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The election race continues to tighten as votes continue to be counted one day after election night

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The election race continues to tighten as votes continue to be counted one day after election night, as former Vice President and Democratic challenger Joe Biden leads the race with 227 electoral votes, with President Donald Trump following close behind with 214 electoral votes. 

As of last night, Trump held leads in both Wisconsin and Michigan, but an unexpected turn occurred early this morning when Biden saw a spike in votes, mostly from early and mail-in-votes being tallied. In Wisconsin, with 99% of votes reported, Biden holds 49.4% of the vote while President Trump holds 48.8% of the vote, as of 1:30 PM CST (BBC). In Michigan, with 94% of the votes reported, Biden holds 49.5% of the vote while President Trump holds 48.8% of the vote, as of 1:30PM CST (BBC). Wins in each of these two battleground states would give Biden a demanding lead in the electoral college. Biden winning over MI and WI would mean that Trump would have to win PA, NC, GA, and NV in order to come out victorious in the 2020 presidential election. 

Both Biden and Trump have won over major states that would be critical for their election. Biden has won California,, Illinois, and New York. According to the Associated Press, Biden has been able to rack up a total of 227 electoral votes, which does not include the electoral votes from Arizona – a state which many believe remains undecided. Trump, on the other hand, has won other major states that could be critical to his election, such as Texas, Florida, and Ohio. According to the Associated Press, Trump is trailing behind Biden with a total of 214 electoral votes. 

At 12:30 AM Eastern, candidate Biden delivered a speech telling his supporters that he was optimistic and that, “We believe we are on track to win this election.” President Trump on the other hand has expressed his concern on Twitter about the recent spike in votes in WI and MI. “Last night I was leading, often solidly, in many key States, in almost all instances Democrat run & controlled. Then, one by one, they started to magically disappear as surprise ballot dumps were counted. VERY STRANGE, and the “pollsters” got it completely & historically wrong!,” he tweeted at 7:04 AM PST. 

The senate election has yet to be concluded as of Wednesday morning, though Republicans are currently still holding a majority of three seats. Furthermore, races in MI, MF, NC, GA, and AK, all have a Republican lead. Major senators like Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnel, and Roger Marshall won their senate races. 

ARTICLE: YULIANIE HERNANDEZ

EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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