubtedly go Trump, the state won’t start counting absentee ballots until Nov. 10 – a week after Election Day. It’s the last state in the country to begin to count absentee ballots, according to Alaska Public Media.

‘Mismatched’ voting becoming less common, analysis shows

While the results in states left in play in this election aren’t being held up due to partisan divide, a Pew Research Center analysis published in September suggests “mismatched” voting in states, where the state votes primarily one way for Senate races and another for presidential races, is becoming less common.

According to the analysis, 122 of 139 regular and special Senate elections were won by candidates who belonged to or were aligned with the party that won that state’s most recent presidential race.

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Our rating: False

There are a number of states that have not yet been called for either presidential candidate, but that’s mostly due to unreported votes. None of those states had elected new Republican senators at the time the post was made, though some races appear as if they may eventually; other states still left do not have U.S. Senate races this year. A Pew Research Center study suggests that the sentiment behind the post – that Republican Senate seats should follow a Republican president’s election in the state – may have some merit. We rate this claim FALSE.

Our fact check sources:

  • Associated Press, Nov. 3, EXPLAINER: Calling a race is tricky: How AP does it
  • GovTrack, Pennsylvania
  • Ballotpedia, Presidential voting trends in Pennsylvania
  • York Daily Record, Nov. 5, Down to the wire: Biden, Trump fighting for every vote in Pa. on path to presidency
  • President Donald Trump's Twitter, Nov. 4
  • Associated Press, Nov. 4, EXPLAINER: Why AP hasn’t called Pennsylvania
  • Associated Press, Nov. 3, Georgia’s Loeffler in Senate runoff; Perdue’s race uncalled
  • USA TODAY, Nov. 3, Closely watched Georgia still up in the air in the presidential race; one Senate race headed to runoff
  • NBC News, Nov. 3, Vote Watch: Absentee ballot count will be delayed in Fulton County, Georgia
  • Ballotpedia, List of United States Senators from Nevada
  • Associated Press, Nov. 4, EXPLAINER: States still in play and what makes them that way
  • Las Vegas' 8 News Now, Nov. 4, Nevada Deputy Sec. of State for Elections confirms there will be no additional results today
  • Associated Press via ABC 13 News, Nov. 4, AP: North Carolina's U.S. Senate race too early to call, even after Tillis' victory speech
  • Associated Press, Nov. 3, EXPLAINER: Why AP hasn’t called North Carolina
  • Associated Press, Nov. 3, Alaska Senate race too early to call
  • USA TODAY, retrieved Nov. 4, Alaska Election Results 2020: Live Updates
  • Alaska Public Media, Nov. 3, Alaskans line up at polls, as large number absentee ballots wait to be counted
  • Pew Research Center, Sept. 1, Most Senate elections reflect states’ presidential votes

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Key Senate races left uncalled due to uncounted ballots, not fraud

Trump says the battleground states saw election fraud. Republican officials running those states disagree. .
Republican officials in swings states have responded by assuring voters there have been no signs of fraud.State leaders and election officials – many of them Republican – in those crucial swings states have responded by assuring voters there have been no signs of widespread fraud despite what Trump and his supporters have alleged.

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