See Wednesday’s election update here
The race for the White House narrowed on Wednesday morning, hinging on some key battlegrounds that were too close to call. President Trump exceeded expectations and captured several large swing states, which Joe Biden hoped would solidify his way to victory, but millions of early votes remained outstanding.
Legally-cast numbers, particularly in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, but the yet-to-be-counted ballot were raising expectations of a decrease in elections among Democrat voters who were headed for voting on election day .
CBS News estimates the president to win Ohio’s 18 electoral votes, giving him a significant victory in an unexpectedly occupied state four years ago. He also conquered Florida, driven by Hispanic voters and his Republican base and the high support of Texas, where Democrats expected to betray a voter that is increasingly diverse.
The president captured early favorable results to win false claims in states that are yet to be decided and legally cast millions of votes as an illegitimate attempt to steal the election. In an address to the country from the White House just after 2 pm, the president falsely claimed that he had won the election, and vowed to challenge the continued counting of all kinds of legal ballots in the Supreme Court.
“We want all voting to stop,” Mr. Trump said. “We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 in the morning and add them to the list.”
Biden’s campaign called Mr. Trump’s remarks “a naked attempt to snatch the democratic rights of American citizens”.
There were some bright spots for Biden in the midst of Trump’s victory. He looked likely to win in Arizona, which has not voted for a Democrat since 1996. His prospects may hinge on his performance in the so-called “blue wall” of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, which were all traditionally Democratic but voted for Mr. Trump in 2016.
Addressing supporters in Delaware before 1pm on Wednesday, Biden said he believed he was “on track to win this election.”
The former Vice President said, “We are feeling good where we are.”
If he wins the blue-walled states, Biden may be likely to lose to Florida, North Carolina and Georgia, but in Pennsylvania the counting is moving slowly as officials trimmed through a mountain of absentee ballots , Some courts have stayed their count till Wednesday morning.
Find out the full results for the entire race at the CBS News Election Center.
Full results in major states: