Decision 2020 live blog: Results from race for the White House

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Updated: Nov. 4, 2020 at 7:17 PM EST
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The Associated Press contributed to portions of this article

UPDATE: 1:10 p.m., Nov. 6

Two armed men who were en route to the Philadelphia Convention Center, where votes are being counted, were taken into custody Thursday night after police learned of a possible threat, according to NBC News.

UPDATE: 12:55 p.m., Nov. 6.

Democrat Joe Biden continues to hold narrow leads over President Donald Trump in the critical battlegrounds of Georgia and Pennsylvania.

UPDATE: 11:30 a.m., Nov. 6.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger expects that “there will be a recount in Georgia” due to narrow vote margin: “We will get it right and we’ll defend the integrity of our elections.”

UPDATE: 11:10 a.m., Nov. 6.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster released a statement expressing support for President Donald Trump’s right to monitor legal and fraudulent ballots.

UPDATE: 1:35 p.m., Nov. 5.

Michigan judge dismisses Trump lawsuit over whether enough GOP challengers had access to handling of absentee ballots.

UPDATE: 1:15 p.m., Nov. 5.

A judge in Georgia has dismissed a lawsuit by the state Republican Party and President Donald Trump’s campaign that asked him to ensure a coastal county was following state laws on processing absentee ballots.

UPDATE: 6:58 p.m.

President Donald Trump’s campaign has filed a lawsuit in Georgia, seeking to pause the vote count in key battleground states.

The president’s campaign and the Georgia Republican Party have filed a lawsuit against the Chatham County Board of Elections asking a judge to order the county to secure and account for ballots received after 7 p.m. on Election Day.

State party Chairman David Shafer said in a statement Wednesday night that they planned to sue in a dozen counties.

The lawsuit alleges that a Republican observer watched a poll worker take unprocessed absentee ballots from a back room and mix them into processed absentee ballots waiting to be tabulated.

In Georgia, ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order to count. Chatham County contains Savannah and leans Democratic.

The Trump campaign has also filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania and Michigan.

UPDATE: 4:28 p.m.

NBC News projects Joe Biden wins Michigan’s 16 electoral votes.

UPDATE: 4:11 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made a statement Wednesday afternoon as vote counts continue in several key battleground states.

Biden said he’s not ready to declare victory, but he said, “When the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners.”

Biden addressed reporters from Wilmington, Delaware, alongside his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris.

He said, “Every vote must be counted.” He added, “We the people will not be silenced.”

Biden also tried to sound like a president-elect, promising to reach out to political opponents and insisting that the presidency “itself is not a partisan institution.”

Biden did not take questions. President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania and Michigan as ballots continue to be counted in both states.

DECISION 2020 | Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden makes a statement as the presidency hinges on tight races in battleground states.

Posted by WMBF News on Wednesday, November 4, 2020

UPDATE: 3:23 p.m.

Trump camp says it’s suing to stop Pennsylvania vote count over lack of ‘transparency,’ seeks to intervene in the Supreme Court case.

Justin Clark, Trump’s deputy campaign manager, said in a statement Wednesday that the campaign is “suing to stop Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing from our Republican poll observers.” He said the campaign wants “to temporarily halt counting until there is meaningful transparency and Republicans can ensure all counting is done above board and by the law.”

Clark also said the campaign would seek to intervene in an ongoing Supreme Court case involving the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots.

UPDATE: 2:02 p.m.

President Donald Trump’s campaign says it has filed a lawsuit trying to halt the vote count in battleground Michigan.

The latest counts gives Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden a small lead, but the race is still too early to call.

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien says in a statement Wednesday that the campaign “has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law.”

He says a suit was filed Wednesday in the Michigan Court of Claims “to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted.”

Michigan is a critical battleground state that helped deliver Trump the presidency four years ago, along with Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Neither Wisconsin or Pennsylvania has been called yet.

UPDATE 1:16 p.m.

Joe Biden was declared the winner of the battleground state of Wisconsin on Wednesday. Trump’s campaign requested a recount.

UPDATE: 2:21 a.m.

President Donald Trump made a statement to his supporters in the East Room at the White House as election results continued to come in.

Trump touted wins in key states and also cried foul over the election results, calling the process “a major fraud on our nation.”

The night ended with hundreds of thousands of votes still to be counted, and the outcome still unclear in key states he needs if he is to win against Democrat Joe Biden.

Nevertheless, he has cast the night as a disenfranchisement of his voters. He said: “We will win this and as far as I’m concerned we already have won it.”

Trump says: “We’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court - we want all voting to stop.” In fact, there is no more voting - just counting.

HAPPENING NOW | President Donald Trump is making a statement as election results continue to roll in across the country.

Posted by WMBF News on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

UPDATE: 12:46 a.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made a statement to his supporters in Delaware as election results continue to roll in across the country.

He asked his supporters to “keep the faith” as the counting goes on in the drawn-out U.S. presidential election.

The Democratic presidential candidate emerged Wednesday after midnight to speak on the election results that have left the outcome in the balance. He spent the evening watching the returns come in from his home in Wilmington, Delaware, then drove downtown by motorcade to make his statement outside the Chase Center.

He told a gathering of supporters that his hopes for victory remain high despite the uncertainty and cautioned them that it could take a day or longer to know who won.

He told them: “Your patience is commendable.”

HAPPENING NOW | Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is making a statement as results continue to come in across the country.

Posted by WMBF News on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

UPDATE: 12:40 a.m.

Republican newcomer Case Brittain will be the new representative for South Carolina House District 107, according to unofficial election results.

Former state Rep. Alan Clemmons actually won the Republican primary back in June, but shortly after winning the primary, he announced his resignation. Brittain won the Republican nomination in a special election.

UPDATE: 11:20 p.m.

Republican T.J. Joye has defeated Democrat Darrin Yarborough in the race for Florence County sheriff after getting almost 53% of the vote.

UPDATE: 10:56 p.m.

Sen. Lindsey Graham is speaking now in Columbia:

HAPPENING NOW: Sen. Lindsey Graham is speaking at his watch party in Columbia after the AP called his race against challenger Jaime Harrison earlier tonight:

Posted by WMBF News on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

UPDATE: 10:40 p.m.

The Associated Press has called the race for governor in North Carolina in favor of incumbent Democrat Roy Cooper.

The AP also projects Dan Bishop winning reelection in the U.S. House in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, which includes Robeson and Scotland counties.

UPDATE: 10:32 p.m.

Democrat Teresa Myers Ervin has won the mayoral race in Florence over Republican Bryan Braddock. With 100% of precincts reporting, Ervin had 52% of the vote.

UPDATE: 10:29 p.m.

Jaime Harrison is speaking at his watch party in Columbia. The campaign is also being joined by Rep. Jim Clyburn, who the AP projects will win reelection.

HAPPENING NOW: Jaime Harrison is speaking in Columbia. The AP projects Harrison will fall short in his bid against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Posted by WMBF News on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

UPDATE: 10:17 p.m.

In the race for Florence mayor, Republican Bryan Braddock is ahead of Democrat Teresa Myers Ervin by 3% with 97% of precincts reporting.

UPDATE: 10:13 p.m.

Carter Weaver has won the election for Georgetown County Sheriff, defeating challenger Birt Adams. Weaver had 64% of the vote with 100% of precincts reporting.

UPDATE: 10:05 p.m.

The Associated Press has called the race for South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. Hosue in favor of incumbent Tom Rice.

In North Carolina, NBC News projects a win for Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper:

UPDATE: 10 p.m.

The Associated Press has called the U.S. Senate race in favor of Sen. Lindsey Graham:

UPDATE: 9:29 p.m.

Results from some races in the Pee Dee are beginning to come in, with 50% of precincts reporting.

  • Darlington County Sheriff: James Hudson (D) defeats Michael August (R) with 49% of the vote with all precincts reporting
  • Mayor, City of Florence: Bryan Braddock (R) leads Teresa Myers Ervin (D) by 9% with 66% of precincts reporting
  • Florence County Sheriff: T.J. Joye (R) leads Darrin Yarborough by 15% with 53% of precincts reporting

UPDATE: 9:24 p.m.

WMBF News Reporter Jennifer Reports reports that election officials are continued to receive ballots from precincts at Horry County Voter Registration and Elections Office for nearly an hour Tuesday night.

UPDATE: 9:15 p.m.

Results are continuing to pour in from the 2020 general election, including from several races in South Carolina and across the nation.

In the presidential race, The Associated Press called the presidential race in South Carolina for President Trump earlier Tuesday night. Ballots are still being counted in states such as North Carolina, Florida and Georgia as of 9 p.m.

Click here for an interactive map updated with results as they come in.

As of 9 p.m., Sen. Linsey Graham leads Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison by around 12%, while Rep Tom Rice also leads challenger Melissa Ward Watson by nearly 20% in the District 7 race.

On the state level, Republican Case Brittain is leading challengers Tony Cahill and Will Dettmering with nearly 82% of the vote in the race of South Carolina House Seat 107. South Carolina Sen. Stephen Goldfinch is also leading in his race for District 34 over Emily Cegledy.

Here are some other local results as of 9:15 p.m. Click here for more results as they become available.

  • Dillon County Sheriff: Douglas Pernell (D) wins with 53% of the vote with 100% of precincts reporting
  • Georgetown County Sheriff: Carter Weaver (R) is leading with 64% of the vote, with 76% of precincts reporting

This story will be updated as results and developments continue.

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