US Election: Michigan Certifies Biden’s Victory

US President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7, 2020, after being declared the winner of the US presidential election. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP)

 

Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers officially certified Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory in the state over Donald Trump on Monday, closing off another avenue for the outgoing president to contest his national defeat.

The board voted three in favor to one abstention to certify Biden as the winner after he topped Trump by nearly 156,000 votes out of the 5.5 million cast.

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Trump has claimed since the November 3 election, without evidence, that he was defeated due to fraudulent voting and counting practices in the state.

 

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Biden Wins In Michigan, In Another Major Blow To Trump – US media

 

Democrat Joe Biden has won the crucial battleground state of Michigan, US networks projected Wednesday, meaning the former vice president has flipped another state won by President Donald Trump in 2016.

CNN and NBC News projected the win for Biden in the Midwestern state, which unexpectedly went to Trump by less than half a percentage point in 2016 in one of the stunning state defeats suffered by Hillary Clinton.

With Michigan’s 16 electoral votes, Biden now has a total of 264 — six shy of the magic number of 270 needed to win the US presidency, according to US network projections.

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Just In: Trump Campaign Asks Court To Suspend Vote Count In Michigan

 

President Donald Trump’s campaign said Wednesday it had asked a court to stop the counting of votes in the pivotal state of Michigan, where rival Joe Biden holds a thin lead.

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien alleged without providing evidence that his team had not been allowed legally guaranteed access to observe vote counting in “numerous” locations.

Similarly, the Trump’s campaign said it was demanding a recount in Wisconsin, a crucial state where early returns show Democrat Joe Biden with a slender lead.

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

Wisconsin is one of a handful of states where the fate of the US election now hangs in the balance.

With 94 percent of votes counted in the state, Biden led Trump by about 20,000 votes.

Although that was just a sliver of the more than 3.2 million votes cast altogether, Trump may have a hard time recovering that many through a typical recount.

A recount in Wisconsin during the 2016 presidential election, in which Trump took the state as part of his win against Democrat Hillary Clinton, found only 131 extra votes for Trump.

“20,000 is a high hurdle,” former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, a Republican, tweeted.

With Trump and Biden neck and neck across the rest of the country, the deciding states in their contest have come down to Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Nevada, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Toddler Shoots Playmates At Daycare

 

Two toddlers were hospitalised in serious condition after a playmate accidentally shot them with a loaded gun at a daycare in the US state of Michigan.

The condition of both three-year-olds were upgraded from critical a day earlier, police said Thursday, as they wrapped up their investigation and planned to meet with prosecutors to consider charges.

The accidental shooting took place Wednesday at a private home that functioned as a daycare in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, when a child managed to get a hold of a loaded handgun.

One toddler was shot in the shoulder and was expected to make a full recovery, police said, while another was in serious but stable condition. Police did not detail the second child’s injuries.

“The Dearborn police department has conducted interviews with all parties involved and are in the process of completing the investigation,” police said in a statement.

“Investigators will be meeting with (prosecutors) to determine whether or not charges will be filed in this case.”

As many as 1.7 million American children live in homes with an unlocked, loaded gun, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun violence, and the incident was the latest case of children being injured by unsecured firearms.

Nearly 1,300 children die and 5,790 are treated for gunshot wounds each year in the United States, according to a recent study published in the medical journal Pediatrics.

Michigan state law does not prohibit guns at home child care facilities, but requires them to be unloaded and stored in a locked location away from children, according to the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

The Dearborn child care was run by Samantha Eubanks, herself a mother of six who regularly took care of other children, according to neighbors and family members.

Eubanks was unlicensed, but authorities said it was still unclear whether her child care service met the criteria requiring licensing.

US media reported that police recovered multiple firearms from inside the home, but a woman identified as Eubanks’ sister said she did not permit her husband Tim to keep weapons in their home.

“She would always say don’t you ever bring a gun in this house, it’s not going to happen,” Ashley Escobedo told assembled reporters at the scene.

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Clinton Campaign Sends Supporters Home

Clinton Campaign Sends Supporters HomeHillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, has announced to the Javits Center in New York, where Hillary Clinton was holding her election night party, that she would not concede the election or speak on the night.

“I know you’ve been here a long time and it’s been a long night and it’s been a long campaign, but I can say, we can wait a little longer, can’t we?” Podesta said to cheers.

“We’re still counting votes and every vote should count. Several states are too close to call, so we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight.”

“She is not done yet. … Let’s get the votes counted and bring this home,” he added.

Republican Donald Trump has edged closer to winning the White House with a series of shocking wins in battleground states such as Florida and Ohio on Tuesday.

 

Republicans Retain Control Of US Senate

Republicans Retain Control Of US SenateThe Republicans have kept control of the Senate, with several races still to be decided.

Senator Pat Toomey’s narrow victory over Democrat Katie McGinty, in Pennsylvania, pushed the party over the line.

It means the Republicans will continue to have control of both Houses of Congress.

Republican Donald Trump has also edged closer to winning the White House with a series of shocking wins in battleground states such as Florida and Ohio on Tuesday.

If Donald Trump wins the White House, the party will have a clean sweep, making it easier for them to pass legislation.

US Election Live: Trump Wins US Presidential Election, Clinton Concedes

Donald Trump addresses supporters as United States President-elect.

“Hillary fought very hard. She has worked very long & hard over a long period of time. We have a sense of gratitude for her service,” #Trump says in speech after victory.

“It is time for us to come together as one united people.

“I pledge that I will be president to all Americans. We will rebuild our infrastructure which will become by the way second to none and we will put many of our people to work as we rebuild it

“We must reclaim our country’s destiny.

“While we will always put America’s interest first, we will deal fairly with everyone.”

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Republican Donald Trump wins Pennsylvania

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Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton calls Republican candidate Donald Trump, to concede the election and to congratulate him on his victory.

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43 states now called.

Donald Trump leads with 245 electoral votes while Hillary Clinton trails with 218.

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, tells supporters: “We have nothing more to say tonight” as he sends supporters home.

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The Republicans have kept control of the Senate, with several races still to be decided.

Senator Pat Toomey’s narrow victory over Democrat Katie McGinty, in Pennsylvania, pushed the party over the line.

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Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump needs 26 more electoral college votes to emerge winner.

There are nine states left to go.

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Republican Donald Trump wins the key states of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, while Hillary Clinton wins Virginia, California and New York as counting continues across America.

From 41 states.

A final result is expected soon.

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40 states called.

Donald Trump wins key swing state Florida and Utah.

Shoots ahead with 228 electoral votes. Clinton trails with 209.

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36 states called.

Hillary Clinton wins Oregon with seven electoral votes. Now leads Donald Trump with 197 to 187 electoral votes.

A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to emerge winner.

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Hillary Clinton takes California with 55 electoral votes and shoots ahead with 190. Trump has 187.

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Hillary Clinton wins Colorado with nine electoral votes.

31 states called.

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Democrat, Hillary Clinton wins Virginia, and is projected to win 13 electoral votes to reach 122.

Electoral votes count now 168 for Trump, 122 for Clinton.

30 states called.

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Republican Donald Trump wins Ohio which offers 18 electoral votes.

Now has 168 electoral votes to Clinton’s 109

29 states called. Florida, North Carolina others remain tight

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North Carolina, Michigan and New Hampshire are emerging as key battlegrounds as figures remain tight between both candidates.

Florida remains too close to call.

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Democrat, Hillary Clinton tweets as results trickle in.

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24 states called.

With Trump projected to have captured Texas and Clinton taking New York and Illinois, Trump has 129 electoral votes and Clinton has 104.

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton waging a close battle in several crucial battleground states. Florida has been a tight battle.

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15 states called.

Hillary Clinton leads with 68 electoral college votes, while Donald Trump trails with 66.

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With votes in 14 out of 50 states, Hillary Clinton leads with 68 electoral college votes, while Donald Trump trails with 57.

The projection for Donald Trump is from the states of Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Hillary Clinton has New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

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Donald Trump takes the state of West Virginia in addition to Indiana and Kentucky.

This projects electoral votes for Trump up to 24 while Clinton has three.


Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump has won two states of Indiana and Kentucky while Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton has clinched Vermont.

Trump’s win in the two states have earned him 19 electoral votes while Clinton has three electoral votes.


The wait is almost over for most American citizens itching to find out who becomes the 45th president of the United States as polls are closing across the states.

Results are expected to start coming in from the polls.

Trump Campaign Files Lawsuit Over Nevada Voting

Trump campaign Files Lawsuit Over Nevada VotingRepublican presidential candidate, Donald Trump has sued the registrar of voters in Clark County, Nevada, over a polling place in Las Vegas that was allowed to remain open late to accommodate people who were lined up to vote.

Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are in a close contest for Nevada’s six electoral votes in Tuesday’s election after a long and contentious campaign.

Nevada is one of several states that permits early voting and Las Vegas is viewed as a base of support for Clinton.

Nevada state law says voters who are in line at 8 p.m., when the polls close, must be allowed to cast their ballots.

Trump’s lawsuit, filed in a Nevada state court on Monday, said election officials violated state law because they allowed people to join the line after 8 p.m. at a polling location at a Latino market.

Trump, who said last month that he might not accept the outcome of the national election if he thinks it is unfair, asked in the lawsuit that the ballots from the Latino market be kept separate from other votes, pending any legal challenges to the state’s results.

“We have to keep the system honest,” Trump said.

Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said the lawsuit asks the county to preserve records, “which is already required by law for us to do that.”

Meanwhile, there are reports that the Nevada judge has rejected the emergency lawsuit by Donald Trump who is suing to isolate early voting ballots from four voting locations.

Clinton and Trump Vote In US Election

US electionBoth the Democratic and Republican candidates in the ongoing US election have cast their votes in New York their home state.

Democrat, Mrs Hillary Clinton was the first of the two to vote, casting her ballot at a polling booth in New York alongside her husband.

“I know how much responsibility goes with this and so many people are counting on the outcome of this election, what it means for our country and I will do the very best I can if I am fortunate enough to win today,” she told reporters after she voted.

Earlier she took to Twitter to urge voters to “go make some history today”.

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump later stepped out to cast his vote near his home in Manhattan, New York.donald-trump-votes

Earlier, Mr Trump had embarked on his final push for votes in Grand Rapids, Michigan, against earlier plan to do so in New Hampshire.

He told voters that this Election Day is America’s independence day and an opportunity for workers to strike back by voting him in as president.

He promised voters of strict import laws and monitoring of the borders and more employment opportunities for Americans.

Voting has been going on smoothly as Americans elect a new president who will lead the country for the next four years.

It is an election that is expected to either elect the first female president for the country or it will be the first time an outsider – a businessman – would become the leader of the world’s most powerful country.

Early voting closed on Friday and resumed again on Tuesday morning. Voting ends 8PM.

VIDEO: Officials Explain US Election Process

US election processLess than 24 hours to the United States presidential elections, the two candidates are still going strong as they wind up their campaigns.

For the rest of the world, one big question aside from who wins the election, is how the American election process works.

In this report, Channels TV correspondent Seun Okinbaloye, who is covering the election gives an insight into the US election process.

Donald Trump Rushed Off Stage In Nevada

Donald Trump Rushed Off StageDonald Trump has been rushed off stage, by secret service agents, after a man approached his stage, in Reno, Nevada, announcing he was holding a gun.

Trump returned minutes later, thanking supporters for their faith in him, and continued his speech saying “nobody said it was going to be easy for us… I want to thank the secret service.”

The secret service later confirmed that someone in front of the stage had shouted ‘gun’, but that upon thorough search of the subject and the surrounding area, no weapon was found.

Trump is set to visit Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota, which has not voted Republican since 1972.

This was the second time the Secret Service was forced to remove Trump from the stage.

At a March rally in Ohio, Trump was escorted off after a man rushed the stage, saying he wanted to “bully the bully”.

At a June rally in Las Vegas, a British man, Michael Sandford, tried to grab a police officer’s gun in an attempt to use it to shoot Trump.

He pled guilty in September and faces up to two years in prison and deportation from the US. Sandford’s attorney said the man was delusional at the time.

Two Bailiffs, Gunman Dead After Michigan Courthouse Shooting

GunmanTwo bailiffs were shot and killed inside a courthouse in St. Joseph in southwest Michigan on Monday and law enforcement officers then killed the shooter, Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said.

“At about 2:25 we had a disturbance on the third floor of the courthouse. A person has shot two bailiffs, they are both deceased, and a deputy sheriff who is at the hospital right now being treated in the emergency room,” Bailey said in a brief news conference.

“The suspect has been shot and killed,” he added. He said the death of his friends was “terrible.”

The suspect was an in-custody inmate who took a gun off a law enforcement officer and began shooting, ABC affiliate WZZM reported. Bailey said it was not clear how the suspect got the weapon.

The shootings of the bailiffs and the deputy came four days after four Dallas police officers and one Dallas transit police officer were killed by a sniper who claimed to be motivated by police use of lethal force against African-Americans.

St. Joseph is a town on the shores of Lake Michigan, across the lake from Chicago.

The wounded sheriff’s deputy and several civilians also injured in the shooting are being treated at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, spokeswoman Jessica Hines said by telephone. She declined to detail their condition.

Buildings in the area were put on lockdown after the shooting, according to media reports.

“MSP (Michigan State Police) has secured the scene at the Berrien County courthouse and started its investigation into the shooting that occurred this afternoon,” Governor Rick Snyder said in a Tweet.

Public information officers at Michigan State Police and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department declined to give any additional details.

Chris Gautz, public information officer for the Michigan Department of Corrections, tweeted that all Department of Corrections staff are safe and accounted for.