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The presidential election is still too close to call

Results are still outstanding in a number of states key to deciding who will have an Electoral College majority.

The winners of the presidential race in the states of Nevada, North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have not been called by either the media or election officials, leaving the national results of the presidential election unknown for now.

President Donald Trump held leads in five swing states, but all of the results have not come in for a number of boxes. Biden has 238 projected electoral college votes, while Trump has 210 projected votes. (270 electoral votes are needed to win.) Alaska is still outstanding, but their three electoral votes are expected to go to Trump.

“This is an embarrassment to our country,” an angry President Trump declared. “This is a fraud on the American people.”

Biden took a decidedly different tone, telling supporters that he felt confident that he would be victorious once the votes were all counted. Biden said, “We are still in the game in Georgia. We are confident in Georgia and Michigan and we will win Pennsylvania.”

“It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare the winner of this election,” Biden tweeted. “It’s the voters’ place.”

Biden picked up Arizona, which Trump won in 2016. The family of the late Republican Sen. John McCain endorsed Biden as did former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. The feud between Trump and Flake and McCain may have cost Trump the presidency when all of this is finally settled.

Trump needs to win most of the remaining states for there to be any path to victory. While Trump has leads in North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania, the votes that remain uncounted in those states appear to be heavily Democratic. This morning, Biden took leads in Wisconsin and Michigan.

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They are largely from areas like Atlanta, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Milwaukee, urban areas where voters tend to be more Democratic.

Another question is how many of the still-outstanding votes are early votes. Trump won Election Day results in almost all of the states, but early votes tend to be heavily Democratic.

How many of the outstanding votes are those early votes? Will mail-in ballots that were postmarked on Election Day, but not delivered by the Post Office by Election Day be counted?

A controversial Supreme Court 4-4 decision ruled that Pennsylvania could keep counting votes even after Election Day.

There is an estimated 1.4 million votes that have not been counted yet, according to Fox News at 5 a.m.

At 2 a.m. Trump had a lead in Wisconsin but by 4 a.m., Biden had a very slight advantage as returns from Milwaukee came in. We are waiting on results from Green Bay where there were mechanical issues preventing the count. Most of what remains to be counted in the five major battleground states appear to be uncounted early votes, which tend to favor Biden.

Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told Fox News that we will know who will win some time today and insisted that Trump is the winner. Democratic strategist James Carville said that we will not know until Friday, but he predicted victory for Biden.

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Pollsters had predicted a blue sweep with Biden winning in a landslide, Democrats taking control of the Senate, and growing their majority in the House of Representatives.

But a large same-day turnout by Republicans put that outcome very much in doubt, though full results remain unknown and the degree of polling error may not be as severe as it currently appears.

As of press time, Republican Senate incumbents in Georgia, Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Texas, Montana and South Carolina who were targeted by Democrats appear to be victorious.

Republican incumbents in Arizona and Colorado were defeated; however, the people of Alabama rejected Democratic incumbent Sen. Doug Jones for a net Democratic gain of just one Senate seat.

Michigan is still close to call, but as of press time, Republican challenger John James appeared to have a lead. Georgia Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler will be in a runoff in January.

Republicans have had a number of pickups in the U.S. House of Representatives, but it appears that House Democrats have been able to hold their House majority.

It appears that Democrats will control the House and Republicans may be able to maintain control of the Senate, including the confirmation process for federal judges.

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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