Nevada results could come on Thursday after officials delay count


Results from the western swing state of Nevada won’t be known until Thursday morning, after pollsters stopped counting ballots on election day and planned to return to them on Wednesday.

Nevada officials originally hoped to release results at 9.45pm Pacific time, or just after midnight on election night eastern, but they will instead be delayed until 9am on Thursday, midday eastern time and 5pm UK time.

Joe Biden is currently edging out Donald Trump by about 1 per cent, leading 588,252 votes to 580,605, having outperformed Hillary Clinton in the most populous part of the state.

The state said it had counted all votes cast in-person either on election day or beforehand and all mail-in ballots received before election day. However it still needs to count postal votes received on 4 November, while it will also accept mail-in ballots arriving as late as next Tuesday, as long as they were posted before the polls closed.

It means the full number of votes won by Donald Trump and Joe Biden might not be fully known until next Tuesday, although close to 1.2million votes had been counted as of Wednesday morning.

Nevada’s secretary of state’s office said it was ‘difficult to estimate’ how many ballots were left to count as it sent every voter in the state a ballot in the post, even if people subsequently chose to vote in person.

But while Biden has a slim lead of fewer than 8,000 votes as of the latest count, around 75,000 mail ballots could still need to be counted in Clark County, home to Las Vegas and close to three-quarters of the state’s population.

Polling workers in North Las Vegas, Nevada, after the polls closed on election day yesterday

Biden is currently winning this part of the state by 422,762 votes to 362,573, and Jon Ralston, editor of The Nevada Independent, said the 337,000 previously counted absentee ballots from the county ‘have dramatically favoured the Democrats so far by more than two to one’, potentially giving the Democrat some breathing space.

Meanwhile the Trump campaign also lost a last-minute bid to try and stop mail ballots in Clark Country from being processed using machines which automatically verify signatures, after their claim that the process was opaque was thrown out by the state’s Supreme Court on election day.

Initial results in the state were also likely delayed by the fact 30 polling spots were allowed to stay open for an extra hour following a court order, after they faced ‘technical problems’. No results are allowed to be posted until all ballots have been cast in Nevada.

How Biden or Trump could both still win fair and square TODAY without election ending up in court

Donald Trump and Joe Biden have plausible paths to claiming victory in the White House race on Wednesday without going to court.

But they depend on a series of factors falling into place.  

As of 5 am Joe Biden was on 238 Electoral College votes and Donald Trump on 213.

Undecided were Nevada – widely expected to break for Biden – and Alaska, seen as safely in Trump’s column. That would put them on 244 and 216. 

But undecided are Georgia (16 votes), North Carolina (15), Wisconsin (10), Michigan (16), a single vote from Maine’s undeclared Congressional district and the big prize of Pennsylvania with 20 votes.

Here are the ways that the election could be decided on Wednesday – without any court battles.  

HOW BIDEN CAN WIN ON WEDNESDAY 

SCENARIO ONE: MICHIGAN AND WISCONSIN GO FOR BIDEN

This is the ending to the election which involves the fewest states and could break most rapidly.

Combined the two mid-western states have 26 votes. That would put Joe Biden on the vital 270 figure.

Wisconsin’s results could come as early as 9am Wednesday.

Michigan’s results are less clear but the Secretary of State said Tuesday that she hopes to provide ‘a very clear picture, if not a final picture’ by Wednesday night.

As of 6am Biden was slightly behind Trump, at 51.3% to 47%.  

Currently almost 20% of votes are still to be counted and they are mail-in ballots, which are expected to favor Biden.  

Detroit, the state’s biggest city and a hub of Democratic voters, won’t have its results known until sometime Wednesday as it experiences record levels of turnout, a good sign for Biden.

Turnout in Motor City, where Biden campaigned with Barack Obama on Friday, is expected to hit 55 per cent – that’s up seven points over the 48 per cent who voted in 2016.

The record number of votes means full results will be known Wednesday, City Clerk Janice Winfrey announced Tuesday night.  

Statewide, 3.3 million absentee ballots had been cast, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said, but results will take time.

‘We’re on track to be in a position to potentially see a full result of every tabulation in the next 24 hours,’ she announced. 

Trump won the state by taking the suburbs – the Macomb and Monroe counties outside of Detroit – but he also won working-class areas in like Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which has many white working-class voters.

Biden has concentrated on winning African American voters in the state in urban areas like Flint.  

If that tactic eventually pays off there could be a victory for Biden declared rapidly – on Wednesday night.  

But the state governor Gretchen Whitmer has also warned that results could take days more.  

SCENARIO TWO: BIDEN TAKES THE SOUTH

This appears the least likely scenario given that North Carolina is trending slightly towards Trump.  

But if Joe Biden takes Georgia and North Carolina, that would get him a total of 31 votes. That puts him on 275.

Poll workers process absentee ballots the night of Election Day at Milwaukee Central Count

Poll workers process absentee ballots the night of Election Day at Milwaukee Central Count

Georgia Secretary of State has said he expected Georgia to have all its results on Wednesday.

Trump was narrowly ahead of Biden by 5am but with a substantial number of votes still to be counted from Atlanta where poll workers went home to rest.

But North Carolina’s results are in greater doubt. Trump was ahead as of 5am, 50.1% to 48.7%, with 95% of the vote reported.

On its own that seems to make the scenario unlikely for Biden.

But mail-in ballots postmarked by Tuesday will be accepted until November 12. 

If mail-in ballots skew Democratic, that may make it impossible to know the outcome before November 12 even if it is in Biden’s favor.

HOW TRUMP CAN WIN ON WEDNESDAY 

SCENARIO ONE: TRUMP GETS GEORGIA, NORTH CAROLINA AND MICHIGAN

This scenario sees Trump gain the upper hand in the south. 

If the southern states reports clear results on Wednesday and go for Trump, he would climb to 247, putting him in touching distance of 270 – if he can gain Michigan.

Gaining Wisconsin alone is pointless in this scenario. Its 10 votes only take him to 257.

However Michigan’s would put him on 273 – a victory.

Georgia Secretary of State has said he expected Georgia to have all its results on Wednesday.

Trump was narrowly ahead of Biden by 5am but with a substantial number of votes still to be counted from Atlanta where poll workers went home to rest.

But North Carolina’s results are in greater doubt. Trump was ahead as of 5am, 50.1% to 48.7%, with 95% of the vote reported.

On its own that seems to make the scenario unlikely for Biden.

But mail-in ballots postmarked by Tuesday will be accepted until November 12. 

SCENARIO TWO: TRUMP CLEAN SWEEP

If Trump takes all four of the states on the table without touching Pennsylvania, it is game over for Biden.

Trump would get 283.  

BUT THE MOST LIKELY SCENARIO: IT’S ALL ABOUT PENNSYLVANIA SO THERE WILL BE NO RESULT ON WEDNESDAY

Pennsylvania’s results probably won’t be known until Friday.

But its 20 electoral college votes would offer a clear path to victory for whoever gets them.

If Biden takes the 20, he needs to pick up any one of the other states to get over 270.

For Trump the path is trickier but Pennsylvania would undoubtedly help.

With 226 votes secured, he could then win with the two southern states and Michigan – leaving Wisconsin untouched.

But Pennsylvania is the most challenging state for both parties because of the huge uncertainties which surround its votes. 

Compounding the problem are lawsuits expected over disputed ballots, which could drag out the results of the election even longer. Republicans have made it clear they will sue when and where they see necessary. 

In Pennsylvania, state law forbids officials from counting mail-in ballots until Election Day. Additionally, the Supreme Court allowed the state to count ballots for three days after Nov. 3 so long as they are postmarked by Election Day. 

 Only 25 per cent of the early votes have been counted.     

In Philadelphia officials said around 350,000 votes were cast, but only 76,000 were tallied during the day Tuesday. The rest won’t be counted until Wednesday. 

‘The counties are working really hard to get [the results] in as soon as possible,’ Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said Tuesday. ‘It’s going to take time.’ 

Biden’s biggest strongholds in the Keystone State are in Philadelphia and then Pittsburgh – where he and VP nominee Kamala Harris held rallies with Lady Gaga and John Legend Monday night. 

Philadelphia in particular is a Democratic stronghold with more than 1.1 million registered voters, which is more than 10 per cent of all the voters in the state.

But Trump has campaigned heavily in the state – he held four rallies there on Saturday alone – and wants to repeat his stunning 2016 win there. 

Election workers in Luzerne County, a northeastern county near Scranton, stopped counting mail-in ballots on Tuesday evening and will resume Wednesday, according to county manager David Pedri. He said the county had counted about 26,000 mail-in ballots of the about 60,000 cast. 

Election officials begin counting ballots Tuesday night in York County, Pennsylvania, where mail-in ballots cannot be counted until Election Day

Election officials begin counting ballots Tuesday night in York County, Pennsylvania, where mail-in ballots cannot be counted until Election Day

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, on Tuesday called on residents to remain calm and patient as they await results.

In a brief one-and-a-half-minute video, he urged Pennsylvanians to ‘take a breath.’

‘Across the state, dedicated county workers are ready to tirelessly make sure everyone’s vote counts,’ the Pennsylvania governor said. ‘But counting that tremendous number of ballots will take more time than we are used to.’

‘We may not know the results today,’ he acknowledged, ‘but I encourage all of us to take a deep breath and be patient.’

‘What is most important is that we have accurate results – even if that takes a little longer,’ Wolf added.

Pennsylvania saw about 2.5 million of its 9 million registered voters request absentee ballots. As of Tuesday morning, 81 per cent of them had been returned.

Any ballot post marked by Election Day and received by November 6 will be counted. 

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