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Biden wins Wisconsin, Trump campaign sues to stop Michigan vote count

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Washington, Nov. 4 (efe-epa).- Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden on Wednesday was declared the winner in the key state of Wisconsin, which increases his advantage over President Donald Trump in the electoral vote total, according to projections by CNN, The New York Times and National Public Radio.

With the 10 electoral votes that Wisconsin provides, Biden now increases his anticipated electoral vote total to 248, with 214 for Trump. A total of 270 electoral votes are required for a candidate to win the presidency, regardless of the popular vote total.

Meanwhile, Trump’s reelection campaign on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in a Michigan court demanding that the vote count in that state be halted, claiming that sufficient access to the polls had not been provided to voters.

The announcement of the lawsuit was made by Trump campaign director Bill Stepien in a statement shortly after announcing that his team will also demand a recount in Wisconsin.

“Joe Biden is on track to win this election and he will be the next president of the United States,” the former vice president’s campaign chair, Jen O’Malley Dillon, told reporters earlier on Wednesday after an anxiety-filled election night that ended – as many expert observers had expected – with no clear winner.

“We believe we are on a clear path to victory by this afternoon. We expect that the vice president will have leads in states that put him over 270 electoral votes,” O’Malley Dillon said.

“Let’s be extremely clear about something: If Donald Trump got his wish and we stopped counting ballots right now, Vice President Joe Biden would be the next president of the United States,” she added, referring to Trump’s earlier claim that he had won the election and wanted “all voting to stop.”

No voting is actually ongoing at this time, with all the polls having closed last night, but millions of mail-in ballots are still en route to election offices around the nation and have yet to be counted and many ballots cast in person or by mail on or before Nov. 3 have not yet been tabulated either.

O’Malley Dillon said that the campaign believes Biden has won the state of Wisconsin, but the Trump campaign announced Wednesday that it will request a recount in that state, which has a provision for an automatic recount when a candidate’s margin of victory is below a certain level.

In addition, the Biden campaign is expecting Michigan to declare on Wednesday that Biden has won that state, but the country will have to wait another day to learn the definitive results in Pennsylvania and Nevada, in the latter of which local authorities decided not to make public the results until 9 am Thursday.

The campaign chief said in her remarks that Biden would address the nation “later” on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Trump said Wednesday morning that it was “very strange” that during the latter stages of the recounts in certain key states he had lost the apparent advantage he had held after the polls closed on Tuesday – although at that time only a partial count of the votes had been made.

And his campaign chairman, Bill Stepien said that “If we count all legal ballots, the president wins.”

Trump reiterated his doubts about the legality of the recount in a tweet, saying: “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!”

In an appearance at the White House on Wednesday morning, Trump was more emphatic in his remarks, complaining without providing any evidence of electoral fraud, threatening to resort to the Supreme Court – where conservatives hold an overwhelming 6-3 majority – to resolve the election and declaring himself to have won the election even though, as noted, millions of mail-in votes remain to be received and counted.

So far, Biden is projected to have won the following states with their electoral vote totals in parentheses: Arizona (11), California (55), Colorado (9), Connecticut (7), Delaware (3), District of Columbia (3), Hawaii (4), Illinois (20), Maine-state (2), Maine-District 1 (1) Maryland (10), Massachusetts (11), Minnesota (10), Nebraska-District 2 (1), New Jersey (14), New York (29), New Hampshire (4), New Mexico (5), Oregon (7), Rhode Island (4), Vermont (3), Virginia (13), Washington (12) and Wisconsin (10).

Trump is projected to have won Alabama (9), Arkansas (6), South Carolina (9), North Dakota (3), South Dakota (3), Florida (29), Kansas (6), Kentucky (8), Idaho (4), Indiana (11), Iowa (6) Louisiana (8), Maine-District 2 (1), Mississippi (6), Missouri (10), Montana (3), Nebraska-state (2), Nebraska-District 1 (1), Nebraska-District 3 (1), Ohio (18), Oklahoma (7), Tennessee (11), Texas (38), Utah (6), West Virginia (5) and Wyoming (3).

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