November 6, 2020

US election results 2020: Georgia heads to recount after tight margin — live

FT reporters

Donald Trump made unsubstantiated claims about vote fraud during the US presidential election and threatened to press on with lawsuits in battleground states on Friday as his lead slipped away in the biggest prizes left on the electoral map.

Here is the latest on the legal challenges that Mr Trump is mounting in some of the key swing states.

Pennsylvania (20 votes): The Trump campaign launched its most vigorous legal challenges in Pennsylvania, seeking to stop the vote count and to demand Republican observers gain better access to the tallying centres in Philadelphia.

Mr Trump’s team touted a legal victory in Philadelphia on Thursday, but the ruling simply paused the count in Pennsylvania’s largest city. By the evening, a judge had dismissed the suit after Democrats and Republicans agreed to allow 60 observers into counting centres.

The Trump campaign has sought permission to take part in pending Supreme Court litigation over how long the state can collect postal ballots. The US high court has previously declined to strike down an extension of the deadline for such ballots, although the case remains live.

Georgia (16 votes): The president’s campaign announced a lawsuit in Georgia state court questioning

Mark Kelly projected to beat Martha McSally

U.S. Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly and former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords speak to supporters and volunteers during a Phoenix Early Vote Event near a downtown early voting site on October 24, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Mark Kelly will win Arizona’s Senate race, NBC News projected Friday, flipping the second seat of the 2020 election for Democrats.

He will defeat Republican Sen. Martha McSally. The expected victory would make Arizona the third state where a Senate seat changes hands this year after Democrats won GOP-controlled Colorado and Republicans carried Democratic-held Alabama.

Both parties will have at least 47 seats entering the next Congress.

Kelly, 56, is a former Navy captain and astronaut, and he is married to former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who survived a gunshot to the head in 2011. Giffords went on to become a leader of the gun violence prevention movement.

McSally, 54, also has a military background, having served for more than 25 years in the Air Force, where she became the first woman to fly a fighter jet in combat. 

Kelly maintained a lead over McSally in nearly every poll since he first entered the race, a reflection of what both

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