Election Update: Ballots In Battleground States Are Still Being Counted

Election Update: Race Turns Into Nail-Biter As Ballots In Battleground States Are Still Being Counted

Presidential Election Update
Split screen of Donald Trump and Joe Biden at the first presidential debate (Image: CNN)

The count to see who won the 2020 Presidential Election is still going as ballots continue to be counted in some states Wednesday morning.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden has won most of the states on the outer edges of the country: Vermont, New Hampshire Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington D.C., New Mexico, Colorado, California, Arizona, Oregon, Hawaii, Washington, Illinois, and Virginia for a total of 238 electoral votes.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has won Idaho, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana for a total of 213 votes. Like many predicted, it has been a tight race so far.

In the Senate, Republicans hold a two-seat lead 47-45 as both sides picked up seats. John Hickenlooper flipped a seat in Colorado, but in Alabama, former college football coach Tommy Tuberville beat out Doug Jones. Raphael Warnock (29.9%) and Kelly Loeffler (27.9) have both moved on to a runoff in Georgia for the Senate. Democrats are also expected to keep hold of the House of Representatives.

Battleground states Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin did not release final election results and some states may take days to count millions of mail-in ballots or at least until Wednesday afternoon.

The Biden campaign said in a Wednesday press briefing they expect to win Wisconsin, Nevada, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. If this is true, Biden will be the winner. At the same time, President Trump has already declared victory and demanded votes stop being counted.

North Carolina and Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia are still up for grabs. A lot of these states have expanded how residents can vote and have more voters than ever filling out ballots, which is a reason for the delay in the count.

In other election night news, New Jersey has approved a ballot measure to legalize the cultivation, processing, and sale of retail marijuana, which is expected to bring in $210 million in state taxes. This could mean other states in close proximity such as New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania could end up legalizing marijuana in order to prevent residents from going to New Jersey to purchase it.

Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota also voted to legalize marijuana. South Dakota became the first state to enact both medical and recreational use on the same day.