Counting is underway after millions of Americans cast their votes to elect their new President as Donald Trump seeks a second term in office. What has triggered a new debate is Trump’s first-ever reaction to his possible defeat at the hands of Joe Biden.
Today’s votes will determine if 74-year-old Trump would become the first US incumbent president to lose a re-election fight since George HW Bush in 1992.
Speaking to reporters amidst polling, Trump said that he wasn’t thinking of making a concession speech yet, adding that losing was never easy. He said, “I’m not thinking about a concession speech or acceptance speech yet. Hopefully, we’ll be only doing one of those two. And you know, winning is easy, losing is never easy — not for me, it’s not.”
This, according to analysts, is the first time that Trump has publicly spoken about a possible defeat in the US polls, where the stakes have become high as chances of Biden’s victory in key battleground states have become bright. For both Biden and Trump to win the presidency, they will have to win the battleground states.
Each candidate needs 270 electoral college votes of the 538 that are up for grabs to become the US president. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won three million more popular votes but fell short of 270 in electoral college votes.
The first polls would close at 04.30 AM IST on Wednesday in eastern US, but it will be open until 11.30 AM on Wednesday in Alaska.
LIVE UPDATES will appear below:
09:25 AM: 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: @KamalaHarris
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
03:22 PM: Joe Biden projected to win Michigan, which has 16 electoral votes. Biden is short of 17 electoral votes to secure the presidency. Donald Trump is languishing at 213, 57 short of a majority.
(5 November 2020)
19:59 PM: #JoeBiden takes lead in #Michigan, which has 16 electoral votes.
15:22 PM: Biden takes lead in Wisconsin, which has 10 electoral college votes.
13:04 PM: Donald Trump says he will go to Supreme Court demanding stop on vote counting, declares himself the winner in polls.
11:18 AM: We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Poles (sic) are closed: Donald Trump
11:15 AM: We are on course to win this election, says Joe Biden asking his supporters to be patient.
1051 AM: According to CNN projections, Donald Trump wins Idaho
10:03 AM: According to CNN projections, Joe Biden has 192 electoral college votes, and Trump has 108 electoral college votes. A candidate needs 270 electoral college votes to win the presidency.
09:12 AM: Republican Tommy Tuberville defeats incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in Alabama. (CNN)
06:33 AM: CNN projects Joe Biden to win Massachusetts, which has 11 votes. The Democratic presidential nominee is also set to win Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey as well as the District of Columbia. Donald Trump has won Oklahoma, Kentucky and West Virginia.
06:27 AM: According to BBC, 82% votes have been counted in Florida, which has 29 electoral college votes. Trump is at 50%, while Biden is at 49%. Trump had won Florida by just 1% in 2016.
05:30 AM: Trump is projected to win Indiana, which has 11 electoral college votes. A candidate needs 270 votes to win the presidency
02:00 AM: Twitter and Facebook have flagged posts by Trump alleging that a US Supreme Court decision on mail-in voting in Pennsylvania would undermine the ‘entire systems of laws’ and ‘induce violence in the streets.’
01:31 AM: Donald Trump’s son is facing widespread ridicule and condemnation for placing India with China implying that Americans of Indian and Chinese origins did not support his father.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 3, 2020