Joe Biden wins Wisconsin as Electoral Vote battle continues for US Presidency; Trump demands recount
Joe Biden picked up a win in Wisconsin on Wednesday after a flood of mail-in ballots flipped the script on the critical battleground state, prompting President Trump’s team to demand a recount as the Democratic challenger inched closer to victory.
Biden’s Wisconsin victory, called by The Associated Press as he held a 30,000 vote edge over Trump with nearly all votes counted, nets him 10 Electoral College votes and puts him on a path to victory that’s heavily dependent on Michigan.
Even before AP called the race, Trump’s campaign vowed to seek a recount in America’s dairyland. But Republican and Democratic politicos scoffed at the possibility that such an effort could change the results.
Former GOP Gov. Scott Walker, a fierce Republican partisan, noted that previous statewide recounts only shifted hundreds of votes at most.
The shift in Biden’s favor fueled by newly tallied mail-in votes gave him a much-needed boost after suffering early setbacks in some southern states.
A Wisconsin win would bring Biden 10 Electoral College votes and opens up a path to victory that would largely depend on Michigan and perhaps Pennsylvania — states that Trump carried in 2016 by narrow margins but where Biden was optimistic about pulling out victory.
The former vice president was roaring back in Michigan and trailed Trump by just a few thousand votes with hundreds of thousands of Democratic-leaning mail-in ballots outstanding.
Trump remained far ahead in Pennsylvania but an estimated 1.5 million mail ballot remained untallied. The race there could remain up in the air for days.
Election counting continues after Election Day
The positive news out of Wisconsin for Biden came after the former vice president failed to pull off the landslide election night victory that some Democrats had hoped for.
Instead, Trump supporters turned out for the president in unexpectedly large numbers and carried him to victory in a number of hotly-contested battleground states, including Florida, Texas, Iowa and Ohio.
But Biden took big leads in Arizona and Nebraska’s Second Congressional District. Those apparent wins could give him a potential path to 270 Electoral College votes if he wins Wisconsin and Michigan and holds other states won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.