• By The Financial District


Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appears confident that he is on track to win the race for the White House, with US media projecting he has picked up two crucial Midwest states won in 2016 by Republican Donald Trump.

In what has become an extremely tight election following the end of voting on Tuesday, Biden narrowly won Wisconsin and Michigan for a combined 26 Electoral College votes. The Associated Press (AP) said early on November 5, 2020 that Biden has secured 264 Electoral College votes, six shy of the 270 needed to win the election while Trump was credited only with 213 votes. Reuters and other news outlets said Biden was leading by nearly 3 million popular votes.

"After a long night of counting, it's clear that we're winning enough states to reach 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency," Biden said, citing possible wins in other states that are still too close to call. "I'm not here to declare that we've won, but I am here to report that when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners," he added.

Trump's campaign, meanwhile, requested a recount of the Wisconsin result and filed a lawsuit with a Michigan court over vote counting. In the race to secure 270 Electoral College votes, Biden has so far won 253 and Trump 213, according to CNN. Only a handful of battleground states such as Georgia, Pennsylvania and Nevada remain too close to call.