Shortly after polling stations in the US closed, US President Trump appeared before the press in the White House. He makes a statement on the status of the elections. All information in the news blog.
The US presidential election is dramatic, pitting Republican Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden against each other. Many of the results in the individual states are surprising. Chillreport provides you with comprehensive information on the status of the US elections in a live broadcast here can follow.
Trump makes a brief statement in the White House
The most important statements:
8:21 am: Trump enters the room of the White House with marching music.
“This is the last press conference we’ve ever had.”
“A sad group of people is trying to change the outcome.”
“We are preparing for a big party.”
Trump goes on to say there was a massive turnout, with Texas, Ohio and Florida winning. Texas was ruled by 700,000 voters.
“You can’t catch up with us anymore.”
8.15am: All US polling places are now closed
Polling stations in the US are now closed in all states. In the Aleutian Islands, which belong to Alaska, voters could vote in person until 7 a.m. Shortly before, restaurants in the rest of Alaska, Hawaii and on the west coast of the US closed. Because the United States spans multiple time zones, polling stations are closed for several hours.
Who would win the US presidential election was still open. The two candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden fought each other. Both were confident in the victory on Wednesday morning. Many voters had already voted by letter or early voting in the polling station before election day.
8.10am: Trump trumps in Nebraska
In Tuesday’s election in the state of Nebraska, US President Donald Trump won four out of five votes to the election meeting, while challenger Joe Biden won one vote. Nebraska, along with Maine, is one of the US states where not all voters go to the winner in full.
According to calculations by the AP news agency, Trump had a majority in all of Nebraska and in two of the three districts. In the district with the largest city of Omaha, however, Biden was ahead and managed to win a vote for the election rally. Four years ago, Trump also narrowly won this district.
7:24 am: Biden wins in Rhode Island
According to a projection by Edison Research, Biden wins the state of Rhode Island (four voters). On Twitter, Biden explains that it is neither up to Donald Trump nor him to announce the winner of the election. That is only up to the voters.
7.15 am: Election prediction worries German politicians
President Donald Trump’s unexpectedly strong performance in the US elections worries German politics: a re-election of Trump would cause “incredible damage to the world, Germany and Europe,” said FDP defense expert Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann. of the AFP news agency. . Confirming the president in office would be “another major setback for the transatlantic partnership, which has already been badly damaged by Trump.” In this case, even NATO’s existence would be “on the brink,” the liberals warned.
In the event of re-election, President Trump could “stroll around the world with even more legs apart and get to work, for example with the oft-heralded US withdrawal,” said Strack-Zimmermann.
7:09 am: Trump wins in Texas
Trump won the important state of Texas in the US presidential election. This secures the votes of 38 voters, AP news agency reported Wednesday morning (local time) based on voter surveys and first ballots.
6.54 am: Trump claims Democrats want to “steal” election victory
On Twitter, Trump announced a few minutes ago that he believed the Democrats wanted to “steal” the election victory. “We’ll never let them do that.” He also advocated that votes should not be counted once polling stations are closed. However, that would contradict the legal process in the US election. He also announced that he would also make a statement.
6.42 am: Joe Biden makes a statement:
The most important statements:
“We knew it would take a long time, but we feel good where we are now.”
“We will not stop until every vote is counted.”
“We have confidence in Arizona.”
“We’re still playing in Georgia.”
“We can still win.”
“I am grateful to everyone who made the election process possible.”
“Don’t lose faith, we’ll win this.”
Read more about it here.
6:39 am: Biden wins Minnesota
The AP news agency predicts a victory for Biden in Minnesota (ten voters). According to “CNN”, the Democrat won in the US state.
6.32 am: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defends seat in the House of Representatives
Left-wing Democratic MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended her seat in the United States House of Representatives in the US congressional elections. As US media reported Tuesday night (local time), the 31-year-old was clearly in the lead in her New York constituency after counting nearly 70 percent of the vote at 68.5 percent. Your Republican challenger, 60-year-old ex-cop John Cummings, only got 30.8 percent.
6:30 am: Montana goes to Trump
As expected, US President Donald Trump got a majority of the vote and thus three more voters in the US state of Montana. AP news agency reported this Wednesday morning (local time) based on voter surveys and the first votes. In 2016, Trump was able to triumph by a clear margin in the state in the northwest of the US. Polls recently saw only a small lead over his Democratic challenger Joe Biden. To become president, a candidate needs the votes of at least 270 voters.
6.13 am: Hawaii goes to Biden
As expected, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden won the majority in the US state of Hawaii. The AP news agency reported Tuesday evening (local time) based on voter surveys and the first votes. Hawaii is considered a safe stronghold for the Democrats. In 2016, then-candidate Hillary Clinton won the four voters by a clear majority. At the time, she was more than 30 percentage points ahead of Republican Donald Trump. To become president, a candidate needs the votes of at least 270 voters.
6:08 am: Kanye West votes for herself
Rapper Kanye West cast his vote in the US presidential election, but he did not vote for Democrat Joe Biden or Republican Donald Trump. West reported that he had written his own name on the ballot.
“Today is the first time in my life that I have voted for a President of the United States and it is for someone I really trust … me,” West wrote on Twitter. He also posted several photos and videos of the process at a polling station in Park County, Wyoming. On the ballot paper he had entered his name as a “sign up” candidate and that of Pastor Michelle Tidball as a vice-candidate.
5.58 am: Biden wins votes in Virginia – Trump in Texas
According to a projection by the broadcaster “CNN”, Joe Biden managed to get the most votes in Virginia. According to the TV station “Fox News,” Donald Trump insured most of the Texas voters.
5.52 am: Transgender candidates elected to the House of Lords for the first time
In the US election, a transgender candidate was elected to a state’s upper house for the first time: in the state of Delaware, 30-year-old Sarah McBride moved there with 86 percent to the Senate on Tuesday. Read more about it here.
Sarah McBride: She secured a seat in the House of Lords of the US state. (Source: AP / dpa)
5:50 am: Oil prices rise – the price of gold in the crisis currency falls
The optimism of many investors is also visible in the commodity markets. Oil prices have risen noticeably. A barrel (159 liters) of the North Sea Brent cost slightly less than a dollar more on Wednesday morning and was listed at $ 40.66 (+ 1.18 percent). The price of US WTI variety oil similarly rose to $ 38.60 (plus 1.25 percent). The price of gold, often seen as a currency in crisis, has since fallen. A troy ounce last cost $ 1,901.00 (minus 0.44 percent).
5:44 am: Mississippi goes to Trump
US President Trump has won the state of Mississippi. Various media report unanimously.
5:41 am: Twitter flags messages about election results
On US election night, Twitter added notes to tweets prematurely announcing election results for individual states from the network’s point of view. For example, a tweet saying Donald Trump had won the state of Florida was tagged with the comment, “Official sources may not have confirmed the result when this tweet was canceled.” Florida, considered one of the most important states in the election, has not yet determined a winner, according to the media.
Such a warning was also added to a tweet from Trump’s electoral team that won President South Carolina. However, the AP news agency had already reported Trump’s victory in South Carolina at the time.
5:30 am: Investors expect a quick decision
According to market strategist Stephen Innes of the broker Axi, investors in the financial markets see the chances of a victory for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the US presidential election are diminishing. However, the race is close, especially in the highly competitive countries, and the final results could be a few days away. But many investors seem to want clarity quickly. Stock and futures market prices have recently risen and bond market yields have fallen.
5.28pm: Fox News: Biden wins in Arizona
The highly competitive state of Arizona (eleven electors) goes to Biden, Fox News reports.
5.12 am: Three west coast states move to Biden
As expected, Democratic candidate Joe Biden assured the three West Coast states in the US presidential election: California, Oregon and Washington. The AP news agency reported Tuesday evening (local time) based on voter surveys and the first votes. The west coast has traditionally been a democratic stronghold. With California densely populated, there are 55 voters on Biden’s behalf. Washington has 12 voters and Oregon has seven. To become president, a candidate needs the votes of at least 270 voters.
5.09 a.m .: Trump wins in Idaho
In the US presidential election, incumbent Republican Donald Trump prevailed in Idaho. The AP news agency reported Tuesday evening (local time) based on voter surveys and the first votes.
The small state in the northwest of the US is considered a safe stronghold for the Republicans. In 2016, Trump secured the four Idaho voters by a clear majority. At the time, he was well over 30 percentage points ahead of Democrat Hillary Clinton. In the polls for this election, Trump was also clearly in the lead there. To become president, a candidate needs the votes of at least 270 voters.
4.52pm: Philadelphia votes probably won’t come until Wednesday (US local time)
In the important state of Pennsylvania, it’s unclear whether hundreds of thousands of votes will be counted in Philadelphia until Wednesday morning (local time). According to American journalists, election officials said they only wanted to report part of the remaining votes during the night.
4:50 am: Utah probably voted for Trump
According to predictions from TV stations, US President Donald Trump has secured the state of Utah in the US election. That emerged Tuesday evening (local time) from matching forecasts from broadcasters NBC, CNN and Fox News based on voter surveys and initial vote counts. The AP news agency has not yet announced a winner.
The state with six voters has been going to Republicans for decades. In 2016, Trump was nearly 20 percentage points ahead of then-candidate Hillary Clinton. In opinion polls for this election, Trump was in the lead there – albeit less clearly. To become president, a candidate needs the votes of at least 270 voters.
4:48 pm: Biden is predicted to secure four voters in New Hampshire
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has won the US elections in the state of New Hampshire and attracted four more voters, according to forecasts from television stations. That came Tuesday (local time) from matching forecasts from broadcasters ABC and NBC based on voter surveys and initial vote counts. The AP news agency has not yet announced a winner.
In 2016, then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton secured the electorate’s four votes with a wafer-thin 0.3 percentage point majority for Trump. Surveys recently found that Biden was in charge of the state on the border with Canada. In the state, both major parties have a good chance of winning the election. New Hampshire is also known as the “Swing State”.
4:46 pm: Biden misses Spanish-speaking voters’ votes
Joe Biden apparently lacked the confidence of many Spanish-speaking Florida voters. According to by-election polls by the television station CNN, he only got 50 percent of the vote in this electoral class, Hillary Clinton got 62 percent. A similar picture is taking place among Spanish-speaking voters in Ohio and Georgia, according to CNN. Here Clinton got 15 percentage points more each time.
4:42 am: Missouri goes to Trump
US President Donald Trump also had the expected election victory in the state of Missouri. The AP news agency reported Tuesday evening (local time) based on voter surveys and the first votes.
Missouri is considered a safe bastion for the Republicans. In 2016, Trump assured ten voters with a clear majority. At the time, he was more than 18 percentage points ahead of then-candidate Hillary Clinton. In the polls, Trump was clearly in the lead again this year. To become president, a candidate needs the votes of at least 270 voters.
4:40 am: US stocks are on the rise
Before the US stock markets start trading, the mood in the US stock market is good given the initial election results. The prices of futures contracts, with which investors bet on the future development of the markets, have risen significantly: futures on the S&P 500 standard value index have now risen about 2 percent, futures on the Nasdaq 100 technology share index as much as 3.9 percent. According to news channel Bloomberg, the background to this development could be that investors had expected worse first results for Donald Trump.
4.34 am: Democrats get a seat in the Colorado Senate
The Democrats are one step closer to a possible majority in the Senate. In the state of Colorado, John Hickenlooper has expelled Republican Cory Gardner from the Senate seat. The AP news agency reported on the basis of voter surveys and first votes.
Each state sends two senators, so far Republicans have held a majority of 53 of the 100 seats. On Tuesday, voters had 35 seats in the Senate, 23 of them by Republicans and 12 by Democrats. According to AP calculations, seven Democratic senators and eight Republicans were able to defend their seats.
How many votes you need in the Senate for a majority depends on who is in the White House. Because in case of a deadlock of 50 to 50 votes, the vice president can intervene.
4.21 am: Trump is ahead in Kansas
As expected, US President Donald Trump won the majority in the state of Kansas, securing the votes of six other voters. The AP news agency reported Tuesday evening (local time) based on voter surveys and the first votes. To become president, a candidate needs the votes of at least 270 voters.
The state in the American Midwest is considered a safe bastion for the Republicans. In 2016, Trump secured the six voters by a clear majority. At the time, he was more than 20 percentage points ahead of his then opponent Clinton. The polls recently saw Trump clearly in the lead there as well.
3.42 am: Biden in important condition ahead
Donald Trump’s challenger Joe Biden could do better than expected in the state of Ohio, according to the latest figures. Trump won the state four years ago. He is considered one of the most important and competitive of all. So far, no Republican has won the presidential election without a majority in Ohio.
If Biden’s trend is confirmed in Ohio, that would be a good sign for Midwestern states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. These three gave Trump his narrow election victory in 2016; they are all characterized by a fairly white workforce.
3:30 am: Voters report threats
A national hotline in the US has recorded more cases of voter harassment so far than it did four years ago, the New York Times reports. Among other things, armed Trump supporters would have posted in front of polling stations. In North Carolina, for example, where an armed supporter of the president was arrested by the police. Or in Louisiana, where eyewitnesses said a man waved a Trump flag while holding a large gun.
“These individual instances of voter intimidation are problematic and we cannot ignore them,” Kristen Clarke, chair of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, told reporters. “They did not take place across the board, nor were they systematic. But their number is much greater than in previous votes. They are a reflection of the dark times in which our nation finds itself.”
3.22 pm: House of Representatives remains in the hands of the Democrats
According to Fox, the American Democrats defended their majority in the House of Representatives in the congressional elections that took place at the same time as the presidential election.
3.15 am: Senate seat in Colorado goes to Democrats
Partial success for Democrats in the struggle for power in the Senate: Democratic challenger John Hickenlooper beats Republican incumbent Cory Gardner in Colorado, according to Fox News. Until now, Republicans have a narrow majority in Congress.
3:00 am: New York votes for Biden
According to the projection of the broadcaster CNN, challenger Joe Biden has won the state of New York (29 voters). New Mexico (5) also went to the Democrats, according to the AP. According to the news agency, Trump got the states of Louisiana (8), Wyoming (3), North Dakota (3), South Dakota (3) and Nebraska (5).
Fox News saw Biden in Colorado (9) lead the way, Trump in Kansas (6).
2.54 am: Biden unexpectedly performs in Texas
In Texas, Joe Biden leads unexpectedly, after counting nearly two-thirds of the votes. Biden currently has 50.5 percent of the vote in Texas, Donald Trump 48.1 percent. Especially in the larger cities of Dallas, Huston and Austin, the Democratic presidential candidate could increase significantly from 2016.
2.50 am: Arkansas votes Republican
As expected, US President Donald Trump won the most votes in Arkansas (6 voters). The AP news agency reported. Arkansas is considered a safe stronghold for the Republicans. In 2016, Trump secured the six voters by a clear majority.
2.46 am: The Trump team declares itself the winner in Florida
US President Donald Trump’s election campaign team claims victory in the controversial state of Florida. The campaign agency reported this, citing the election analysis institute Decision Desk HQ. However, the final result for this state has not yet been officially established.
2.44 am: Many states voted as expected
Intermediate result: In about two dozen states, the US media quickly proclaimed the expected winners. For Democrat Joe Biden, Connecticut, Vermont and Virginia were mentioned, among others. US President Donald Trump won South Carolina, West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky, among others.
There was good news for Trump from Florida. In densely populated Miami-Dade County in particular, Biden got fewer votes than he probably would need to win the state. Commentators and American pundits assumed Trump had a good chance of winning over Florida. The Republican is absolutely dependent on the state, his challenger would have other paths to victory.
From the states of the Midwest, which decided the race four years ago, there was initially only preliminary data. Estimating the first numbers this year is more difficult than in previous elections because there are different counting methods in many places. Some provinces first count the votes in the absence, others count the votes from election day. It was predicted that Democrats would have a head start on postal ballots and Republicans on election day votes.
2.35 am: Conspiracy theorist heads to Congress
Right-wing Republican conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene is heading to the United States House of Representatives, according to a CNN tweet. Her rival candidate in her Georgia state constituency resigned. Read more about the conspiracy theory here.
2.31 am: result in Georgia may be delayed
A tight result is also expected in the important swing state of Georgia. The problem is, there won’t be any results in Fulton County due to a burst water pipe. A hall in which ballot boxes are stored is also affected. Since the Atlanta metropolis is also in Fulton County, the election results in Georgia could remain open.
2.15 am: The following results are coming in
According to American media, challenger Joe Biden has the states of Delaware (3 voters), Maryland (10), Illinois (20), New Jersey (14), Rhode Island (4), Connecticut (7), Massachusetts (11) and the District of Columbia (3).
The incumbent Donald Trump won in Oklahoma (7), Tennessee (11), Alabama (9), South Carolina (9) and Mississippi (6).
2.01 am: Trump’s Republicans want to stop counting ballots in Nevada
In Nevada, the Republican Party and Trump’s campaign team have filed for an injunction to restrict postal voting, according to an NBC report. Clark County, where the city of Las Vegas is located, would be affected.
1.55 am: Forecast – Virginia goes to Biden
As expected, Joe Biden won the state of Virginia. The AP news agency reported on the basis of voter surveys and first votes. The East Coast state has 13 voters to assign. The Democrats won there again in 2016. Polls had seen Biden before US President Donald Trump.
The state of West Virginia reportedly went to Donald Trump. West Virginia, with five voters, has been a Republican stronghold for decades. Trump scored more than 40 percentage points there in 2016 than the then Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
1.52 am: Small protests in Washington
In the US capital, hundreds of people have gathered at the Black Lives Matter Plaza, not far from the White House. They are protesting against President Donald Trump and calling for votes on posters.
1.46 p.m .: Biden leads just ahead of Trump in Florida
Three quarters of the votes have already been counted in Florida. A final result could therefore be available in the early morning hours. Joe Biden leads after counting 79 percent of the vote with 49.9 percent, Donald Trump has so far reached 49.1 percent. The most important thing here: In several counties that are close to counting, Biden is currently well above Hillary Clinton’s result four years ago.
1:22 pm: no surprises so far
Donald Trump’s victories in Indiana and Kentucky, as well as Joe Biden’s Vermont victory, had been expected by the American media. The first two states are republican land, Vermont is a democratic stronghold. However, there are shifts at the neighborhood level. As CNN reports, several counties in, say, Kentucky or Florida have already fallen into the hands of Biden, who voted for Trump four years ago. It remains to be seen whether this will show a nationwide trend in favor of the Democratic candidate.
1.15 am: forecasts from other states
According to AP news agency and other media outlets, US President Trump also won in the state of Kentucky. That was expected, because in 2016 Trump was also well ahead in Kentucky. This gives the US president the votes of eight voters.
According to the AP, challenger Joe Biden has won the state of Vermont. That was also expected. The small state in the Northeast with three voters has been going to the Democrats for decades. Hillary Clinton was there in 2016 with more than 25 percentage points ahead of election winner Donald Trump.
1.02 pm: Trump wins the first state by extrapolation
Donald Trump has won the state of Indiana, according to the projection of the American broadcaster CNN. The state is rural and traditionally a Republican stronghold. Also in 2016, Trump clearly won the Indiana race. The state supplies eleven voters.
CNN’s projections are based on the one hand on the first counting results in the counties of the states and on the other hand polls of voters after they cast their votes.
1.00 am: the first polling stations are closed
The polls in Georgia, South Carolina, Vermont, Indiana, Kentucky and Virginia were closed completely in the US election. Also in large parts of Florida, the possibility for voters to cast their votes ended on Wednesday at 1 a.m. German time.
Here’s what happened in the crucial hours before polling stations closed.
“From this house to the White House”
US presidential candidate Joe Biden immortalized himself on election day on the wall of his former family home in Scranton. “From this house to the White House,” was Biden’s optimistic message, as can be seen in photos of the journalists who traveled with them.
The scene was reminiscent of the 2008 election campaign when Biden took the White House along with Barack Obama. At the time, Biden had left a message on another wall in the house. The 77-year-old lived in the house until he was ten. After the trip to Scranton, President Donald Trump’s challenger was still on the program in Philadelphia. Both cities are located in the controversial state of Pennsylvania.
The third candidate
Everything looks like Donald Trump’s duel against Joe Biden. But another American is running for the White House: rapper Kanye West. He gave his vote to himself on Tuesday.
“Today is the first time in my life that I have voted for a President of the United States and it is for someone I really trust … me,” West wrote on Twitter. On the ballot paper he had entered his name as a “sign up” candidate and that of Pastor Michelle Tidball as a vice-candidate.
West announced in July that he would run for the highest office in the state. However, due to missed registration deadlines, he did not make it on the ballot in many states. The eccentric rapper had also backed Trump in the past.
Facebook blocks right-wing posts from voting
In addition to Twitter, Facebook has also blocked a number of newly created accounts with right-wing comments about the US election. The reason for the measure was “unlikely behavior,” said the world’s largest online social network.
Twitter had previously announced that the content of the accounts violated the rules of the short message service. The accounts have only recently been created.
If the weather takes longer …
Long lines formed in front of many polling stations in the US on Tuesday. This often forced voters to wait for hours. In Reading, Pennsylvania, helpers from an immigrant organization came into action and handed out tacos to those waiting.
Does the US have the greatest turnout of all time?
In the US presidential election, more people than ever before voted before the actual election day. This may indicate a historically high turnout
The US Elections Project had more than 100 million early voters. That corresponds to more than 73 percent of the votes cast in 2016, the organization announced. Turnout was particularly high in a number of states in the south and west. In Texas, Washington state, Oregon and Hawaii, the number of early voters surpassed the total number of votes cast in 2016.
Democratic challenger Joe Biden expects an unprecedented turnout of more than 150 million voters, he told supporters in Philadelphia. “We will see as many people vote today as never before in American history.” Young people and women in particular took part in large numbers, Biden said in view of the first surveys.
Economy is the main topic
According to a CNN poll, economic development in the US, and not the Corona crisis, is the main topic in these elections – even though both topics are closely related. 34 percent said the economy was the biggest challenge at the moment and 21 percent said racism in the country. The corona crisis was the overriding topic for 18 percent.
In contrast, a study by AP news agency highlighted the corona crisis, followed by the economy, the health system, racism, the penal system, immigration and the climate crisis.
Optimism in the stock market
US stock markets are optimistic that the US presidential election will have a clear result. On Tuesday, they will continue their recovery course after last week’s sell-off. The Dow Jones Industrial closed 2.06 percent higher at 27,480.03 points, after gaining 1.6 percent at the start of the week. The market-wide S&P 500 won 1.78 percent to 3,369.16 points. The Nasdaq 100 advanced 1.76 percent to 11,279.91 points.
Trump pointed the finger
What this woman shows to the American president driving past in his limousine is not exactly friendly. This scene took place at noon (local time) in Arlington, Virginia, not far from Washington D.C. to. But the response is not surprising either. Never before has a US president created such a division in the population during his tenure.
Musical encouragement to waiting voters
An awful lot is happening in these American elections. Many voters often wait hours to vote in this historic poll. A little encouragement doesn’t hurt. In Los Angeles, a mariachi band creates a festive atmosphere for a polling station. And isn’t an election always a celebration of democracy?
Where are Trump and Biden spending election night?
They are central this evening: US President Donald Trump and his challenger Joe Biden. But where will they spend the evening when the long-awaited results arrive? As the broadcaster CNN reports, Trump stays in the White House all evening.
Joe Biden returns to his home in Wilmington, Delaware after the final election dates and awaits the results. He will later visit a polling station, CNN reports.
Trump convinced of the win: “We have a great night”
During a visit to his campaign staff on the day of the US presidential election, incumbent Donald Trump was convinced of the victory. “I think we’ll have a great night,” Trump said Tuesday in Arlington, near Washington. The figures he sees from the states of Texas, Arizona or Florida are very good. However, in the latest polls, the Republican president is behind his Democratic challenger Joe Biden – nationally as well as in several crucial swing states.
When asked if he had already prepared speeches in case of victory or defeat, Trump said he hadn’t thought about it yet. But he hopes the result will be remedied soon. Trump continues, “Winning is easy. Losing is never easy. Not for me.” The results of the first states are expected on Wednesday evening after 1 a.m. (CET).
Donald Trump: The incumbent US president is looking forward to election night. (Source: Carlos Barria / Reuters)
A land between expectation and fear
The long-awaited election day around the world has arrived and the Americans are electing their new president. The tension for this appointment has probably never been greater – and so has the fear of violent outbreaks by supporters of the defeated party. In his video commentary, Chillreport correspondent Fabian Reinbold reports on an electrified country between great energy and fear.
When things get particularly exciting tonight
The US elects its new president on Tuesday. But when will the winner be determined? Since the country spans multiple time zones and polling stations close at different times, the results gradually flow through the night. The first polling stations close at midnight in Indiana and Kentucky. Both states are strongholds of the Republicans, Donald Trump will certainly win them.
A key moment is expected on this election night at 2 a.m. Then the final polling stations in more than a dozen states will close, including the major swing states of Florida and Pennsylvania. The map shows when and where the last votes were cast. You can read more about this here.
Election fever in New York
The presidential election is enrapturing people in the US and around the world. Traditionally, New York’s landmark, the Empire State Building, shines in the colors of the American flag on this most important election night in the world. So also on this evening:
Trump finds his own country more difficult than North Korea
According to US President Donald Trump, dealing with his homeland is more difficult than dealing with authoritarian governments. People would ask him which country is the hardest, Trump said on the TV show “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday. “Is it Russia? Is it China? Is it North Korea? (…) No, the US is by far the most difficult country.” There are a few wrong people, Trump said on election day in the US – apparently referring to his political opponents.
The president called the senior Democrat Adam Schiff by name, calling him a “sick person.” His Democratic opponents had attacked Trump repeatedly over the past four years, including by initiating impeachment proceedings against him.
Michigan State: Unidentified people destroy Jewish cemetery
Just one day before the election, strangers desecrated a Jewish cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The vandals wrote “TRUMP” and “MAGA” (“Make America Great Again”, Trump’s motto) in large letters on individual headstones, reports the “Jüdische Allgemeine”. Just hours later, the US president ran an election campaign in Michigan’s second largest city.
The Anti-Defamation League, an organization that campaigns against discrimination against Jews, condemned the act on its Facebook page: “We are shocked by the desecration of the cemetery.” It is still unclear who is responsible for the vandalism.
Dax continues the recovery on election day in the US.
The German stock index (Dax) continued its recovery on the day of the US presidential election. It is hoped that the choice will bring clarity and thus remove the uncertainty of recent days, according to analyst Jochen Stanzl of CMC Markets. In addition, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) remains trusted.
The German leading index closed on Tuesday with a plus of 2.55 percent to 12,088.98 points, the daily high. Since the low of 11,450 points on Friday, it is already up 5.6 percent. In the past week, the soaring corona infections and the subsequent partial lockdowns in European countries have placed a heavy burden on the stock markets in Europe and also in the US.
Polling stations open in the eastern US.
In the US, the elections are entering the hot phase. After voting at midnight (local time) in two small towns, polling stations are now open in larger cities and towns in the eastern United States. For example, they opened at 6 a.m. local time (noon CET) in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Long lines formed in front of some bars.
In Ohio and North Carolina, which are part of the disputed states (“swing states”), voters have been able to vote in elections since 6:30 am (12:30 pm CET). In Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan – which are also eager to see who will win – many polling stations opened at 7am (1pm CET).
Because the United States spans multiple time zones, polling stations are open for several hours. To the east, follow the states in the center of the country. In the west coast state of California, you can vote from 7:00 am local time (4:00 pm CET). Hawaii and Alaska are at the bottom of the table: voters can vote here until 6 a.m. (CET) on Wednesday and an hour longer in the Aleutian Islands.
But many voters have already voted. According to the US Elections Project, more than 100 million US citizens voted by letter or in pre-opened polling stations. This equates to about 70 percent of the votes cast in the 2016 presidential election.
Investors are hopeful on election day
On the day of the US election, Wall Street will likely begin to build on its recent gains. About 45 minutes before the start on Tuesday, trading house IG rated the Dow Jones Industrial one and a half percent higher at 27,330 points. Stockbrokers cited hopes for clear terms after the election as the driving force.
Christian Kahler, chief investment strategist at DZ-Bank, recently told Chillreport: “Financial markets don’t like uncertainty”. If Trump doesn’t leave the White House when he has to, “stock markets will definitely go downhill in the coming weeks.” On Monday, the US reference index already rose 1.6 percent in response to the largest weekly loss since the outbreak of the corona pandemic in March.
India: Coconuts for Harris and Biden’s win
On the day of the US election, about 200 Indians prayed for victory in the native village of the Indian grandfather of Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris. At the temple in Thulasendrapuram, South India, they broke several coconuts – a common ritual that is said to bring good luck, said temple administrator S.V. Ramanan. Meanwhile, priests poured milk on the local deity Aiyanar and chanted mantras. Ramanan said, “There is much faith in the 300-year-old temple – with the belief that prayers will always be answered at this mighty shrine.”
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Harris’ mother was from India, her father from Jamaica. The 56-year-old kept saying that her late mother had the biggest impact on her life. At the temple in Thulasendrapuram, villagers also offered flowers, garlands and fruits to God Aiyanar, Ramanan said. Then for those in attendance there was Idlis, steamed rice cakes that are very popular in South India and that Harris grew up with, as she said several times.
A temple at Thulasendrapuram in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu: In a special service, worshipers pray for the victory of Indian vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris. (Source: Aijaz Rahi / AP / dpa)
Harris’ Indian family has frequently visited the temple for weddings and other special events, her aunt Sarala Gopalan told Indian television broadcaster NDTV. She tried to visit him every year and pray for the family. This year, this wouldn’t have worked because of Corona.
Republicans fail with lawsuit against automotive votes
The Republicans have failed in the state of Texas in an attempt to invalidate approximately 127,000 ballots that voters have released directly from their cars. A federal judge in Houston on Monday dismissed a lawsuit against the trial. The Texas Supreme Court had previously made a similar decision.
The votes were cast in Harris County, which is considered more democratic. Texas hasn’t voted for a Democrat in a presidential election since Jimmy Carter’s 1976 victory – but this year’s polls show a relatively close race between incumbent Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. 127,000 votes can also play an important role in this regard.
A parking lot in Austin, Texas, where drivers could vote without leaving their cars. (Source: Ricardo B. Brazziell / Image Images)
In view of the Corona crisis, the Harris County electoral authority has also set up tents next to polling stations where drivers could cast their votes without leaving their vehicle. Several Republicans had argued in their lawsuit that there was no legal basis for the trial.
Trump Calls Against Postal Voting – Biden Relying On The Help Of Pop Stars
The lengthy US election campaign ended in sharp attacks: Trump renewed his attacks on postal votes with a bleak warning. Biden hopes for help from stars. Until shortly before the opening of polling stations in the US, President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden attacked each other with hard connections. Trump described Biden as a “corrupt politician” who would plunge the economy into a “deep depression.”
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US election day begins with a vote at midnight
With votes in small towns in the state of New Hampshire, election day in the US started at midnight (6 a.m. in Germany). The first result came from the village of Dixville Notch, which has always voted at the start of the “witch hour” since 1960. There are less than a dozen registered voters here, so they were counted as soon as they cast their vote. Trump challenger Joe Biden received – all – five votes. In the neighboring town of Millsfield, Trump prevailed against Biden by 16 to 5 votes. In Hart’s Location, the midnight vote for this presidential election is canceled due to the corona pandemic. Here, as elsewhere, the polling stations do not open until a few hours later.
The fact that you can vote so early is thanks to a law in New Hampshire. This allows communities with fewer than 100 residents to open their polling stations at midnight, both for the primaries and presidential elections. This is to give railway personnel the opportunity to vote, to lie down on their ears and then get to work on time. The results of the small towns did not always reflect who eventually became president.
Voting starts in the village of Dixville in the US state of New Hampshire: since 1960 it has been possible to vote here from midnight. (Source: Ashley L. Conti / Reuters)
Fact Check: Is It True That Many American Voters Are Being Disadvantaged?
Go to the polling station with your ID and vote – it’s not that easy in the US. Because there are some hurdles before you vote. Some are difficult for certain groups of voters to overcome. Whether it is true that some constituencies in the United States are disadvantaged by the franchise and the system, read here in the fact check.
Study: Trump’s election rallies are said to have caused 700 Covid deaths
Unlike his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, Donald Trump ran a slew of election campaign events with thousands of participants busy and mostly without masks in front of the podium. Biden accused Trump of spreading viruses across the country at such “superspreader events”.
A study by economists at the renowned Stanford University now backs up Biden’s claims with numbers. The Institute for Political and Economic Research has published the paper, which has not yet been reviewed by experts, on its website. The findings of the scientists surrounding institute director B. Douglas Bernheim are alarming: the Republican president’s 18 election campaign appearances, which took place between June 20 and September 22, are reportedly 30,000 new infections with SARS-CoV-2 and more than 700 Caused Covid-19 deaths.
Infectious disease experts had previously suspected that the campaign rallies may have been Trump’s “superspreader” events. Until now, however, epidemiologists have not been able to properly estimate their effects, also because contact tracing hardly works in many American states. In some states, health authorities found that individual confirmed new infections occurred in people who had previously attended a Trump meeting. But they couldn’t confirm a causal relationship. According to Reuters news agency in the state of Minnesota, health officials wrote four Covid-19 outbreaks and more than 25 cases at Trump rallies in September and October.
Poll – Biden is at the forefront of Florida, a major US state
Shortly before the US election, Democratic challenger Joe Biden leads a poll in the important state of Florida. According to a Reuters / Ipsos poll published Monday, Biden is 50 percent and incumbent Republican Donald Trump is 46 percent. A week ago, the two candidates were effectively equal. According to experts, Florida is one of the states where the choice could be made. Nationally, according to Reuters / Ipsos, Biden is 52 percent ahead of Trump at 44 percent.
Fake video should cast Joe Biden in a bad light
An edited fake video of Joe Biden was supposed to give the impression that the Democratic presidential candidate had forgotten which US state he was in. The video was viewed over a million times on Twitter over the weekend.
In the video, Biden approaches a crowd and says, “Hello, Minnesota!” The event actually took place in St. Paul, Minnesota. In the unedited original video, signs in front of and behind Biden onstage said “Text MN to 30330” – which made it clear that the event was taking place in Minnesota, MN. However, in the fake video, the signs on the stage were edited to read “Tampa, Florida” and “Text FL to 30330”.
A FAKE video claiming Biden forgot what state he was in was viewed over 1 million times on Twitter in the last 24 hours
In the video, Biden says “Hello, Minnesota.”
Indeed, the event took place in MN – MN was on stage
But fake video edited signs to read Florida pic.twitter.com/LdHQVaky8v
– Donie O’Sullivan (@donie) November 1, 2020
The video was classified as “manipulated media” by Twitter on Sunday night. The user then deleted the video. President Donald Trump’s team and his supporters had repeatedly posted misleading videos claiming that Biden was mentally unfit for office.
Trump is apparently considering Fauci’s resignation
US President Donald Trump is toying with the idea of firing American disease expert Anthony Fauci. Fauci has repeatedly criticized Trump for his handling of the corona pandemic, most recently on Friday. At a campaign rally at an airport in Florida on Monday, Trump defended his coronavirus policy when the crowd began chanting “Fauci Fire.” To which Trump replied, “Don’t tell anyone, but let me wait until shortly after the election.” The US presidential election will take place on Tuesday. Republican Trump is behind his Democratic rival Joe Biden in polls.
Disease expert Fauci has contradicted Trump multiple times in the coronavirus pandemic, specifically criticizing Trump’s statement that the US had the worst behind it. The country is still suffering a lot, he said in the Washington Post on Friday. All signs pointed in the wrong direction. “You can’t be in a much worse position.” The United States is hit hardest by the pandemic worldwide, in terms of both infection and mortality. Fauci has served as a director of the National Institutes of Health since 1984, serving as an advisor to all US presidents since the Ronald Reagan administration.
Report: Election party scheduled for 400 people in the White House
According to a report in the New York Times, employees of US President Donald Trump want to invite about 400 people to a party at the White House for election night. The meeting was originally scheduled at Trump’s hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. Due to the coronavirus restrictions in the capital, which mandated a 50-person limit for in-room events, the event would now take place in the east wing of the White House. The newspaper cited anonymous sources on Sunday.
On September 26 there was already a major event on the grounds of the White House. In the days that followed, countless people, including Trump and his wife Melania, tested positive for the coronavirus. The nomination for attorney Amy Coney Barrett, who has since been sworn in as a Supreme Court judge, took place in the open air. The planned election party should now be more contagious because it takes place indoors.
Trump supporters are harassing Biden’s campaign bus
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign bus ran into a dangerous incident on a highway with Trump fans. Read more here.
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