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Key events of US election day

Biden’s crucial victory in Arizona

In a massive relief for sleepless Democrats, the AP called Arizona for Biden just before 3am on the east coast (7pm AEDT).

It is the first time the state, which has 11 votes in the Electoral College, has chosen a Democrat for president since Bill Clinton in 1996.

Florida goes to Trump

With 29 electoral votes, Florida was the nation’s most prized battleground state. It was heavily leaning Trump shortly after polls closed and was called by the AP about 4.30pm (AEDT).

Election officials counting votes in Lauderhill, Florida, as the electoral prize of Florida appeared to slip out of reach of Joe Biden.

Election officials counting votes in Lauderhill, Florida, as the electoral prize of Florida appeared to slip out of reach of Joe Biden. Credit:AP

Biden addresses supporters

In a short post-midnight address to supporters from Wilmington, Delaware, Biden told Democrats to “keep the faith” and be patient for results.

Crucial swing states were still in play when Biden made his remarks. Florida had been officially called by the AP just minutes earlier.

“We knew this was going to go on, but who knew we were going to go into maybe tomorrow morning, maybe even longer” he said. “Look, we feel good about where we are.”

Biden also declared the Democrats would take the swing state of Pennsylvania.

Joe Biden, 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, addresses his supporters from Wilmington, Delaware.

Joe Biden, 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, addresses his supporters from Wilmington, Delaware.Credit:Bloomberg

Texas stays MAGA

Trump won Texas and its 38 electoral votes, breaking the hearts of Democrats who believed they could flip the state to Biden.

While always a difficult task for the Democrats (Trump won Texas by 9 percentage points in 2016), an avalanche of early votes showed Biden running unusually close.

A person in a protective mask waves a flag in support of US President Donald Trump outside at a polling station in Houston, Texas.

A person in a protective mask waves a flag in support of US President Donald Trump outside at a polling station in Houston, Texas.Credit:Bloomberg

Trump does his Twitter thing

Trump has never said he would leave the White House peacefully if results went to Biden. After midnight (EST) the President further stoked the flames on Twitter.

“We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!” Twitter labelled the post as potentially misleading.

Biden takes Minnesota, New Hampshire

Despite a strong push by Trump, Biden carried Minnesota and New Hampshire, both narrowly won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

While only offering 10 Electoral College votes, Minnesota was seen as up for grabs. Trump had also hoped he could flip New Hampshire, which offers four votes.

Trump came within 1.5 percentage points of winning Minnesota in 2016, with Republicans investing considerable time and money in an effort to turn the state this time around.

Allisun Zagar joined Joe Biden supporters as they gathered in Duluth, Minnesota.

Allisun Zagar joined Joe Biden supporters as they gathered in Duluth, Minnesota.Credit:Star Tribune/AP

No malicious attacks

By noon on the US eastern seaboard, the cyber security agency at the Department of Homeland Security said there were no outward signs of any malicious activity.

No other major problems arose on Tuesday, outside the typical glitches of a presidential election. Some polling places opened late and robocalls provided false information to voters in Iowa and Michigan.

However, Republicans in Pennsylvania were trying to block the counting of thousands of ballots that arrived in county offices on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House, early on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House, early on Wednesday.Credit:AP

Trump addresses supporters

In a 2.30am press conference at the White House, Trump claimed he would win the election, while sowing more doubt about the vote counting.

“As far as I’m concerned, we already have won,” he said.

Counting is ongoing, but he claimed victory in North Carolina, Georgia and said Pennsylvania was “not even close”.

“We don’t need all of them,” he said, listing all the battleground states in which he expected to win.

“And all of a sudden everything just stopped. This is a fraud on the American public,” he claimed, although there has been no evidence of this. “This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election,” he said adding he would launch legal action to stop vote counting.

“We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at four in the morning and add them to the list, OK?”

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