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Election Table Turns On Trump As Biden Rebounds

The tide of contest turned on incumbent Donald Trump who had earlier seemed poised to win a second term as Democratic candidate and former Vice President, Joe Biden, pulled a strategic comeback by clinching more battleground states in one of the toughest United States elections.

As of the time of filing this report, the former vice president maintained a steady climb towards the needed 270 electoral votes, after hitting 264 electoral votes, with his rival, Donald Trump of the Republican, securing just 214.

Biden was also flooring Trump in the contest for popular votes, scoring over 71million votes (50.3%) as against Trumps over 68million votes (48.1%).

Biden had secured major victories in six of the key states namely, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Nevada and Pennsylvania.

Yesterday’s win for Biden in the crucial battleground state of Michigan showed the former vice president has flipped another state won by President Donald Trump in 2016.

He also won Wisconsin, according to reports, and had slim leads in Nevada.

The Midwestern state of Michigan, 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.

Biden said he was confident of winning the presidency once all votes are counted, saying he was leading Trump in the remaining swing states that will determine the election’s outcome.

“When the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners,” Biden said, in his hometown of Wilmington. He stressed that “every vote must be counted,” contravening President Trump, whose campaign has asked a court to suspend the tabulation of votes in Michigan.”

Meanwhile, experts had warned for months that a result may not be known on election night, or even days after, as voters voted by mail in record numbers.

As of early yesterday morning, it was still too close to call in Arizona, North Carolina, Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine, Georgia and the potentially critical state of Pennsylvania.

Trump won a close race in Florida, which was one of the states Biden had hoped to peel away from the President’s 2016 map and has a narrow edge in North Carolina.

Earlier, CNN had projected Biden would win Hawaii, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Virginia, California, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Delaware, Washington, DC, Maryland, Massachusetts and one of Nebraska’s five electoral votes. Nebraska awards two electoral votes to its statewide winner and divides three others over its three congressional districts.

It was also projected that Trump would win in Montana, Texas, Iowa, Idaho, Ohio, Mississippi, Wyoming, Missouri, Kansas, Utah, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee and four of Nebraska’s five electoral votes.

There was however palpable tension yesterday over uncounted mailing votes, where more than 300,000 ballots in some states couldn’t be delivered.

The United States Postal Service blew a court-ordered deadline on Tuesday to sweep mail-processing facilities in more than a dozen states for missing election ballots that could number in the hundreds of thousands.

US District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington ordered the sweep on Tuesday morning after the Postal Service said its delivery performance had dropped over the past five days and could not say whether more than 300,000 ballots received in its facilities had been delivered.

The sweep was to happen in 12 postal districts, including battleground states Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

Sullivan gave the agency until 3:30 pm on Tuesday to finish the task.

The Postal Service said in its update to Sullivan at 4:30 p.m. that it was unable to conduct the sweep because it would have “significantly” disrupted its Election Day activities.

The window is closing fast. The deadline for mail-in ballots was at the close of polls on Tuesday night or had already passed in 29 states.

Reports of undelivered ballots cropped up over the weekend, including in Miami-Dade County, Florida. A sweep of the Princetown Post Office in Miami found 62 ballots.

Timely delivery of the ballots has been a concern and voting rights activists worry the loss of ballots, especially in battleground states, could alter the results of the presidential election.

The Postal Service has delivered more than 126 million ballots, including blank and completed ones, spokesman David Partenheimer wrote in an email to USA TODAY on Tuesday.

As of the time of filing this report, no candidate can credibly claim to have won yet, and both campaigns said that they had potential paths to victory.

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