US Election results LIVE: Trump still ahead in THREE battleground states – Not over YET

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Mr Trump leads 49.6 percent to Mr Biden’s 49.2 percent. The Republican had earlier prematurely claimed Georgia but the full result for the region is due within the next hour. Mr Trump had earlier said: “It’s… clear that we have won Georgia. We’re up by 2.5 per cent, or 117,000 (votes) with only 7 per cent (of the vote) left.”

Evperts are predicting results are too close to call in a host of battleground seats. And it comes as the current president issued lawsuits in Pennsylvadia and Nevada, with a second in the Silver State imminent.

Today’s news follows a night of riots in Portland, the largest city in Oregon, leading to 10 arrests by police.

Officers said they seized fireworks, hammers and a rifle after late-night demonstrations.

In response to the demonstrations, Oregon Governor Kate Brown activated the state’s National Guard.

Demonstrations were also seen in several other US cities on Wednesday night, as activists chanted their vote counts and denounced voter fraud.

Protestors gathered outside an election centre in Arizona, some armed with rifles and handguns, chanting “stop the steal” and “count my vote”.

On election night, Fox News and the Associated Press called Arizona for Biden, even though only just over 70 percent of the vote had been counted, a move that infuriated Donald Trump and his supporters.

People also gathered in other cities, including Atlanta, Detroit, New York and Oakland.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) said it made about 50 arrests in protests that spread in the city late on Wednesday.

It comes after incumbent President Donald Trump claimed “a very sad group of people” is trying to disenfranchise millions of his supporters who voted for him on.

Speaking from the White House on Wednesday morning, he said: “This is a major fraud on our nation. We want the law to be used in a proper manner – so we will be going to the US Supreme Court.

“We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4am and add them to the list. It is a very sad moment.”

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5.29pm update: Biden team hits out at Trump legal action

Joe Biden’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon has hit out Donald Trump after he filed a slew of lawsuits aimed at halting the election count.

Ms O’Malley Dillion said the president “knows he is losing” and had chosen to “push a flailing strategy, designed to prevent people’s votes from being counted”.

She said: “What we’re seeing on these legal suits are that they are meritless and nothing more than an attempt to distract and delay what is now inevitable – Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.”

5.12pm uddate: Biden increases lead in Nevada

Latest election data from the key battleground state of Nevada shows Joe Biden’s lead growing marginally over Donald.

With 87 percent of the ballots counted so far, Mr Biden has moved up to 49.5 percent of the vote, about 12,000 votes ahead of Mr Trump who is on 48.5 percent.

5.07pm update: Trump vows to challenge all states called for Biden

Donald Trump is stepping up claims of electoral fraud and has pledged to mount legal challenges to the results from states won by his Democrat rival Joe Biden.

Mr Trump tweeted: “All of the recent Biden claimed States will be legally challenged by us for Voter Fraud and State Election Fraud.

“Plenty of proof – just check out the Media. WE WILL WIN! America First!”

4.39pm update: Trump team launches legal bid to halt Nevada vote count

Donald Trump’s campaign team has launched legal action in Las Vegas in a bid to halt the counting of votes in Nevada.

A spokesman said: “We are filing in federal and district courts here in Las Vegas.

“We are asking for emergency relief – an injuctive relief – we are asking the judge to stop the counting of improper votes.”

The spokesman alleged a number of irregularities with Nevada’s new postal voting system.

4.18pm updates: Biden insists he’s on the brink of victory

A statement issued on the Joe Biden Twitter site insists “We are on the verge of victory”.

In the video, the campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said: “Victory is imminent: we are on the verge of winning 270 electoral votes.

“… Donald Trump knows he is losing. His despearate actions over the last 48 hours make that clear.

“But he does not get to choose the next President – the American people do.”

4.05pm update: Other battleground states latest

In the other battleground states, Pennsylvania sees Mr Trump up by 135,000 votes, in Nevada, Mr Biden is 6,000 just votes ahead and North Carolina has Mr Trump up by more than 76,000.

Meanwhile, President Trump’s campaign team said it expected to launch additional legal action in Pennsylvania and Nevada.

They also predicted the Republican incumbent would emerge victorious in the US election by as early as Friday evening.

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien told reporters on a conference call that Trump was “alive and well” with regard to the presidential race.

Campaign adviser Jason Miller said he expected legal action in Pennsylvania to make sure visibility on previous ballots that have been counted in that state.

3.51pm update: Georgia gives Trump boost

The battleground state of Georgia is due to declare its result in the next hour and it could be good news for Mr Trump.

Georgia, one of the states where Mr Trump has issued a lawsuit against, has counted 96 percent of votes.

Mr Trump currently has 49.6 percent or votes compared to Mr Biden’s 49.2 percent, according to Edison Research.

3.32pm update: Boris Johnson remains tight-lipped on knife-edge US election

Downing Street has said it was too early to speculate on the outcome of the US election, in response to questions on whether ministers were already reaching out to the Biden camp.

Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said: “What we are doing at the moment is allowing the US electoral process time to reach a conclusion.

“I don’t think you would expect us to speculate on the outcome at this stage.

“The US is our closest ally and we are absolutely confident that the relationship will go from strength to strength whichever candidate wins the election.”

3.20pm update: More than 60,000 votes still to count in Georgia

There are about 61,000 outstanding votes in Georgia, most of them from Democratic-leaning counties, according to the Washington Post.

Donald Trump currently leads by about 18,000 votes in the state but the postal votes being counted have favoured Joe Biden.

Analysts said the state was still close to call and have predicted the slenderist of winning margins for the eventual victor.

3.15pm update: Trump renews election count demands

Donald Trump has been back on social media to renew his election count demands.

He tweeted: “ANY VOTE THAT CAME IN AFTER ELECTION DAY WILL NOT BE COUNTED!”

Twitter has flagged the post with the warning: “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”

2.54pm update: Republicans will sue Nevada claiming ‘voter fraud’

The Republican Party of Nevada has just confirmed they plan to file a lawsuit in Nevada, claiming that around 10,000 votes were cast by people who no longer live in the state.

The result of the vote in the state has not yet been announced, but Joe Biden currently leads with 49.3 percent of the vote, to Donald Trump’s 48.7 percent.

Despite Mr Trump’s repeated claims, there is no evidence of wide-scale voter fraud in any major US election.

This is now the fourth state where Republicans are filing a legal challenge to the vote.

2.15pm update: Trump demands counting stops 

Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to demand people stop counting votes in battleground states.

He wrote: “STOP THE COUNT!”

1.43pm update: Biden is the bookies favourite to win the election

Joe Biden is just 1/6 to be elected US President with Ladbrokes.

Donald Trump is now the outside, on 7/2.

Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “The odds flip-flopped several times over the last couple of days, but it looks like Biden has done enough in the end and will be elected President.”

1pm update: Nevada results expected by 5pm

The race is on a knife edge in Nevada, where Joe Biden leads by fewer than 8,000 votes.

Officials said the next results would be posted by 5pm GMT.

12.10pm update: Biden’s strategy of ‘hiding in basement’ set to ‘hobble’ Democrats

Jie Biden’s US election strategy has been slammed as the Democrats look set to lose 10 seats in Congress and remain without control of the Senate.

US political commentator Megyn Kelly told Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan that although Donald Trump may not win the 2020 election overall it has been a better result for the Republican Party.

She added Mr Biden has no mandate from the people and that he will need to use executive orders to get legislation through the US political system.

Ms Kelly said: “On balance it was probably a better night for the Republicans than it was for the Democrats.

“The Democrats got the big prize they wanted which was Trump out, we think from the numbers coming in.

“But the Republicans have got 10 more seats in the house, they were supposed to lose seats in the house and it looks like they have held onto control of the Senate.

“He comes in pretty hobbled, Biden, as he emerges to the top job, has no mandate.”

11.25am update: Biden’s lead narrows in Arizona

Donald Trump is closing the gap in Arizona.

Maricopa County – the state’s most populous county – released the results from 140,000 more ballots on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The updated vote totals show Biden leading Donald Trump in Maricopa County by 74,514 votes, almost 11,000 fewer than the previous update.

State-wide, Biden currently has a lead of about 68,000.

In the two new batches of results released by Maricopa County, Trump’s share of the vote was about 57 percent.

10.36am update: Georgia result expected soon

The battleground state of Georgia has almost finished counting the final votes.

Fulton County, the state’s largest and home to Atlanta, has just 10,000 absentee ballots left to go, according to CNN.

All in-person votes have been counted and only the absentee votes remain.

About 3,000 votes are counted each hour in the county, so just a few hours remain.

Currently, Donald Trump is leading with 49.6 percent, while Joe Biden stand son 49.1 percent.

9.42am update: Protests continue to take place in battleground states

Trump supporters continue to gather outside vote-counting centres across Arizona, as the result tips towards Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

People were heard chanting “stop the steal” in Phoenix.

Democratic Supervisor Steve Gallardo responded to the protests and said: “An accurate vote takes time… This is evidence of democracy, not fraud.”

9am update: Arizona dismisses claims that votes cast using Sharpies were disqualified

Officials in the battleground state of Arizona have rebutted claims that ballot papers marked with sharpies, a brand of permanent marker, have been disqualified.

The state’s top election official, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, wrote on Twitter: “IMPORTANT: If you voted a regular ballot in-person, your ballot will be counted, no matter what kind of pen you used (even a Sharpie)!.”

People had claimed on social media that Republican voters in the state were given sharpies in aid to make their ballots unreadable.

One Facebook post said: “The poll workers were taking the pens from voters and making them use Sharpies. Sharpies bleed through. All of the votes marked with Sharpies couldn’t be read.”

Democrats said the claims, dubbed “sharpiegate”, were part of a misinformation campaign to undermine Joe Biden’s lead.

The Democrat nominee is currently more than 79,000 votes ahead, after 85 percent of votes were counted.

8.30am update: Nevada will stand firm against any legal challenges

President Donald Trump’s campaign put into action its legal strategy it had hinted at introducing for weeks.

The team have attacked the integrity of the voting process in states where the result could mean his defeat.

Legal challenges were filed in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia on Wednesday.

The new filings joined existing Republican legal challenges in Pennsylvania and Nevada.

But Nevada remains confident that the state is “impenetrable” to legal challenges, according to the state’s Attorney General.

Aaron Ford said: “We feel quite invulnerable, if you take a look at the track record we’ve already established against Mr Trump.

“We actually have safeguards to prevent fraud, such as signature verification and unique barcodes, that are also part and parcel of the process here… We think it’s pretty impenetrable when it comes to legal challenge against us.”

8am update: Elections building closes after protests erupt outside

Officials have decided to close the Maricopa County Elections Department building in Arizona over concerns for the group of Trump supporters outside.

Protestors said there was a reason for people to be concerned for their safety because Arizona’s “an open carry state.”

They did not make specific threats or actions like firing off gun shots, lighting things on fire, or looting, but people are on edge, according to CNN.

Despite the closure of the building, counting will continue.

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