ELECTION: Biden wins in Michigan, AP confirms

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak to supporters, early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del., as Jill Biden looks on. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)– Joe Biden has won Michigan in the 2020 Presidential Election, claiming the 16 electoral votes up for grabs, according to the Associated Press.

Biden won by a small margin with 49.9% of the vote to Trump’s 48.6%. Biden now has 253 electoral college votes and needs 17 more to win. President Trump currently has 213 electoral college votes.

WOOD-TV-8 reported Biden won Kent County by 20,000 votes.

CBS had called the race earlier Wednesday afternoon for Biden.

On Twitter, Biden said he would not declare a victory until every vote has been counted.

President Trump falsely claimed at a live address to the nation Wednesday morning that he had won Georgia even though ballots were still being counted. He also claimed victory in North Carolina, where the race is 50% in Trump’s favor to Biden’s 49%. As of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 94% of the precincts have been accounted for.

At the address Wednesday morning, Trump claimed, “We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election,” the president then asserted that this election is rife with fraud. 

President Trump was the first Republican to win Michigan since 1988 in the 2016 election with a narrow margin of 10,700 votes.

The battleground state was highly sought after by both candidates, with President Trump making four trips to Michigan in just last seven days leading up to the election.

Biden’s victory turns Michigan back to blue, after president trump turned the usual Democratic stronghold red in 2016, on his road to defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

On Wednesday evening, Governor Whitmer issued a congratulations message to Biden and Harris:

“On behalf of the people of Michigan, I want to congratulate Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Senator Gary Peters, Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, and Justice-Elect Elizabeth Welch on their victories. This was a hard-fought election on both sides, shattering the record for the most votes cast in the history of our state, with more than 5.1 million votes and over 3.2 absentee ballots cast.   

“The people have spoken, and with the election behind us, now is the time for our nation to come together. We have a common enemy, and it is COVID-19, not one another. This pandemic has ravaged our state, infecting more than 190,000 people and taking the lives of more than 7,400 Michiganders. As governor, I’m ready to work with the president and our state legislature on areas where we can find common ground to keep our state safe. I remain firmly committed to doing everything we can to slow the spread of this deadly virus, so we can protect the health and safety of our families, our frontline workers, our seniors, and our small businesses. Let’s all mask up, Michigan, and let’s get through this together.” 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer

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