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DIRTY DEMS: Biden ‘Trying to STEAL Election’ says Trump as Twitter CENSORS President

DONALD J. Trump was defiant last night as he accused the Democrats of trying to ‘steal’ the Election after a night of tight results and drama.

Mr Trump tweeted: “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 Polls are closed!”

Twitter tried to censor the Tweet, but has now put it back up with a warning attached showing the Democrats and Silicon Valley bigwigs are attempting to steal the Election from the American people.

Trump won the prized battleground state of Texas and Florida as he and Democrat Joe Biden battle to the finish of an epic US election campaign.

Joe Biden delayed a planned speech similar to Hilary in 2016 telling supporters “it ain’t over until every vote is counted”.

The two men are locked in tight races across the country, with Trump claiming to have won the battlegrounds of Ohio and Iowa while Mr Biden won Minnesota and Iowa, two modest prizes the president had hoped to steal.

Races are too early to call in some of other fiercely contested and critical states on the map, including North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania. The president, by early on Wednesday, had retained many states he won in 2016 and, as long predicted, the race in part seemed to rest on the three northern industrial states where Mr Trump most surprised the Democrats four year ago – Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

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Americans made their choices as the nation faced historic crises with each candidate declaring the other fundamentally unfit to navigate the challenges. Daily life has been upended by coronavirus, which has killed more than 232,000 Americans and cost millions of jobs.

Millions of voters put aside worries about the virus – and some long queues – to turn out in person, joining 102 million fellow Americans who voted days or weeks earlier, a record number that represented 73% of the total vote in the 2016 presidential election.

Early results in several key battleground states were in flux as election officials processed a historically large number of postal votes. Democrats typically outperform Republicans in postal voting, while the Republicans look to make up ground in polling day turnout. That means the early margins between the candidates could be influenced by which type of votes – early or polling day – were being reported by the states.

Control of the Senate is at stake, too. Democrats needed to net three seats if Mr Biden captures the White House to gain control of all of Washington for the first time in a decade. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky won re-election in an early victory for the Republicans, and Republican senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a close Trump ally, fought off a fierce challenge to hang onto his seat.

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The parties traded a pair of seats in other early results. Democratic former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper defeated incumbent senator Cory Gardner, and in Alabama Republican Tommy Tuberville beat senator Doug Jones. The House of Representatives is expected to remain under Democratic control.

As the results began to come in, the nation braced for what is to come – and an outcome that might not be known for days.

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A new anti-scaling fence has been erected around the White House, and in cities from New York to Denver to Minneapolis, workers boarded up businesses amid concerns of unrest.

With the worst public health crisis in a century still fiercely present, the pandemic – and Mr Trump’s handling of it – was the inescapable focus for 2020.

For Mr Trump, the election stood as a judgment on his four years in office, a term in which he bent Washington to his will, challenged faith in its institutions and changed how America was viewed across the globe. Rarely trying to unite a country divided along lines of race and class, he has often acted as an insurgent against the government he led while undermining the nation’s scientists, bureaucracy and media.

At the White House on Tuesday night, more than 100 family members, friends, donors and staff were set to watch returns from the East Room. Mr Trump was watching votes come in upstairs in the residence with a few close aides. Most top campaign officials were monitoring returns from a “war room” set up in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

Mr Biden spent the day campaigning in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he was born, and in Philadelphia with a couple of local stops in Wilmington, Delaware, where he is spending election night.

The president began his day on an upbeat note, predicting that he would do even better than in 2016. But during a midday visit to his campaign headquarters, he spoke in a gravelly, subdued tone.

Trump told reporters: “Winning is easy. Losing is never easy, not for me it’s not.”

Mr Trump left open the possibility of addressing the nation on Tuesday night, even if a winner had not been determined. Mr Biden was also scheduled to give a nighttime speech from Wilmington.

“I’m superstitious about predicting what an outcome’s going to be until it happens … but I’m hopeful,” said Mr Biden. “It’s just so uncertain … you can’t think of an election in the recent past where so many states were up for grabs.”

Biden and Trump were in a close battle for the White House as polls closed on Tuesday evening.

Here’s how election night played out as results from states were still coming in:

(All times in GMT)

12.05am

Kentucky was called for Trump with eight electoral college votes.

Vermont was called for Biden with three electoral college votes.

12.35am

West Virginia was called for Trump with five electoral college votes.

12.40am

Virginia was called for Biden with 13 electoral college votes, taking him up to 16.

1.00am

A flurry of states were called in quick succession.

Trump took South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Oklahoma, giving him another 42 electoral college votes – a total of 55.

Meanwhile, Biden was called to win in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island, which handed him another 69 votes, taking him to a total of 85.

1.30am

Six electoral college seats were called for Trump with victory in Arkansas.

1.50am

Donald Trump won Indiana.

2.00am

Trump – North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Louisiana, Nebraska.

Biden – New York and New Mexico.

2.30am

Another three votes are given to Biden from DC.

2.35am

Colorado gives Biden another nine votes.

3.00am

Trump retained the state of Kansas, with six more electoral college votes

3.30am

Missouri hands Trump another 10 votes.

3.55am

A victory for Biden in New Hampshire gives him another four votes.

4.00am

Another flurry of states put Biden further ahead with victory in California handing him 55 electoral college votes, Oregon giving seven, and 12 from Washington.

4.05am

Trump gains another six votes with victory in Utah.

5.05am

Hawaii gives Biden another 4 votes.

5.15am

Biden wins the first swing state with Minnesota and gets another 10 electoral college votes, taking him to 223 in total.

5.20am

The second swing state then goes to Trump with 18 votes from Ohio, and another three from Montana.

Shortly after Trump gets another six from Iowa, giving him a total of 145.

Additional Reporting by PA Media

 

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