Hi Im Carl Azuz Welcome to our show for Thursday November 5th.
Votes are still being counted from the 2020 US presidential election.
The face-off between Republican incumbent President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden
lets several states too close to call and as of Wednesday evening,
neither candidate had clenched that magic number of 270 electoral votes to be declared the winner.
When we produced this show CNN had not projected a winner for six states
Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada,North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Without those predictions it appeared that Democratic challenger Biden had clinched 254 electoral votes,
while Republican incumbent Trump had clinched 213 electoral votes.
But these numbers were subject to change as vote counting continued and results came in.
As far as the make up of the next Congress goes,
analysts said Democrats were likely to remain in control of the House of the Representatives,
while it looked like Republicans will remain in control of the Senate.
But again that information is not final.
There were still a number of significant calls to be made.
Part of the reason for the delay is the coronavirus pandemic, one of the major issues of the election.
Out of concerns about crowded polling places on Election Day,
many people choose to vote early or mail in their ballots.
Researchers estimated that more than 100 million Americans voted early this year.
Contrast that with the 46 million who voted early in 2016.
The Trump campaign announced yesterday that it was launching legal challenges to vote counts
in Georgia Michigan and Pennsylvania as well as requesting a recount in Wisconsin.
These were strongly contested battleground states this year.
So that could delay final results as well.
Modern elections have seen real time projections of the winner,
sometimes within hours of nationwide polls closing.
But the US Constitution does not say that winners must be declared on election night.
Throughout the 1800s it would take days and sometimes weeks for a winner to be announced.
But people in the United States and abroad want to know what to expect politically come 2021,
and you can get the latest results updated day and night at CNN. com.