BLOG: Biden delivers address Friday night on cusp of presidency

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Three days after Election Day, neither President Donald Trump or Democratic challenger Joe Biden has amassed the votes needed to win the White House. But Biden’s victories in the Great Lakes states left him at 264, meaning he was one battleground state away — any would do — from becoming president-elect.

Trump, with 214 electoral votes, faced a much higher hurdle. To reach 270, he needed to claim all four remaining battlegrounds: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada.

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10:30 p.m. — Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows diagnosed with COVID-19

President Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows has been diagnosed with the coronavirus as the nation sets daily records for confirmed cases for the pandemic.

9:50 p.m. — Joe Biden delivers remarks from Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware Friday night

8:20 p.m. — Trump faces tough road in getting Supreme Court to intervene

President Donald Trump has repeatedly said there’s one place he wants to determine the outcome of the presidential election: the U.S. Supreme Court. But he may have a difficult time ever getting there.

6:20 p.m. — Biden lead over Trump in Nevada grows slightly

Democrat Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump in Nevada has grown slightly, putting the former vice president ahead by 22,657 votes in the battleground state.

3:05 p.m. — Romney: Trump’s election fraud claim wrong, ‘reckless’

Key Republican lawmakers, including 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, on Friday slammed President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election. But some GOP leaders struck a more neutral tone — and others urged the White House to fight.

12:35 p.m. — Trump releases statement

“We believe the American people deserve to have full transparency into all vote counting and election certification, and that this is no longer about any single election. This is about the integrity of our entire election process. From the beginning we have said that all legal ballots must be counted and all illegal ballots should not be counted, yet we have met resistance to this basic principle by Democrats at every turn. We will pursue this process through every aspect of the law to guarantee that the American people have confidence in our government. I will never give up fighting for you and our nation.”

12:10 p.m. – Biden plans to address nation in prime-time speech

Biden’s campaign says he will give a speech during prime time Friday.

11:15 a.m. — Trump wins white evangelicals, Catholics split

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won support from about 8 in 10 white evangelical Protestant voters in his race for reelection. That’s according to the AP VoteCast, a survey of more than 110,000 voters nationwide. But Catholic voters split almost evenly between him and Democratic opponent Joe Biden. Trump’s strong hold on white evangelical voters illustrates the GOP’s enduring success with a bloc of religious conservatives who have been a linchpin of the president’s political base since his 2016 victory. The president’s path to a second term has grown narrower following losses in the Rust Belt battleground states of Michigan and Wisconsin, however, amid a divide among Catholics between Trump and Biden, a lifelong member of the faith.

9:45 a.m. — Police: Men with guns arrested near vote counting in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police said they arrested two men for not having permits to carry the guns they were armed with near the state convention center, where vote counting is ongoing. Police said they had received information Thursday that individuals armed with firearms were on their way to the convention center in Philadelphia in a Hummer truck. Police say the two men arrested later in the day acknowledged that the Hummer spotted by officers near the center was their vehicle. An additional firearm was recovered from inside the vehicle. Police say both men will face firearm charges but have not been formally charged yet. Their names had not been released as of Friday morning.

8:06 a.m. — Biden ahead in Georgia, Pennsylvania; Trump attacks process

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden has overtaken President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania and Georgia. The election hinges on the outcome of tight contests in those key battleground states. The new results Friday come as Trump is trying to undermine confidence in this week’s election. With his pathway to reelection appearing to shrink, Trump advanced unsupported accusations of voter fraud Thursday to falsely argue Biden was trying to seize power. It amounted to an extraordinary effort by a sitting American president to sow doubt about the democratic process. Trump’s remarks also prompted a rebuke from some fellow Republicans, particularly those looking to steer the party in a different direction in a post-Trump era.

7:58 a.m. — Biden leads Trump in Pennsylvania vote count

Democrat Joe Biden is now leading President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

By Friday morning, Biden overtook Trump in the number of ballots counted in the state, which Trump must win to have a shot at reelection. Biden now holds a nearly 6,000-vote advantage.

The contest is still too early for The Associated Press to call. Votes in the state are still being counted.

Trump’s lead dwindled after Election Day when state officials began processing mail-in ballots, a form of voting that has skewed heavily in Biden’s favor after Trump spent months claiming — without proof — that voting by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud.

If there is less than a half percentage point difference between Biden’s and Trump’s vote totals, state law dictates that a recount must be held.


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