Elections

Michigan and Wisconsin flip overnight, Biden leading by slim margins in crucial states

Michigan and Wisconsin, in which President Trump was leading for entire evening as polls were closing, began trending blue as Biden began to lead into the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The difference in 12:40 a.m. and 8:40 a.m. Data and graphics from DecisionDeskHQ.com

Biden appeared on television late last night to thank voters for their patience and saying that he believed “we’re on track to win this election.” He said that it wasn’t going to be finished until “every single vote was cast, and every single ballot was counted.”

President Trump almost immediately tweeted in response to Biden’s remarks, saying that “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election.” Twitter responded nearly instantaneously, flagging the president’s tweet as “misleading” and hiding it from plain view.

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Shortly after, President Trump held his own news conference, saying that “we won states we weren’t expected to win,” and began naming states that hadn’t actually been concluded, yet, including Ohio and Georgia. He expressed concern and confusion about a sudden slow-down in counting. He cried voter fraud and called it “an embarrassment to our country.” Trump told supporters “we were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election.” He said the goal now was to “ensure the integrity” of the election, and that he would be going to the US Supreme Court to do so. “We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4:00 in the morning and add them into the list, okay?”

After Trump’s press conference, his leads in Michigan and Wisconsin evaporated, as Biden now leads in Wisconsin by about 20,000 votes, and in Michigan by about 13,000 votes.

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