A report on the U.S. presidential election can be seen on Hong Kong (China) television on November 4, 2020. Tyrone Sioux, Reuters.
U.S. President Donald Trump won a series of key battlefields on Wednesday morning, including Florida, Ohio and Iowa, while Joe Biden expressed confidence that he would eventually win in key northern states and Arizona, as the presidential contest became a "state-by-state" affair that could last another week.
"We believe we can win this election," Biden said in a brief speech after 12:30 a.m. Eastern Day, saying he was "optimistic" about the outcome once all the votes are counted.
By 1:00 a.m., no state had yet reversed the 2016 results, but some key states still had large numbers of votes to be counted. Biden planted a vote for the College of Electors, which Trump won in 2016, leading the 2nd Congressional District of Nebraska, which includes Omaha.
With millions of legitimate votes still waiting to be counted, Trump prematurely and recklessly declared that "frankly, we won this election" of the White House. He insisted on increasing the recount in Arizona, where he is lagging behind, and called for a stop to the recount in the places where he is leading, as he unreasonably declared the election to be "a rigged election for the American public.
So far, Trump has held Biden in the two southern states that the former vice president hoped to snatch from the Republican convoy: Georgia and North Carolina. These states were not mandatory for Biden, but he spent a lot of time in both states and visited them during the last stretch of the campaign. Biden lost Texas, a long hope that some Democrats had recently invested in the hope of winning a landslide from Trump, which did not come.
Georgia has not been democratized since 1992. But while Trump had a narrow lead, most of the remaining votes that needed to be counted ended up in the Atlanta area, where Biden was the strongest.
Shortly after Biden's speech, Trump responded on Twitter, misleadingly saying that he "grew up" and claiming without evidence that "they are trying to start the election. Twitter immediately pointed this out as "questionable and potentially misleading" content.
The most encouraging sign on the map for Biden was in Arizona, where he led the state that Trump won in 2016. He won New Hampshire and Minnesota, two states that Hillary Clinton barely used four years ago and that Trump once hoped to turn into 2020.
"We're going to win this," Biden said, asking for "patience.
Biden's victory in Nebraska's District 2 was just one of the 270 votes he needed. But it could be important. It opened a potential path to the unwinned White House in Pennsylvania if Biden took all the states Clinton had and added Michigan, Arizona and Wisconsin, as well as the one vote in Nebraska.
At a donor briefing Tuesday night, Biden's campaign officials admitted that the numbers among Miami area Cubans are not very good, but they saw positive signs with their strength in some Ohio suburbs that they said could be predictable throughout the Midwest, according to two people familiar with the issue.
Campaign representatives made it clear that Biden's team is preparing to wait for the vote to be counted on three northern battlefields that Trump moved to 2016 - Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin - where he still feels upward.
North Carolina and Arizona can still be called relatively quickly. But the vote count on the so-called old blue wall, which Trump delivered in 2016 - in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania - was not expected to be completed by the end of the week.
The Democrats' path to take the Senate narrowed early Wednesday as both parties continued their fight for control of the upper house in close rivalries across the country.
Democrats won a critical seat early in the evening, former head of government John Hickenlooper defeated Sen. Cory Gardner in a high-profile battle for a Colorado State Senate seat, and an early return to Arizona showed that Sen. Martha McSally was not far behind former astronaut Mark Kelly. Those victories were necessary to push the Democrats into a majority in the Senate.
In Georgia, the Rev. Rafael G. Warnock, a Democrat, went to the runoff election against Senator Kelly Loffler, the incumbent Republican. Another race in the state, between Democratic candidate John Ossoff and Republican Senator David Purdue, came very close to being named.
But Republicans across the country managed to keep the Democratic candidates well-funded. In Iowa, Senator Joni Ernst defeated Theresa Greenfield, a businessman who called herself a "patchwork farmer. In South Carolina, Senator Lindsay Graham, a Republican, stayed in place, fighting a daunting challenge in his political career from Jaime Harrison, a black Democrat whose launch campaign electrified a progressive campaign across the country and inspired a record cash campaign.
Senator John Kornin of Texas also defeated M.J. Hegar, a former Air Force pilot who Democrats hoped would have a chance to win in a rapidly changing state. In Kentucky, Senator Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader, easily defeated Amy McGrath, a Democrat who fought for her position despite a shower of financial support from her party's supporters across the country. And the Republicans succeeded in ousting Senator Doug Jones, D-Al, who came to power in the 2017 special election against Roy Moore, accused of sexual harassment and harassment of teenagers.
And the early return showed that Senator Tom Tillis, R-N.C., with leadership over his democratic rival, Cal Cunningham, found himself at what both party strategists identified as a possible turning point.
There were still several important races in the Senate that had not been named as those that the Democrats hoped to win, including in Maine and Montana.
A news report of the US presidential election is seen on television screen in Hong Kong, China on November 4, 2020.
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