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US election latest: China awaits outcome of 'law and procedures' by Kenyans247(1): Mon 09, November, 2020 03:47pm
A barber in Beijing watches Joe Biden's victory speech on a tablet. © Reuters
Nikkei staff writers
November 3, 2020 19:03 JSTUpdated on November 9, 2020 18:40 JST
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON -- U.S. former Vice President Joe Biden has secured the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the 2020 presidential election.

President Donald Trump immediately issued a statement rejecting the call and vowing to take the issue to court.

Nikkei Asia is following the results live. For all our coverage on the election, visit our U.S. Elections 2020 page.

For more on the U.S. Election -- and the Asian angle -- read our in-depth coverage:Monday, Nov. 9

4:15 a.m. China, which has yet to officially congratulate Biden, says it will follow international custom when it comes to making a statement on the U.S. election, Reuters reports.

"We noticed that Mr. Biden has declared election victory. We understand that the U.S. presidential election result will be determined following U.S. law and procedures," foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin says at a daily media briefing, when asked about the lack of a message for the president-elect.

"We always believe that China and the United States should enhance communication and dialogue, manage differences on the basis of mutual respect, expand cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit and promote sound and stable development of bilateral relations," Wang says.

2:20 a.m. Now for some election comic relief: A Japanese small-town mayor has been blindsided by internet fame because his name can be read as "Jo Baiden."

Yutaka Umeda, the 73-year-old mayor of the Kumamoto Prefecture town of Yamato, tells Kyodo News that his family informed him that he'd become an online sensation. Like most kanji Chinese characters, those used in his name have multiple phonetic readings, and in his case they can produce a name very similar to the U.S. president-elect's.

"I feel very close to him," Umeda says of Biden, according to Kyodo. "It feels as though I've also won the election."

1:45 a.m. German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier has told a local broadcaster that he is concerned America's policy direction will not become clear until next spring, Reuters reports. With Trump committed to challenging Biden's win in the courts, Altmaier fears months of uncertainty.

Meanwhile, his cabinet colleague, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, said he expects NATO defense spending will be less of an issue under Biden. Trump pressed Germany to meet the alliance's 2% of gross domestic product requirement -- much like how he pushed allies South Korea and Japan to carry more of the defense load.

1:30 a.m. A Republican lawyer who worked on former President George W. Bush's legal strategy surrounding the 2000 Florida recount has told 60 Minutes, the current affairs TV program, that Trump needs to "take a step back." He argues that the president should respect U.S. institutions, and that the "greatest institution of all" is the electoral process that leads to a peaceful transfer of power. "You cannot be destructive of that," he says.

The Republican lawyer who helped spearhead George W. Bush’s legal strategy during the 2000 Florida recount, urges President Trump to respect the outcome of this election.

“Sir, you need to take a step back, look at the results. It is a democracy.”https://t.co/96A059xtHY pic.twitter.com/VYeVHgwr0m

— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) November 9, 2020
Sunday, Nov. 8

11:00 p.m. Trump intends to hold a series of rallies to drum up support for his legal fight against the election results, his campaign spokesman has confirmed, Reuters reports. The president is also putting together teams to pursue recounts, and plans to press his accusations of fraud by highlighting obituaries of supposedly dead voters.

State election officials have reported no major irregularities and the Trump side has yet to produce evidence.

The Biden team, meanwhile, plans to set up a coronavirus task force on Monday led by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler, according to the Reuters report.

9:45 p.m. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told reporters that he's looking forward to the U.S. returning to international agreements and organizations, as Biden has pledged.

"We would be welcoming the United States back into the Paris Agreement, somewhere we've always been," Morrison said, according to Reuters, referring to the global climate accord. Morrison added that Australia would also be pleased to see the U.S. back in the World Health Organization and, potentially, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

4:00 p.m. Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on surrounding countries to cooperate in achieving common interests, following U.S President Donald Trump's defeat in the presidential election. "Trump is gone, and we and our neighbours will stay. Betting on foreigners does not bring security, and disappoints. We extend our hands to our neighbours to cooperate in achieving the common interests of our peoples and countries. We call on everyone to embrace dialogue as the only way to end differences and tensions. Together to build a better future for our region," Zarif Tweeted in Arabic late on Sunday.


Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a meeting in Moscow, Sept. 24. Russian Foreign Ministry handout. © Reuters
2:32 p.m. Saudi Arabia finally congratulated Biden over his election victory, more than 24 hours after he defeated Donald Trump, who had close personal ties with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. At 1932 GMT on Sunday, Saudi Arabia's king Salman and his son, the crown prince, congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on winning the presidential election, state news agency SPA reported.

12:40 p.m. Former U.S. President George W. Bush said he has spoken to Biden to congratulate him on his victory. In a statement, Bush said Americans can have confidence the U.S. election was "fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear."

11:30 a.m. Biden visited family graves where his son Beau, his first wife Neilia and their daughter, Naomi are buried after a church service in Wilmington, Delaware. President Trump went to Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia again.


U.S. President-elect Joe Biden visits family graves in Wilmington, Delaware, Nov. 8. © Reuters
10:08 a.m. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel acknowledged Joe Biden's victory in the U.S. presidential elections, tweeting that his government recognized "the people of the United States has chosen a new direction".

We recognize that the US people have chosen a new direction in the presidential elections. We believe in the possibility of having a constructive bilateral relation while respecting our differences.#SomosCuba #SomosContinuidad

— Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) November 8, 2020
8:15 a.m. This is how Irish TV station RTE ended its broadcast Saturday, in tribute to the Irish American president-elect. Biden reads a poem from Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

US president-elect @JoeBiden reads the words of Irish poet Seamus Heaney pic.twitter.com/kWADRBFstw

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) November 7, 2020
7:05 a.m. Meanwhile, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa looks to be in disbelief. Jansa, leader of the homeland of first lady Melania Trump, was the only leader who congratulated Trump even before all votes were counted.

He has been retweeting videos and articles that claim there was voter fraud in the U.S. election, and has himself tweeted: "The courts have not even begun to decide."

Zanimivo. V vseh državah ZDA s tesnim izzidom so vložene pritožbe. Sodišča niti odločati še niso začela. Kljub temu #MSM (in ne kak uraden organ) razglasijo zmagovalca. Čestitke z vseh strani. Vladavina prava pa to 😀

— Janez Janša (@JJansaSDS) November 7, 2020
6:15 a.m. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to Biden, in a Facebook post: "Singapore looks forward to working with you and your administration to deepen the partnership between our two countries, enhance the U.S.' role in Asia-Pacific, and overcome COVID-19. You can count on Singapore to remain a friend and partner."

5:40 a.m. Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is under relentless pressure from pro-democracy protesters, releases a statement congratulating Biden and Harris on the "trust" they have "earned from American voters."

Prayuth highlights "the long-standing ties of friendship between our countries dating back more than 200 years," and says he looks "forward to working closely with you and your administration to further enhance our cooperation at all levels."

4:30 a.m. While Trump transformed America's Asia policy, so too did he leave a mark on the Middle East. His administration was instrumental in orchestrating a series of normalization deals this year between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan -- moves that upset the Palestinians but that many hailed as a chance for a new beginning.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who as of this writing still had a picture of himself and Trump as his Twitter banner, congratulated Biden and noted they had enjoyed a "warm personal relationship for nearly 40 years."

Netanyahu's political rival, defense minister and alternate prime minister, Benny Gantz, was even quicker to reach out to Biden on Twitter. Both Israeli leaders also made a point of thanking Trump.

Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. Joe, we’ve had a long & warm personal relationship for nearly 40 years, and I know you as a great friend of Israel. I look forward to working with both of you to further strengthen the special alliance between the U.S. and Israel.

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) November 8, 2020
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, apparently eager to reset relations with Washington, said in a statement that he looks "forward to working with the president-elect and his administration to strengthen the Palestinian-American relations and to achieve freedom, independence, justice and dignity for our people."

Hamas, which controls the Palestinian enclave of Gaza and is on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations, demanded that Biden "rectify the course of unfair U.S. policy towards our people, which has made the United States a partner in the injustice and aggression."

2:30 a.m. It's party time in and around Thulasendrapuram, India. Villagers in the area Kamala Harris' grandfather called home are celebrating the victory of a woman they consider a "daughter."

1:15 a.m. We've published the full transcripts of the victory speeches by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Read them here.

12:30 a.m. Southeast Asian leaders are joining the growing list of world figures reaching out to Biden. Indonesian President Joko Widodo tweets that Biden's victory is a "reflection of the hope placed on democracy," and says he looks forward to working together closely.

My warmest congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris on your historic election. The huge turn out is a reflection of the hope placed on democracy. pic.twitter.com/Neai7coU6j

— Joko Widodo (@jokowi) November 8, 2020
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has released a similar statement, saying: "Malaysia looks forward to strengthening further this partnership with the United States under President-elect Joe Biden's leadership, as the international community seeks to address the many global challenges, including the disastrous impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman also released a congratulatory statement, saying the government is eager to enhance relations "anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit, and shared commitment to democracy, freedom and the rule of law."

Saturday, Nov. 7

9:50 p.m. One of the bigger questions about Biden, from an Asian perspective, is how he will approach Taiwan. One expert told Nikkei Asia that "we might see U.S.-Taiwan relations go from great to good. But still good."

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen famously called then President-elect Donald Trump in late 2016. His decision to pick up the phone made it the first direct contact between U.S. and Taiwanese leaders in decades -- much to the chagrin of China as well as some of Trump's American critics.

Tsai on Saturday tweeted a congratulatory message at Biden, noting he had done the same for her earlier this year.

Now it is my turn to extend congratulations to @JoeBiden & @KamalaHarris on being elected President & VP-elect. The values on which we have built our relationship could not be stronger. I look fwd to working together to further our friendship, & contributions to int’l society. https://t.co/xIvit7emjH

— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) November 8, 2020
8:50 p.m. Biden, introduced by his running mate Kamala Harris, delivers his long-awaited victory speech in Delaware. Vowing to get COVID-19 "under control," he says: "I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify. Who sees not red states and blue states, but United States."

8:00 p.m. South Korean President Moon Jae-in chimes in.

Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. Our alliance is strong and the bond between our two countries is rock-solid. I very much look forward to working with you for our shared values.

— 문재인 (@moonriver365) November 8, 2020
7:50 p.m. World leaders continue to reach out to Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris. From the Middle East, Jordan's King Abdullah II and the United Arab Emirates' Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan tweet their congratulations.

Congratulations to President-Elect @JoeBiden and VP-Elect @KamalaHarris. I look forward to working with you on further advancing the solid historic partnership between Jordan and the United States, in the interest of our shared objectives of peace, stability and prosperity pic.twitter.com/Q5qN565nGa

— عبدالله بن الحسين (@KingAbdullahII) November 7, 2020
Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris on winning the US elections. Our sincere wishes for further development and prosperity for the American people. The UAE and USA are friends and allies with a strong historic partnership that we look forward to strengthening together.

— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) November 7, 2020
The leader of Turkey's main opposition, the secularist Republican People's Party, beat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the punch. Erdogan had yet to weigh in as of about 12:30 a.m. local time.

Back in December, Biden told New York Times editors that Erdogan is an "autocrat" and that the U.S. should "embolden" his opponents to defeat him at the ballot box. The opposition party may be sending a subtle signal to Biden to keep his word.

I would like to congratulate Joe Biden for his election as the 46th President of the United States of America and Kamala Harris as Vice-President. I look forward to strengthening Turkish - American relations and our strategic alliance.

— Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu (@kilicdarogluk) November 7, 2020
6:15 p.m. Biden's granddaughter Naomi Biden posts a photo of the family upon receiving the big news.

11.07.20 pic.twitter.com/HHVJMmIoAW

— Naomi Biden (@NaomiBiden) November 7, 2020
5:40 p.m. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga sends his congratulations to Biden and vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris in a tweet. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had tweeted hours earlier.

Warm congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. I look forward to working with you to further strengthen the Japan-US Alliance and ensure peace, freedom, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.

— 菅 義偉 (@sugawitter) November 7, 2020
Congratulations @JoeBiden on your spectacular victory! As the VP, your contribution to strengthening Indo-US relations was critical and invaluable. I look forward to working closely together once again to take India-US relations to greater heights. pic.twitter.com/yAOCEcs9bN

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 7, 2020
4:40 p.m. After a nail-biting four days of waiting, citizens went out to the streets to celebrate.

New Yorkers celebrate the Biden win at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.@alexjfang reports. #bidenharis2020 #PresidentElectJoe
Follow the latest at https://t.co/iQKG2rc0rC pic.twitter.com/RVQoAmMPfw

— Nikkei Asia (@NikkeiAsia) November 7, 2020
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3:15 p.m. After a round of golf at the Trump International Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, the president returns back to the White House.

He was on the course when major news outlets projected that Biden will be elected the 46th president.

The press pool has been told that there are no more public events for the day, meaning Trump will not be talking before or after Biden's 8 p.m. victory speech.

2:40 p.m. China's People's Daily, the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party weighed in.

1:10 p.m. Biden and his vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris celebrate over the phone after being called the winning ticket.

We did it, @JoeBiden. pic.twitter.com/oCgeylsjB4

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 7, 2020
12:25 p.m. Biden changes his Twitter bio to say "President-Elect."


12:15 p.m. Fox calls the states of Pennsylvania and Nevada for Biden, pushing his Electoral College votes to 290. Whether Biden surpasses 300 votes will determine the strength of his mandate.

12:00 p.m. Trump issues a statement rejecting the call. "We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don't want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over," he said, through his campaign.

Statement from President Trump:

"this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges" pic.twitter.com/GTnqhxYizy

— Trump War Room - Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) November 7, 2020
11:40 a.m. Conservative network Fox News also calls a Biden win. "The Fox News Decision Desk can now project that former Vice President Joe Biden will win the state of Nevada and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, putting him over the 270 electoral votes he needs to become the 46th President of the United States. So Donald Trump will be a one-term president, losing an election that amounted to a referendum on his four years in the White House," the network said.

11:30 a.m. CNN projects that Biden will win the state of Pennsylvania. With 273 Electoral College votes, Biden wins the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, the network says. NBC, AP and other news media also call Biden's win.

9:11 a.m. A key Republican leader has said that he will not block the confirmation of a Biden cabinet, but will want to have a say in the appointment of the Secretary of State.

"I have reached across the aisle and will continue to do so," Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said in a Zoom call with reporters Friday, according to The Hill. "When it comes to finding common ground, I will do that. The vice president deserves a Cabinet."

But he added: "I will give him my input about who I could vote for as secretary of state, attorney general."


Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, left, opposed the nomination of Susan Rice to Secretary of State in 2012. (Source photos Reuters)
This is important because it may influence the nomination of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice. Rice is considered one of Biden's top choices for the State job, but in 2012 she withdrew from consideration for the same position citing that "the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly."

Graham, along with former Sen. John McCain, was one of the senators to oppose Rice's nomination back then due to her defense of the Obama administration's handling of the attacks on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador.

9:00 a.m. Here are how things stand as of now.

Pennsylvania: Biden leads by 28,833

Georgia: Biden leads by 7,248

Nevada: Biden leads by 22.657

North Carolina: Trump leads by 76,515

Arizona: Biden leads by 29,861

8:50 a.m. In a morning tweet, Trump claims that votes were manipulated behind closed doors during the vote counting process.

"BAD THINGS HAPPENED INSIDE. BIG CHANGES TOOK PLACE!" he writes. He has not presented evidence.

....Bad things took place during those hours where LEGAL TRANSPARENCY was viciously & crudely not allowed. Tractors blocked doors & windows were covered with thick cardboard so that observers could not see into the count rooms. BAD THINGS HAPPENED INSIDE. BIG CHANGES TOOK PLACE!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2020
5:00 a.m. Biden's lead in Georgia has widened slightly, after more numbers were released in the wee hours. He's now ahead by 7,248 votes there.

3:00 a.m. America and much of the world are still waiting on the election outcome, but the leader of Fiji is not. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama took to Twitter earlier tonight to congratulate Biden, saying they have a planet to save from climate change and a global economy to rebuild from COVID-19.

Congratulations, @JoeBiden.

Together, we have a planet to save from a #ClimateEmergency and a global economy to build back better from #COVID19.

Now, more than ever, we need the USA at the helm of these multilateral efforts (and back in the #ParisAgreement — ASAP!) pic.twitter.com/mhX9HWR5HI

— Frank Bainimarama (@FijiPM) November 7, 2020
Friday, Nov. 6

10:57 p.m. "We may be opponents but we are not enemies. We are Americans," Biden says. He concludes his short speech by saying: "I hope to be talking to you tomorrow."

10:54 p.m. Biden says that the large number of votes his ticket has won "give us a mandate for action on COVID, the economy, climate change, systemic racism."

The people made clear, "they want the country to come together, not continue to pull apart, " he says.

Biden says he and vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris have been holding meetings with health experts to discuss measures on COVID -19.

He called on the nation to be patient and calm "as we count all the votes."

"Democracy works. Your vote will be counted," Biden says. "I don't care how hard people try to stop it. I will not let it happen."

Regarding the increasingly divided nature of the country, the former vice president says "We hold strong views, we have strong disagreements and that's OK."

"The purpose of our politics, the work of the nation, isn't to fan flames but to solve problems."

10:50 p.m. "What the numbers tell us is clear ... We're going to win this race," Biden tells the nation in a late-night speech. The address was originally planned at around 8 p.m.as a victory celebration, but with television networks yet to call his win, he stopped short of declaring a victory.

Listing the battleground states in which he has now overtaken the president, the Democratic candidate says that he is on a path to win over 300 Electoral College votes.

Of the 74 million votes the Biden-Harris ticket has won so far, the says: "That's more than any presidential ticket has ever gotten in the history of the United States."

"We've rebuilt the blue wall," he says, pointing to Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, "the heartland of this nation."

10:45 p.m. Biden arrives at his speech venue in Wilmington, Delaware, where he will shortly address the nation.

6:10 p.m. Trump preempts Biden's prime time speech with a tweet saying that his opponent should not "wrongfully claim" the office of the president.

"I could make that claim also," he says.

Joe Biden should not wrongfully claim the office of the President. I could make that claim also. Legal proceedings are just now beginning!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2020
5:15 p.m. Angry Republicans are clashing with angry Democrats in battleground states across America. The divide was clear in a recent Pew Research center poll.

Both Biden and Trump supporters said that if the other candidate wins they would not only be very concerned about the country's direction, but that this would lead to lasting harm to the nation.

Fully 90% of Biden voters said this about the prospect of a Trump victory, and 89% of Trump voters said it about the prospect of a Biden win. And around eight-in-ten in both camps said Biden and Trump supporters not only disagree over politics and policies, but that they also disagree over core American values and goals.

Our reporters saw the divide first hand: America at boiling point: Rage engulfs both Republicans and Democrats


An election worker in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania displays a ballot that has a tear in it while they count ballots on Nov. 6. © AP
3:15 p.m. How is China watching the U.S. elections? "No champagne corks in China, but U.S. election results go Beijing's way," writes New York-based geopolitical consultancy Eurasia Group in a memo Friday.

Assuming that Biden wins, the election will have worked out well for China's leadership, analysts Michael Hirson, Jeffrey Wright and Paul Triolo write. "A Biden win brings stability and predictability, which authorities will use to try to reduce reliance on U.S. technology and build China's economic resilience. It also lowers the tail risks of conflict over flashpoints such as Taiwan," they say.

"Second, Beijing will welcome the reality of a deeply divided U.S. political system, including the fact that Republicans will probably retain control of the Senate. ...The prospect of policy gridlock reduces the ability of the U.S. to get its own house in order and mount ambitious policies responding to China's rise."


The U.S. election results have gone Beijing’s way, Eurasia Group says. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)
"Lastly, the messiness and uncertainly of the election, including Trump's efforts to cast doubt on the results, are a propaganda victory for the Chinese Communist Party, which will cast it as further evidence of the instability that comes with democracy," they say.

One thing Beijing may be guarding against, is for the Trump administration to take some hard parting shots at China.

Here is our report: Many ordinary Chinese see win for Trump as blessing for Beijing

1:40 p.m. The Democratic Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney says Trump needs to "put his big boy pants on, he needs to acknowledge the fact that he lost, and he needs to congratulate the winner, just as Jimmy Carter did, just as George H.W. Bush did, and frankly just as Al Gore did."

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney: “I think what the president needs to do is, frankly, put his big boy pants on." pic.twitter.com/yfMGPTUN8V

— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 6, 2020
1:35 p.m. Trump issues a statement that reiterates his stance on vote counting transparency. "This is no longer about any single election," he says, adding "I will never give up fighting for you and our nation."

1:18 p.m. Biden's campaign says the Democratic candidate will give a speech during prime time Friday. No announcement on where or what he plans to say.

12:35 p.m. Former Republican presidential candidate Sen. Mitt Romney says Trump is wrong to say that the election was rigged and stolen. "Doing so damages the cause of freedom here and around the world," and inflames "destructive and dangerous passions."

Whether Trump gains the backing of his party will determine the outcome of his "election fraud" claim.

pic.twitter.com/oXLhsGxWma

— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 6, 2020
11:25 a.m. Both campaigns issue statements about the race Friday morning.

The Trump campaign's statement reads: "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." It pointed to voting irregularities in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Nevada. It also added: "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 phony claim on the White House, but once the election is final, President Trump will be re-elected."


A supporter of President Donald Trump wears a mask made from a photograph of Vice President Joe Biden outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center where votes are being counted on Nov. 5. © AP
Meanwhile, Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates says: "As we said on July 19th, the American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House."

11:05 a.m. Georgia is heading to a recount. "With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia," the state's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger tells reporters Friday.

Biden currently has a small lead over Trump of just over 1,500 votes.

9:55 a.m. The Secret Service has sent additional personnel to Wilmington, Delaware, where Biden is located, in anticipation of the former vice president's win, CNN reports.

New: Additional US Secret Service agents have been sent to Wilmington, Delaware, in anticipation of a potential Joe Biden presidential win, CNN has learned.

— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 6, 2020
9:10 a.m. The Trump family has expressed frustration that Republican lawmakers have not rallied to support the president's claim of election fraud. The president's son Donald Trump Jr slammed "2024 GOP hopefuls" for a "total lack of action."

Former Campaign Manager Brad Parscale warned Republicans that if they wanted to win in 2024, "I would probably start saying something."

The total lack of action from virtually all of the “2024 GOP hopefuls” is pretty amazing.

They have a perfect platform to show that they’re willing & able to fight but they will cower to the media mob instead.

Don’t worry @realDonaldTrump will fight & they can watch as usual!

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 5, 2020
If you want to win in 2024 as a Republican. I would probably start saying something. Just saying.

— Brad Parscale (@parscale) November 6, 2020
8:55 a.m. Biden takes the lead in Pennsylvania. His Electoral College vote tally will reach the 270 threshold if he wins the state.

5:20 a.m. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says the U.S. is more than a one-man show and that good losers are more important for the working of democracy than great winners. "Those who continue to add fuel to the fire in the current situation are acting irresponsibly," Maas says in an interview with the Funke media group.

4:40 a.m. Biden has taken a 917-vote lead in hotly contested Georgia, as counting continues, according to CNN and the Wall Street Journal. No Democrat has carried the state and its 16 electoral votes since Bill Clinton in 1992.

4:25 a.m. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, at his regular Friday briefing, says he wants to refrain from commenting on the "very, very close" race. "In either case, the U.S.-Japan alliance is the linchpin of Japan's diplomacy," he says. "President Trump has not left office, his administration still continues. The U.S. government still functions."

On concerns about possible post-election violence, he said: "In the U.S., there are many Japanese nationals as well as Japanese enterprises. Therefore, it is important to secure the safety of the Japanese nationals and companies in the United States. We will continue to monitor the situation closely."

2:40 a.m. Trump seems to be wide awake. In a series of tweets, he reiterates his victory claim and call to take the election to the Supreme Court. In one post, he says Twitter itself is "out of control," presumably in response to the platform's policing of his remarks.

I easily WIN the Presidency of the United States with LEGAL VOTES CAST. The OBSERVERS were not allowed, in any way, shape, or form, to do their job and therefore, votes accepted during this period must be determined to be ILLEGAL VOTES. U.S. Supreme Court should decide!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2020
2:25 a.m. Outgoing U.S. presidents have a tradition of leaving encouraging letters for their successors -- regardless of party and even after bitter campaigns. The election that is still unfolding, however, is anything but usual.

Four handover letters from US Presidents to their successors. Beginning with Bush to Clinton in 1993, ending with Obama to Trump in 2017.

Will this tradition continue? pic.twitter.com/XF4NSCfi6F

— Letters of Note (@LettersOfNote) November 5, 2020
1:45 a.m. Trump's lead in Georgia is down to 1,267 votes, according to The New York Times' figures.

1:00 a.m. The Secret Service is ramping up security around Biden's home in Wilmington, Delaware, in anticipation of a victory speech, reports The Washington Post. The reinforcements will not be the full security detail that he would receive as president-elect, if declared the winner.

Thursday, Nov. 5

11:20 p.m. One Republican who is not backing away from Trump is Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, who tells FOX that he intends to donate $500,000 to support the president's legal challenges in multiple states.

11:00 p.m. Ben Rhodes, former President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser, highlights some coincidences about the states that are still in play. Biden hails from Pennsylvania. John Lewis, the Georgia congressman and civil rights leader, died earlier this year. Arizona was the home state of the late Republican senator and former presidential candidate John McCain, highly regarded for his ability to reach across the aisle. And then there is Nevada, where Trump backer and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is a powerful force.

Lots of resonance. Joe Biden’s state of birth. John Lewis’ Georgia district. John McCain’s Arizona. And Sheldon Adelson’s home state.

— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) November 6, 2020
10:45 p.m. Facebook earlier today took down a group calling itself "Stop the Steal," as the battle over the integrity of the election intensifies online and offline. The group, which was pushing accusations that the election is being rigged in Biden's favor, had attracted some 350,000 members, AP reports.

"The group was organized around the delegitimization of the election process, and we saw worrying calls for violence from some members of the group," Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook has banned a large group called "Stop the Steal" that supporters of President Trump were using to organize protests against the vote count. Some members had called for violence. https://t.co/8rsH5yisld

— The Associated Press (@AP) November 6, 2020
10:30 p.m. Tokyo stocks touch their highest level since November 1991 as Asia warms to the prospect of a Biden presidency.

9:35 p.m. Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, the only Republican senator who voted to convict Trump in the impeachment proceedings earlier this year, urges faith in the democratic process the president has called into question.

pic.twitter.com/Y5HjSXstUb

— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 6, 2020
9:20 p.m. Just how close is Georgia? Biden has whittled Trump's advantage down to fewer than 2,500 votes, according to The New York Times' figures, with 98% reporting. On the slip side, Trump is cutting into Biden's edge in Arizona, where there's a gap of about 46,000 votes between them with 90% counted.

8:51 p.m. Trump's leads in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Georgia are quickly diminishing. Trump leads Biden 49.4% to 49.3% in Georgia, by 49.7% to 49% in Pennsylvania.

8:25 p.m. Republicans are at a crossroads over whether to stand with Trump's claims that the election was rigged. Former Republican Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge says the President "disrespected every single American" with "shameful" claims.

Meanwhile, Republican hopeful Sen. Josh Hawley says that he will introduce a new "election integrity law" to ban ballot harvesting, guarantee poll watcher access and make ballot counting transparent.

With his remarks from the White House tonight, the President disrespected every single American who figured out a way to safely vote amid a pandemic that has taken 235,000 lives. Not to mention those who are dutifully counting that vote. Absolutely shameful. Yet so predictable.

— Gov. Tom Ridge (@GovRidge) November 6, 2020
If last 24 hrs have made anything clear, it’s that we need new election integrity laws NOW. Ban ballot harvesting, guarantee poll watcher access, make ballot counting transparent. I will introduce

— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 5, 2020
7:40 p.m. The New York Post, owned by conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, calls Trump's claims about election fraud "baseless."

Downcast Trump makes baseless election fraud claims in White House address https://t.co/FVM8v1bjq5 pic.twitter.com/FqRzUVSGkd

— New York Post (@nypost) November 6, 2020
7:16 p.m. Calls mount for Republicans to speak up against the president. This from a 35-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Waiting for George W. Bush to say something, along with every other surviving former President and former GOP Presidential candidate.

This is nut up or be gone time. You either oppose Trump's call for a coup, or you can't claim to love the Constitution or this country.

— John Culver (@JohnCulver689) November 6, 2020
7:02 p.m. Without evidence, Trump says there have been a number of disturbing irregularities related to the election across the nation. The president says there will be a lot of litigation because "we can't have an election stolen like this."

He said that ultimately "Judges are going to have to rule."


President Donald Trump tells reporters at the White House on Nov. 5 that only "legal votes" should be counted. © AP
6:47 p.m. In the White House press room, Trump tells reporters "If you count the legal votes, I win."

The president casts suspicion on mail-in ballots, saying it is "strange" that most of them are for Biden.

The president says pre-election "phony polls" were designed to keep voters at home.


A note left behind on the podium by President Donald Trump reads "Won Texas" after the president reacted to early results from the election in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 4. © Reuters
6:33 p.m. Even as the president is about to make remarks from the White House, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel opens an investigation into the Trump campaign's use of the White House for campaign-related activities to see if federal law has been violated - Reuters.

6:25 p.m. Biden seeks to project leadership by tweeting that he has spent the afternoon attending briefings on COVID-19 and the economy.

I spent the afternoon attending briefings on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the state of the economy. Tune in as I provide an update on these briefings and efforts to count every vote. pic.twitter.com/duoDWfzf5C

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 5, 2020
4:40 p.m. As Biden moves one step closer to the finish line, Asian countries ponder whether he will be Obama 2.0 or Trump-lite. On China, on tech, on trade and North Korea, Trump has fundamentally rewritten America's strategy. We asked experts what they see happening.

4:23 p.m. Biden in a press appearance in Wilmington, Delaware, urged "everyone to stay calm," as the counting continues and amid Trump's calls on Twitter to "STOP THE COUNT!"

We "continue to feel very good about where things stand" and "have no doubt that when the count is finished Sen. [Kamala] Harris and I will be declared the winners," the former vice president said. "The process is working. The count is being completed, and we'll know it very soon."

4:10 p.m. The nail-biting 2020 U.S. presidential election has been one of a kind. But it has also exposed the dangers that democracy is facing. Nikkei Washington bureau chief Mikio Sugeno writes that Trump's early declaration of victory and undermining of votes come straight from the authoritarian playbook of the likes of Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

2:20 p.m. Kathy Boockvar, Pennsylvania's secretary of state, tells CNN that the state's winner "definitely could" be announced by the end of the day. "Counties are furiously at work, and it is looking like we're ahead of schedule," she said.

As of Thursday afternoon, Trump leads the state count by 108,772 votes with 92% of estimated votes reported. While the president is ahead by 50.2% to 48.5%, the gap has reduced significantly. If Biden succeeds in flipping the state, which Clinton lost in 2016, he will reach the goal line of 270 Electoral College with the single state.

1:45 p.m. A Michigan judge dismisses the Trump campaign's lawsuit over whether enough Republican challengers had access to vote counting facilities handling absentee ballots.


An election personnel examines a ballot as vote counting in the general election continues at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on Nov. 4. © AP
1:20 p.m. A breakdown of the remaining votes in Georgia, posted on social media by a reporter based locally, shows a large portion of ballots in urban areas. Of the 61,367 absentee ballots yet to be counted, 17,000 are in Chatham (which includes Savannah), 11,200 in Fulton (which includes Atlanta) and 7,338 in Gwinnett (just outside Atlanta). Trump currently leads Biden by 13,540, but the geography favors the Democrat.

GEORGIA UPDATE. This from Gabriel Sterling, numbers guru at GA SOS office: There are 61,367 absentee ballots yet to be counted in GA (as of 915 am). Trump leads by about 18,500 votes. (Sterling warns that #s can always change). Here is the county by county breakdown:

— Richard Fausset (@RichardFausset) November 5, 2020
12:09 p.m. Nevada restarts vote counting. Biden expands his lead to 12,042 from 7,647, putting the race at 49.5% to 48.5%.

11:00 a.m. Will Trump facilitate a peaceful transition of power if Biden were to win? His former chief of staff says he should.

"I recommend that he accept a peaceful transition of power, which I think he would do absolutely anyway," Mick Mulvaney said on CNBC Thursday morning.


Then-White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney attends a lunch for ambassadors to the U.N. Security Council at the White House in December 2019. © Reuters
"Look, the president is a fighter, there's no question about it, and you'll see him fighting down to the very last," Mulvaney said.

But "at the end of that process, [if] Joe Biden's the president, you can absolutely guarantee a peaceful transition of power. I just hope the same is true on the other side," he said.

10:25 a.m. The two candidates start the morning with two opposing messages. Biden tweets that "Every vote must be counted."

President Trump, in all caps, tweets "STOP THE COUNT!" and reiterates that any vote that came in after election day "WILL NOT BE COUNTED!"

Every vote must be counted. pic.twitter.com/kWLGRfeePK

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 5, 2020
STOP THE COUNT!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2020
10:20 a.m. The post-election rally continues on the New York Stock Exchange. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed over 600 points, marking the fourth day of gains. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq are also up more than 2% in morning trading.

8:00 a.m. Michigan may not have been as razor thin as expected. After more counting, Biden leads Trump by 50.6% to 47.8%. An analyst points out that the margin is 12 times larger than Trump's margin over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

New: more counted Wayne Co. (Detroit) ballots push Biden's lead in Michigan up to 149,390 (2.9%).

— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 5, 2020
7:40 a.m. As of Thursday morning, here are how the votes stand in the states still counting. Biden need to win two of these states, or one if Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes, 89% of estimated votes reported): Trump 50.7% Biden 48.1% (Difference 164,414 votes)

Georgia (16 electoral votes, 96% reported): Trump 49.6% Biden 49.2% (Difference 18,540 votes)

North Carolina (15 electoral votes, 95% reported) : Trump 50.1% Biden 48.7% (Difference 76,737 votes)

Arizona (11 electoral votes, 86% reported): Biden 50.5% Trump 48.1% (Difference 68,390 votes)

Nevada (6 electoral votes, 86% reported): Biden 49.3% Trump 48.7% (Difference 7,647 votes)

5:24 a.m. Duong Hoai Nam, vice spokesperson at the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, says at a news conference regarding the impact of the election on bilateral relations: "We believe that every U.S. president will support" efforts by both countries to continue promoting and expanding them.

5:00 a.m. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng has said he hopes the next U.S. administration will work with Beijing to mend ties, while a columnist for the Communist Party mouthpiece Global Times called the American election a "farce." We've wrapped up some of the reactions from across Asia.

4:00 a.m. The race for Arizona's 11 electoral votes remains tense.

Although FOX called the state for Biden on election night -- reportedly infuriating the Trump campaign -- and AP later followed, The New York Times calculates that the president still has a shot. The next release from a key Phoenix county where Trump was cutting into Biden's lead, however, is not expected until Thursday evening.

Trump supporters rallied outside the county's election office earlier tonight, with some of them carrying guns, according to Reuters. In stark contrast to other states, where Team Trump wanted counting halted, they demanded that the tabulations continue.


Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump demand that all votes be counted outside the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center in Phoenix, Arizona, on Nov. 4. © Reuters
1:50 a.m. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen has posted a message on her Facebook page, offering her people three assurances:

1) That her government will closely monitor the Taiwan Strait situation and maintain domestic political and economic stability.

2) That Taiwan will continue close exchanges with U.S. Republicans and Democrats alike.

3) That she has confidence that "supporting Taiwan" is the mainstream consensus in the U.S.

1:30 a.m. In Thailand, the chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries is hopeful that a Biden win would ease tensions between the U.S. and China -- with knock-on benefits for his country, the region and the world economy.

FTI Chairman Supant Mongkolsuthree tells Nikkei Asia that although the trade war will not end immediately, "we still believe that the trade and investment outlook would be better and world trade would get back to normal, which is good for every country." But he says Thailand would be closely watching Biden's policies on the environment and human rights, wary that these issues could become nontariff trade barriers that "disrupt Thai exports in the future."

12:45 a.m. The next update on Georgia is likely to come when the secretary of state there briefs the press at 10:30 a.m., according to a CNN correspondent, who notes there were about 90,000 outstanding ballots at last count.

12:30 a.m. In Indonesia, Trump's premature victory claim in the early hours of Wednesday gave some a feeling of deja vu.

Trump's speech "is actually not too surprising for Indonesia because Prabowo had done that, too," Kompas TV executive producer Aiman Witjaksono said earlier on a talk show, referring to Prabowo Subianto's claims and accusations of fraud after two bitterly fought races he lost to President Joko Widodo.

Meanwhile, Indonesia's former ambassador to the U.S., Dino Patti Djalal, is hopeful that bilateral relations would improve under a Biden administration.

"Biden is an international relations expert" Djalal notes, citing his experience as a senator and vice president. "That is different from Trump, who had dealt with businesses all the time before he became the president."

12:15 a.m. As "Election Day" drags into yet another day, tentative reactions from around Asia continue to trickle in.

India's foreign secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, tells Germany's DW News that his country's ties with the U.S. can withstand any election outcome.

"Our relations with the United States are really based on bipartisan support -- you see it in Congress, you see it at the public levels," he said. He acknowledged that Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi developed a "special" rapport, but stressed Modi had a good relationship with former President Barack Obama and that Biden clearly "values a strong India-U.S. strategic partnership."

Wednesday, Nov. 4

11:40 p.m. Pennsylvania's secretary of state, Kathy Boockvar, has told U.S. media that the swing state is on track to finish counting its remaining ballots by Thursday local time.

11:20 p.m. Tensions flared in New York earlier tonight, after protesters took to the streets to demand that all ballots be counted. Demonstrators also chanted Black Lives Matter slogans, and sporadic clashes with police resulted in arrests.


10:45 p.m. The race in Georgia is tightening. Trump now leads Biden by fewer than 32,000 votes, according to figures from The New York Times, which has pointed out that most of the remaining ballots are from counties that lean Democratic.

10:20 p.m. Speaking to media, Biden said he was confident of winning Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

"Democracy is the heartbeat of this nation," he said. "When the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners.

"Every vote must be counted. No one is going to take our democracy away from us. Not now, not ever."

10:06 p.m. Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris, is also calling for the electoral rules to be followed.

Americans should have faith in the voting process and have the constitutional right to have their lawfully cast ballots counted. That simple proposition is a cornerstone of American democracy.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 5, 2020
10:04 p.m. Japan's equity benchmark Nikkei Stock Average topped the 24,000 line for the first time in more than nine months with investors buying semiconductor and other tech stocks after a rally in Wall Street. However, the index struggled to maintain the momentum and quickly lost steam as the election outcome remains unclear and the Trump campaign's lawsuits weighing heavy on market sentiment.

9:53 p.m. In an interview with CNN Philippines, President Duterte's spokesperson Harry Roque was asked about the impact of the US presidential election's outcome on ties between the countries. Roque said he expects no major changes in relations with the U.S. but acknowledged "personal relations" between Duterte and Trump.

"And even of there is a new president, I am not saying that there will be, but in case there is a new president of the United States in the person of Senator Biden, I am confident that the resident can also developed close personal friendship with Mr. Biden," Roque said. "May the best man win as of now."

9:21 p.m. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said Wednesday that Taiwan would respect the U.S. people's choice of the leader, and would do whatever Taiwan can to continue to seek strong support from the U.S. "Currently, we see strong and solid support for Taiwan from U.S. mainstream public opinions, and we will continue to deepen that trend of engagement and support."

A spokesperson said on Thursday morning that Taiwan's presidential office has closely monitored the developments of the vote counts and would not comment on other country's internal affairs.

9:19 p.m. Following the tech-stock rally in the U.S., markets across Asia rose on Thursday morning. Japan's Nikkei Stock Average climbed 1.2% while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index jumped over 2%. China and Australia's benchmarks also rose over 1%, and South Korea's Kospi is up 1.6%.

Investors speculate a scenario where the Republican party maintains a majority in the Senate, which will make the U.S. government less likely to impose tighter regulations.

8:46 p.m. The AP corrects its story on the Trump campaign's legal challenge in Georgia. The campaign has filed suit asking a judge to order Georgia election officials to follow the law on storing and counting absentee ballots, not on having Georgia pause the vote count.

8:44 p.m. On the day the U.S. officially withdraws from the Paris climate accord, Biden reiterates his pledge to rejoin it as soon as he takes office. His green policies could send ripples through Asia.

Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it. https://t.co/L8UJimS6v2

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 5, 2020
8:05 p.m. The Nikkei 225 stock index gains 1.06% on Thursday morning on expectations that the Republicans are likely to keep control of the Senate. Semiconductor manufacturers and tech related-stocks are surging in Tokyo on speculation regulations on the U.S. tech industry will not be as tough as in a Senate controlled by the Democrats.

7:42 p.m. Trump has tweeted a couple of times in the past hour, citing Breitbart News.

Demands Arise for PA Attorney General to ‘Step Aside‘ https://t.co/jrED09zpK1 via @BreitbartNews

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2020
Detroit Absentee Ballot Counting Chaos, Blocked Windows and Observers https://t.co/KzIwhbQrDt via @BreitbartNews

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2020
7:42 p.m. Trump campaign files lawsuit in Georgia -- the third state in which it is making a legal challenge -- as its seeks to pause the vote count in key battlegrounds.

7:05 p.m. All eyes on whether Republican lawmakers distance themselves from the president. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois replied to Trump on Twitter in harsh language. "Stop. Full stop. The votes will be counted and you will either win or lose. And America will accept that."

If similar voices spread among the GOP, Trump will face an uphill battle.

Stop. Full stop. The votes will be counted and you will either win or lose. And America will accept that. Patience is a virtue. https://t.co/iZr78QoPIH

— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) November 4, 2020
6:10 p.m. As Trump claims victory in states that are still counting their votes, Biden supporters congregate in New York's Bryant Park with "Count Every Vote" signs.

WATCH | New Yorkers wearing sashes that read “vote, resist, sing” perform at Washington Square Park, singing about reasons why people shouldn’t vote for Trump.

More in our #Election2020 Blog: https://t.co/IfHTrD1dXD pic.twitter.com/a15gCHcCc0

— Nikkei Asia (@NikkeiAsia) November 4, 2020

(Photo by Saqib Tanveer)

(Photo by Saqib Tanveer)

A person speaks on a stage as labor union activists rally at a park near the White House the day after the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Washington on Nov. 4. © Reuters
5:53 p.m. Biden has won the most votes out of any candidate in history, according a tally from The AP.

The former vice president has gained over 70 million votes nationwide as of Wednesday afternoon, surpassing the 69.4 million votes former President Barack Obama won in 2008.


People call for the counting of every vote at New York's Bryant Park. (Photo by Saqib Tanveer)
5:00 p.m. Twitter again adds a disclaimer to the president's tweet. "Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process," it wrote.

4:57 p.m. Trump tweets that he is claiming Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and North Carolina.

We have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (which won’t allow legal observers) the State of Georgia, and the State of North Carolina, each one of which has a BIG Trump lead. Additionally, we hereby claim the State of Michigan if, in fact,.....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
4:17 p.m. CNN calls Michigan for Biden, giving him two of the three most crucial swing states. With the win, Biden needs only Arizona's 11 votes and Nevada's six votes to reach the 270 electoral college votes needed for victory.

4:10 p.m. Biden makes a brief statement in Wilmington, Delaware, appearing on stage with vice president candidate Sen. Kamala Harris.


Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden takes off his face mask as he arrives to speak in Wilmington, Delaware on Nov. 4. © AP
"I'm not here to declare that we've won, but I am here to report, when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners," Biden says.

"Now, every vote must be counted," he said. "No one's going to take our democracy away from us, not now, not ever."

U.S. recount law is governed by state law, and in Wisconsin "the rules are quite liberal, in the sense that any aggrieved candidate can bring a petition for a recount," said Rebecca Green, co-director of the Election Law Program at William & Mary Law School.

In Michigan, where the Trump campaign has filed suit to demand observer access to counting locations and that officials halt the count until such access is given, "there's an easy fix, which is just to give them access," Green said.

"But the idea that that could translate to stopping the count or the count being declared illegal does not have a basis in law," she added.

4:02 p.m. The post-Election-Day rally on the New York Stock Exchange saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average close 367 points, or 1.35%, higher at 27,847.66, marking three consecutive days of gains. The Dow rose over 800 points at one point. The wider S&P and the tech heavy Nasdaq rose 2.2% and 3.9% respectively.

The market is rife with speculation over a Biden presidency, a Republican Senate and a Democratic House.

4:00 p.m. The Trump campaign is requesting the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the vote counting at a key battleground state, saying "Bad things are happening in Pennsylvania."

A statement issued by Deputy Campaign Manager Justin Clark alleges that Democratic officials "forced our observers to stay 25 feet or more from the counting process," making it impossible to verify if the votes are being counted correctly.

The Trump team is asking the top court to temporarily halt the vote counting in the state "until there is meaningful transparency."

3:10 p.m. The world watches closely.


An employee of the foreign exchange trading company Gaitame.com watches a TV broadcast of U.S. President Donald Trump's speech at a dealing room in Tokyo on Nov. 4. © Reuters

A member of a conservative group waves a flag bearing a message of support for President Trump in front of the U.S. embassy in Seoul on Nov. 4. © Reuters

A news report of the U.S. presidential election is seen on a television screen in Hong Kong on Nov. 4. © Reuters
2:17 p.m. AP agrees that Biden has won Wisconsin.

2:01 p.m. CNN projects Biden win in Wisconsin, one of the key three swing states.


Election officials unpack blue bags containing ballots after Election Day at the Kenosha Municipal Building in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Nov. 4. © Reuters
1:50 p.m. In India, supporters of U.S. vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris hold prayers near her ancestral village.

The southern Indian region where Harris' maternal grandfather was born is rooting for the Democratic Party to win because of the family connection.


A villager carries a bucket of water and walks past a hoarding featuring U.S. Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris in Thulasendrapuram village, south of Chennai, in India on Nov. 4. © AP
Meanwhile, a Hindu group that claims to have the support of 5 million believers is seeking divine blessings for Trump. It says it wants the president to be re-elected in order to keep India's main rivals -- Pakistan and China -- in check.


A picture of U.S. President Donald Trump is seen as activists of Hindu Sena, a Hindu right-wing group, perform a special prayer to ensure his victory in the elections, in New Delhi, India on Nov. 3. © Reuters
Over in Europe, one foreign leader seems to have jumped the gun. Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa congratulates Trump for "four more years."

It’s pretty clear that American people have elected ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ ⁦@Mike_Pence⁩ for #4moreyears. More delays and facts denying from #MSM, bigger the final triumph for #POTUS. Congratulations ⁦@GOP⁩ for strong results across the #US ⁦@idualliance⁩ ⁦ pic.twitter.com/vzSwt9TBeF

— Janez Janša (@JJansaSDS) November 4, 2020
1:05 p.m. The Trump campaign issues a statement requesting a recount in Wisconsin, citing irregularities.

Statement from @BillStepien on Wisconsin recount request: pic.twitter.com/6YiNB8HRo6

— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) November 4, 2020
12:45 p.m. The race to 270. Here's our take.

It’s almost over — or is it?

Time for a #Election2020 special edition of #AsiaIn8.

Join editors @kenmoriyasu & @WajSKhan make sense of latest, and what really happened on #ElectionNight

More on: https://t.co/44XHPm3Gvj https://t.co/raJUtUHUvz

— Nikkei Asia (@NikkeiAsia) November 4, 2020
12:15 p.m. The 2020 presidential election had the highest turnout rate since 1900, according to preliminary estimates by the United States Election Project.

University of Florida Professor Michael McDonald says that 160 million people voted in Tuesday's election, for a turnout rate of 66.9%. That's the highest in 120 years, since 73.7% turned out for the 1900 election.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, at least 101 million Americans cast ballots before Election Day, compared with 47 million in 2016.

I posted PRELIMINARY estimates of the 2020 state and national turnout and voting-eligible population turnout rates

160 million people voted

Turnout rate: 66.9%

Highest turnout rate since 1900: 73.7%https://t.co/k7y6bGRInG

— Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) November 4, 2020
11:55 a.m. All of Wisconsin's ballots have been counted. That's according to the state's Elections Commission Director Meagan Wolfe, who appeared on NBC via phone.

While there are no official announcements, most TV stations have Biden leading in the state. Ten electoral votes are on the line.

WATCH: "All of the ballots have indeed been counted," Wisconsin Elections Commission Director Meagan Wolfe says.

"We're not seeing that there's any counties that haven't posted their results on their websites."

Track latest Wisconsin results here: https://t.co/44xFW1WkYJ pic.twitter.com/KJlQvDtzRC

— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 4, 2020
11:30 a.m. Amid the nail-biting vote count, the U.S. on Wednesday officially exited the Paris Agreement on climate change, fulfilling Trump's promise to withdraw the world's second-largest greenhouse gas emitter from the global pact.

10:30 a.m. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbs more than 600 points Wednesday morning, as investors see the possibility of a blue sweep -- where the Democrats win the White House, Senate and House -- become less likely, easing fears of tax hikes and tougher regulations.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq jumped around 3.7%, with shares of Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Alphabet all up, reflecting an understanding that breakups of Big Tech were now less likely.

10:20 a.m. Trump and Biden open the day with morning tweets. The president expresses skepticism toward the vote-counting process. Biden calls for every vote to be counted.

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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
We won't rest until everyone's vote is counted. Tune in as my campaign manager @jomalleydillon and campaign adviser Bob Bauer give an update on where the race stands. https://t.co/Rwz4iR25B3

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 4, 2020
9:30 a.m. Though the Democrats will retain a majority in the House of Representatives, hopes to flip anywhere from five to 15 Republican seats failed to materialize. "Instead, it was the Republicans who scored big," The Hill reports, "knocking out at least a half dozen vulnerable Democrats with several more clinging to the ropes."

"It was a reversal of fortunes for the Democrats, who had led big in the polls and the money race and were betting that President Trump at the top of the ticket would be a

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