America’s Political Fate Hangs in Balance

Trump, Biden both expect to win in tight US election

Washington: The election duel between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden is coming down to counts of hundreds of thousands of legal votes in a handful of key battlegrounds after a night of dramatically shifting fortunes that left a deeply divided America’s political fate on a knife edge, CNN reported.

Biden holds a narrow 224-213 lead in the Electoral College. A candidate must reach the 270 mark to win the presidency. Races in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Maine, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are too close to call. In many cases, the tight races could depend on the counting of absentee and mail-in ballots, which tend to disproportionately favor Democrats.

But both candidates still have a path to victory. Biden will capture the presidency if his narrow leads in Nevada, Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin hold. Trump is hoping to cling onto the former Democratic ‘blue wall states” in the Midwest and also Pennsylvania that he won four years ago.

While counts are still ongoing, the President is making baseless claims that the election, which had looked more favorable to him late on Tuesday before hauls of early votes started being tabulated, is being stolen from him and demanding that vote counting should stop. An appearance in the White House East Room in the early hours, in which he falsely claimed victory, represented his most brazen threat yet against the democratic principles that underpin the US political system.

“As far as I’m concerned, we already have won it,” Trump said, painting a picture at odds with the true state of the race. Earlier, Biden had warned each side needed to wait for the votes to be counted, saying “we’re going to have to be patient until we — the hard work of tallying the votes is finished.”

Twitter flags Trump tweets

Twitter labeled two of President Donald Trump’s tweets as misleading Wednesday as a battle over the knife-edge US election spilled into social media. The latest action came when a tweet from the president claimed ballot irregularities during the vote-counting process. Twitter’s action made the comments less visible, and users seeking to read the post were required to click through a warning that “some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading.”

Scattered protests in US cities

Scattered protests took place from Washington, DC to Washington state in the hours after polls closed, but there were no signs of widespread unrest or violence linked to the US election. Overnight demonstrations in cities including Seattle, Washington and New York remained largely peaceful. Hundreds of people marched in anti-Trump demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, with several arrested.

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