As the final counts get underway, crowds of vote challengers have started clashing with election officials, and things have been quick to turn ugly...
Tensions have finally boiled over.Chaos erupted in Detroit, Michigan this afternoon over the capacity of the arena's vote-tallying area, according to tweets and local reports.
Footage from the clashes has been quick to circulate online...And many have been left wondering just how our country has ended up in this sorry state. But first, let's take a look at what's happened so far...
Before election day: Nearly 100 million had already cast their vote.And according to the Independent, polls showed that Biden and his vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris, lead the way, being favored amongst 66% of voters.
Election Day: 69% of voters are reported to have favored Trump.Other polls predicted results that opposed each other, some thinking our current president would be re-elected, while others rounded up that we would have a Democrat on the throne.
Polls started to close...And the first results of the 2020 election rapidly began flooding in.
Polling stations in parts of Indiana and Kentucky were the first to close.It was quickly confirmed that Trump won in a number of states, including Indiana, Kentucky, and Alabama, while Biden won over the West Coast states, such as California, Washington, and Oregon.
Trump wins Florida.At the time of writing, Trump calls a win with 51.3% of the vote, while Biden had 47.8%.
Trump Wins Ohio.
He secured Ohio, a state that has predicted every president since 1964. As per projections from NBC News and Fox News, Trump is projected to win in Ohio, which has predicted every president since 1964.
BREAKING: Donald Trump wins Ohio, NBC News projects. https://t.co/rygBIiXyoh https://t.co/NZUI9pSCSE— NBC News (@NBC News)1604465873.0
Joni Erst wins re-election to the senate.The Republican senator has just confirmed her re-election.
Biden says he feels on track to win the election.
"We knew this was going to go long, but who knew we would go into maybe tomorrow morning, maybe even longer!" Biden said. "But we feel good about where we are. I'm here to tell you tonight we believe we're on track to win this election."
Biden: "I am here to tell you tonight we believe we are on track to win this election." https://t.co/YB2ywoJkDn— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1604468630.0
Donald Trump posts a tweet that was soon to be marked as 'misinformation' by Twitter.It was quickly deleted from the social media platform.
Trump wins Texas.Trump wins the crucial seat, earning him thirty-eight electoral points.
Trump asks for voting to stop.
In a speech, he expressed a worry that ballots would be found at "4 o'clock in the morning" which he didn't think should be counted.
Trump: "We'll be going to be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop... As far as I'm concerned w… https://t.co/59n5TGhVBm— nikki mccann ramírez (@nikki mccann ramírez)1604475157.0
Trump declares his own victory.He followed up his wish to close voting by suggesting he would be taking the matter to the Supreme Court. Trump said: "As far as I am concerned, we have already won."
Biden predicted to win Arizona.
In a huge turn of events, Biden is predicted to win the crucial state of Arizona, which will secure him eleven electoral votes. It's a battleground state Trump won 4-years prior.
Joe Biden has won Arizona's 11 electoral votes https://t.co/xbLIlHrosr https://t.co/5iOmbi3d6f— POLITICO (@POLITICO)1604476486.0
Arizona predicted to turn blue for the first time in twenty-four-years.The state has previously only ever backed 1 other Democratic candidate in the last seventy-two years, so this is a huge event for Biden and his party tonight.
Biden wins Maine.Biden defeated Trump, winning 3 of the state’s 4 Electoral College votes.
Biden gains more votes than either candidate in the 2016 election.
Surpassing Clinton’s 65,853,625 with 65,881,145 votes.
Biden has now won more raw votes than Clinton (or Trump) in 2016. https://t.co/ylUhUxPKYE— Will Jordan (@Will Jordan)1604475669.0
Republican David Andahl elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives.
Andahl died of COVID-19 last month aged fifty-five, but the election results in North Dakota showed the Bismarck-area district going to both him and Dave Nehring.
Republican David Andahl, who died from COVID-19 in October, has been elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives— BNO News (@BNO News)1604477893.0
Twenty-five-year-old Republican Madison Cawthorn set to be the youngest member of Congress after winning his race in North Carolina.After rising to prominence following his surprise primary win earlier this year, Cawthorn has defeated Democrat Moe Davis in the state’s eleventh Congressional District, which occupies most of Western North Carolina. Reacting to his victory, Cawthorn tweeted, “Cry more, lib."
60,000 Americans vote for Kanye West to become president.
After revealing that he voted for himself, it turns out the rapper actually garnered quite a few supports. Though of course, it's not enough to see him in the White House.
The first vote of my life We are here to serve We pray for every servant leader in the world 🕊 https://t.co/UWSrKslCt1— ye (@ye)1604436165.0
Joe Biden breaks an impressive record.The presidential candidate has now reportedly received more votes than either candidate did back in 2016.
Donald Trump continues election night rant on Twitter.Donald Trump continues election night rant on Twitter. The president continued where he left off, writing: “Last night I was leading, often solidly, in many key States, in almost all instances Democrat run & controlled. Then, one by one, they started to magically disappear as surprise ballot dumps were counted. VERY STRANGE, and the “pollsters" got it completely & historically wrong!"
Trump calls out mail-in-ballot "dumps" - branding them as "devastating in their percentage and power of destruction."Making his stance on the matter very clear.
Joe Biden's campaign manager releases a statement in which she claims they are still on a "path to victory."
“We believe we are in a clear path to victory by this afternoon, we expect that the vice president will have leads in states that put him over 270 electoral votes today. The vice president will garner more votes than any presidential candidate in history, and we’re still counting. He has won over 50% of the popular vote. We are on track to win in Michigan by more than Donald Trump did in 2016. To win in Wisconsin by more than Trump did in 2016. To win in Pennsylvania by more than Trump did in 2016. And we flipped one of his states, Arizona."
BIG DAY! So proud to cast my vote for @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. Honor of my lifetime to work for them and vote f… https://t.co/ar5KMO8p3e— Jen O'Malley Dillon (@Jen O'Malley Dillon)1603213795.0
All caught up?Good. The latest drama to happen in this lengthy election process is in Michigan, where protestors have been clashing with the police and election officials at the TCF Center in Detroit.
Now, the Trump campaign had today filed a lawsuit to "halt the counting" in Michigan.The campaign said this: “President Trump’s campaign has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law. We have filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted," his campaign manager said in a statement.
Their statement continued:“We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access. President Trump is committed to ensuring that all legal votes are counted in Michigan and everywhere else."
In Michigan, vote challengers are allowed to enter the building where ballot counting is taking place...And observe the counting on behalf of political parties or interest groups. Guidelines from the state's Board of Elections say challengers must have "good reason to believe" a given voter is not eligible to vote in the precinct to intervene in the counting of their vote.
However, things were quick to turn ugly.Police confronted crowds outside the vote-tallying room as Republican and Democratic supporters alike were shut out of the room. The Detroit Free Press reported that, "within hours" of Joe Biden taking the lead in the battleground state, more than 100 challengers arrived at the arena to roam the floor while poll workers tabulated votes.
Footage posted onto Twitter showed the windows being covered up...
As protestors gathered on the other side.
The scene at Detroit’s absentee ballot counting center is growing more heated. The windows now being covered up. A… https://t.co/fExrKig2je— Matt Finn (@Matt Finn)1604521352.0
The protesters were demanding that officials "stop the count".
But were quickly met by police at the door to the arena, according to a video posted by Steve Patterson of NBC News. The count continues. This is a developing story, and updates will be posted accordingly.
#BREAKING: Large, animated crush of “stop the count” protestors trying to push their way into TCF hall in #Detroit… https://t.co/O6g613nXGX— Steve Patterson (@Steve Patterson)1604521719.0