Although Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is narrowly leading incumbent President Donald Trump in the key swing state of Michigan, some 100,000 voters have not yet been counted.
A clearer picture of the state’s overall results in the Midwest is expected later this Wednesday, but Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has warned that the count will take time because of the tens of thousands of ballots still outstanding due to the unprecedented number of postal ballots. In Michigan, approximately 5.2 million ballots have already been counted, and Biden leads Trump with approximately 30,000 votes.
“We will ensure that the results of our elections accurately reflect every single ballot that has been cast. And that’s especially important in close election campaigns because the number of ballots outstanding is still greater than the difference between many campaigns with leading candidates,” Benson said Wednesday during a virtual briefing.
“When we have the first unofficial tabulation, which hopefully will take place sometime in the next 24 hours, we will finalize the official minutes and move on to official tabulation, which could take even more time,” she said.
Michigan has stopped accepting postal ballots on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. All ballots received after that time were disregarded by local election officials. Here is a closer look at the districts that still count ballots and how Trump did there in 2016.
The districts have reported in full: 67.89 percent
Biden: 489,165 votes (66.87 percent)
Trump card: 231,845 (31.69 percent)
In 2016, Trump won 228,993 votes (or 29.3 percent of the total) in Wayne County. The former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won 519,444 votes (66.4 percent).
The districts have reported in full: 99.6 percent
Biden: 437,133 (56.29 percent)
Trump card: 327,197 (42.13 percent)
In 2016, Trump received 289,127 votes (or 43.6 percent of the total) in Oakland County. Clinton received 342,976 votes (51.7 percent).
The districts have reported in full: 95.3 percent
Biden: 218,305 (45.4 percent)
Trump: 256,574 (53.3 percent)
In 2016, Trump won 224,589 (53.6 percent) versus 176,238 (42.1 percent) from Clinton.
The districts have reported in full: 84.9 percent
Biden: 141,078 (46.6 percent)
Trump card: 153,472 (50.6 percent)
In 2016, Trump won 147,959 (48.3 percent) versus 138,567 (45.2 percent) from Clinton.
The districts have reported in full: 78.2 percent
Biden: 102,322 (50.1 percent)
Trump card: 97,439 (47.8 percent)
In 2016, Trump won 84,174 (42.9 percent) versus 102,744 (52.4 percent) from Clinton.
In the last presidential election Trump won Michigan with only 10,704 votes, giving him a 0.2 percent lead. Biden currently leads Trump with a lead of about 0.9 percent….