A dramatic presidential race in the battleground state of Wisconsin has ended with Joe Biden securing the state’s 10 electoral votes. The former vice president came ahead of Trump after initially trailing behind him.
Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe told NBC News that “all of the ballots have been counted” in the state. Biden won the state by 20,697 votes, according to NBC’s tally.
Wolfe said the state was now “in the important process of triple checking the results.”
The good news for the Democrat came hours after the incumbent president had bragged to reporters about having a steady lead in the Midwestern state.
Trump was ahead of Biden in Wisconsin for most of election night. This even prompted him to list the state among the ones he was clearly “winning” in, and to complain about how the news outlets were hesitant to declare his victory as more than 70 percent of the votes there were counted.
Shortly after Trump’s remarks, Biden had caught up and was 0.3 points ahead of Trump, with 95 percent of the vote counted. Biden’s lead only grew stronger from there.
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Trump claimed that there was a plot to disenfranchise his voters and to steal the election. In the past, he had repeatedly accused the Democratic Party of using mail-in ballots that arrive late or after Election Day to rig the vote.
Speaking on election night, Trump also threatened to go to the Supreme Court to halt the vote count. Biden’s campaign responded by saying that such a move would be an infringement of voting rights, and vowed to take legal action against that.
Tweeting as the Wisconsin results came in, Trump suggested that ballot counters were “finding” Biden votes in that state and other key battlegrounds.
“They are finding Biden votes all over the place — in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. So bad for our Country!” the president wrote.
They are finding Biden votes all over the place — in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. So bad for our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
With 10 electoral votes, Wisconsin will give Biden even more of an edge over Trump and brings him closer to victory. Crucial states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, however, remain undetermined and could hand the president a reelection.
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