US presidential election: Outcome hangs on a razor’s edge

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MONITORING (SW) – The outcome for US presidential polls hangs on a razor’s edge as Democrat Joe Biden has won the state of Michigan, leaving him six votes shy of the 270 needed to declare victory.

According to various media reports, both sides are preparing for a potential legal battle. Polls have closed across the US, but vote-counting could take some time due to the unprecedented number people who cast their ballots early.

Donald Trump has won Florida, Texas, Ohio, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisiana, Indiana, Wyoming, West Virginia, South Carolina, Idaho, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Utah, South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Montana.

Joe Biden has sealed Michigan, Wisconsin, Maine, Arizona, Hawaii, Minnesota, Colorado, New Mexico, California, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Illinois, Delaware and Connecticut, as well as the District of Columbia.

According to the DW, five states still need to be called, with millions of votes uncounted. Biden is six electoral votes away from reaching the 270 needed to reach the White House.

The BBC reported that Donald Trump and Joe Biden each claim to be ahead in the US presidential election. The Trump campaign is challenging vote counts in the key states of Wisconsin, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan.