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[00:00.04]Election workers in the United States continue to count votes
[00:05.72]from the American presidential election held Tuesday.
[00:10.40]President Donald Trump, the Republican Party candidate,
[00:14.88]and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate,
[00:20.00]remain locked in close races in the battleground states.
[00:25.60]In the North, vote counting continues in the states
[00:29.52]of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
[00:33.60]On the southeast coast, results are still coming in
[00:38.40]for Georgia and North Carolina.
[00:41.48]And the counting continues in the western states
[00:45.48]of Arizona and Nevada, as well.
[00:50.04]Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter,
[00:55.44]"We still have over 1 million ballots to count in Pennsylvania."
[01:01.00]He added, "I promised Pennsylvanians
[01:05.16]that we would count every vote and that's what we're going to do."
[01:10.88]Biden made a brief appearance in Wilmington, Delaware
[01:15.56]in the early hours of November 4th.
[01:19.08]He told supporters the election "ain't over until every vote is counted."
[01:26.24]He added, "It's not my place or Donald Trump's place
[01:31.44]to declare who's won this election.
[01:35.00]That's the decision of the American people."
[01:39.36]Speaking from the White House, Trump said he had won the election.
[01:44.40]He called the voting process a "a major fraud,"
[01:49.00]and said, "we will be going to the U.S. Supreme Court."
[01:54.84]Both candidates gained expected victories.
[01:58.04]Biden has been predicted the winner
[02:01.24]in states from Virginia up through the East Coast.
[02:05.84]Other states called as Biden victories
[02:08.92]include California, on the west coast.
[02:12.88]Trump was the predicted winner in much of the South, including Alabama,
[02:18.12]as well as several central states, including Kansas and Missouri.
[02:24.28]Election Day is usually the end of the presidential race in the United States.
[02:30.52]This year, it may just be the beginning.
[02:34.80]More than 100 million voters sent their ballots through the mail or voted early.
[02:41.76]The record number equates to 73 percent
[02:46.16]of all voters in the 2016 presidential election.
[02:52.04]The early votes, however, will take days to count.
[02:56.20]Each state has its own deadline for confirming election results.
[03:02.84]Activists from the Republican and Democratic parties
[03:06.72]have fought about the voting process since well before Election Day.
[03:12.52]Late on Tuesday, both sides were preparing for possible legal fights
[03:19.04]over ballots and the process for seating the winner.
[03:24.36]The U.S. presidential election is decided
[03:27.96]by an Electoral College system and not the popular vote.
[03:34.28]There are 538 electors in the Electoral College.
[03:40.20]The winner of the popular vote in a state
[03:43.64]will win the electors from the state.
[03:47.80]December 8 is the deadline for the states to choose electors.
[03:53.32]They will meet on December 14 to vote for president and vice president.
[03:59.40]A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the president.
[04:08.68]There have been five winners of the Electoral College
[04:12.72]who actually lost the popular vote.
[04:16.76]They are John Quincy Adams in 1824;
[04:21.12]Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876;
[04:25.12]Benjamin Harrison in 1888;
[04:29.44]George W. Bush in 2000;
[04:33.00]and Donald J. Trump in 2016.
[04:37.72]On January 3, 2021, members of the new Congress take office.
[04:45.28]Three days later, the new Congress will count the electoral votes
[04:50.56]and officially confirm the winner.
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