The tension in the race for the White House mounts: after major victories in Michigan and Wisconsin, Joe Biden leads. However, results are still pending in six states. The current results.

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Democrat Joe Biden is the favorite on the home front, while in the US the final votes are counted in the presidential election. After winning important states, the challenger appears to be just a stone’s throw from the White House. However, the incumbent Donald Trump claimed victory for himself, sending his lawyers with lawsuits in several states. Read more about it here.

Depending on the calculation, Biden is missing 6 or 17 votes

According to calculations by the AP news agency and the TV broadcaster Fox News, Biden now has 264 of the 270 electoral votes it takes to win the presidential election.. According to this, former Vice President Barack Obama would only have to choose one state to win. However, AP and Fox expect Biden to win in Arizona. Biden is just about that, but only 86 percent of the votes are counted. Other media such as CNN therefore do not count Arizona. According to the bill, Biden is still 17 votes short.

Among other things, the race is also considered to be open Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Nevada, and Alaska. In Pennsylvania and Georgia, Trump initially led, but Biden caught up with the more votes by mail. In Nevada, which yields six electoral votes and Biden could make a precision landing if he held Arizona, Biden had a narrow lead on Thursday night. In North Carolina, after counting 95 percent of the vote, Trump is leading by 1.5 percentage points. In Alaska, just under half of all votes are counted, but the state will most likely go to Trump.

Trump is suing in several states

Democratic supporters were more likely to send their ballots than Republicans during the coronavirus pandemic. Since there were delays with the US Postal Service, the postal ballots should still be valid in Pennsylvania and arrive Friday afternoon.

It is foreseeable that it may take a while before there is clarity. Nevada doesn’t want to provide any new information on the status of the census until around 9 a.m. local time (6 p.m. CET). More than 500,000 votes had to be counted in Arizona. Here the situation is tight: AP and Fox News hit the state with eleven voters Biden, the other stations not yet.

These are the current results of the United States presidential election:

Biden: The result is clear

Biden envisioned himself for Trump. “Now, after a long night of counting, it is clear that we are winning enough states to get the 270 electoral votes it takes to win the presidency,” he said in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday.

According to corresponding media reports Biden won the disputed states of Michigan and Wisconsin against Trump. The Republican declared himself the winner in advance on election night on Wednesday and announced that he would file his claim with the US Supreme Court.

Biden stressed that he did not want to officially claim the victory for himself. But when the count is over, “we believe we will be the winners”. He said America must overcome deep divisions. “To make progress, we no longer need to treat our opponents as enemies,” said Biden. “We are not enemies.”

Trump continues to oppose postal voting

Throughout the day, Trump posted several tweets leaning against the vote count. His guideline, still in existence Tuesday night, “magically disappeared” in one state after another, he wrote. You can read a fact-check on his statements here.

Overall, Trump fared significantly better than expected in polls in the election. Three-year-old Biden missed the clear victory the Democrats hoped for and had to admit defeat to the Republican president in Florida and Texas, among others. Before the election, the statistics portal “FiveThirtyEight” calculated only about a ten percent chance of Trump winning.

Who is at the forefront of which states?

In these US states, Trump is in the lead (number of voters per state in brackets): Texas (38), Florida (29), Indiana (11), Iowa (6), South Carolina (9), Oklahoma (7), Alabama (9), Missouri (10), Arkansas (6), Ohio (18), West Virginia (5), Tennessee (11), Mississippi (6 )), Kentucky (8), Louisiana (8) Wyoming (3), North Dakota (3), South Dakota (3), Nebraska (4), Kansas (6), Utah (6), Idaho (4) and Montana (3).

Biden is at the forefront of these states: New Mexico (5), Hawaii (4), New York (29), California (55), Arizona (11), Washington (12), Minnesota (10), Maine (4), Oregon (7), Vermont (3), Delaware (3), Maryland (10), Virginia (13), Massachusetts (11), Connecticut (7), New Jersey (14), Illinois (20), Rhode Island (4), Missouri (10), New Hampshire ( 4), Nebraska (1), Colorado (9), Maine (3), Wisconsin (10), Michigan (16) and the federal capital Washington DC (3).

In the race for the US presidency, the focus was on the particularly hotly contested states, in which majorities repeatedly switch between Democrats and Republicans.

These important “swing states” include Florida, where 29 voters get the winners, Pennsylvania (20), Ohio (18) and North Carolina (15). Polls also pointed to a head-to-head race in Texas, which Trump eventually won. The densely populated southern state with 38 voters has been going to Republicans for decades.

In the US, the president is not directly elected by the people, but by 538 electoral men and women. Each state has a certain number, depending on the population size. The candidate with the most votes in the state, in effect, registers all the state’s electorate for himself. Exception: In Maine and Nebraska, electorate votes are divided according to majorities in the constituencies. The state overall winner will receive two more votes. In Maine, Trump won an extra voter and Biden won another in Nebraska.

The corona pandemic made it difficult to assess counting status during election night this year. Many Biden supporters had stated that they wanted to vote by letter. President Trump’s voters voted earlier on election day. In total, more than 100 million voters cast their votes for November 3: a record! States have different methods of counting which votes and when, such large fluctuations were expected during election night and in the days after.

Democrats or Republicans – Who Gets the Majority in Congress?

On November 3, not only the US president was elected, but also the entire House of Representatives and parts of the Senate. The Democrats were able to defend their majority in the House of Representatives. So far, they occupied 232 of the 435 seats in the Congress Chamber, which were fully eligible for voting in the election.

These are the current projections for the race for the House of Representatives:

The 435 members of the House of Representatives each represent one constituency and are directly elected every two years. The survey shown reflects trends in the constituencies.

Exciting battle for the Senate – who comes first?

However, the Democrats’ hopes of gaining control in the Senate have been seriously dampened. Several Republican senators, considered a shaky candidate, were able to defend their seats. The result is still open.

About a third of the Senate is re-elected every two years. This third is highlighted in the image.

Here are the current projections:

The Senate consists of 100 senators. Each state has two seats. In the states that must grant a mandate, decisions are taken by majority vote. The survey values ​​shown reflect the trends in the states.

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