ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10/CNN) – Election officials are still counting votes in Georgia and five other key states that will determine whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump will be president for the next four years.
Biden holds the lead in the Electoral College as of 7:30 a.m., 224-213; candidates need 270 electoral votes to become president.
Experts had warned for months that a result may not be known on election night, or even days afterward, as voters voted by mail in record numbers. As of early Wednesday morning, The Associated Press says was still too close to call in Georgia along with North Carolina, Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine (split electoral vote), and the potentially critical state of Pennsylvania.
Trump won in Florida, which was one of the states Biden had hoped to peel away from the President's 2016 map. The former vice president has taken the lead in Wisconsin and Nevada; The President has small leads in Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
With more than 90% of the vote counted in Wisconsin, Biden holds a narrow lead over Trump in that state of just more than 20,000 votes, with all of Milwaukee's vote counted.
The state of Nevada, which Clinton won by a slender margin in 2016, also appeared to be a much closer race than Democrats had expected. With 85% of the votes counted in that state, Biden leads by less than a percentage point.
Increasingly, it appears that the result of the entire election could hinge on whether Biden can restore the Democratic "blue wall" in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, a scenario that could stretch into the coming days as large numbers of mail-in votes are counted.
The night unfolded as the most unorthodox election night in modern memory. At times it appeared like one candidate or the other was heading for an early win in important states. But batches of mail-in and early votes meant the count often dramatically shifted one way or the other.
Polls are now closed across the US on a nerve-jangling night that will set the nation's course for the next four years and cast judgment on the most tumultuous presidency of the modern age. Results are flowing in from battlegrounds and it's too early to make a projection in many key states.
CNN projects Biden will 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.
CNN projects Trump will also 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.
In fact, the election is far from over with millions of votes outstanding in key states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan -- ballots that were cast before Election Day that have yet to be counted. Yet Trump sought to mislead his loyal supporters by conflating the legitimate counting of ballots with voting as he falsely claimed Democrats were trying to "steal the election."
Other Georgia U.S. Senate Races
The special election for retired Senator Johnny Isakson's Senate seat will go to a runoff between Democrat Raphael Warnock and incumbent Senator Kelly Loeffler on January 5, 2021. Doug Collins conceded Tuesday night. Neither Warnock nor Loeffler reached the 50% threshold to win the seat outright.
At 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, incumbent Republican David Perdue has an approximate 200,000 vote lead over Jon Ossoff with 158 of 159 counties reporting, according to the Georgia Secretary of State's website.
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