Democrat Joe Biden Michigan, the third state to have a U.S. president, has won the election battlefield Donald Trump The former vice president was taken in 2016 for allegedly flipping. Biden’s victory could shorten Trump’s path to re-election.
The Associated Press announced Biden as the state winner at 5:56 p.m., Wednesday, after a vote analysis and counting of the remaining ballots. It showed that there were not enough votes in the Republican-leaning areas for Biden to gain the upper hand for Trump.
On Wednesday evening, Biden was leading by 70,000 votes, 1.3 percentage points ahead of Trump. Most of the ballots to be counted came from Democratic regions: Wayne County, home to Detroit; Grand Rapids City is the second largest city in Michigan; Genesis County; And Kalamazoo.
Michigan was one of the few states on the battlefield that Trump prematurely claimed to have “won” the competition with Biden early Wednesday. Although Trump’s path is narrow, the two are locked in a tight contest for the 270 voters needed to win the presidency.
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“We’ll win Michigan – I tell you, I saw the numbers,” Trump said during an appearance at the White House, where he promised to run in the election before the Supreme Court.
Despite Biden’s lead, Trump tweeted that he would “claim the state of Michigan by this” for “electoral vote purposes.”
What the Michigan Democrats call their “blue wall” – the state trifeta that includes Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – served as a bulwark in the presidential election.
In 2016, a total of 80,000 voters spread across those states narrowly handed over the presidency to Trump. He took each state by less than one percentage point.
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With Biden winning both Michigan and Wisconsin, all eyes are on Nevada and Pennsylvania. While Trump is in the lead in Pennsylvania, Biden is in the lead in Nevada on Wednesday evening, but the state still has one million votes left, most of which are mail-ballots.
Voters who cast their ballots voted for Biden. This is likely because Trump has spent months without proof that voting by mail can lead to widespread voter fraud.
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