Election Highlights: Biden Defeats Trump as Pennsylvania Puts Him Over the Top

first_imgAs the country waits for ballot tallies in a handful of crucial battleground states, the Trump campaign has pursued lawsuits in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and said that it would demand a recount in Wisconsin.If lawsuits and recounts persist — and if vote margins are razor thin in key swing states — it could be weeks before President Trump or Joseph R. Biden Jr. is named the winner. In some scenarios, the contest could drag into 2021, and might look something like this:Even before Election Day, armies of lawyers for the Trump and Biden campaigns were preparing for an onslaught of litigation. Mr. Trump has long pushed allegations of voter fraud without evidence and raised questions about the validity of the mail-in vote.“This election won’t be resolved until a losing candidate concedes defeat and congratulates his opponent,” said Edward B. Foley, an Ohio State University law professor. “And if the candidates don’t give us finality that way, then the legal process has to give it to us.” Poll workers were sworn in at Philadelphia City Hall on Friday as vote-counting continued.Credit…Ruth Fremson/The New York Times WILMINGTON, Del. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. was elected president of the United States on Saturday, defeating President Trump after campaigning on a promise to restore civility and stability to American politics and to expand the government’s role in guiding the country through the surging coronavirus pandemic.- Advertisement – Poll workers counting ballots at the Maricopa County Election Department in Phoenix.Credit…Olivier Touron/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Here’s what you need to know: Perhaps no one wants the election to end more than the vote counters themselves.With tens of thousands of ballots still to be counted in states where President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr. were separated by slim margins — and an anxious nation riveted by every change in the count — a small army of workers continued to tally votes four days after the polls closed.Beyond the tedium and the exhaustion, they were facing the added stress of trying to keep themselves safe as coronavirus cases in the United States hit record highs. Still, with masks covering their faces and gloves guarding their hands, they soldiered on into Saturday.In some election offices, safety measures including social distancing, meant that fewer ballot counters could work at the same time than in previous elections, slowing the process.One election official in the Westmoreland County, Pa., tested positive for the coronavirus in the last few days, according to Douglas W. Chew, a county elections commissioner, who said that no other employees had tested positive as of Saturday.And, while many polling stations use scanners to process thousands of ballots rapidly, at this point in the count they were also processing ballots that could not be read by machines for a variety of reasons.While each state has its own rules and methods, the scene in West Chester, Pa., was a familiar one. Election workers, seated under fluorescent lights, sorting and feeding ballots by hand into high-speed scanners. At this station, weary workers were given the weekend off and will resume counting inside the university gym Monday morning.But others worked through the night and into the morning on Saturday. While they counted, independent observers watched over their shoulders and some places offered livestreaming feeds online for members of the public to watch scenes like the one at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. It was not exactly packed with action, but more like suspended animation as workers in neon yellow and orange jackets sat at opposite ends of tables methodically tabulating ballots.The process could be tedious but no detail was too small for a citizenry hungry for information. Local media in Pennsylvania was filled on Saturday morning with descriptions of how ballot counters would load envelopes into machines twice: first to slice them open and then a second time to open the smaller, inner “secrecy” envelopes. Ballot counters then unfold the ballots by hand and feed them into high-speed scanners. From there, the results are saved onto memory sticks, WHYY-FM, a public radio station in Philadelphia, told its listeners.Evelyn Smith, a graduate student in economics at the University of Michigan who counted ballots for 13 hours on Election Day, said she found the monotony of the process tedious, but meditative.For a salary of $13 an hour, she worked from a high-school cafeteria in Ann Arbor, Mich., sorting ballots and delivering them to the next station. She said election officials at her center wore masks, but it was not always possible to maintain social distancing.“It’s a risky thing to do, but it’s essential work,” she said.Phil Armstrong, the county executive in Lehigh County, Pa., said it was impossible to respect social-distancing rules at the vote-counting center, given all of the ballot counters, lawyers and election observers from both parties who were present.“It was pretty crowded,” he said. Still, the vibe was upbeat, and different tables of ballot counters had friendly competitions about how many ballots they had counted in a certain period of time. President Trump walking to the presidential motorcade outside of the White House on Saturday.Credit…Oliver Contreras for The New York Times Kamala Harris, a senator from California and former presidential candidate, made history when she was elected vice president of the United States.Her victory represents a handful of firsts: She will be the first woman, the first Black woman, the first Indian-American woman and the first daughter of immigrants to be sworn in as vice president.It also marks a milestone for a nation in upheaval, grappling with a long history of racial injustice. Over the course of her campaign, Ms. Harris has faced both racist and sexist attacks from conservatives — including President Trump — who have refused to pronounce her name correctly.The daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother, Ms. Harris, 56, embodies the future of a country that is growing more racially diverse every year — even if the person whom voters picked for the top of the ticket is a 77-year-old white man. She brought to the race a more vigorous campaign style than that of the president-elect, Joseph R. Biden Jr., including a gift for capturing moments of raw political electricity on the debate stage and elsewhere.A former San Francisco district attorney, Ms. Harris was elected as the first Black woman to serve as California’s attorney general. When she was elected a U.S. senator in 2016, she became only the second Black woman in the chamber’s history. Almost immediately, she made a name for herself in Washington with her withering prosecutorial style in Senate hearings.Beginning her presidential candidacy with homages to Shirley Chisholm, Ms. Harris was seen as a potential front-runner for the Democratic nomination, but she left the race weeks before any votes were cast. Part of her challenge, especially with the party’s progressive wing, was the difficulty she had reconciling stances she had taken as California’s attorney general with the current mores of her party.As the vice-presidential nominee, Ms. Harris has endeavored to make plain that she supports Mr. Biden’s positions — even if some differ from those she backed during the primary.And although she struggled to attract the very Black voters and women she had hoped would connect with her personal story during her primary bid, she made a concerted effort as Mr. Biden’s running mate to reach out to people of color, some of whom have said they felt represented in national politics for the first time. President Trump might be vowing to battle ahead in his bid to turn the tide of the presidential election despite unanimous, major media organization calls naming former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. the winner.But his legal campaign, already failing to gain traction in the courts, now has a new challenge in his other main arena, the political realm.As passionate as Mr. Trump’s core of supporters may be, and as large as his popular vote was, it was millions smaller than that of Mr. Biden, whose vote share has already shattered records even as it continues to grow with the counting.On Saturday, the Trump campaign released a statement from the president saying, “The simple fact is this election is far from over.” On Monday, the president said, “Our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”The only modern historical antecedent to the moment is the 2000 recount, when Al Gore sought to stave off a winning result for George W. Bush in Florida that would decide the presidency.Mr. Trump is now, effectively, in the role of Mr. Gore, only with fewer advantages than Mr. Gore had in his ultimately losing fight.Mr. Gore won the popular vote; Mr. Trump lost it decisively.Mr. Gore faced a deficit in the hundreds of votes in Florida; Mr. Trump faces deficits in the thousands — in some cases, tens of thousands — in every state he is contesting.The most devastating argument Mr. Bush had against Mr. Gore was that Mr. Gore was contesting a losing result — a fact his supporters hammered home with a merciless campaign to paint Mr. Gore as a “sore loser,’’ going so far as to print signs, stickers and T-shirts proclaiming the Democratic ticket of Mr. Gore and Senator Joseph Lieberman as “Sore-Loserman.”Mr. Gore, at least, had one thing to rest his hopes on. After calling the Florida race for him and then Mr. Bush, the television networks and The Associated Press pulled Florida back into the undecided column and left it there as the fight played out in the courts, where Mr. Gore won several important rulings.Mr. Trump had yet to score any substantive court wins before Saturday (a Supreme Court decision on Friday night in his favor simply reiterated pre-existing guidance from the Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar), as the network calls trickled in.There is, of course, one important difference. Mr. Trump has a powerful media ecosystem at his back, one that amplifies his statements and claims, no matter how false, to millions. And Fox News, a fledgling network in 2000, is now the highest-rated news network in the nation, and its nighttime hosts are more solidly behind him than they have been behind any president in the network’s history.But on Saturday morning, Twitter was flagging Mr. Trump’s tweets proclaiming himself the victor. And, at 11:40 a.m. Fox News joined the rest of the networks, The Associated Press, The New York Times and others in naming Mr. Biden the 46th president of the United States. Kamala Harris at an appearance in Philadelphia. She was elected vice president of the United States after a long wait for votes to be counted, and broke several barriers on her way to the office.Credit…Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times PHOENIX — Joseph R. Biden Jr. held onto a narrow lead in Arizona after elections officials added thousands more votes to the results there on Saturday morning in what is likely to be one of the last large reports of new vote data from the state.Just before 11 p.m. on Saturday, roughly 6,800 more votes were added to the statewide tally, shrinking Mr. Biden’s lead slightly to about 28,000 votes. Then, about 10 minutes later, the tally of more than 45,000 additional votes was reported by Maricopa County, the largest county in the state, winnowing Mr. Biden’s lead further to about 20,000 votes. Officials in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, said the Saturday afternoon data dump would be the last large report of tallied votes they planned to release.Although ballots counted on Friday and Saturday have tilted in Mr. Trump’s favor, Mr. Biden was firmly ahead of the president in Maricopa County after the latest batch of votes were tallied. If the results hold, 2020 will be the first time that Maricopa County voters have chose a Democrat for president in more than 70 years.The scene was calm on Saturday morning at the tabulation site near downtown Phoenix where Maricopa County employees were continuing their work. Only two protesters were standing in the parking lot where protests, some involving armed supporters of Mr. Trump, had unfolded this week.One of the men in the parking lot held an American flag and said he was at the site as a single-issue voter, explaining that he was an anti-abortion campaigner. He declined to give his name.The other pro-Trump protester was Franklyn Olivieri, 50, a Brooklyn-born construction worker who has lived in Arizona for more than two decades.“We just want a fair count,” Mr. Olivieri said. “If it needs to go to the courts, go to the courts.”Both of the men said they hoped any demonstration on Saturday would be peaceful.Even Mr. Biden’s narrow edge in Arizona after days of ballot counting underscored a profound political shift in the state, a longtime Republican bastion that has lurched left in recent years, fueled by rapidly evolving demographics and a growing contingent of young Latino voters who favor liberal policies.In one of the brightest spots for Democrats so far, the former astronaut Mark Kelly defeated the state’s Republican senator, Martha McSally, in a special election, making Mr. Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema the first two Democrats to represent Arizona in the Senate since the 1950s. Supporters of President-elect Biden celebrated in New York on Saturday.Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Jon Ossoff, Georgia Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, will be in one of two runoffs for Senate seats in Georgia.Credit…John Amis/Associated Press Congratulations to President-elect Biden. I have prayed for our President most of my adult life. I will be praying for you and your success. Now is the time to heal deep wounds. Many are counting on you to lead the way.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 7, 2020The specter of a prolonged legal battle could not temper the enthusiasm of Democratic Party leaders who have known and worked with Mr. Biden for years.Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a statement, said that voters had “elected a unifier who values faith, family and community, and who will work tirelessly to heal our nation.” And Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said the American people had “placed their faith in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris” to confront challenges posed by the virus, the economy and global warming in the coming years.In statement, Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee said that by electing Mr. Biden, “The American people chose hope” and “dignity and opportunity for all.”“This is a historic victory,” he said.“To the families of those who’ve lost loved ones to COVID-19, and to all our Americans yearning for change, our message is simple: You will finally get the leadership you deserve.”And Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic nominee who won the popular vote but ultimately lost to Mr. Trump, said voters had issued a “repudiation” of the president and offered a riff on one of his campaign slogans.“Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen,” she said. “Onward, together.” Joseph R. Biden Jr. waved to supporters as he left the Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., on Thursday.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times Ballots were still being counted at the Convention Center in Phildelphia on Saturday, as President Trump tweeted baseless claims about election fraud. Credit…Ruth Fremson/The New York Times Joseph R. Biden Jr. was elected president on his third try, after an extraordinary race in which he campaigned as an elder statesman seeking to restore civility to the nation. Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times Mr. Biden, 77, who will become the 46th president and the oldest man ever sworn into the office, secured 273 votes from the Electoral College after Pennsylvania was called for him, though the race was far closer than many Democrats, Republicans and pollsters had expected.The result also provided a history-making moment for President-elect Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris of California, who became the first woman, and first woman of color, on a winning presidential ticket.With his third run for the White House — after unsuccessful bids in 1988 and 2008, and after spending eight years as President Barack Obama’s vice president — Mr. Biden finally attained a goal that he has dreamed of for decades, capping a career in national politics that began with a victory in a 1972 Senate race here in Delaware. He was swept into office this year with the support of a diverse coalition of younger voters, older voters, Black Americans, and white college-educated voters, particularly women.- Advertisement – PHILADELPHIA — Joseph R. Biden Jr. defeated President Trump in Pennsylvania, winning its 20 electoral votes and presidency.Mr. Biden had steadily erased Mr. Trump’s early lead in the state — at one point, the president led by half a million votes — as ballots, mostly absentee and mail-in votes, were counted over the past few days. Most of the remaining uncounted votes in the state are in Democratic-leaning areas.The Biden campaign hoped further counting could push its lead above 0.5 percent, obviating the need for a recount there and setting the stage for victory.The biggest fight in the state has been over ballots that were postmarked by Election Day but arrive later. Nearly a dozen lawsuits filed by Mr. Trump and his allies are working their way through the courts in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, trying — so far unsuccessfully — to stop ballot counting and invalidate enough votes to erase Mr. Biden’s leads there. In September, the state Supreme Court ruled, over Republican objections, that election officials could accept ballots arriving up to three days later. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intercede, but left open the possibility that it could revisit the question.Separately, the Supreme Court did grant the Trump camp a minor victory in Pennsylvania on Friday evening, when Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. ordered election officials there to keep the late-arriving ballots separate from other ballots, and not to include them, for now, in announced vote totals. But the victory was essentially in name only: Pennsylvania’s secretary of state had already given that instruction.In Allegheny County, a predominantly Democratic area that includes Pittsburgh, election workers were going through roughly 20,000 mail-in ballots and additional provisional ballots on Saturday, Rich Fitzgerald, the county executive, said in a televised interview.The county’s mail-in ballots have so far been won overwhelmingly by Mr. Biden, as have the provisional ballots. Mr. Fitzgerald said the county could begin reporting votes by late morning or early afternoon.With 96 percent of votes reported by 7:30 a.m., Mr. Biden led in Pennsylvania by nearly 29,000 votes, precariously close to the critical margin of 0.5 percent, which triggers a recount.Mr. Fitzgerald cautioned that the last ballots to count would be the trickiest, requiring additional checks to ensure they were not duplicates, which could slow the process.Responding to baseless allegations by the Trump campaign of vote-counting secrecy, he said that observers and journalists had access to the vote-counting site and that there were as many surveillance cameras there as in a casino. Still, the race was not the landslide many Democrats had hoped for: Mr. Biden lost a number of important battleground states where he had invested time and resources, most notably Florida, amid signs of challenges with a number of Latino constituencies.The Trump campaign and Republican lawyers have already begun a wide-ranging legal assault to challenge Democratic votes and victories in key swing states, part of a long-telegraphed effort to call the validity of the election into question.Mr. Trump, who baselessly declared victory early Wednesday, before votes were tallied in multiple states, had regularly questioned the legitimacy of the election as polls showed him trailing, and it was not immediately clear how he would respond to the news of Mr. Biden’s victory.Much of Mr. Biden’s agenda in office may rest on his ability to work with Congress. Democrats have maintained their hold on the House but had a much narrower path to reclaiming control of the Senate. Congratulations to the 46th President, Joe Biden.Your victory marks a new chapter for our country.  As we face unprecedented challenges, Americans have chosen you to lead us out of the chaos and to build a stronger community. Today, I am hopeful for a brighter future. pic.twitter.com/HV7gefLKRz— James E. Clyburn (@WhipClyburn) November 7, 2020Meena Harris was among the many who also celebrated her aunt’s ascension to the vice presidency. The Biden-Harris victory means Ms. Harris, a senator from California and former prosecutor, will be the first woman, first Black woman and first woman of Indian descent to become the United States Vice President.“MADAM VICE PRESIDENT,” Meena Harris wrote on Twitter in all capital letters, “SOUNDS PRETTY DAMN GOOD!!!!!!!!”Maya Harris, Ms. Harris’s sister, immediately invoked the memory of their mother, Shyamala, who the vice-president elect often discussed during the campaign when telling her back story and sharing her values.Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the actress who for years played a female vice president in the HBO comedy “Veep,” made sure to note: “Madam Vice President” is no longer a fictional character.“The Trump campaign, for its part, said it would continue to pursue its legal challenges, and Mr. Trump released a statement in which he said he would “not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.”Newt Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker of the House and one of Mr. Trump’s staunchest supporters, baselessly insisted that the media had jumped the gun and declared a winner in the race before recounts had started and legal challenges had unfolded.In one of the first statements to surface from a Republican lawmaker, Representative Fred Upton of Michigan affirmed a Biden victory. “I am raising my hand and committing to working with President-elect Biden,” he said.And Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida who failed to defeat Mr. Trump in the 2016 Democratic primary, said it was time to “heal deep wounds” and added that he would be “praying” for Mr. Biden’s success. Senator David Perdue, Republican of Georgia, was fighting for his political life on Saturday in a contest that could determine which party controls the Senate, as his re-election bid headed to a January runoff against Jon Ossoff, his Democratic challenger.Mr. Perdue had a razor-thin lead over Mr. Ossoff in a contest that demonstrated Democrats’ emerging strength in what was once a Republican stronghold in the Deep South. Neither candidate claimed a majority of votes amid a protracted count, according to The Associated Press.The inconclusive result set up a drastic rematch between Mr. Perdue and Mr. Ossoff on Jan. 5, and thrust Georgia into the center of the nation’s political fray as Joseph R. Biden Jr. appeared on track to win the White House. The state had already been scheduled to decide the fate of its other Senate seat in a special-election runoff between the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, and Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, on the same day. That makes it nearly certain that the twin Georgia races will determine which party controls the chamber just two weeks before the next presidential inauguration.“Change has come to Georgia,” Mr. Ossoff said at a rally on Friday, “and Georgia is a part of the change coming to America.”If Mr. Biden wins the White House and Democrats take both of Georgia’s seats, they would draw the Senate to a 50-50 tie, effectively taking control of the chamber, given the vice president’s power to cast tiebreaking votes. But that is a tall order in a state with deep conservative roots, and Republicans felt reasonably confident they could hang onto at least one of the seats needed to deny Democrats the majority.Two other Senate races, in North Carolina and in Alaska, had not yet been called. But Republicans were leading in both and expected to win, putting them at 50 seats to the Democrats’ 48. WASHINGTON — President Trump’s motorcade was just pulling into his private golf club in suburban Virginia Saturday morning as news organizations ended days of waiting, declaring him the loser in his bid for re-election against former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.Aides called Mr. Trump to let him know that their predictions over the past several days had come true: every major media outlet had called the race for Mr. Biden. The president was not surprised, they said, but it did not change his plans to march ahead with legal challenges that several of his own advisers warned him were long shots at best.The president’s decision to go to his club Saturday morning meant that he was not at home as thousands of people gathered to celebrate Mr. Biden’s victory close to the White House, cheering the president’s ouster and waving signs that said “TRUMP IS OVER” and “YOU’RE FIRED.”Aides said Mr. Trump has no plans to immediately concede defeat as his campaign vowed to continue waging the legal battle across the country in a last-ditch effort to somehow reverse the stream of ballots that delivered the White House to Mr. Biden. In a statement, Mr. Trump said Mr. Biden is trying to “falsely pose” as the winner.“The simple fact is this election is far from over,” the president said, less than two hours after tweeting the false claim that “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!,” which drew a warning from Twitter that it was premature. “Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”Mr. Trump’s advisers said they do not believe he will attempt to deny Mr. Biden from taking his place in the White House in January. But they described him as in complete denial that he has been fired from the presidency and said he is refusing to abandon his accusations that Democrats stole victory from him.The president’s tone — in his statement he accused Democrats of wanting “ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters” — was a sharp contrast to Mr. Biden, who called for unity in a nationwide address Friday night as it was becoming clear that he was closing in on victory.Even some of Mr. Trump’s longest advisers, like former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, said publicly that he needed to have actual evidence to make the claims he was making.With the race called for Mr. Biden, the machinery of a formal transition of power — including millions of dollars in federal funding for Mr. Biden’s team — is set to begin roaring to life in Washington, even as aides said the president tentatively planned to escape to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Florida, late next week, for at least a few days.On Saturday, White House advisers began confronting the reality that Mr. Trump will be a lame-duck president inside the White House — or at one his privately-held properties — for the next two-and-a-half months, lashing out at his perceived enemies on Twitter and asserting the power of his office even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the country.Earlier Saturday morning, before the race was called for Mr. Biden, Twitter flagged all of President Trump’s early-morning tweets, calling them disputed and potentially misleading after he made baseless claims about election irregularities.Mr. Trump had focused his ire on Pennsylvania, the state that would later seal his fate as a one-term president. Mr. Trump was trailing Mr. Biden by about 28,000 votes in that state when he tweeted.Within an hour, Twitter had put a warning label on all four of the president’s tweets, indicating that the content of his claims “might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”Twitter has grown increasingly aggressive about flagging Mr. Trump’s false statements even as the president, in the days since Election Day, has spread false stories about “illegal ballots” and has demanded that local officials in several states stop counting ballots prematurely. ATLANTA — The presidential race in Georgia is so close that a recount is inevitable, Georgia’s secretary of state said on Friday.As of Saturday morning, Joseph R. Biden Jr. led President Trump in Georgia by more than 7,000 votes.“With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia,” the secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said on Friday at the state Capitol.He added: “The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country. The stakes are high and emotions are high on all sides. We will not let those debates distract us from our work. We will get it right, and we will defend the integrity of our elections.”Gabriel Sterling, an official with the secretary of state’s office, said that a pool of about 4,200 ballots — most of them absentee ballots — remained to be tallied in four counties: Floyd, Cobb, Cherokee and Gwinnett, where the largest tranche is to be counted and which contains Atlanta suburban communities that have gone from leaning Republican to leaning Democratic in recent years.The state must also deal with ballots from military and overseas voters, which will be counted if they arrived in the mail before the end of business on Friday and were postmarked by Tuesday.Mr. Sterling said that the unofficial tally of the votes could be completed by the end of the weekend.Flipping Georgia, a state last won by a Democrat in 1992, and where Mr. Trump won by more than 200,000 votes four years ago, would represent a significant political shift this year. The state has shown signs of trending blue, and when Mr. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the state in 2016, he did so by five percentage points, a far slimmer margin than Republicans had enjoyed in previous presidential elections.Stacey Abrams, who earlier this year was on the Biden campaign’s short list of potential vice-presidential candidates, was celebrated as Mr. Biden took the lead on Friday, a sign of her remarkable ascent as a power broker since her failed bid for governor of that state in 2018.Celebrities, activists and voters across Georgia credited Ms. Abrams with building a well-funded network of organizations that highlighted voter suppression in the state and inspired an estimated 800,000 residents to register to vote.Ms. Abrams declined to comment on Friday. But in a tweet, she wrote, “My heart is full” and cited the work of other activists. Ballot counters in Charlotte, N.C.Credit…Travis Dove for The New York Times Mr. Biden’s triumph concluded an extraordinary election that was expected to set modern records for turnout, despite being held amid a pandemic that has upended life across the United States. More than 100 million Americans voted before Election Day as states sought to make voting safer, putting the nation on track for the largest turnout in a century once the final vote is tallied.Mr. Biden also won the popular vote by nearly three percentage points, and, with more than 74 million votes, broke the vote record set by Mr. Obama in 2012. Mr. Trump received more than 70 million votes — far more than the 63 million he received in 2016 when he beat Hillary Clinton while losing the popular vote.Voters overcame their fears of the coronavirus, long lines at the polls and the vexing challenges of a transformed election system to render a verdict on Mr. Trump’s chaotic and norm-breaking presidency. Mr. Trump was the first incumbent president to lose a bid for re-election since George H.W. Bush lost to Bill Clinton in 1992.- Advertisement – Joseph R. Biden Jr. won the state of Nevada on Saturday, according to The New York Times, defeating President Trump by two percentage points.The country had anxiously awaited the results in the battleground state for days, viewing it as a potential tipping point. But when they finally came, the moment was somewhat anticlimactic: Mr. Biden had already been declared the winner of the presidential race roughly an hour earlier, after Pennsylvania was called for him.Still, that Mr. Biden has clinched Nevada’s six electoral votes adds to his lead in the Electoral College. The Trump campaign had identified Nevada, which allows any losing candidate to request a recount, as one of the battleground states where it hopes to use the courts and procedural maneuvers to stave off defeat. Less than 24 hours before Election Day, a Nevada judge rejected a lawsuit filed by Republicans who had tried to stop early vote counting in Clark County.In Nevada, where Hillary Clinton beat Mr. Trump by 2.4 percentage points in 2016, Democrats control the governor’s office and legislature, both Senate seats and all but one House seat. It was not widely expected to be a battleground state in the presidential election.But while recent polls consistently showed Mr. Biden ahead of Mr. Trump in Nevada, Democrats worried that some of their base working-class voters, many of whom lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, might not show up at the polls because of they would be focused on immediate concerns, like feeding their families. The state has reported more than 107,000 coronavirus cases. Brandon Urlacher, a hired sign spinner, on the job in Las Vegas near Rancho High School on Election Day.Credit…Bridget Bennett for The New York Times Minutes after the 2020 presidential race was called for Joseph R. Biden Jr., and Kamala Harris, prominent Democrats supportive of the former Vice President and his running mate cheered their victory as the first step toward a brighter American future.Democrats who ran against Mr. Biden in the 2020 primary including former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend Ind., the climate activist Tom Steyer and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts all offered their congratulations.Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most well-known figures on the progressive left, also offered kind words, as did world leaders such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of CanadaAnd Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina, whose endorsement as the state’s Democratic primary approached was a key turning point in the race and a huge boost to Mr. Biden said his win “marks a new chapter for our country.”“As we face unprecedented challenges, Americans have chosen you to lead us out of the chaos and to build a stronger community,” he wrote on Twitter. “Today, I am hopeful for a brighter future.” The voters have spoken, and they have chosen @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris to be our next president and vice president. It’s a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together. pic.twitter.com/YlDY9TJONs— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 7, 2020Emily Cochrane and Catie Edmondson contributed reporting. – Advertisement –last_img read more

How Jordan’s ‘The last dance documentary’ inspired Robben’s comeback

first_imgFormer Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich star, Arjen Robben, retired last summer but has now returned to hometown club Groningen after they showed him clips from ‘The Last Dance’ Loading… However, the 36-year-old will now lace his boots up again and train with Groningen as he looks to return to playing. And it’s emerged that the Dutch winger was inspired by the career of NBA great Jordan, who ‘retired’ before returning to action. Groningen used The Last Dance, documenting Jordan’s career and the rise of the Chicago Bulls, to persuade Robben to return according to BBC Sport. It comes with Groningen having attempted to sign Robben from Bayern Munich before his retirement last summer. The flying Dutch winger had risen through the youth teams at Groningen before playing two seasons from 2000-2002 in the first-team. In a clip shared by Groningen, Robben says: “Dear football friends and FC Groningen fans.Advertisement Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon10 Characters That Should Be Official Disney PrincessesTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms? “I was 12 years old when I started playing in FC Groningen’s youth academy. I made my home debut against Feyenoord when I was 16. “After two years I made a transfer to PSV Eindhoven. After a wonderful adventure of 18 years, we’re coming home. “We’re coming home in this difficult time of crisis, one that also hits FC Groningen. “It’s great to see how everyone supporting the club, I’ve supported the club as well. It made me think about what else I could do for our club. “These past few weeks I’ve had many conversations with club staff and maybe more than anything I’ve listen to the call of our supporters. read also:Arjen Robben returns to boyhood club FC Groningen “A comeback as an FC Groningen player, I started to play with this idea and now I’ve made it my mission! “I want to make my comeback as a football player, a player of FC Groningen.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

#Donkomi: Hearts of Oak confirm Abednego Tetteh signing

first_img Source: Footy-Ghana.com He becomes the fifth signing to be announced by the Phobians after Abdourahamane Mamane Lawali, Eric Dizan Bi, Nuru Sulley and Danjuma Ademola Kuti. Hearts of Oak have finally confirmed the signing of striker Abednego Tetteh.The Phobian at heart – who made his name with Bechem United before stints in Sudan (Al Hilal and El Hilal Obeid, Ethiopia (Jimmah Aba Buna) and India (Real Kashmir and TRAU FC) – has been in the camp of the Phobians since January.Tetteh’s free agent signing and registration for the start of the 2019/20 season could not go through due to a delay in the arrival of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).The 29-year-old has had to wait for the second registration window which was opened in March to be officially eligible to feature in the Ghana Premier League and MTN FA Cup competitions the Phobians are actively competing for this season.last_img read more

Dead animals to be removed from Donegal farms after agreement reached

first_imgAn agreement has been reached between the knackeries services and the Agriculture Department.The agreement means that over 100 animals left on Donegal farms will now be collected.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has welcomed the agreement.The knackeries and the Agriculture Department to recommence services on a temporary basis however it is expected that services on a permanent basis will be reinstated very soon.The withdrawal of the services caused serious concerns for farmers who had up to 3,000 dead animals  on their land across the country.Deputy Gallagher said “A prolonged dispute would have resulted in serious health,  safety and pollution issues.”Deputy Gallagher, who raised the issue with the Minister, said he is happy with the outcome for the farmers in Donegal.Dead animals to be removed from Donegal farms after agreement reached was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ditch the Tax Credits for Renewables

first_imgCongress Poised to Give Renewables a Big BoostLawmaker Seeks to Extend the Investment Tax CreditA Fight Ahead For Solar Equipment Tax CreditsEnergy Tax Credits and the Fiscal Cliff Proponents of the solar and wind credits note that both are “zero emission” in that they generate electricity without emitting climate-changing gases. The amount of GHG emissions displaced, however, depends on which fossil fuels are displaced. This, in turn, varies widely by state.Wyoming’s coal mines, for example, produced 39% of the coal mined in the country in 2013, while 88% of the electricity generated in the state in 2014 came from coal. Coal is one of the largest fossil sources of GHG emissions. Wyoming’s electric sector is thus one of the country’s most polluting in terms of its emissions of carbon dioxide and other GHGs.At the opposite end of the spectrum is New York. That state derives 48% of its electricity from zero emission sources, notably hydropower and nuclear energy, and another 48% from relatively low-emission natural gas. A gigawatt of wind capacity installed in Wyoming therefore displaces more GHG emissions than in New York.The contrast between Wyoming and New York shows how the renewed tax credits for wind and solar power are not as effective at reducing GHG emissions as they could be. This is because the credits subsidize both energy sources equally regardless of whether the installations are displacing highly polluting fossil fuels or zero-emission renewables. Similarly, if the solar tax credit had expired, PV installations were expected to experience much slower growth in the years ahead. The Energy Information Agency projected residential solar power’s annual growth of 30% from 2013 to 2016 to slow to only 6%.If solar power is to displace a significant share of fossil fuels for power generation, then it needs to have much higher growth. In 2014, solar power accounted for less than half of one percent of all electricity generation in the U.S., even after several years of rapid expansion. Good news for solar and windTax credits have played an important role in promoting the construction of new wind and solar power capacity in the U.S. Owners of photovoltaic (PV) systems receive a 30% tax credit on the cost of a system, while wind power generators have received as much as $23 for every megawatt-hour of energy produced.A 2014 study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that maintaining the credit for wind power through 2020 would lead to 10 gigawatts per year of additional capacity constructed. That’s roughly the same generating capacity as 10 full-size nuclear power plants, although wind turbines produce power only about a third of the time.In the past, the tax credit for wind had been allowed to expire for short periods before renewal, and new construction fell sharply during each of these periods. Megawatts of wind capacity installed per year.Red denotes subsidy expiration and/or extension years. Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory Congress last month extended valuable tax credits to producers of electricity from wind turbines and purchasers of solar equipment, a move that came as a relief to an industry that has experienced rapid growth in recent years.A tax credit for wind power producers had lapsed almost a year ago, and the credit for solar power was scheduled to decline sharply at the end of 2016. Now, renewable electricity generators have several years of unprecedented stability: the renewed wind and solar power credits don’t expire until 2020 and 2022, respectively.The extensions were finalized just days after 196 countries agreed to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as part of a global effort to mitigate climate change. The White House hailed the extensions as an important step toward this goal.Recent studies, however, indicate that tax credits are not the most effective means of achieving reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. A closer look at this tax credit policy not only shows its flaws but also sheds light on how to best promote the spread of renewable energy and lower carbon emissions.center_img Displacing coal or hydro?Further reducing tax credits’ effectiveness is the fact that fossil fuels remain cheaper sources of electricity than many renewables. This is true even when renewable energy receives subsidies.Wind and solar power are most competitive in those markets with the highest electricity prices. That’s why New York has almost 1,400 times more installed solar power than Wyoming, because its electricity prices are the higher of the two.The tax credits reinforce this disconnect between environmental benefits and installation locations by ignoring displaced GHG emissions. Yet where renewable energy is installed in the U.S. has profound implications.A 2013 analysis published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at the benefits of U.S. wind and solar power installations in multiple locations. It identified a range in the combined environmental and health benefits of $10 to $100 per megawatt-hour depending on where they were installed. The authors concluded that one megawatt-hour of wind energy produced in coal-rich Ohio yields five times the combined benefits of the same energy produced in New Mexico.A study published this month in Nature Climate Change reached a similar conclusion. It valued the combined benefit range of U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency projects at $14 to $170 per megawatt-hour depending on location.Without a doubt, the extensions of the tax credits for wind and solar power will cause renewables’ share of the U.S. electricity market to displace that of fossil fuels at a much faster rate than would have otherwise been the case.However, a growing body of research suggests that the ability of the tax credits to slow climate change would have been still greater had the value of the subsidies been instead linked to the amount of GHG emissions displaced by installing renewable energy. Is there another way?The tax credits for wind and solar power are different from many U.S. renewable energy subsidies in that their value is not determined by the amount of GHG emissions displaced by new installations.The U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard both provide financial incentives to produce renewable transportation fuels. Only those renewable fuels that achieve substantially lower greenhouse gas emissions than the fuels that they are displacing qualify, however. RELATED ARTICLES Tristan Brown is an assistant professor of energy resource economics at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more

a month agoEx-‘fatty’ Arsenal youth teamer Donyell Malen hits stunning 5 PSV goals

first_imgEx-‘fatty’ Arsenal youth teamer Donyell Malen hits stunning 5 PSV goalsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal youth teamer Donyell Malen has hit five goals for PSV Eindhoven in their thumping of Vitesse.He opened the scoring after 18 minutes before adding further strikes ten minutes before half-time and immediately after the break.Malen then completed the 5-0 rout with two penalties in the final seven minutes.The result still leaves Mark van Bommel’s side behind Ajax on goal difference at the top of the Eredivisie, with four wins and a draw so far this season.It takes the forward’s total to ten this season, which included a goal on his senior Netherlands debut against Germany this month.Malen was part of Arsenal’s academy between 2015 and 2017.Earlier this month, Malen admitted he still bristles over criticism from his time at Arsenal.Malen was branded overweight by former Arsenal youth chief Andries Jonker, now in charge of Telstar, during his time with the Gunners.”I heard him say that I came in too fat. That surprised me,” Malen recalled to AD.”They had been working at Arsenal for two months when I came. Then of course you are not immediately at the same level.”I was not fit yet, but too fat? No.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

24 days agoSon of AC Milan director Boban slams coach Giampaolo

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Son of AC Milan director Boban slams coach Giampaoloby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe son of AC Milan director Zvonimir Boban has slammed coach Marco Giampaolo.Giampaolo is under huge pressure at Milan after defeat to Fiorentina – marking the club’s worst start to a season in 30 years.And Rafael Boban has added to the speculation by taking to social media today.”Milan,” he wrote in his stories on ‘Instagram’, “has many quality players, the problem is the coach.”Boban Jr went onto praise the qualities of former Milan coach Max Allegri, now a free agent after leaving Juventus. last_img read more

SCFs Arctic Tankers Carried One Million Tons of Crude Oil

first_imgzoom Russian shipping major Sovcomflot (SCF) revealed that its three Arctic shuttle tankers of the Shturman Albanov series have until now transported one million tons of crude oil from the Gulf of Ob, Kara Sea, to the port of Murmansk.The millionth ton of crude oil produced at the Novy Port oil and gas condensate field was loaded on Shturman Albanov, the lead ship of the series, at the Arctic Gate marine terminal located near Cape Kamenny, Gulf of Ob, on January 29, 2017.SCF said its tankers have completed 33 voyages with Novy Port oil since last autumn.The first large cargo of oil was loaded on Shturman Albanov on September 12, 2016, and delivered to the port of Murmansk a few days later.SCF’s three Arctic shuttle tankers including Shturman Albanov, Shturman Malygin and Shturman Ovtsyn are specially designed to carry crude oil from the Yamal Peninsula to the port of Murmansk all year-round. Featuring around 42,000 dwt, each of the three ships has a length of 249 meters and a width of 34 meters.Built by South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in 2016, all three ships are under a long-term contract with Gazprom Neft.The vessels fly the Russian flag and have Saint Petersburg as their home port.last_img read more

Hunt continues for convicted killer who escaped from prison north of Montreal

first_imgLAVAL, Que. — Police continue to search for a convicted murderer who escaped from custody at a minimum security federal facility north of Montreal last week.Quebec provincial police, who are investigating the disappearance, believe Denis Begin was likely headed to Gatineau or the surrounding Outaouais region in western Quebec.Correctional Service Canada said Begin, 58, was reported missing during a head count at 12:15 p.m. on Friday at the Federal Training Centre in Laval, Que.He was sentenced to life after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in 2003 in the killing of 19-year-old Ricardo Gizzi on Halloween night, 1993.Wearing a hockey mask, Begin walked into a bar and shot Gizzi, who had also been wearing a hockey mask as part of a costume. According to reports at the time, patrons initially thought it was a Halloween joke when Begin walked into the bar wearing a balaclava and hockey mask.He was initially found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury in 1997, but that conviction was overturned and a new trial was ordered after he successfully argued that a statement he gave to police after his arrest was not “voluntary.” The appellate court judgment outlined that he had confessed while agreeing to become an informant for Quebec’s anti-biker unit.Begin testified at a 1998 trial that he had a long history with gangs and had information that could help solve many crimes, including the 1995 bombing that killed 11-year-old Daniel Desrochers, according to a Montreal Gazette report at the time.The child was killed while playing near his home when a car bomb meant for a gang member exploded. The death came at the height of Quebec’s biker gang wars and is considered a turning point in the bloody battle between rival gangs. No one has been charged for the killing.Begin is five-foot-seven, weighs 180 pounds and has a surgical scar on his left arm.The Canadian Presslast_img read more