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On 3 November, US voters headed to the polls to vote in the 2020 presidential and congressional elections, but uncertainty remains over when the results will be known, given the record influx of mail-in ballots.

US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are neck and neck as the race for the presidential election comes down to the wire with four battleground states close to finishing their vote counts.

Hours after polling places closed on 3 November, both President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden claimed that they were on the path to winning.

As votes are still being counted, some states have said that they will only have some votes counted later this week.

Biden so far has secured 264 electoral votes after winning the state of Michigan, while Trump has 214 electoral votes. 270 electoral votes are required to be declared the winner.

The Trump campaign has alleged for months that fraud may result from the mail-in ballot process, as a last-minute count delivered a narrow win to the president’s rival in Michigan. On Wednesday, the campaign filed lawsuits in the key toss-up states of Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania in order to stop the counting of ballots.

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According to Edison Research, Joe Biden has 49.6% of the vote and Trump has 49.1%, with 95% of the Pennsylvania vote tallied.

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Two people were shot with a pellet gun from a moving vehicle during a Trump rally in Florida's Fort Lauderdale on Friday, WSVN 7 News reported. 

According to the report, police said that someone drove by a large crowd of Trump supporters and fired into the crowd. The two injured were reportedly treated on the scene, and the suspect fled before police arrived.

00:54 GMT 07.11.2020

The US Supreme Court has issued a temporary order requiring Pennsylvania to separate ballots that were received after Election Day.

"All county boards of election are hereby ordered, pending further order of the Court, to comply with the following guidance provided by the Secretary of the Commonwealth on October 28 and November 1, namely, (1) that all ballots received by mail after 8:00 p.m. [EST] on November 3 be segregated and kept 'in a secure, safe and sealed container separate from other voted ballots,'" Associate Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the court order on Friday.

00:15 GMT 07.11.2020

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Judge Andrew Gordon has denied a Republican lawsuit in Nevada that challenged the use of a computer software to check signatures on ballots and the alleged lack of observer access.

"I've decided that the plaintiffs have not come to the court at this point with a sufficient legal showing and a sufficient evidential basis to get what is required to obtain the extraordinary relief of a injunction... so I am going to deny the motion for temporary restraining order," Gordon said at the end of the hearing on Friday.

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In the battleground state of Georgia, Joe Biden's lead expanded by 4,263 votes, putting him ahead of Trump by 0.1% in the neck-and-neck race, after 99% of the ballots were tallied, according to Edison Research.

21:47 GMT 06.11.2020

Aides of President Donald Trump are reportedly planning to organize a weekend rally as Democratic candidate Joe Biden's lead grows, according to the New York Post.

21:18 GMT 06.11.2020

Philadelphia police evacuated the area near a ballot counting centre due to bomb threat on Friday, according to The Hill. 

Police reportedly investigated calls alleging the bomb threat, but found no explosive device.

20:54 GMT 06.11.2020

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US state of Georgia will not be able to ascertain the outcome of the 2020 presidential election until after it conducts an anticipated recount of the votes, Georgia’s Voting System Implementation Manager Gabriel Sterling said in a press conference on Friday.

"Given the strong probability of a recount, we will not be able to ascertain it," Sterling told reporters when asked whether the outcome of the election will become known over the next several days.

Sterling said the margin between the two candidates - President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden - now stands at 1,585 votes in favor of Biden.

20:17 GMT 06.11.2020

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Ballot counters in Clark County, Nevada, are concerned about their safety amid tensions surrounding the results of the US presidential election, Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria told reporters on Friday.

"I have employees who are nervous leaving the [office]," Gloria said.

Election results are still being tabulated in several key battleground states, including Nevada. The three-day delay in providing election results, allegations of election fraud, impending litigation and claims of corrupt practices by election workers has angered many citizens across the United States.

Gloria emphasized that his office is urging employees, who often work late, to leave in multiples and noted that security escorts are available.

19:46 GMT 06.11.2020

Pennsylvania Republicans asked the Supreme Court to order State Secretary to "log, segregate and otherwise not to take any action" related to any ballot that arrived after Election Day.

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Arizona State Secretary Katie Hobbs told MSNBC in an interview on Friday that there are no illegal votes being counted.

"Absolutely not, there are no illegal votes being counted in the state of Arizona and probably not anywhere", she said. "I don't know any of my colleagues across the country who would allow illegal votes to be counted in their states. Honestly, this kind of disinformation really just makes our jobs harder".

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Pennsylvania Mayor Jim Kenney said on Friday that US President Donald Trump should concede losing the 2020 presidential election instead of voicing allegations of electoral fraud and instead congratulate his opponent Joe Biden on his victory.

"I think what the President needs to do is... to acknowledge the fact that he lost and he needs to congratulate the winner, just as Jimmy Carter did, just as George W. Bush did," Kenney said during a press briefing.

Trump is trailing Biden in the state of Pennsylvania and if the trend persists the Democratic nominee will win 20 electoral votes that will enable him to win the presidency.

Trump has dismissed the figures, saying they are a result of a massive fraud in Democratic-run constituencies. Trump led by a significant amount of voters on Tuesday night when several Democratic-run states stopped counting until Wednesday morning. Trump claimed batches of ballots were found overnight and together with other irregularities and corrupt practices contributed to Biden's lead. 

"[Trump has to] stop this and let us move forward as a country... That’s my feeling, I doubt he will listen to me," Kenney said.

18:15 GMT 06.11.2020

US President Donald Trump has no right to call the presidential election rigged and stolen, Senator Mitt Romney said in a statement on Friday.

President Donald Trump said a day earlier that the US voting system is corrupt and the presidential election stolen.

"[The president] is wrong to say that the election was rigged, corrupt and stolen," Romney, a long-time opponent of Trump, said.

Romney also said the Trump’s characterization damages freedom and weakens the institutions that lie at the foundation of the United States.

Romney explained that the president can request voting recounts and call for an investigation of the alleged election irregularities.

"Doing these things is consistent without election process," Romney said.

18:12 GMT 06.11.2020

63,000 ballots remain to be tallied, an official representing Clark County, Nevada, said.

18:03 GMT 06.11.2020

Vice Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris is expected to address the nation on Friday evening, CNN reported, citing a campaign aide.

It will be the first time Harris speaks since Election Day. 

17:57 GMT 06.11.2020

According to state law, a recount must be announced if the margin is less than 0.5%.

 

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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney in a press conference on Friday said President Donald Trump's allegations of voter fraud in the city are baseless.

“While some, including the president, continue to spew baseless claims of fraud …  his team has not produced one iota of evidence. What we have seen here in Philadelphia is a democracy,” Kenney said.

The Trump campaign on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against Philadelphia elections officials to demand that vote-counting be halted until Republican observers are allowed to observe the process.

17:47 GMT 06.11.2020

According to the commissioner, some 40,000 ballots are remaining, the majority of them are provisional, military ballots. 

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US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is expected to address the nation on Friday night, US media reported.

Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris will give a speech in prime time on Friday night, Fox News reported citing multiple Biden campaign officials.

17:20 GMT 06.11.2020

"I have every confidence in the checks and balances of the American Constitution," Johnson told broadcasters on Friday, according to Reuters.

He declined to comment on what a US administration led by Joe Biden would mean for Great Britain.

"If I were a voter in America I don't think I'd want anybody in another government commenting on my election," Johnson said. "I think while the votes are being counted we should wait and see."

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A vote recount in Georgia can not be requested before the state certifies the results on November 20, Georgia’s voting system implementation manager Gabriel Sterling told reporters on Friday.

Local officials say that if the margins remain within a 0.5 percentage point range, a recount of the vote may be requested.

"A recount cannot be requested until the election is certified," Sterling said.

Sterling explained that the "outer bound" for such a request is November 20.

"[O]ur hope and intent working with the counties just to move that earlier. And at that point whoever comes in second, whether it is President [Donald] Trump or Vice President [Joe] Biden... can request this recount," he said.

Biden is 1,586 votes ahead of Trump in Georgia - a state that carries 16 electoral votes.

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Here are the latest numbers from Arizona's Maricopa County, which includes the Phoenix area:

Biden: 972,570 votes

Trump: 912,115 votes

Across the entire state, the numbers are: 1,560, 347 votes for Biden and 1,516,778 for Trump.

15:40 GMT 06.11.2020

In the battleground state of Georgia, Biden is ahead by 1,579 votes, counting continues, Edison Research says. 

15:36 GMT 06.11.2020

"Right now, Georgia remains too close to call," Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said. "Out of approximately 5 million votes cast, we’ll have a margin of a few thousand. The focus for our office and for the county election officials for now remains on making sure that every legal vote is counted and recorded accurately. As we are closing in on a final count, we can begin to look to our next steps. With a margin that small, there will be a recount."

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According to Trump's campaign, the incumbent president is not going to admit his defeat in Pennsylvania and will demand a recount of the votes there.

In Nevada, thousands of votes have been apparently cast improperly, the campaign added.

There will be a recount in Georgia, and we will win there, Trump campaign said.

We will certainly achieve a victory in Arizona since a projection about Biden winning there is doubtful. 

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Philadelphia has updated its vote count: now Biden has 553,953 votes to Trump’s 125,513.

Biden added 27,396 votes, while Trump added 3760 votes.

According to CNN, Biden has overtaken Trump 49.4%-49.3% and is ahead by 5,587 votes, with 95% of the ballots tallied.

13:52 GMT 06.11.2020

Joe Biden has taken the lead over Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, CNN reported. 

It added that Trump cannot be reelected if he doesn't win Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes, no matter how many other states he wins.

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Ankara expects that the process of counting votes in the US presidential elections will be democratic and transparent, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.

"We see that it will take another one or two days [to sum up the final results of the elections]. We hope that the vote-counting process will be democratic and transparent. The parties have objections, let's see how it ends. We must respect the choice of the American people. If the relations between the two presidents are good, it will have a positive effect on the relations between the countries," Cavusoglu said.

Presidential elections were held in the United States on Tuesday, with Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden running for the post of the head of the White House. The winner of the election is still unknown, the vote count continues.

13:09 GMT 06.11.2020

Two police officers were non-fatally shot in southern Wisconsin, the US, and the suspect, who may be armed, has fled the scene, local media reported on Friday.

According to FOX6 broadcaster, the incident occurred on Friday morning in Delafield township.

Local authorities have said that the armed criminal may be close to the crime scene. According to local WLUK broadcaster, the lives of the injured police officers are not in danger.

12:58 GMT 06.11.2020

Several major American TV channels interrupted the broadcast of the speech of US President Donald Trump after he alleged fraud and inconsistencies in the election results count, media reported on Friday.

According to the American technology news website the Verge, TV channels MSNBC, ABC, CBS, CNBC and NBC cut short their broadcasts of Trump's speech in which he accused opponents of trying to "steal the election," announced many electoral irregularities throughout the country and claimed that he would win the elections after the vote count.

"There are no illegal votes that we know of, there has been no Trump victory that we know of," MSNBC anchor Brian Williams said shortly after the broadcast was cut, as reported by the Verge.

A journalist for MSNBC reported that Twitter also interrupted the live broadcast of the president's statement on its app. According to the Verge, the social network did not respond to a request for comment about ending the feed. 

"We’re interrupting this because what the president of the US is saying in large part is absolutely untrue," CNBC anchor Shepard Smith said, as reported by the Verge,

Donald Trump spoke at the White House on Thursday after almost a day and a half of being absent from public. After a statement in which he accused Democrats of violations and fraud, he did not answer journalists' questions. When he finished speaking, Trump immediately left the briefing room, despite questions from the press.

The winner of the presidential election is still unknown in the United States, and the vote count continues.

12:49 GMT 06.11.2020

Republican senator Lindsey Graham has supported US President Donald Trump's statements on violations during the voting process in a number of states, adding that he would donate $500,000 to the Trump campaign's legal efforts to challenge vote counting.

Earlier in the day, a court filing revealed that the Trump campaign filed a federal lawsuit against the Philadelphia County Board of Elections seeking to temporarily halt vote counting in the city of Philadelphia unless Republican observers are allowed access to observe the polls.

"I am here tonight to stand with president Trump. He stood with me, he is the reason we are going to have a Senate majority ... He helped Senate Republicans. We are going to pick up House seats because of the campaign that president Trump won. I am going to donate $500,000 tonight to president Trump's defense legal fund," Graham told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday.

According to the senator, it is necessary to investigate the violations committed in a number of states, including Philadelphia and Nevada, as observers were obstructed from overseeing vote counting.

Along with the president's campaign, Graham demands that observers from Republicans be allowed to assist in ballot counting, and votes in Wisconsin be recounted, arguing that the election process was violated on the election night in a number of states where Democratic nominee Joe Biden overtook Trump.

Ballot counting continues in the states of Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Alaska and North Carolina.

09:38 GMT 06.11.2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has got ahead of incumbent Donald Trump in the key state of Georgia, AP figures showed Friday.

Biden is currently ahead by 917 votes, with 99 percent of the votes in.

08:05 GMT 06.11.2020

"I easily WIN the Presidency of the United States with LEGAL VOTES CAST. The OBSERVERS were not allowed, in any way, shape, or form, to do their job and therefore, votes accepted during this period must be determined to be ILLEGAL VOTES. U.S. Supreme Court should decide!" Trump wrote in a tweet that was flagged by Twitter.

07:24 GMT 06.11.2020

The state of Nevada will continue to process mail ballots until November 10, Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske said, specifying that there are 123,554 ballots remaining that were either returned by mail or dropped off in person at specified locations in the state.

"Under Nevada law, mail ballots postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than 5:00 pm on November 10 will be counted. This means there is an unknown number of ballots currently in the U.S. Postal Service mail stream that contain a postmark dated November 3 or earlier that will ultimately be counted if they arrive by 5:00 pm on November 10," Cegavske said in a Thursday statement.

Nevada law says that all ballots must be counted by the end of November 12, so final unofficial election results in the state are expected on November 13.

"In addition to the approximately 190,650 ballots remaining to be counted, there are two categories of ballots that are uncounted and will remain uncounted unless the voter takes the required action necessary for the ballot to be counted. First, there are approximately 2,500 provisional ballots that were cast under the requirements of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). These ballots will only be counted if the voter satisfies the required conditions by 5:00 pm on November 6. Second, there are approximately 3,500 mail ballots that require a signature cure," Cegavske explained in her statement.

According to Nevada’s secretary of state, out of the over 190,000 ballots statewide that remain to be counted, 123,554 are ballots that were either returned by mail or dropped off in person at a ballot drop-off location.

"The remaining 66,596 are ballots that were cast in person at a polling place, either during early voting or on Election Day, by voters who took advantage of Nevada’s new same-day voter registration law. Of the total ballots remaining to be counted, 90 percent are in Clark County," Cegavske said.

07:03 GMT 06.11.2020

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday that close cooperation between Japan and the United States will remain unchanged regardless of which presidential candidate comes out on top.

“So far, the situation is such that it is not clear which of the candidates will win, but the Japanese-American alliance is for Japan the core of its foreign policy and security. We will continue close cooperation with the United States, there are no changes in this,” Suga said at a meeting of the parliament’s budget committee in Tokyo.

The prime minister went on to emphasize the importance of the ties between Washington and Beijing on Japan’s interests and global stability.

"The establishment of stable bilateral relations between the United States and China serves not only the national interests of Japan, but is important for peace and stability of the global community," Suga told lawmakers.

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According to Action News, Philadelphia police got a tip about a group allegedly plotting to attack the Pennsylvania Convention Center where votes are being counted on Thursday night.

Action News suggests that the group might actually be a family driving up from Virginia in a Hummer.

Police have reportedly found a weapon and believe they recovered the Hummer they had been tipped about.

They are currently investigating the purported plot.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The lead of US President Donald Trump over his contender, Democratic candidate Joe Biden, in the battleground state of Pennsylvania has sunk to 0.8 percentage point, Fox News reported.

After the count of 90 percent of ballots, Trump has 49.8 percent of votes, while Biden 49 percent. At the moment, the incumbent president has gained 51,000 votes more than his opponent in this battleground state.

00:57 GMT 06.11.2020

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Postal Service has processed more than 150,000 ballots after the day of the presidential election, which means that these votes could be left uncounted, The Washington Post reported.

Over 12,000 of the unprocessed ballots belong to the five states where the projected results have not been announced yet.

The number of unprocessed mailed ballots is expected to grow in the upcoming days.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Special Counsel's Office will look into the Trump campaign's use of the White House as a command center as such practice may be in violation of US law, Congressman Bill Pascrell said in a statement.

"The Special Counsel’s Office informed me today they’re investigating the Trump campaign’s use of the White House as an Election Day campaign command center and a party room for violating the Hatch Act," Pascrell said via Twitter on Thursday.

22:47 GMT 05.11.2020

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Officials in Vigo County, Indiana, completed counting votes after resolving a unexpected snafu - the arrival of 2,000 ballots printed on the wrong size paper, the county’s election headquarters said in a press release.

A delay in counting occurred after 2,000 of more than 43,000 ballots were rejected due to being on the wrong paper size, county election consultant and equipment provider Dan McGinnis said in the release on Thursday.

McGinnis explained that Vigo County election workers, which included a Democrat and Republican working together, had to recreate the odd size ballots on the "correct rolls of paper."

"Each ballot that required a remake has been indexed and archived to maintain the integrity of the election," McGinnis said.

22:46 GMT 05.11.2020

PHILADELPHIA (Sputnik) – National Guard officers have been sent to the streets of Philadelphia amid the protests in favor of the fair vote count, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

Several armored Hammer vehicles and camouflaged officers have been deployed to the square near the city administration. The vote count is taking place in the nearby Pennsylvania Convention Center.

A rally with some 200 protesters is being held not far from this place, with the activists refraining from any violent actions. Many of them are dancing.

22:23 GMT 05.11.2020

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump's lead in the state of Georgia has narrowed to 9,525 votes, about 0.2 percentage points, with 99 percent of votes counted, Fox News reported.

22:18 GMT 05.11.2020

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said she is worried about the safety of staff involved in the US presidential election vote counting amid reported protests around centers.

"We're worried, primarily about the safety of the staff involved," Hobbs said in an interview with CNN.

Hobbs confirmed reports that some protesters in Phoenix on Wednesday showed up carrying rifles and weapons.

22:14 GMT 05.11.2020

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Donald Trump's campaign expects him to overtake Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the crucial state of Arizona when the vote counting is finished, campaign's deputy manager David Bossie said in a press conference in Phoenix.

"If the current trends continue, as we have seen, because we follow the science, President Trump is going to overtake Joe Biden, and we're going to win Arizona," Bossie said on Thursday.

According to the campaign officials, Arizona still has thousands of uncounted votes favoring the president.

"The news organizations have prematurely called Arizona… What we're going to do is prove them wrong," Bossie stated.

21:23 GMT 05.11.2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has expressed confidence that he and running mate Kamala Harris will be proclaimed winners of the US election as soon as the vote count is finished.

"We have no doubt that when the count is finished, Senator Harris and I will be declared the winners. So, I ask everyone to stay calm. ... The process is working", Biden said.

21:13 GMT 05.11.2020

The Trump campaign filed a federal lawsuit to halt vote counting in Philadelphia, unless and until Republican observers are given access to absentee ballot counting.

20:20 GMT 05.11.2020

A US federal judge ordered that the US Postal Service conduct twice-daily sweeps of mail processing facilities in states that accept mail-in ballots delivered after 3 November, Law & Crime reported.

20:15 GMT 05.11.2020

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Vote counting in Georgia will be complete ten days after the election at the latest, a state elections official said on Thursday.

"We anticipate having the count, quote-on-quote, done when the legal deadline for certification is, which is going to be ten days after the election," Voting Implementation Manager Gabriel Sterling said in a press conference.

19:57 GMT 05.11.2020

State Secretary of Georgia Brett Raffensperger said Thursday that there are 47,277 absentee ballots to be counted in the state, adding that numerous security measures are taken to secure the vote and increase public confidence in the electoral process.

"Officials in numerous counties are continuing to count ballots, with strong security protocols in place to protect the integrity of our election", Raffensperger said. "We have long anticipated - and said publicly - that counting would most likely take place into Wednesday night and perhaps Thursday morning. We're on pace to accomplish this responsibly, ensuring that the voice of every eligible voter is heard". 

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A key state, Pennsylvania resumed its vote count that had been halted after the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit claiming to ensure the integrity of the elections, Pennsylvania's State Secretary Kathy Bookvar told CNN.

”My understanding is that we have restarted [the vote count],” Bookvar told CNN.

18:44 GMT 05.11.2020

Clark County, the largest one in the US state of Nevada, anticipates to receive the bulk of the mail-in ballots by Saturday or Sunday and will complete the counting process by November 12, Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria said in a press briefing on Thursday.

"We're anticipating to have the bulk of our mail ballots that have been received into the system by Saturday or Sunday," Gloria said. "We won't complete it until November 12."

"We are not aware of any improper ballots that are being in process," Gloria said at the press briefing when asked about the Trump campaign accusations of counting non-residents' votes.

18:37 GMT 05.11.2020

Michigan First District Court of Appeals Judge Cynthia Stephens rejected on Thursday the Trump campaign's lawsuit seeking to halt vote-counting in the battleground state.

"The request for relief is going to be denied," Stephens said.

18:25 GMT 05.11.2020

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court, contrary to some media reports, has taken no action on a lower-level ruling against US President Donald Trump's push to allow closer scrutiny of the ballot-counting process, Director of Communications for Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Stacey Witalec said on Thursday.

"We have received a request for an appeal. The court has taken no action at this time," Witalec said.

Some US media earlier reported that Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overruled Commonwealth Court's decision against Trump campaign's push to allow closer scrutiny of the ballot-counting process.

  "Not accurate," Witalec said about the reports.

18:17 GMT 05.11.2020

A judge in Georgia has dismissed a lawsuit by the Republican Party and President Trump's campaign, asking him to ensure that a coastal county was following state laws on processing absentee ballots.

Chatham County Superior Court Judge James Bass did not elaborate on his decision. 

The lawsuit had raised concerns about 53 absentee ballots that poll observers said were not part of an original batch of ballots. According to county elections officials' testimony, all those ballots had been received on time.

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overruled a lower court's decision to temporarily halt vote counting in the city of Philadelphia, dealing a blow to the Trump campaign, a court filing obtained by Fox News revealed on Thursday.

"This decision was correct and Commonwealth Court erred; the campaign presented no evidence that the Board abused its broad discretionary authority or that its canvassing facilities violate the Election Code," the ruling said as quoted by Fox News.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said the accommodations provided to the Trump campaign are entirely consistent with statutory and decisional authority.

"Accordingly, the Board respectfully requests that the Court defer to the trial court’s factual findings and to the Board’s decision-making, and affirm. In the alternative, because the campaign has not presented evidence that any particular remedy is appropriate, the Court should remand to the trial court for additional fact finding," the ruling said.

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Allegheny County in the US battleground state of Pennsylvania has halted its ballot counting until tomorrow, US media reported on Thursday.

The county, home to the state's second largest city Pittsburgh, will not count anymore ballots until Friday at 5 p.m ET due to a court agreement over some 29,000 disputed ballots, CNN reported, citing County Councilwoman Bethany Hallam.

The agreement is a result of a legal challenge over misprinted ballots that had to be reissued to some voters, according to the media outlet.

16:49 GMT 05.11.2020

The Biden campaign is confident that the Democratic presidential nominee and former US Vice President is on track to win the key battleground state of Nevada, campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said during a briefing on Thursday.

"In Nevada, the Vice President [Joe Biden] leads here by about 8,000 votes and our data shows that we will win here," O’Malley said.

The Biden campaign is confident that other closely contested states, including Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, are either likely to stay in their column or to flip in Biden's favour, O'Malley said.

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Election workers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have temporarily stopped counting mailed-in ballots as per a court ruling, NBC News said on Thursday citing two Democratic party officials.

A judge ordered earlier that counting should be stopped until Trump campaign representatives are allowed greater access at the Pennsylvania Convention Center to observe the counting of the ballots from the 2020 election, the report said.

US President Donald Trump leads in Pennsylvania over his Democratic challenger Joe Biden 50.3 percent to 48.5 percent with 88 percent of ballots counted, according to media reports.

16:34 GMT 05.11.2020

The battleground state of Georgia seeks to finish on Thursday the processing 60,000 ballots from the US presidential election that remain uncounted, Voting System Implementation Manager Gabriel Sterling told reporters.

"The reality is that there are about 60,000 votes that are out there right now," Sterling said during a briefing. "We are going to get it done today if possible... the anticipation is that we will continue to go through the process throughout the day and into the evening if necessary."

The latest results show President Donald Trump ahead of his Democratic challenger Joe Biden by 18,000 votes, or 0.4 percentage points, with 99 percent of the ballots counted.

Georgia carries 16 electoral votes and is considered one of swing states in the 2020 election despite consistently voting for Republican candidates.

"Fast is great and we appreciate fast. But we more appreciate accuracy," Sterling said.

Sterling confirmed that Georgia laws allow for a statewide recount at the request of a losing candidate if a margin is less than or equal to 0.5 percentage points.

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He added that Trump's strategy of filing disruptive lawsuits doomed to fail.

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According to Edison Research, Donald Trump has gained 50.4% of the vote, while Joe Biden has won 48.3% in Pennsylvania, with 91% of the ballots counted so far.

Also, Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller said that he expects additional legal action to ensure visibility on the previous ballots that have been counted in Pennsylvania.

15:23 GMT 05.11.2020

On Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to say that it was "strange" that several key states governed by the Democrats flipped to blue after solid Republican victories had been forecast only a day earlier.

Soon, the social network labelled his post potentially "misleading".

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Protesters marched through the streets of Boston urging that every vote be counted as incumbent President Donald Trump faces off against Democrat candidate Joe Biden in the United States presidential race.

11:20 GMT 05.11.2020

A victory for incumbent US President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election will likely make it easier for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to reach a free trade agreement with the United States, Peter Westmacott, the former UK ambassador in Washington, told the Sky News broadcaster on Thursday.

"Frankly, I think from No. 10's [Downing Street] point of view, more Trump would probably be easier for the prime minister. There's a strong personal relationship and they get on, and Donald Trump says he loves Brexit and he says he's going to help with a free trade agreement," Westmacott said.

Democratic candidate Joe Biden, who is currently ahead in the election race, has previously said that any Brexit agreement with the European Union that would create a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland may impact free trade negotiations between Washington and London.

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Several observers of the 2020 US presidential election have been removed from a room where absentee ballots for the state of Michigan are being counted, and many more who claim to be election observers or challengers have been locked out of the facility, the CNN broadcaster reports.

A correspondent from the broadcaster who was at the scene on Wednesday evening said that roughly 134 Republican observers or challengers were inside the counting room at the TCF Center in Detroit.

Several individuals were removed from the facility after tempers flared, the reporter said.

According to video footage from the room carried by other media outlets, staff in the counting facility later proceeded to board the windows up to stop those who were locked outside from viewing the process.

Incumbent President Donald Trump tweeted a link to a Breitbart story covering the incident in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Trump earlier said that he would claim victory in Michigan if, in fact, a large number of ballots have been secretly dumped, which the incumbent president said had been "widely reported."

Michigan is a key battleground state that looks set to decide the eventual winner of the 2020 US presidential election. Trump led in the state until the counting of absentee ballots began and the Fox News broadcaster called the state for Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday afternoon.

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Several hundred supporters of US President Donald Trump protested outside the Maricopa County Elections Department building in Arizona’s capital, Phoenix, late on Wednesday night, as vote counting continued, US media report.

The protesters chanted "count the votes," as local sheriff’s deputies arrived at the elections office wearing full tactical gear, The New York Post reported shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

According to ABC15, the protest in Phoenix started at around 07:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday (02:30 GMT on Thursday). Demonstrators tried to get inside the Maricopa County Elections Department building.

According to the local KTAR-FM radio station, the Maricopa County Elections Department closed the building over concerns about possible unrest at around 10:30 p.m. local time (05:30 GMT on Thursday).

The elections department said in a statement in the early hours of Thursday that it was going to continue counting the votes as planned.

"Staff at the @maricopacounty Elections Department will continue our job, which is to administer elections in the second largest voting jurisdiction in the county. We will release results again tonight as planned. We thank the@mcsoaz [Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office] for doing their job, so we can do ours," the statement, released on Twitter, says.

CNN reported citing two anonymous sources on Wednesday that Trump’s campaign was considering taking legal action in Arizona and Nevada as votes were still being counted.

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has launched a transition website, although the final election results have not yet been announced.

"The American people will determine who will serve as the next President of the United States. Votes are still being counted in several states around the country. The crises facing the country are severe — from a pandemic to an economic recession, climate change to racial injustice — and the transition team will continue preparing at full speed so that the Biden-Harris Administration can hit the ground running on Day One", says the single statement currently posted on the website.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is catching up to President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Pennsylvania with 89 percent of votes counted, results from Fox News showed.

The results showed on Wednesday night that Biden narrowed Trump's lead to 50.9 - 47.9 percent.

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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Wednesday stated that a lawsuit filed by the Trump administration seeking to stop vote counting in the state is "frivolous".

She also noted that every valid ballot has been counted in Michigan.

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Police in New York City arrested at least ten people during protests that started after election day, a Sputnik correspondent has reported.

According to a report, people carried flags supporting Joe Biden and chanted insults at police officers.

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According to multiple reports, Nevada will release its election results on Thursday at 9 a.m., local time.

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Democratic candidate Joe Biden wins the state of Michigan, approaching 270 electoral votes, according to The AP call. 

Pennsylvania, Alaska, Nevada, Georgia and North Carolina remain to be called.

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Donald Trump said in his Twitter Wednesday that he has won in states of Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina, adding that he can claim Michigan if "there was a large number of secretly dumped ballots as has been widely reported".

21:18 GMT 04.11.2020

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has won the swing state of Michigan in the US election, beating Republican President Donald Trump and edging closer to control of the White House, CNN said in a projection on Wednesday.

With the Michigan win, Biden will clinch 16 more of the 270 electoral college votes needed to become president, CNN reported.

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The Deputy Secretary of State for Elections in Nevada, Wayne Thorley, said that more election results are to be released Wednesday due to "a lot of interest in how the vote is going in Nevada", according to 8 News Now.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of interest in how the vote is going in Nevada and we recognize that,” Thorley is reported to have said. “We will have a fairly large update hopefully later today which again get us even closer to final unofficial election results.”

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The election night protests in Washington, DC were largely peaceful and only four participants were arrested, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham told reporters on Wednesday.

"I was very pleased with the First Amendment assemblies that we had in the District of Columbia last night. They were largely peaceful in and around the White House," Newsham said.

Officers made four arrests, including two for crossing a police line and another two were apprehended for an assault with a dangerous weapon and interfering with the police just outside of Lafayette Square across from the White House.

The police chief said investigators are still unable to determine whether the assault with a bat and a knife that left three people wounded was politically motivated.

"We had three victims in that case - two adult males and an adult female. They all suffered non-life threatening injuries, they were taken to a local hospital," Newsham said.

The investigation is at an early stage and the investigators do not know the affiliations of the suspects and victims and an assault because of a political affiliation would be treated as a hate crime, Newsham added.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) observer mission will remain in the United States to closely monitor developments as the counting of votes in several states is ongoing, OSCE special coordinator Michael Georg Link said in a news conference on Wednesday.

"Since the counting of the votes is ongoing, as we speak here, also our observation will not end with this press conference. Our teams and experts will stay in the country and we will be closely following all of the rest of the process in the future," Link said.

Link said the US elections were well-managed, but underscored that campaign rhetoric fueled tensions in the United States.

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Meagan Wolf, Wisconsin's election commission head, told CNN that the vote counting in the state was "clear", adding that there was a recount in Wisconsin 2016 and the election workers are familiar with that process.

Earlier, the Trump campaign requested a vote recount in Wisconsin, with campaign manager Bill Stepien saying that "there have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results".

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The Associated Press has called the election in Wisconsin, saying that Democratic candidate Joe Biden has won the key battleground state. 

Earlier, the Trump campaign demanded a recount in Wisconsin.

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Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, tweeted that he, along with a legal team, is heading to Philadelphia, saying that there is "massive cheating" in the US election.

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Biden is leading Donald Trump in Wisconsin by 0.6% as 99% of votes reported, according to CNN. The state officials have said that they are still counting votes and not ready to call the race.

“There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results,” Trump's campaign manager, Bill Stepien, announced on Wednesday.”The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.”

Wisconsin with its ten electoral college votes is part of the Rust Belt together with Michigan and Pennsylvania, which in 2016 sensationally flipped red and landed Trump in the White House.

In Wisconsin, a presidential candidate can request votes recount if the margin is less than 1 percent.

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"Right now, we have about 200,000 ballots left to be counted," Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told reporters on Wednesday. "And there are also about 40,000 to 50,000 votes that need to be counted. Every legal vote will be counted."

Raffensperger emphasised that the election workers are making every effort to have the election results out today.

"We are pushing really hard for that," he said. "If we don’t get it there, but we get the numbers so small that then there is no question of who actually the winner is. I think that will be helpful."

At present, Trump has won 50.5 percent of the votes in Georgia and Biden won 48.3 present with 94 percent of the votes counted, according to media reports.

Georgia carries 16 electoral votes and is considered to be part of the so-called swing states despite its record of having voted Republican in the past.

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According to Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe, who spoke to NBC, "all of the ballots have been counted" in the state. However, NBC or other US media have not called the race yet.

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"As mentioned last night, I'm optimistic that by the end of the day the majority of our ballots will be tabulated and will be much closer to having a full if not a full and complete unofficial result to announce at that point," Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in an update on the election results.

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"We are approaching 50 percent of the mail ballots counted. There are still millions of ballots left to be counted," Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said during a press briefing.

Boockvar pointed out that the election results will be updated throughout the day as the counting proceeds.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf urged residents to be patient as the results are coming "more slowly" then in the past.

"Counties continue to report results," Wolf said.

As of Wednesday morning, US President Donald Trump won 55.06 percent of votes in Pennsylvania, while Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden won 43.77 percent of votes, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has increased his lead on President Donald Trump in the key state of Michigan and is now ahead by 0.6 percent, according to Fox News.

With 96 percent of the ballots counted, Biden has 49.5 percent of the vote against Trump's 48.9 percent.

Meanwhile, Biden received 66.9% of vote in Wayne Country, whereas Trump has 31.7% after 76.1% of expected vote was tallied.

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While the vote count is still ongoing in the US presidential election, mail-in votes will very much likely favour Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, however, mail-in voting on such a big scale provides many opportunities for deception, according to former US Assistant Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts.

"Mail-in votes will probably favor Biden. Polls indicated that Democrats were using mail-in voting more heavily," Roberts said. "Mail-in voting on such a large scale opens many avenues for fraud, but fraud is not always easy to prove."

The votes are still being counted in the United States where citizens have voted to elect a new president, as well as members of the House of Representatives, about one-third of members of the Senate, governors of 11 states and two territories, and local legislative authorities in a number of states.

"Wisconsin and Michigan are the crucial states for Trump. To reach 270 electoral college votes, Trump needs to win Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alaska. Currently he is leading in those states," Roberts said.

With regards to when the results of the election can be expected, Roberts noted that Wisconsin and Michigan votes should be counted by Thursday or Friday, or perhaps the earliest by Wednesday evening.

When asked if there was anything surprising for him in the current preliminary results, Roberts said he was surprised that President Donald Trump's lead in Michigan and Wisconsin disappeared between late last night and this morning.

The former US official also noted that Trump was doing better than was predicted by analysts.

"The pollsters said Trump was 10 points down. That doesn’t seem to be the case," he explained.

In the late hours of Tuesday, Trump declared that he had won re-election, adding that this year's vote was a fraud. The president said he would ask the Supreme Court to ensure the integrity of the election and prevent any ballots from coming after polling places are close.

"Last night looking at Trump’s leads, it did seem that he had won," Roberts said. "Either candidate could take a close election to court. If contested states count votes beyond the legal time and this throws the election to either candidate, it would be a court case. "

Biden’s campaign earlier stated that the counting of duly cast ballots would continue, dismissing Trump’s remarks as "outrageous." The Biden team warned that they would have the legal teams ready if Trump went to the Supreme Court to contest the validity of vote counting.

At the time of writing, Biden is in the lead with 238 electoral votes to 213 electoral votes for Trump.

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NEW YORK (Sputnik) - US stocks rose slightly on Wednesday as investors paced cautiously amid a too-close-to-call presidential election.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the broadest stock indicator on the New York Stock Exchange, was up 0.1 percent at 27,512 by 9:30 AM ET (13:30 GMT).

The S&P 500, a barometer for the top 500 US stocks on the NYSE, rose 1.6 percent to 3,428.

The Nasdaq Composite Index, which lists US tech stock giants such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google, rose 2.6 percent to 11,454.

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Pennsylvania has counted nearly the half of the mail-in ballots for the US presidential and general elections, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar told reporters on Wednesday.

"We are approaching 50 percent of the mail ballots counted. There are still millions of ballots left to be counted," Boockvar said during a press briefing.

Boockvar pointed out that the election results will be updated throughout the day as the counting proceeds.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf urged residents to be patient as the results are coming "more slowly" then in the past.

"Counties continue to report results," Wolf said.

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The outcome of the US presidential race is still much undecided, as the close race in some states makes vote recounts and legal battles very likely, John Zogby, a public opinion pollster and the founder of political consulting firm John Zogby Strategies, said.

Despite some states still counting votes, President Donald Trump has earlier declared that he won the 3 November election, adding that this year's vote was a fraud.

"It is premature for him to declare victory. There are still millions of votes to be counted, especially in battleground states and the races are still undecided. Yes, it is still possible for Biden to win," Zogby said when asked whether the results are obvious.

The expert suggested that "if we are lucky," the United States will know the outcome by Thursday, but warned that "some of these states are very close so there will be recounts and court challenges."

He also expressed confidence that Trump would deliver on his promise to challenge mail-in voting.

"Postal voting will be challenged in court. The President promised that last night. And the very legitimacy of the vote will be challenged by a vocal minority of whichever side loses," he added.

When asked to assess Trump’s performance in key states, Zogby said that he "did well" among those who see the economy and its reopening as top issues and those who want a strong leader, law and order. He also noted that Trump had "spoken to the forgotten and in a language that is irreverent toward the establishment."

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"If Trump wins, it is thanks to the states with a large Serbian diaspora … These are the same states where Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won the last [2016] election, but after our [Serbian diaspora’s] support for Trump, including our party, the balance of power changed. These are Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania," Vojislav Seselj, the leader of the Serbian Radical Party, said.

According to the RDS head, Serbs, both in Serbia and in the US, are rooting for Trump because Biden is "a great enemy of the Serbian people" due to his stance on the Kosovo issue, among other reasons.

"I think that in case of victory, Trump will follow the path of easing relations with Russia and China. For ideological reasons, he was forced to worsen relations [with Moscow], because from the very beginning he was accused of getting help from Russia in the [2016] election. Now he will not have such issues, since he will not face a new election, and he will be able to pursue a less tense foreign policy," Seselj said.

The Serbian politician added that he expects Trump to further escalate tensions with the EU member states as the incumbent US president considers Europe to be his main economic challenge.

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"We will abide by whatever announcement is forthcoming officially by the relevant U.S. authorities, and we think that everybody should do likewise," European Commission Chief spokesman Eric Mamer said, as cited in the Politico news portal, adding that diverging comments "are the responsibility of each person concerned."

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Democratic challenger Joe Biden is closing the gap between his results and those of President Donald Trump in the state of Michigan, according to the Fox News projection.

With 90 percent of the results in, Trump is leading with 49.4 percent against Biden's 49.1 percent.

Earlier in the day, with 47 percent of the ballots counted, Trump was leading with 55.6 percent against Biden's 41.9 percent.

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"In any case, the Japanese-US alliance is the core of Japan's foreign policy, so regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election, Japan will strengthen this alliance and close cooperation, no changes here," Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Wednesday at a briefing.

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Joe Biden's lead in the state of Nevada narrowed several hours after the Democratic candidate took lead in the state, according to the FOX News broadcaster.

With 67 percent of the ballots counted, Biden is leading with 49.2 percent of the vote, incumbent President Donald Trump has 48.6 percent of the vote.

Earlier on Wednesday, Biden was leading with 51.8 percent of the vote. Trump then had 46.3 percent of the vote, when 49 percent of the ballots was tallied.

The state has six members of the electoral college.

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Republican candidate Madison Cawthorn, 25 years old, has won the race to represent North Carolina in the US Senate.

This makes him the youngest Senator ever and the first member of the US upper house to be born in the 1990s, the Washington Post reported.

Cawthorn, who turned 25 in August, defeated Democrat Moe David with 54.4 percent to 42.4 percent in the overwhelmingly red state.

This way, Cawthorn takes on the mantle of youngest senator from New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 31, who was also reelected to her seat on Tuesday.

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US President Donald Trump has expanded his lead over Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the swing state of Iowa after 99 percent of ballots were counted.

The ex-vice president has 45 percent of votes and Trump has 53.2 percent.

Iowa went to Barack Obama and Biden as his running mate in both 2008 and 2012 before it turned red in 2016 when Trump won the state by 9.4 percentage points.

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"The talks at the highest level between the representatives of the Czech Republic and the United States in recent years are proof of the very intense allied relations between the two countries. I believe that we will continue our cooperation in this positive direction regardless of the results of the US presidential elections," Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek said.

Meanwhile, Tomio Okamura, the leader of the Czech Freedom and Direct Democracy party, spoke in favour of Trump’s re-election, while Marian Jurecka, the leader of the Christian Democratic Party, said that Biden’s victory would benefit the Czech Republic and Europe more.

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"We do not care who [comes to power in the US] and what is their party affiliation. What matters for us is the approach that the next administration will follow. We want the US to return to the law, to all international and multilateral agreements," President Hassan Rouhani said at a cabinet meeting, broadcast by national television.

Iran also seeks respectful relations with the US, according to the president.

"We want respect instead of sanctions, no matter who is there," he stated.

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The western US state of Nevada suspends updating the 3 November election results until Thursday morning, the Elections Division of the Nevada Secretary of State has said.

The state has so far counted all in person early votes and in person election day votes, as well as all mail ballots through 2 November.

Mail ballots received on the election day and those yet to come over the next week, as well as provisional ballots are left to count, the officials specified.

 

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UK Labour Party lawmaker and shadow foreign minister Lisa Nandy said on Wednesday that UK's interests lie with a Joe Biden's victory in the US presidential election, but stressed that whoever wins the UK government must "reset" its relationship with the United States.

"The two candidates are offering very, very different paths for the world and there is no question in my mind that Britain's interests lie with a Joe Biden's victory," Nandy told Sky News broadcaster.

According to the Labour lawmaker, the UK would prefer a US administration "that wants to play a role in bringing the world together to tackle coronavirus, that wants to re-join the Paris agreement on climate change, that wants to work to rid the world of nuclear weapons, particularly in relations to Iran, which poses a real threat at the moment."

She said, however, that whether incumbent Republican president Donald Trump remains in the White House for another four year or the Democratic candidate defeats him, UK government needs to re-assess the bilateral relationship.

"The last four years have not produced gains for Britain and whilst Donald Trump has been very clear that he´s standing up for American interests, it´s not been at all clear that our government had managed to do the same. So, whoever wins, whatever the outcome, there is going to have to be a reset in UK-US relations," Nandy said.

The Labour lawmaker dismissed as a “misreading of the situation” claims that Biden is anti-British, and recalled that the former US vice-president has a long history of standing with the UK people and government.

"The problem is not Britain from a Democratic perspective, the problem is Boris and there is deep concern about the way in which Boris Johnson has cast himself in the mould of Donald Trump," she said.

She said, for example, that Johnson´s comments on Barack Obama´s ancestors are still remembered at the top of the US Democratic Party and left the UK in a “strategically weak” position in the outcome of Biden becoming the next president of the United States, but that is still an opportunity for the UK government to repair some of the damage.

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US Presidential candidate Joe Biden is seen winning the key state of Wisconsin, which has 10 members of the Electoral College, after 95 percent of the ballots were counted.

According to Fox News, Biden has 49.4 percent of the vote and President Donald Trump has 49.1 percent of the vote so far.

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"I think Donald Trump’s reelection is better for France. Because Donald Trump means the return of nations; and the end of rampant globalisation, the weakening regulation and the disappearing borders, which, I think, harm nations," Le Pen said live on the CNews channel.

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NBC News exit polls also indicated that 30 percent of Puerto Ricans and 48 percent of "other Latinos" supported Trump. 

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- We are still waiting for results from eight states, namely Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Alaska and Hawaii that may prove crucial in the outcome of the vote

- There may be a considerable delay in announcing the results from certain states because of how vote-counting is regulated and the unprecedented number of postal ballots

- There is no clear winner in the presidential race so far, even though Joe Biden remains in the lead

- Trump is seeking court action to prevent any ballots which arrive after polling stations have closed from being recognised, which the Biden team described as "outrageous" and vows to oppose by legal means

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Facebook said Wednesday it would label posts by both US presidential candidates on Facebook itself and Instagram to explain that the ballots were still being counted.

 

The campaign of Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden said it was still confident of victory.

A candidate needs 270 members of the electoral college to win the election. According to the latest CNN projection, Biden has 220 so far, Trump has 213. According to FOX News projection, Biden has 238 so far, Trump 213.

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"If the president makes good on his threat to go to court to try to prevent the proper tabulation of votes, we have legal teams standing by ready to deploy to resist that effort," Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement.

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"This is a very explosive situation. This is a situation that can lead to a constitutional crisis in the US, as experts are rightly saying. And it is something that must cause us great concern," German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on German television channel ZDF.

Meanwhile, German Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Wednesday the United States will remain an important partner for Germany whoever wins the US presidential election.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump maintains a 4-point advantage over Democratic challenger Joe Biden with over 90 percent of ballots counted in the key battleground state of Wisconsin, results published by Fox News say.

Trump leads Biden by 51.3% to 47.2% in Wisconsin with 92% of votes counted, results showed on Wednesday.

Wisconsin with its ten electoral college votes is part of the Rust Belt together with Michigan and Pennsylvania, which in 2016 sensationally flipped red and landed Trump in the White House.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has defeated incumbent President Donald Trump in the US state of Maine, the Associated Press projected on Wednesday.

With 85 percent of votes reported, Biden has secured 53.4%, while Trump captured 43.7%. Nebraska and Maine are the only two US states that divide up their delegates, giving some to the statewide winner and others to the victors in districts. All other US states award delegates on a winner-takes-all basis.

Fox News shows Trump with 213 total electoral votes and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with 238 electoral votes as of early Wednesday morning.

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US President Donald Trump said that he will ask the Supreme Court to ensure the integrity of the election and prevent any ballots from coming after polling stations are closed.

He accused his opponents of plotting "a major fraud on our nation."

"We will be going to US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop. We don't want them to find any ballots at 4 o'clock in the morning and add them to the list," Trump said during his first public appearance after the election.

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President Donald Trump in his address after the US general election said he was winning the race and thanked his supporters.

"We were winning everything, and all of a sudden, it was just called off. The results tonight have been phenomenal," Trump said early on Wednesday.

He added, "I want to thank the American people for their tremendous support: millions and millions of people voted for us tonight, and a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people."

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said in a speech that he is on track to win the 2020 presidential election.

"We feel good about where we are, we really do, I'm here to tell you tonight we believe we're on track to win this election," Biden said early Wednesday morning.

Biden added that he still has a chance to win in the battleground states of Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads incumbent President Donald Trump in the state of Minnesota, but the lead has been significantly narrowed, official results revealed.

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US President Donald Trump won the presidential race in the swing state of Ohio, Fox News projected.

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 US President Donald Trump has overtaken his Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the battleground state of Iowa, where 75 percent of the total votes have already been counted, according to an early voting results by Fox News.

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The Democratic nominee Joe Biden secured 207 electoral votes out of 270 needed to win US presidency, but trails the Republican incumbent Donald Trump in popular endorsements, Fox News reported.

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US President Donald Trump leads Democratic challenger Joe Biden by 13.7 percent in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania, official results revealed.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has defeated incumbent President Donald Trump in the swing state of Arizona, Fox News projected.

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will secure a victory in the crucial US state of California, which has 55 electoral votes, over the incumbent President Donald Trump, a projection by Fox News revealed.

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According to AP call, Donald Trump wins Idaho, while Joe Biden triumphs in California, Oregon and Washington.

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Georgia's Fulton County will not reveal the results of absentee voting on Tuesday night, saying that "absentee ballot tabulation will continue in coming days".

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According to The Associated Press, Donald Trump wins Louisiana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska, while Joe Biden triumphs in New Mexico and New York.

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The internet service in Florida's Osceola county has reportedly experienced an outage, with precincts unable to upload election results.

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According to the AP, Donald Trump triumphs in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississipi, Alabama, while his Democratic challenger Joe Biden wins in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachussetts and New Jersey.

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The Associated Press has called the election for the states of Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, Kentucky, South Carolina.

According to The AP, Joe Biden wins Virginia and Vermont, while Donald Trump is victorious in South Carolina, West Virginia and Kentucky.

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As the first polls close in the US, Nigel Farage, a British politician and a leader of the Brexit Party, tweeted a photo of himself holding a poster reading "Donald Trump to Win US Election £10,000", adding that he is "absolutely optimistic".

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US Postal Service failed to meet deadline on sweeping facilities in several states, including the key ones, and is ordered to appear in DC federal court on Wednesday.

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After 1% of Indiana votes have been processed, Trump is winning in Indiana with 72%, and Democratic candidate Joe Biden receiving 26,1% , Fox News reported.

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First polling stations in the states of Indiana and Kentucky have closed, with preliminary results expected to arrive in an hour.

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At least one demonstrator has reportedly been arrested during an altercation blocks from the White House, for refusing to clear a path so that an illegally parked demonstration vehicle could be moved.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Economic problems and racial inequality are the most important issues for US voters, while the COVID-19 pandemic comes only third, an exit poll conducted by the CNN broadcaster shows.

According to the poll, 34 percent of respondents primarily focus on the economic situation in the country, 21 percent view racial inequality as the main issue of the presidential campaign. The COVID-19 epidemic is the most vital issue for only 18 percent of US citizens despite the fact that the United States is the worst-hit nation in the world in terms of both the number of confirmed cases and the death toll.

Crime and safety as well as the health care policy are a matter of concern for 11 percent of respondents each.

The poll was conducted among 7,774 voters at 115 polling locations as well as 4,919 early and absentee voters by phone.

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A squabble between activists and police officers began after cops tried to push the demonstrators back, while still blocks away from the White House.

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A crowd of Biden supporters in Philadelphia chanted his name repeatedly after the Democratic candidate's rally speech. 

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who is expected to address the nation on Tuesday night, told reporters that his remarks will depend on whether "there's something to talk about tonight".

"If not, I'll wait until the votes have been counted the next day,” Biden noted.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – A rally staged by opponents of incumbent US President Donald Trump has started near the White House amid the ongoing presidential election, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.

Activists are demonstrating posters and chanting slogans against Trump. They also blocked a street near the White House fence for some time.

Police are calling on protesters to leave the site, but the rally is underway.

The protests were anticipated by the Metropolitan Police Department, which issued on 29 October a traffic advisory warning that a number of streets will be subject to a parking ban between 12:00 a.m. (17:00 GMT) Tuesday and 11:59 p.m. Wednesday (04:59 Thursday GMT). The rallies are described by police as the “First Amendment demonstrations.”

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An anti-Trump group called "Rural America 2020" flew two banners over the skies of Philadelphia, one of which read "Vote like your life depends on it" and another saying "Trump Loves Jerry Jones and the Cowboys".

The latter apparently refers to the Dallas Cowboys football team and its owner, Jerry Jones, who is a longtime friend of Trump’s.

Philadelphia's home football team, the Eagles, met the Cowboys on Sunday and won with a final of 23-9.

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Speaking at a rally in Philadelphia, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden introduced his granddaughter Natalie as his late son, Beau Biden, correcting himself shortly after.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US stock markets have surged on presidential election day as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and Nasdaq Composite all gained more than 1.7 percent on Tuesday, according to trading data.

As the trading closed, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the broadest stock indicator on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), had gained 554.98 points, a rise of 2.06 percent from the previous day's close.

The S&P 500, a barometer for the top 500 US stocks on the NYSE, was trading 1.78 percent higher at 3,369.16. The Nasdaq, which lists US tech giants such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google, gained 1.85 percent, sitting at 11,160.57 at the same time.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US Senator Bernie Sanders on Tuesday called on Congress to enact reforms to prevent voters from being suppressed in future elections.

"If this campaign has shown us anything it is that Congress must pass real election reform. No more voter suppression. No more five-hour waiting lines to vote. No more threats to not count mail-in ballots. We must make it easier for people to vote, not harder," Sanders wrote on Twitter.

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The Trump campaign has allegedly asked "at least three" Pennsylvania counties for sensitive information regarding election security "to evaluate the differences in voting processes across jurisdictions", NBC News has reported, citing an unnamed spokesperson for the campaign, whose identity cannot be independently confirmed.

Particularly, the report claimed that the campaign has asked for the locations of ballot storage and details on how the ballots will be transported.

According to the report, the Pennsylvania secretary of state has advised counties not to disclose this information to any third parties, and has contacted the FBI.

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An election day war room for the Trump campaign, in which election developments will be monitored, is being set up in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building [EEOB], next to the White House, according to the campaign's communication director, Tim Murtaugh.

"The war room needed to be in close proximity to the president and there is no expense whatsoever to American taxpayers for the use of a room in the EEOB, where events like prayer services and receptions for outside groups frequently occur," Murtaugh asserted.

19:58 GMT 03.11.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Incumbent US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he is not yet thinking about his concession or acceptance speech as voters continue to cast their ballots on the final day of voting in the 2020 presidential election.

"I'm not thinking about concession speech or acceptance speech yet. Hopefully we'll be only doing one of those two. And you know, winning is easy, losing is never easy, not for me it's not," Trump told reporters during a visit of the Republican National Committee Annex in Arlington, Virginia.

The incumbent president also said that his campaign was doing "very well" in the key battleground states of Florida and Texas.

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The fence erected around the White House ahead of the presidential election will remain in place at least until the evening of 8 November, the National Park Service told Sputnik. 

The fence was modified in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the request of the US Secret Service in order to quickly respond to possible unrest.

19:42 GMT 03.11.2020

Police in North Carolina's Mecklenburg County said that they had conducted an arrest at a polling station in the University City Division.

According to police, a man named Justin Dunn, who was legally carrying a firearm, "continued to loiter in the PVA ["Public Vehicle Area"] of the voting site" after casting a vote, and the police department received a call for service regarding Dunn’s actions of "possibly intimidating other voters".

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North Carolina State Board of Elections said that the results will be delayed by at least 45 minutes, approving extensions at 4 precincts.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Jen O'Malley Dillon, the campaign manager for Joe Biden, has lauded the Democrats' "many pathways" to victory in the 2020 presidential election, adding that the party may not need to emerge victorious in a number of battleground states in order to gain the required 270 electoral votes.

"When we look to today, we feel like it is clear that we are winning. All the data that we are looking at really underscores how many pathways we believe we have to victory and how few Trump has," O'Malley Dillon said in a briefing on Tuesday.

Should the Democrats hold Minnesota, Nevada, Colorado, and Virginia, the so-called protect states, the party may be able to win the election without securing a victory in battleground states such as Texas and Pennsylvania, Biden's campaign manager said.

O'Malley Dillon added that data from early voting had the Democrats ahead in several battleground states.

"We believe the early vote data that we have been crunching every day since early votes started … have us leading by eight points in our battleground states coming into election day," she said.

Polls close in the 2020 US presidential election on Tuesday evening. More than 100 million mail-in and early ballots have already been registered by the U.S. Elections Project database.

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"We think we are winning Texas very big. We think we are winning Florida very big. We think we are winning Arizona very big. I think we are going to do very well in North Carolina. I think we are going to do well in Pennsylvania. We think we are doing very well everywhere," Trump told Fox News.

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First polling stations opened in the US state of Vermont, kicking off the in-person voting in US elections where incumbent President Donald Trump is in a tight race with his Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

In addition, all 435 seats of the House of Representative are up for grabs and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate.

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Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel has warned of attempts to spread disinformation among voters in the state.

"Dearborn voters, text messages are reportedly being sent to trick you into thinking there are ballot sensor issues. Do not fall for it, it's a trick!" Nessel wrote on Facebook on Monday.

She advised to follow Michigan Secretary of State's Office for any updates and warned that voter intimidation is illegal in the state.

06:29 GMT 03.11.2020

Canadians across the political spectrum are attentively following the US presidential race, but do not expect much change in bilateral relations or in their daily life regardless of the election outcome, three Canadians said in separate interviews with Sputnik.

Joe Emersberger, 54, an engineer from Windsor, Ontario and a member of Unifor, Canada's largest union in the private sector, said he identifies as a leftist and views the US election as a choice between the lesser of two evils.

"The outcomes will be worse if Trump wins rather than Biden, in my opinion. But both outcomes are bad. We basically have two bad outcomes and one is worse," Emersberger said.

Emersberger said foreign policy tops the issues in terms of importance and cited the United States’ outsized role in Canadian and global affairs as a context for his heightened interest in the US election. He noted that Canada's international engagement has mainly become an extension of US foreign policy, with Ottawa supporting coups in Venezuela and Bolivia while standing in the midst of US diplomatic rifts with China and Russia.

As a unionized worker, Emersberger said he worries about the economic impact of the election, noting that the aftershock of years of anti-labour policies that have left US unions decimated could likely reverberate in Canada.

"[De-unionization in the United States] puts tremendous downward pressure on Canadian wages and working conditions as well. The labour movement in Canada ends up getting squeezed by the downward trend in the United States," he said.

Emersberger said he doubted much would change after the election.

"In the United States, the Democrats and Republicans, basically, are two factions of the same party," he said. "There is kind of a very closed off political discussion that dominates."

Kiro Attia, 27, an engineering consultant and self-described centrist, said he holds a pragmatic view of the candidates and on the impact, the outcome of the US election will have on Canada.

"I wouldn't really be pressed to see either candidate win or lose," Attia said. "Our lives in all aspects are very intertwined. Our economies rely heavily on each other and on the transfer of goods, services and travellers across the border. In this sense, US-Canada relations are important and impact who we see, what we consume, and how we consume it. I don't see any of these things changing drastically anytime soon."

However, Attia said he is leaning toward Trump in the matchup of imperfect candidates, as some analysts have billed the US election, saying that a Biden victory would reinforce a trend where meritocracy, logic and core issues are drowned out by rhetoric and moral grandstanding.

Attia also said that a Biden victory would have a negative impact on his investments, but noted that he does not believe his career prospects will be affected by any potential slowdowns.

"Media reports suggest that a Biden win will not affect the markets negatively, but I think my investments would react negatively to a Biden presidency and I think the long-term outlook in terms of major companies downsizing and/or offshoring is more likely to happen," he said.

Attia explained there is a two-fold reason shared by many Canadians for staying on top of the US election: the emerging new school of political thought and the entertainment value the 2020 campaign has brought.

"Canadian politics sort of lag behind and emulate American politics over time and Canadians are just tuning in to see a glimpse of what the political landscape might look like here soon," Attia said.

The proximity, as well as the lack of what he said, is "consequentiality" makes the US election easy to engage in without agonizing over its implications, he said.

Nevertheless, Attia said he laments the carnival-like atmosphere that has defined the campaigns and superseded policy discussion by propaganda, insults and antics.

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