Popular vote Popular vote 72,211,950 68,727,256 JOE BIDEN DONALD TRUMP Electoral college votes 214 264 Electoral college votes Counting down to the wire in these 4 states Results from these battleground states will decide who will be the next President of the United States. As of now, Joe Biden has an upper hand madurai l friday l november 06, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l LATE CITY EDITION Nevada Biden win just a state away The race to 270 electoral college votes to claim the White House appeared within reach of Democrat Joe Biden on Thursday as he needed to bag just one of the four battleground states where the outcome is yet to be called. Biden already has 264 in the bag, in contrast to President Donald Trump’s 214. Trump needs to claim all four battleground states of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada to race from behind and touch 270. But his lead was narrowing in Georgia with more postal ballots getting counted. In Pennsylvania, more than seven lakh mail-in ballots are yet to be tabulated. And Biden is leading in Nevada. In another swing state of Arizona, whose result has already been called in Biden’s favour, Trump narrowed the gap to 3.4%as more votes were counted. With his hold on the Oval Office slipping, a nervous Trump tweeted: “Stop the count!” He was referring to the absentee ballots, most of which are perceived to be Democrat leaning. His campaign team launched a spate of legal challenges in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia and sought recount in Wisconsin. As for Biden, there was a spring in his step. “I will govern as an American president. “There will be no red states and blue states when we win. Just the United States of America,” he said. Biden has received over 72 million votes, the most in US history At . last count, Trump was trailing Biden by over 4 million popular votes. The overall voter turnout in the presidential election was projected to be the highest in 120 years at 66.9%. Biden got booster shots from “blue wall” battlegrounds of Wisconsin and Michigan, which Trump had flipped in 2016. However, two days after election day there was still no clarity , on when the final winner would be determined. The record turnout is tied to the pandemic, as postel ballots were aggressively pushed to ensure personal distancing. Yet, the nation saw a new high of 1.03 lakh cases in a day . Amid all the tension, Trump loyalists staged protests in Detroit and Phoenix, while antiTrump protesters elsewhere demanded full count of the ballots. ‘Ban on online gambling games soon’ @ Coimbatore nitish says it’s his last election Campaigning in Purnea district on the last day of electioneering, Nitish made an emotional appeal to the people, asking them to vote for his party’s sitting MLA as this was his last election. “Day after tomorrow is voting day and this is my last election,” he said. ■ ■ Electoral votes: 20 ■ Vote counted: 87% Donald Trump 3,225,536 (50.4%) Joe Biden 3,100,662 (48.4%) Electoral votes: 15 Vote counted: 94% Donald Trump 2,732,084 (50.1%) Joe Biden 2,655,383 (48.7%) ■ Georgia Electoral votes: 16 Vote counted: 99% Donald Trump 2,434,354 (49.5%) Joe Biden 2,419,589 (49.2%) ■ ■ As of 10.00 pm Thursday ALASKA Electoral votes: 3 ■ Vote counted: 50% Donald Trump 118,602 (62.1%) Joe Biden 63,992 (33.5%) ■ Demonstrators attend a rally to support all votes being counted one day after Election Day, in Washington | AP ‘Voter fraud claims baseless’ US President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud are baseless, according to international observers. Observers from the Organization for Security and co-operation in Europe, of which the US is a member, said the November 3 general elections were competitive Over dozen Indian Americans win More than a dozen Indian Americans, including five women, have won state-level elections. This is in addition to the four Indian Americans elected to the US House of Representatives. At least three other races, including one for the US House of Representatives, are yet undecided Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami addressing newspersons at Coimbatore airport on Thursday. Municipal Administration Minister SP Velumani is also seen| AFP make such online games illegal,” he said. Commenting on the release of seven convicts in the assassination case of Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, he launched a broadside against DMK President MK Stalin, saying that it was his father and the then chief minister M Karunanidhi who rejected a plea, seeking the release of the convicts, except Nalini. P4 No permission for BJP’s Vel Yatra, TN tells court Raj, Odisha CMs urged to lift ban on crackers H A R I S H M U R A L I & T M U R U G A N A N D H A M @ Chennai EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday said that the government is taking steps to ban all online gambling games. Speaking to media persons at Coimbatore International Airport, Palaniswami said that the online gambling is ruining the lives of youngsters by exhausting their time and money and are forcing them to end lives. “We are getting requests from the public to ban the games,” he said. Referring to a case at the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court, Palaniswami said that the government had informed the court that it was considering banning all online gambling games. “The State government will soon North Carolina ■ Electoral votes: 6 ■ Vote counted: 75% Joe Biden 588,252 (49.3%) Donald Trump 580,605 (48.7%) The fight for a second term gets tougher for Trump as absentee ballots are eating into his leads in battleground states, sending his team into a nervous frenzy to file lawsuits and seek recount E xpress N ews S ervice Pennsylvania ■ CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI ■ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AMID intense preparations by the BJP to take out a Vetrivel Yatra in Tamil Nadu ahead of the Assembly elections, the State government on Thursday made it clear that it had rejected a request from the party seeking permission for the month-long procession. The Madras High Court was informed of the government’s decision by advocate general Vijay Narayanan, which, he said, was taken in view of the pandemic situation. Soon after, BJP national general secretary CT Ravi rushed to Chennai and went into a huddle with the party’s State president L Murugan and senior leaders. Later, the party announced it would go ahead with its yatra. “If prevented, we will stage demonstrations across the State,” BJP sources told Express. Murugan and party seniors will leave for Tiruttani on Friday morning. Earlier, a plea had been moved in the court by P Senthil Kumar of Chennai and journalist N Balamurugan, stating that the event could create communal unrest as it ends on December 6 – Babri demolition day . P4 POINTING out that the ban imposed on the sale and bursting of crackers in Odisha and Rajasthan would affect the livelihood of over 8 lakh workers in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday requested his conterpartsin in these States - Naveen Patnaik and Ashok Gehlot - to lift the ban. “Tamil Nadu produces mainly green crackers and, therefore, the question of environmental pollution does not arise,” he said. @ Chennai
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