US election latest: Biden nears victory with Michigan, Wisconsin wins
Biden inches towards 270 electoral votes win with results still outstanding in 4 key states
/NOVOSTIVL/ Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden took a major step forward in the 2020 presidential election Wednesday with wins in Michigan and Wisconsin, two of the three key battleground states.
Both are typically blue states President Donald Trump flipped from the Democrats in 2016 when he defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The two wins put Biden on the verge of clinching a victory, even without a decision in the third battleground state of Pennsylvania.
Decision Desk HQ projected that Trump would win the battleground states of Florida, Iowa, Ohio, and Texas, and Maine's 2nd Congressional District, while Biden, the Democratic nominee, was projected to win Minnesota, Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Because Biden supporters were far more likely than Trump supporters to vote by mail, the outstanding mail ballots in places like Georgia and Pennsylvania were likely to favor the former vice president — and could help him take the lead in those states as more votes were counted.
On Wednesday afternoon the Trump campaign released a statement decrying "irregularities" in the "razor thin race" in Wisconsin, saying "the President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so."
In Michigan the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit to pause the vote count "until meaningful access has been granted" to observe the ballot-counting process, and vowed to fight the case in state court. The president's reelection team was also attempting to halt ballot counting in Pennsylvania and falsely declared victory in the Keystone State on Wednesday.
In addition to the presidential race, hundreds of critical US Senate and House races on the ballot this fall will determine the balance of power in Washington, DC, for years to come.