The so-called green wall states – Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania – have long been expected to play a key role in the 2020 election, and that is indeed about to get through.
By midday on Wednesday, Joseph R. Biden Jr held leading positions in Michigan and Wisconsin. In Pennsylvania, President Trump has a slight edge, but a larger percentage of votes is yet to be counted.
In all three states, this figure did not include votes from some of the Democrats’ largest and heaviest districts.
Here’s a look at where things are as they continue to count and each state is still too close to call.
Perhaps no state looks down on counting times longer than Pennsylvania. As of mid-Wednesday, 5.7 million votes had been counted in Pennsylvania, representing about 80% of the estimated total ballot in the state.
The state legislature refused to allow election officials to begin processing absentee ballots until 7:00 a.m. on Election Day, and statewide officials had to work in the counting process. Tedious votes.
In Philadelphia, only 76,000 absentee ballots out of more than 350,000 were processed during the first 14 hours for officials to count votes. Although Philadelphia electoral officials worked around the clock to check the absentee ballots, the pace showed that the count could be extended until Thursday.
Other large counties, such as Chester, Montgomery and Delaware, suburban counties outside of Philadelphia and the growing source of the Democrats’ power, did not report the majority of their votes. Allegheny County, home to Pittsburgh and another Democratic base, still has a large percentage of the votes.
Sen. Bob Casey Jr., a Democrat, said, “I am confident Joe Biden will take over the state for the profits we will receive in those counties.”
Even though Mr. Trump has an advantage of about 470,000 votes in Pennsylvania, Democrats in the state are confident they can take advantage with the votes from Philadelphia and the “stock counties” surrounding it. counted.
However, the delay in results in Pennsylvania can go beyond the simple challenge of simply tallying the outstanding votes. Republicans filed several lawsuits in the state on Tuesday, including one involving provisional voting for voters who were denied a absentee ballot.
Earlier Wednesday, members of the National Democratic Party filed a petition for intervention in Montgomery County. The hearings are scheduled in both state and federal courts on Republican Party cases, and attorneys from both sides are scheduled to take further action in Pennsylvania.
The early results were to no avail on Tuesday night, with Milwaukee’s key residential center still not reporting voting results. But at the beginning of Wednesday, a massive vote count from that city was announced and Mr. Biden took the lead on Mr. Trump based on about 97% of estimated statewide votes.
There are a number of reasons why Democrats still believe in Wisconsin. According to election officials, the state has seen an increase in the number of voters in Madison, to more than 80%. In Milwaukee, one of the state’s other free strongholds, voter turnout appears to be better than four years ago but below state leftist expectations.
Mr. Biden built a political campaign focused on Midwestern voters, aimed at fighting the many dovishers who voted for Mr. Trump in 2016. For all discussions on winning states like Florida, Iowa or Texas, Democrats in Wisconsin say the campaign will be decided when it starts – with Mr. Biden betting his political future on the region of the land the country he is most attached to.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat who won in 2018 by energizing her party constituencies while limiting damage in suburban and rural areas, said in an interview on Election Day that she believes Mr. Biden will be successful.
“They have found a way to be here virtual, even if they don’t come here directly,” she said. “We learned a lot of lessons about how we did it in 2016, from the party ever.”
Mr. Biden led the state at the start of Wednesday, and some of the state’s major residential centers had a large number of votes that were not counted by noon. And these could easily give the state to Mr. Biden, as Democrats have said they expect.
Polls conducted before the election have shown the former vice president to have a significant lead, out of the margin of error.
An earlier advantage for Mr. Trump reflected his advantage in the Election Day voting – not early voting, it was a larger share of the total state vote and backing Mr. Biden.
In Detroit, the city clerk counted only about half of what was expected. The clerk’s office reported 125,000 votes after 2am
By comparison, the Detroiters cast 248,000 votes in 2016, when the turnout rate was low. This year, election officials said they expect voter turnout to easily exceed that number, potentially exceeding 2008 and 2012, when President Barack Obama was voting.
Mr. Biden is expected to easily get 90 percent of the vote in Detroit.
In Michigan’s Macomb County, which voted twice for Mr. Obama and then for Mr. Trump in 2016, the president took the lead because he had a big advantage over voters who went to vote on Tuesday. But only about half of the electoral districts fully tally their early ballots and on Election Day, leaving Mr. Biden a considerable opportunity to close that gap.
And in Oakland County, the state’s second largest, which started as a key lead for Mr. Trump on Tuesday night disappeared into an advantage for Mr. Biden on Wednesday as more and more precincts reported their early voting.
The Democrats won Oakland County in every recent presidential election. Hillary Clinton won eight points in 2016, and Mr. Biden was on the way to cross that winning margin.