Protesters gather outside Maricopa County Election Center
Protesters gathered outside the Maricopa County Election Center in Arizona, where Joe Biden leads Donald Trump.
A spokesperson for the county sheriff’s office told NBC News that authorities are monitoring the crowd, but that “everyone is peaceful and no arrest has been made.”
Another batch of results are expected early Thursday and election officials said they will release the results as planned.
— Christine Wang
Democrat incumbent Gary Peters is projected to win Michigan Senate race
Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan is projected to win reelection, according to NBC News.
The tight race between Peters, the first-term incumbent, and his Republican challenger John James, a businessman and veteran, had been the most expensive Senate contest in Michigan history.
“It’s an honor to serve you for another six years in the U.S. Senate,” Peters said in a statement Wednesday evening.
The call came hours after NBC projected that Joe Biden would win the state’s 16 electoral votes in the race for the White House against President Donald Trump.
Trump sues over ballot counting in Georgia county
President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Georgia Republican Party filed a lawsuit Wednesday over the counting of absentee ballots in a Georgia county.
The campaign asks the court to require the Chatham County Board of Elections to “collect, secure, and safely store” absentee ballots it received after 7 p.m. on Election Day.
It requests the county to provide the campaign and party an accounting of the ballots and wait for further instruction from the court after securing them.
“President Trump and his team are fighting for the good of the nation to uphold the rule of law, and Georgia’s law is very clear: to legally count, mail ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day,” Deputy Trump Campaign Manager and Senior Counsel Justin Clark said in a statement.
Clark claimed a Republican poll observer “witnessed 53 late absentee ballots illegally added to a stack of on-time absentee ballots in Chatham County.”
Georgia has remained too close to call, according to NBC News. The state carries 16 electoral votes and Trump currently leads with by just 1% with 95% of the vote tallied so far as of about 8 p.m. ET.
The filing comes after the campaign said it had filed suits to halt counting in Michigan and Pennsylvania as well.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he expects to win the election — and his campaign is acting accordingly.
Biden’s transition team, which had been assembled months earlier, has launched buildbackbetter.com, named after one of Biden’s well-worn campaign slogans.
The site is bare at present, featuring a splash page with little other than a photo of the former vice president and a short message assuring that the transition team is ready to get to work.
“The American people will determine who will serve as the next President of the United States. Votes are still being counted in several states around the country,” the text says.
“The crises facing the country are severe — from a pandemic to an economic recession, climate change to racial injustice — and the transition team will continue preparing at full speed so that the Biden-Harris Administration can hit the ground running on Day One.”
University of Wisconsin law professor analyzes Trump campaign’s possible lawsuit arguments
University of Wisconsin constitutional law professor Franciska Coleman joined CNBC’s “Closing Bell” to discuss the Trump campaign’s threat of election litigation in key swing states Michigan and Pennsylvania.
In Michigan, in particular, Coleman said she believes the campaign “doesn’t have a lot of recourse,” suggesting that stopping ballot counts would be an “extraordinary remedy.” The Trump campaign said its lawsuit calls for it having the opportunity to review certain ballots that “were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access.”
“We don’t quite know the facts underlying this complaint, as far as: Where are they being denied access? Are they denied access completely or are they just farther away than they want to be?” Coleman said. “So I think this may be more posturing more than a legitimate claim that has legal validity.”
Republicans projected to hold 48-46 Senate edge with several races uncalled
Republicans will hold at least 48 Senate seats in the next Congress, while Democrats will have at least 46, according to the latest NBC News projections.
A day after the 2020 election, six races remain uncalled. After Democrats entered Election Day with high hopes of flipping Senate control, their chances have appeared to dwindle with every projected GOP defense of a competitive seat.
The latest came when NBC News declared Republican Sen. Susan Collins the apparent winner of Maine’s Senate race.
Among the uncalled races, Arizona’s special election is too early to call as Democrat Mark Kelly leads Republican Sen. Martha McSally. Races in North Carolina and Georgia, where GOP Sens. Thom Tillis and David Perdue, respectively, aim to defend seats, are too close to call.
Democratic Sen. Gary Peters’ bid to keep his seat in Michigan is too early to call.
So far, Democrats and Republicans have each flipped one Senate seat.
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