Democrat Joe Biden has won the electoral battleground of Michigan, the third state that U.S. President Donald Trump carried in 2016 that the previous VP has flipped. The Biden triumph limits Trump’s way to re-election.
The Associated Press declared Biden the winner of the state at 5:56 p.m. EST Wednesday after conducting an analysis of votes and remaining ballots left to be counted. It showed there were not enough votes left in Republican-leaning areas for Trump to catch Biden’s lead.
Biden had a 70,000-vote lead on Wednesday night, a margin over Trump of about 1.3 percentage points. The ballots that remained to be counted were from overwhelmingly Democratic areas: Wayne County, which is home to Detroit; the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second-biggest city; Genesee County; and Kalamazoo.
Michigan is among a handful of battleground states where Trump prematurely claimed early Wednesday that he was “winning” the challenge with Biden. Both are secured a tight race for the 270 voters expected to win the administration, however Trump’s way is narrowing.
“We’re winning Michigan by — I’ll let you know, I took a gander at the numbers,” Trump said during an appearance at the White House, where he promised to contest the election before the watchful eye of the Supreme Court.
Later in the day, Trump tweeted that he had would “thus guarantee the State of Michigan” for “Electoral Vote purposes” regardless of the way that Biden had jumped out to a lead.
Michigan is part of what Democrats long referred to as their “blue wall” — a trifecta of states that also includes Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — which served as a bulwark in presidential elections.
In 2016, a combined total of 80,000 citizens spread over those states barely gave Trump the administration. He conveyed each state by not exactly a rate point.
With Biden winning both Michigan and Wisconsin, all eyes are on Nevada and Pennsylvania. Biden had a lead Wednesday evening in Nevada while Trump was leading in Pennsylvania, though there were still about one million votes left to count in the state, many of which were mail ballots. Voters who cast mail ballots have favored Biden. That is likely because Trump spent months claiming without proof that voting by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud.
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