Joe Biden won battle prizes in Michigan and Wisconsin on Wednesday, where he regained a key part of the “blue wall” that slipped away from Democrats four years ago and began to narrow president Donald Trump’s path for re-election.
In the latest developments, US media reported that the number of votes in Georgia is coming to it’s end. The Edison Research Center reported that with 96% of the vote counted in Georgia, President Donald Trump got 49.6% and his Democratic rival Joe Biden 49.2%. A day after the election day, none of the candidates received the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the White House. But Biden’s victories in the Great Lakes states raised his vote to 264, which means he is one term away from the threshold and becomes president-elect.
Biden, who received more than 71 million votes, which is the largest number in U.S. history, said he now expects to win the presidency, although he has not reached the point of declaring his victory.
The Trump campaign has requested a recount, although statewide recounts in Wisconsin have historically changed the vote tally by a few hundred. Biden led by 0.624 percentage points out of the nearly 3.3 million cards counted. Both candidates fought hard this year for the states, echoing Biden’s political personality in blue-collar towns, while his campaign also pushed for increased turnout among black voters in cities like Detroit and Milwaukee. It was unclear when or how quickly the national winner would be determined after a long and bitter campaign dominated by the Coronavirus and its effects on Americans and the national economy. But Biden’s potential paths to the White House were expanding rapidly.