Donald Trump and Joe Biden are every claiming victory in Tuesday’s White House race, whilst the ultimate end result hangs on a razor’s edge and each side ramp up for authorized motion.
The Trump marketing campaign is difficult vote counts within the important states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
The BBC tasks Mr Biden received Michigan. US media forecast he has received Wisconsin. No end result has emerged in Pennsylvania.
Winning all three of those Rust Belt states would make Mr Biden victorious.
What are the campaigns saying?
On Wednesday afternoon, Mr Biden mentioned in Wilmington, Delaware: “When the count is finished we believe we will be the winners.”
He added: “I will govern as an American president. The presidency itself is not a partisan institution.”
The Democratic challenger mentioned his marketing campaign was feeling “very good” about Pennsylvania.
Not so quick, mentioned the marketing campaign of Republican President Trump.
“We are declaring victory in Pennsylvania,” mentioned marketing campaign supervisor Bill Stepien on a press name. “This is not based on gut or feel. This is based on math.”
“If we count all legal ballots, we win,” he added.
Senior Trump marketing campaign aide Jason Miller mentioned: “By the end of this week it will be clear to the entire nation that President Trump and Vice-President Pence will be elected for another four years.”
Can Trump nonetheless win?
Mr Biden has the sting within the race to build up the 270 Electoral College votes wanted to win the White House. The Democrat has 243 votes, whereas the Republican has 214.
In the US election, voters determine state-level contests slightly than a single, nationwide one. Each US state will get a sure variety of electoral faculty votes partly primarily based on its inhabitants and there are a complete of 538 up for grabs.
If Mr Trump does lose Wisconsin, he should win Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and both Arizona or Nevada to prevail.
The president has a one-point lead in each North Carolina and Georgia and the 2 stay neck-and-neck with most votes counted in Nevada. The Trump marketing campaign is hopeful it could nonetheless take Arizona.
Mr Biden has a three-point benefit within the as soon as reliably conservative sunbelt state with practically 90% of votes counted, and CBS has categorised it as a “likely” win for the Democrat.
But the state’s Republican Governor Doug Ducey mentioned in a press release on Wednesday: “The results have shifted greatly hour by hour, and from last night until today.
“With a whole lot of hundreds of votes nonetheless excellent it is vital that we be affected person earlier than declaring any races up or down the poll.” His remarks amounted to an implicit rebuke of Fox News, which called the state early for Mr Biden on election night.
What authorized challenges are afoot?
The Trump campaign said the president would formally request a Wisconsin recount, citing “irregularities in a number of Wisconsin counties”.
Incomplete results indicate the margin between Mr Trump and Mr Biden in Wisconsin is less than one percentage point, which allows a candidate to seek a recount.
The campaign also filed a lawsuit in Michigan to stop counting of ballots there because it contended it was denied “significant entry” to observe the opening of ballots and the counting.
In Detroit, Michigan, police were called on Wednesday afternoon to guard the doors to a vote-counting facility as some protesters outside demanded access to monitor the process. According to the Detroit Free-Press, there were already some 200 people observing the vote inside the building.
Officials were seen covering up the windows to the TCF Center, where postal ballots were being tallied.
The Trump campaign also filed two lawsuits in Pennsylvania to halt all vote counting “till there’s significant transparency”.
The president has a five-point lead in the Keystone state, but hundreds of thousands of votes remain to be counted.
The Associated Press news agency reports that the Trump campaign is also suing Georgia to halt the vote count there.
Mr Trump won Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania in his 2016 election victory.
In the early hours of Wednesday, he announced from the White House that he had won and said he would take the election to the Supreme Court.
The Trump campaign is asking Republican donors to help fund legal challenges.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said: “The combat’s not over. We’re in it.”
Mr Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, tweeted asking supporters to contribute $5 to help pay for a fight that could “stretch on for weeks”.
Biden campaign senior legal adviser Bob Bauer said there were no grounds for Mr Trump to invalidate lawfully cast ballots.
What have been the opposite key outcomes?
Mr Biden’s hopes of a decisive early victory on election night were thwarted as Mr Trump defied pollsters predictions by outperforming in key battlegrounds.
Mr Trump held several important states, including Texas, Ohio and Iowa, fending off a strong Biden play.
The president also comfortably won his adopted home state of Florida, the most hotly fought battleground of the night, despite two visits there by Mr Biden’s ally and former boss, ex-President Barack Obama.
But Mr Biden fended off his rival’s attempts to pick up New Hampshire and Minnesota.
What in regards to the congressional races?
Democrats’ hopes of winning control of the Senate appeared to be dwindling as the dust settled from election day.
They were projected to win two seats in Colorado and Arizona, but lost a seat in Alabama.
Senate races in North Carolina and Michigan remained undecided, and another race in Georgia was heading for a run-off vote in January.
But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he felt “fairly good” about the remaining contests. Republicans currently control the chamber by 53-47.
Mr McConnell and Trump ally Lindsey Graham were both re-elected in their seats of Kentucky and South Carolina respectively.
Mr Graham said of the $100m challenge he brushed off from Democrat Jamie Harrison: “This is the worst return on funding within the historical past of American politics.”
Republicans also held on to other Senate seats in Maine, Montana, Texas and Iowa.
And there was an unexpected setback for Democrats in House of Representatives races. The party had hoped to gain 15 seats in the lower chamber of Congress, which they currently control.
Instead they face a reduced majority after seven of their incumbents lost and the party failed to beat a single Republican.
One of the incoming Republicans lawmakers, in Georgia, has been described as a supporter of the fringe, pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory.