US election results LIVE: I pledged to be a president who seek to unite, says Biden

Over 160 million votes have reportedly been cast in the US election 2020.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 07:30
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US election 2020 live resultsDemocrat Joe Biden has won the US Presidential election 2020, he announced on Saturday (November 7, 2020).

"America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me," tweeted Biden. 

Biden had a 273 to 214 lead in the state-by-state Electoral College vote that determines the winner and Pennsylvania`s 20 electoral votes put him over the 270-mark he needed to win the presidency, according to Edison Research.

Over 160 million votes were cast in the US presidential election 2020, a turnout rate of about 67 per cent, which is higher than the country has witnessed in more than a century.

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8 November 2020, 07:30 AM

Biden expressed surprise over celebrations across the country calling it an "outpouring of joy, of hope, renewed faith in tomorrow to bring another day." "I am humbled by the trust and confidence you have placed in me," Biden added.

He thanked his family and wise wife and mark having the honor of working with the first African American vice president who is also of Indian descent. “Don’t tell me it’s not possible in the United States of America,” Biden said.

8 November 2020, 07:24 AM

For all those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment tonight. Now let's give each other a chance. It's time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again: US President-elect Joe Biden

8 November 2020, 07:19 AM

People of this nation have spoken, they delivered us a clear victory. A victory for, we the people. We have won with the most votes ever cast on presidential ticket in the history of the nation, 74 million: US President-elect Joe Biden

8 November 2020, 07:15 AM

I pledged to be a president who does not seek to divide, but to unite: Joe Biden
 

8 November 2020, 07:13 AM

Democracy is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it. To guard it and never take it for granted. It takes sacrifice. But there is joy in it. And there is progress, because we, the people, have the power to build a better future," said Harris.

8 November 2020, 07:12 AM

Protecting our democracy takes struggle, it takes sacrifice but there is joy & progress in it. Because we have the power to build a better future: Kamala Harris, US Vice President-elect.

8 November 2020, 07:11 AM

When our very democracy was on the ballot in this election, with the very soul of America at stake, and the world watching, you ushered in a new day for America: Kamala Harris

8 November 2020, 00:14 AM

Former US President Barrack Obama congratulates his 'friends' Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on being the next President and Vice President of the United States.

7 November 2020, 22:08 PM

CNN, NBC News and CBS News called the race in his favor, after projecting he had won the decisive state of Pennsylvania.

Biden, 77, is the oldest candidate ever elected to the White House. Trump, 74, has made as yet unsubstantiated claims of massive voter fraud, and his campaign has launched legal challenges in several states.

7 November 2020, 22:08 PM

AP declares Joe Biden as US President.
 

7 November 2020, 18:13 PM

Joe Biden is also ahead in Arizona and Georgia -- two states that have not voted for Democrats in the 21st century -- as well as Nevada, while Trump held a slim lead in North Carolina.

Georgia said it was ordering a recount due to the narrow margin and the southern state will also have runoff races in January for both its Senate seats, which will likely determine if Democrats wrest control of the upper chamber and give Biden a wider path to legislative victories.

7 November 2020, 18:13 PM

The US Office of Special Counsel has opened an investigation into allegations that the Trump campaign's use of the White House as an Election Day command center violated federal law, Democratic Representative Bill Pascrell said.

The White House denied any violation of the federal law. "Both the official activity of Administration officials, as well as any political activity undertaken by members of the Administration, are conducted in compliance with the Hatch Act," said spokesman Judd Deere.

7 November 2020, 18:12 PM

Joe Biden's lead has grown inexorably in Pennsylvania, which would hand him the keys to the White House if he secures its 20 votes in the Electoral College that determines presidential races.

7 November 2020, 16:55 PM

The Trump campaign has seized on the delay to demand a halt to counting in states where it is behind, notably Pennsylvania whose Republican Party approached the US Supreme Court.

Republicans had been fighting for months against allowing Pennsylvania to count ballots postmarked by Election Day if they arrive by Friday.

In Wisconsin, where Biden eked out a narrow victory in results made known by early Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that only votes received by Election Day would count.

Most states allow rival parties to observe counting but challenges on the rules have taken time, with Trump's supporters taking particular issue with Philadelphia's rule that watchers stay at least 15 feet (4.5 meters) away due to COVID-19 risks.

7 November 2020, 16:48 PM

North Carolina has held off on counting at least 1,71,000 ballots -- which could make the difference -- as by law it accepts votes that arrive by mail through November 12 so long as they were postmarked by Election Day.

7 November 2020, 16:47 PM

Nevada, which also has a tight race, will count ballots postmarked by Election Day so long as they arrive by November 10.

Also causing delays are provisional ballots, which are issued to voters if there is confusion about their registration and need verification.

With concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, states accustomed to limited numbers of absentee votes have been deluged with ballots mailed by citizens who do not want to risk voting in person.

Some 65.2 million of the record 160 million Americans who voted this year, did so by mail, according to an estimate of the US Elections Project.

7 November 2020, 16:46 PM

In Pennsylvania, the Republican-led legislature rejected an effort to let authorities count ahead of Election Day, contributing to the scenario in which its biggest city Philadelphia -- a Democratic stronghold -- reported returns last.

Some places have unique factors delaying vote-counting such as Chatham County in tightly fought Georgia, where an election division and a registration board separately look at ballots.

7 November 2020, 16:43 PM

Joe Biden echoes message of calm, unity as vote counts show him on the brink of win.

7 November 2020, 13:54 PM

Joe Biden strengthens his lead over Donald Trump in 3 states, Georgia has called for a recount of votes.

Nevada - 22657
Arizona - 29861
Pennsylvania - 28833
Georgia - 7248 

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7 November 2020, 13:37 PM

The Georgia state is planning to hold a recount of votes to settle the virtual tie between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. The Democrat nominee is leading by just over 1,500 votes. 

7 November 2020, 12:37 PM

This is the longest Americans have had to wait than in any presidential election since 2000 to learn the winner, as officials methodically count a record number of mail-in ballots in Tuesday`s contest. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted many to avoid large groups of voters on Election Day.

7 November 2020, 12:34 PM

Meanwhile, the United States once again broke its record for the highest number of new CPOVID-19 infections in a single day. More than 121,000 new cases were recorded.

7 November 2020, 12:29 PM

Indians should not be worried about Joe Biden's victory as the new president of the US as the regime change there will not affect the strong relations between New Delhi and Washington. Joe Biden is on course to become the next president of the US. Read more here

7 November 2020, 10:33 AM

Donald Trump, the sitting US President, has staked claim to the office and has accused Democrat nominee Joe Biden of 'stealing' the election. Trump has raised questions about counting of votes in Georgia. Though his claims remain largely unsubstantiated. Read more here

7 November 2020, 09:45 AM

“We’re on track to over 300 electoral college votes, and look at the national numbers. We’re on track with a clear majority behind us,” Joe Biden in his address from Delaware said.

7 November 2020, 09:33 AM

Joe Biden urged people to maintain calm and unity. “We may be opponents, but we’re not enemies,” Biden said. “We’re Americans.”

He assured that he plans to make the coronavirus crisis a top priority if he takes office.

 

7 November 2020, 09:29 AM

Joe Biden begins his address, said don’t have clear results yet, but 'we’re going to win this race', he urged patience.

Biden said. “We’re on track to over 300 electoral votes... I know watching these vote tallies can be very slow,” he said. But those numbers represent voters, he said, and their voice should be heard.

“One of the things I’m especially proud of is how well we’ve done across America,” Biden continued, citing his lead in red states of Arizona and Georgia.

 

 

7 November 2020, 08:22 AM

It is not clear what Joe Biden will address in his speech tonight. Reporters are waiting at Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware – which had been staged for a speech from the Democrat nominee.

7 November 2020, 07:26 AM

Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden is anticipated to make an address today but it remains unclear when that will be.

7 November 2020, 07:07 AM

US Presidential election update:

A federal judge in Nevada dismissed another lawsuit from Republicans alleging vote irregularities, adding to the string of loss which experts consider to be long shots.

Nevada Republicans had sought to block the use of verification machine and wanted more observation access to ballot counting in Clark county, home of Nevada.

7 November 2020, 06:24 AM

Democrat Joe Biden currently has 253 electoral college votes and Donald Trump has 214 electoral votes to his name. Biden needs to win just one state of the four that are counting their votes while Trump needs to win all four.

7 November 2020, 06:18 AM

An update on US presidential election results:

In Arizona, Joe Biden’s lead is continues to narrow, Trump trails by 39,070 votes.

In Nevada, Biden is leading by 22,657. 

In Pennsylvania, Biden is leading by 14,923 votes.

While in Georgia, Biden’s is ahead by 4,175.

7 November 2020, 06:14 AM

Why is vote counting taking up so much time?

A large numbers of voters – about 68% of the total cast their ballots early, including by post, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now counting these postal votes is taking time as voter and witness signatures and addresses is being checked thoroughly before being fed into counting machines. Some states start that verification process much before the election day, meaning the count itself can get under way as soon as polls close.

US presidential elections are not won by the national popular vote. The winner has to collect the state's electoral college votes – and needs a total of 270 to take the White House.

7 November 2020, 00:57 AM

As Biden inched closer to triumph, he was expected to address the nation on Friday evening, according to two people familiar with his plans. That may be a victory speech, given that his aides say Biden appears on the cusp of winning.

7 November 2020, 00:56 AM

Biden has a 253 to 214 lead in the state-by-state Electoral College vote that determines the winner, according to Edison Research. Winning Pennsylvania`s 20 electoral votes would put the former vice president over the 270 he needs to secure the presidency. Biden would also win the election if he takes two of the three other key states where he held narrow leads on Friday: Georgia, Arizona and Nevada. Like Pennsylvania, all three were still processing ballots on Friday.

7 November 2020, 00:55 AM

Democrat Joe Biden stood on the verge of winning the U.S. presidency on Friday, as he expanded his narrow leads over President Donald Trump in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Georgia three days after polls closed.

7 November 2020, 00:06 AM

With the attack by the Radical Left Dems on the Republican Senate, the Presidency becomes even more important! Where are the missing military ballots in Georgia? What happened to them? : Donald Trump

6 November 2020, 22:13 PM

Almost complete results as of Friday morning showed Biden leading by just over 1,500 votes in Georgia, where changing demographics and strong turnout from African-Americans have put in play a Southern state once seen as reliably backing Trump's Republicans.

6 November 2020, 21:21 PM

Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said, "There will be a recount. Georgia process will remain open and transparent. We understand the emotions and sensitivities are high."

6 November 2020, 21:21 PM

Donald Trump does not have plans to immediately concede the election to Joe Biden after his Democratic rival pulled ahead in key states that could deliver him enough electoral votes to win the race for the White House, a senior aide of the president was quoted as saying by a media report on Friday.

6 November 2020, 21:11 PM

Ivanka Trump tweets, "Every legally cast vote should be counted. Every illegally cast vote should not. This should not be controversial. This is not a partisan statement — free and fair elections are the foundation of our democracy."

6 November 2020, 21:03 PM

“This election is not over. The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final. Georgia is headed for a recount, where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail," said Matt Morgan, Trump 2020 campaign general counsel.

"There were many irregularities in Pennsylvania, including having election officials prevent our volunteer legal observers from having meaningful access to vote counting locations. We prevailed in court on our challenge, but were deprived of valuable time and denied the transparency we are entitled to under state law. In Nevada, there appear to be thousands of individuals who improperly cast mail ballots. Finally, the President is on course to win Arizona outright, despite the irresponsible and erroneous ‘calling’ of the state for Biden by Fox News and the Associated Press. Biden is relying on these states for his phoney claim on the White House, but once the election is final, President Trump will be re-elected,” Morgan added.

6 November 2020, 20:12 PM

Joe Biden is also currently leading in key battleground states of Georgia and Nevada.

6 November 2020, 19:53 PM

Biden's current electoral college votes stand at 253, if he wins in Pennsylvania he will pass the threshold of 270 needed to seal victory.

6 November 2020, 19:52 PM

Donald Trump's campaign team reportedly said, "The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final."

6 November 2020, 19:51 PM

Biden, 77, would become the next president by winning Pennsylvania, or by winning two out of the trio of Georgia, Nevada and Arizona. Trump`s likeliest path appears narrower - he needs to hang onto both Pennsylvania and Georgia and also to overtake Biden in either Nevada or Arizona.

6 November 2020, 19:49 PM

Biden has a 253 to 214 lead in the state-by-state Electoral College vote that determines the winner, according to most major television networks. Winning Georgia`s 16 electoral votes would put the former vice president on the cusp of the 270 he needs to secure the presidency.

6 November 2020, 19:42 PM

According to reports, Biden is leading in  Pennsylvania by 5,594 votes.

 

6 November 2020, 19:42 PM

Biden moved ahead of Trump by 1,096 votes in Georgia, where counting continued early on Friday. The shift in Georgia came hours after Trump appeared at the White House to falsely claim the election was being "stolen" from him.

6 November 2020, 19:39 PM

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden took a narrow lead over President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Georgia early on Friday, edging closer to winning the White House in a nail-biting contest as a handful of undecided states continue to count votes.