US Election 2020 LIVE – Joe Biden WINS in Arizona as state turns blue for first time since 1996 after week of counting

JOE Biden has WON in Arizona according to multiple outlet projections, turning the state blue for the first time since 1996.

The announcement from outlets including ABC, NBC, and CNN comes after more than a week of counting following Election Day.

While the Associated Press and Fox News had called the state a win last week, a majority of outlets held off on calling Biden's victory in the battleground state.

On Thursday night, however, that changed – putting Biden even further over the finish line in winning the presidency.

The Democrat is now projected to have 290 electoral college votes, according to multiple projections – well over the majority 270 needed to win the election.

Biden's victory in the battleground is the first time a Democrat has won the state since 1996.

The last time the state voted blue in a presidential election was during Bill Clinton's re-election in 1996.

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  • Mark Hodge

    POMPEO ON TOUR

    After refusing to acknowledge Donald Trump's election loss, Mike Pompeo is leaving today on a trip to Europe and the Middle East, where leaders have all congratulated Joe Biden on his win.

    The Secretary of State's trip comes days after he dismissed a reporter's question about the presidential transition by saying there will be a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”

    Pompeo's week-long tour takes him to France, Turkey, Georgia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

    The leaders of each of those countries have offered public congratulations to Biden.

    The seven-nation trip is aimed at shoring up the outgoing Trump administration's priorities, notably its anti-China and Iran policies.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    OBAMA SAYS TRUMP 'NEVER ADMITS LOSS, HITS AT GOP

    Former President Barack Obama said in an upcoming 60 Minutes interview that Donald Trump “never admits loss,” as he hit at the GOP for “humoring” his election fraud claims.

    “They appear to be motivated, in part, because the president doesn't like to lose, and never admits loss,” Obama said.

    “I'm more troubled by the fact that other Republican officials who clearly know better are going along with this, are humoring him in this fashion.”

    The full interview is set to air on Sunday.

    Read the full story here.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    PENNSYLVANIA JUDGE SIDES WITH TRUMP

    A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday sided with the Trump campaign and ordered a small number of ballots not to be counted in the election, NBC reports.

    The unknown number of ballots – possibly a few thousand – were mail-in or absentee, and the voter did not submit proper ID within six days following the election, the outlet reports.

    Commonwealth Court Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt issued the injunction on Thursday.

    The number of ballots is unlikely to alter the results of Biden's 55,000 vote lead he currently holds in the state – but general counsel, Matt Morgan dubbed it a “win,” NBC reports.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    TRUMP CAMPAIGN STARTS LAYING OFF WORKERS

    Donald Trump's campaign has started warning staff of incoming layoffs, sources told CNN.

    Staff reportedly warned of the layoffs in coming days include those that work in research or operations for battleground states.

    Those positions would typically not continue after an election, CNN reports.

    Despite the layoffs, the campaign is gearing up for more legal battles, and some staff are being kept on for longer as Trump refuses to accept the results of the election.

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  • Hana Carter

    'MOST SECURE ELECTION IN AMERICAN HISTORY' SAYS DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

    Trump's Department of Homeland Security shot down the President's false claims of ballot fraud.

    The cybersecurity agency of the DHS said there was no evidence the voting system was “any way compromised”.

    The department said: “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”

  • Hana Carter

    UNDERWOOD WON REELECTION IN ILLINOIS

    Democratic congresswoman Lauren Underwood has won reelection in Illinois, but her Republican opponent has failed to concede – much like Trump.

    Despite this, the AP declared Underwood the winner earlier today.

    She's leading her opponent by half a percentage point – with some mail-in ballots still outstanding.

  • Hana Carter

    NOVEMBER WORST COVID MONTH

    November is on track to be the worst month of the pandemic so far as Covid cases soar in the US.

    There were 143,231 new cases and 2,005 deaths in the US on Wednesday, according to figures recorded by Johns Hopkins University. It marked the ninth consecutive day of cases topping 100,000 and a new record for daily cases.

    This comes as Biden's Covid chief suggests the US should go into a four-to-six week national lockdown

  • Hana Carter

    TRUMP BELIEVES 72 MILLION PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR HIM 'DESERVE A FIGHT'

    Donald Trump knows he lost to Joe Biden but he believes the 72 million people who voted for him “deserve a fight,” a top aide said.

    After Biden's victory was announced last week, a furious Trump launched lawsuits in battleground states and claimed it was a “rigged” election, while MAGA fans plan to march on Washington DC.

    An insider revealed that despite all the Twitter fury, Attorney General Bill Barr's voting "irregularities" probe, and Trump's repeated vows to “win,” he's aware Biden won by 290 to 217 electoral votes.

    The White House aide told NBC News journalist Peter Alexander that the outgoing president is “very aware there is not a path to victory” but he thinks the 72 million MAGA fans who voted for him “deserve a fight.”

    This is why Potus is putting on “theater” for them, the source said, while other reports indicated that his quiet, 10-minute Veterans Day appearance belied an administration in chaos.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    POPE FRANCIS CONGRATULATES JOE BIDEN

    Pope Francis congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his election win as the former vice president calls for immigrants and refugees to be welcomed in the United States.

    Biden thanked Pope Francis for “extending blessings and congratulations” while praising the pope for his leadership in “promoting peace, reconciliation and the common bonds of humanity around the world.”

    Biden will be the second-ever Catholic president, joined only by former President John F. Kennedy.

    More on the story here

  • Hana Carter

    'TSUNAMI OF LIBERAL MONEY'

    Lindsey Graham has donated $1 million to Republicans in Georgia while acknowledging Biden should receive briefings.

    The senator claims a “tsunami of liberal money” is heading towards Georgia while donating $1millon of his own campaign funds to GOP candidates in the state.

  • Hana Carter

    PELOSI 'THE HOUSE IS BURNING DOWN'

    Top Democrats in the U.S. Congress on Thursday urged renewed negotiations over a multitrillion-dollar coronavirus aid proposal, but the top Republican immediately rejected their approach as too expensive, continuing a months-long impasse.

    House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer ticked off a litany of grim data about the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, with eight straight days of over 100,000 new coronavirus cases being reported each day.

    “It's like the house is burning down and they just refuse to throw water on it,” Pelosi said of Republicans.

    She and Schumer told a news conference that President-elect Joe Biden's victory strengthened the Democratic position, which is to spend at least $2.2 trillion on another round of coronavirus aid, on top of $3 trillion Congress has approved since the pandemic began.

    Republican President Donald Trump has not conceded to Biden.

    “We're willing to sit down and talk; they haven't wanted to talk,” Schumer said, referring to the post-election session of Congress that lasts until the end of the year.

  • Hana Carter

    WHAT ARE THE CURRENT VOTE COUNTS IN KEY STATES CONTESTED BY TRUMP?

    There are four states in which President Trump has launched legal challenges to contest the election results.

    Apart form Pennsylvania, the vote count in the three states currently stands at:

    • MICHIGAN: Biden leads by 148,645 votes with 100% of votes counted
    • NEVADA: Biden leads by 36,870 votes with 95% of votes counted
    • ARIZONA: Biden leads by 11,635 votes with 99% of votes counted

    FAMILIES ANGRY AFTER TRUMP CAMPAIGN ACCUSED THEM OF VOTE FRAUD

    A military wife who said Trump's campaign falsely accused her family of “criminal voter fraud” has spoken out.

    She recalled the “shock” she felt seeing the accusation, which she claims has been “made without any basis in fact”.

    Amy Rose, a former lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, whose husband serves as a major in the US Air Force said : “We take our duties as civilians very seriously.”

    She described how she came to learn that her family was included in a list of more than 3,000 voters in Nevada, who Trump claimed “improperly cast” absentee ballots despite not living in the state.

    BIDEN BEING BLOCKED FROM PRESIDENT'S DAILY BRIEF – BUT REPUBLICAN SENATOR WILL 'STEP IN'

    Presidents-elect are also traditionally granted access to the President's Daily Brief (PDB) in order to transition information on national security and classified intelligence data.

    But President-elect Joe Biden has not yet received the PDB as Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede defeat in the US election – meaning he is not getting updates on US

    enemies abroad or threats to the nation at home.

    However, Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma has pledged to “step in and push” if Biden is not receiving it by Friday.

    Speaking to radio station KRMG in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr Lankford said: ”I’ve already started engaging in this area.”

    “There is no loss from him getting the briefings and to be able to do that and if that's not occuring by Friday I will step in as well, and to be able to push and to say this needs to occur so that regardless of the outcome of the election … people can be ready for that actual task,”

    COREY LEWANDOWSKI TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

    Top Trump aide Corey Lewandowski has tested positive for coronavirus while fighting the 2020 election battle in Philadelphia.

    The adviser was at the White House election night party, but tested positive eight days later.

    Lewandowski, 47, believes he contracted the virus in Philadelphia, where he has been working on lawsuits alleging voter fraud in the city.

    He was seen just one week ago speaking to media in Pennsylvania without wearing a face mask.

    The news comes after Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr Ben Carson and top Trump aide David Bossie tested positive for the disease.

    Carson began to experience symptoms of Covid-19 last week and his diagnosis was confirmed by the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.

    TRUMP TO RETURN TO TV AFTER PRESIDENCY

    Trump may be returning to the world of TV after he steps down from presidency and “he has plans to wreck Fox”.

    The president may launch a digital streaming network to rival conservative outlets like Fox News after he leaves the White House according to his inner circle.

    An anonymous source said: “He plans to wreck Fox. No doubt about it.”

    BIDEN BEING BLOCKED FROM PRESIDENT'S DAILY BRIEF – BUT REPUBLICAN SENATOR WILL 'STEP IN'

    Presidents-elect are also traditionally granted access to the President's Daily Brief (PDB) in order to transition information on national security and classified intelligence data.

    But President-elect Joe Biden has not yet received the PDB as Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede defeat in the US election – meaning he is not getting updates on US enemies abroad or threats to the nation at home.

    However, Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma has pledged to “step in and push” if Biden is not receiving it by Friday.

    Speaking to radio station KRMG in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr Lankford said: ”I’ve already started engaging in this area.”

    “There is no loss from him getting the briefings and to be able to do that and if that's not occuring by Friday I will step in as well, and to be able to push and to say this needs to occur so that regardless of the outcome of the election … people can be ready for that actual task,”

    BIDEN ADVISER SAYS NATIONAL US LOCKDOWN MAY BRING VIRUS UNDER CONTROL

    A coronavirus adviser to Joe Biden says a nationwide lockdown lasting between four to six weeks could help bring the Covid-19 outbreak in the US under control.

    Speaking to CNBC, Dr Michael Osterholm – the director of the Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota – said: “We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers for losses to small companies to medium-sized companies or city, state, county governments.

    “We could do all of that.

    “We could really watch ourselves cruising into the vaccine availability in the first and second quarter of next year while bringing back the economy long before that.”

    TRUMP SAYS HE'LL WIN GEORGIA AND ARIZONA AS MORE AFFIDAVITS TO COME TODAY

    The president has today said he will “easily win Arizona and Georgia” as White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany revealed that more affidavits challenging the election result will be released today.

    The president promoted his Alaska win on Twitter and that Biden's lead in Arizona is shrinking – but Trump still has almost no chance of overtaking the president-elect in the Grand Canyon state.

    Read more here.

    ROUND UP: WHAT’S HAPPENED SO FAR TODAY

    • President Trump has claimed victory in Alaska and scooped the three Electoral College Votes up for grabs in the state
    • Three states – North Carolina, Georgia and Arizona – yet to project winner
    • Reports state Biden being blocked from President Daily briefing (PDB)
    • President-elect Biden announces long time aide Ron Klain as chief of staff
    • Trump says he will set up his own news media streaming site
    • Biden phones foreign leaders as he continues preparations to take office

    TRUMP RETWEETS HIS 'BIG PROGRESS' TWEET DURING MORNING FLURRY OF ACTIVITY

    GOP SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM TO DONATE $1M TO GEORGIA SENATE RACES

    Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who was just reelected in South Carolina, says he's donating $1million of his campaign money to help two GOP senators win runoff races in neighboring Georgia.

    Graham told Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends on Thursday that Republicans need to counter a tsunami of liberal money flowing into Georgia ahead of the January 5 runoff elections, which will determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate. Democrats already control the House, and Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect after beating President Donald Trump in their White House contest.

    In the Georgia runoffs, Democrat Jon Ossoff is looking to unseat Republican Senator David Perdue and Democrat Raphael Warnock is facing off against Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler.

    GROUP OF FORMER WORLD LEADERS DENOUNCE TRUMP'S REFUSAL TO CONCEDE

    A group of former world leaders founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007 says Donald Trump's refusal to concede defeat is putting “functioning American democracy” at risk.

    In a statement today, The Elders said Trump's claims of election fraud had been made “as yet without any compelling evidence”.

    A statement says: “Continued baseless accusations of subversion risk further deepening the instability and polarisation in American society, and eroding public faith in institutions that is the bedrock of democratic life.”

    Former Irish president Mary Robinson, the group's current chair, has called on the GOP to “affirm their faith” in US democracy and accept Joe Biden's victory.

    “It is shocking to have to raise concerns about US democratic processes as The Elders have previously commented on volatile and undemocratic situations in states such as Kenya, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. President Trump’s refusal thus far to facilitate a smooth transition weakens democratic values.”

    BIDEN IMMIGRATION PLANS

    The Biden administration will, after taking office in January 2021, address the following immigration issues:

    • Restore protections for 650,000 people facing deportation who arrived in the US as minors.
    • Cancel further construction of the border wall with Mexico
    • Reverse a travel ban that restricts US entry to people from 13 largely Muslim-majority countries
    • Locate and reunite 600 children with their parents who were separated under the “zero tolerance” border policy.

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