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Georgia secretary of state said this morning there were under 25K uncounted ballots remaining. Now his office claims there are over 60K.

There are still about 60,000 ballots left to count in Georgia as the presidential race there comes down to the wire, the Georgia secretary of state’s office announced in a press conference Thursday morning.

In a press release, the office confirmed that as of 9:15 a.m. ET, there were approximately 61,367 outstanding mail-in absentee ballots that remain uncounted.

The updated number came as a surprise to many watching the election closely, as only hours before, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger indicated that the number of uncounted ballots was under 25,000.

During the press conference, when asked about the discrepancy, Georgia’s statewide voting system implementation manager, Gabriel Sterling, explained that the number could fluctuate as counties intermittently report results. He even said that some of the discrepancy could be due to the simple human error of precinct workers forgetting to hit “upload.”

He also described the number of absentee ballots as a “moving target,” but assured that all things are proceeding smoothly and accurately.

As it stands, President Trump still leads Democratic challenger Joe Biden by a margin of roughly 18,500 votes, but his lead has narrowed considerably as mail-in absentee ballots flow in, especially from predominantly Democratic counties like Fulton and Clayton counties.

Sterling said that as of Thursday morning, Fulton County, home to Atlanta, still had slightly over 11,000 ballots to count and Clayton County had roughly 7,000.

Sterling stressed that while state workers want to turn in results quickly, accuracy was far more important. He added that in addition to absentee ballots and provisional ballots, overseas military ballots would still need to be counted. Given the extremely narrow margin in the state, it is becoming increasingly likely that an official projection of who won the state will be delayed significantly and will likely be contested.

Under Georgia state law, if the final tally is within half of a percentage point, the losing candidate can request a recount.

The Trump campaign has already filed a lawsuit in Georgia over allegations that precinct workers in Democratic Chatham County mixed unprocessed absentee ballots into processed absentee ballots waiting to be tabulated. Lawsuits are expected in a dozen more Georgia counties.

If Biden were to win the typically Republican state, it would be a major pickup and almost assuredly point to a Biden presidency. Should Trump lose Georgia, he would need to win the remaining undetermined states — Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Arizona, and Nevada — to force an electoral tie.

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Wisconsin elections director says all ballots have been counted — Biden is up by 20K votes in the state

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appears poised to win Wisconsin, a key battleground state that President Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016.

Late Wednesday morning, the state’s elections commission director, Meagan Wolfe informed NBC News that “all of the ballots have indeed been counted” and that the commission is “not seeing that there’s any counties that haven’t posted their results on their websites.”

As Wolfe made the statement, Biden was leading Trump in the state by a tiny margin of just over 20,000 votes — 1,630,396 to 1,609,879, according to the Associated Press.

TheBlaze reached out to Wolfe for confirmation on the results, but has not yet received a reply.

There were reports early Wednesday that some 13,000 ballots in Outagamie and Calumet counties had been misprinted and still needed to be counted. Trump won both of those counties in 2016. However, even if for some reason they are not reflected in the current reported count, the numbers for Trump would not be enough to close the gap.

Should the results stand, Biden would claim an important victory in the Rust Belt and disrupt another pathway for the incumbent to secure 270 Electoral College votes and earn re-election. Trump, who won Wisconsin in 2016 by a similarly narrow margin — roughly 27,000 votes — was hoping to sweep the Midwest en route to victory.

Trump held a lead in the state Tuesday night before a large swath of absentee ballots were counted in the Milwaukee and Green Bay areas and the outcome changed. A similar trend is taking place in the battleground states of Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Given the narrow margin of victory and allegations of fraudulent activity, the Trump campaign has defiantly protested the outcomes in the Midwestern states, Wisconsin included.

It should be noted, then, that because the final tally is within 1% — at least as it stands now — under Wisconsin law, a recount can be requested. The Trump campaign will almost assuredly make such a request.

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President Trump projected to win Florida with relative ease

President Donald Trump has secured the first major battleground victory of election night by winning Florida and claiming the Sunshine State’s 29 Electoral College votes.

With largely only the Panhandle left to report — an area dominated by Republicans — Trump had a slight edge on Democratic challenger Joe Biden. It soon became apparent that Biden would not catch Trump in the race. As of 11 p.m. ET, the president held a lead of approximately 4 points.

As several news outlets called the race for Trump, the New York Times’ election predictor estimated that Trump would carry the state by several points.

Heading into Election Day, the president trailed Biden in the polls by 0.9%, according to the RealClearPolitics polling averages.

Throughout the day, the Trump campaign remained confident of their chances in the state, touting historic GOP turnout.

“We feel really, really good about where we stand in Florida,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien reportedly told reporters on a campaign call Tuesday evening, noting the campaign’s success “in developing wider and deeper relationships” with Hispanic communities in South Florida.

The key victory for Trump is just one of several he will need to secure a second term, as America still awaits the outcomes in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Ohio, and North Carolina. But if the trend line of Trump beating polling estimates continues at the rate it has in Florida, there may in fact be a “red wave” coming as Trump has promised.

In 2016, Trump beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Sunshine State by 1.2%.

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Majority of veterans support President Trump, according to a new poll

A majority of United States military veterans support President Donald Trump’s re-election, according to a new poll conducted by the Military Times.

The military news outlet reported Monday that “about 52% of veterans surveyed said they plan to back Trump (or have already backed him in early voting) in his re-election campaign this year” while about 42% said they have voted or plan to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden instead.

The remainder of respondents were split between voting for third-party candidates and sitting out the election altogether.

The president’s strong support among older veterans was the driving force behind his advantage in the poll, as those age 55 and older favored Trump to Biden 59% to 38%. Meanwhile, veterans younger than 55 years old favored Biden.

That age breakdown reiterated results from a previous poll conducted by the Military Times in August of active-duty personnel. That survey found that current military service members favored Biden to Trump 41% to 37%, with 13% saying they would vote third party and 9% planning to skip the election.

The most recent poll, which was conducted October 1-13 and surveyed more than 1,700 veterans, returned the same results as a Morning Consult survey last month of more than 2,700 likely voters in military households. In that survey, respondents also favored Trump to Biden by a margin of 52% to 42%.

The poll results appear to be good news for the president ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Most national and battleground state polling show Trump losing, but it should be noted that the numbers are down for the incumbent in comparison to his margin of victory among veterans in the last election.

Exit surveys in 2016 showed that voting veterans supported Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by a margin of 60% to 34%, according to the national exit poll conducted by Edison Research, as reported by CNN.

Politicos have looked on in keen interest to see if Trump’s support among veterans would dip following a report from The Atlantic last month that alleged he mocked veterans who died defending the country as “losers” and suckers.”

The report, which was based on claims from four anonymous sources, was forcefully rejected by the president, who blasted it on Twitter as “Fake News given by disgusting & jealous failures in a disgraceful attempt to influence the 2020 Election!”

“I never called our great fallen soldiers anything other than HEROES,” he added.

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Debate recap: More presidential Trump hits Biden as ‘corrupt,’ ‘all talk, no action’ politician in final effort to turn election

In the last debate Thursday night before the Nov. 3 election, a much more reserved and presidential Donald Trump set out to label Democratic challenger Joe Biden as a corrupt, do-nothing politician in an appeal to the American people to grant him four more years.

During the debate in Nashville, Tennessee, moderated by NBC News’ Kristen Welker, Trump routinely hit Biden for being “all talk, no action” and pressed him on why he didn’t accomplish reforms while he was the vice president or in the Senate. At one point, he looked at Biden and said, “I ran because of you … because I thought you did a poor job.”

Biden weathered the attacks and shot back characterizing Trump as a president unfit for office and unable to handle the responsibility of leading a nation.

Key exchanges

On the coronavirus: The first question of the night predictably was about the coronavirus pandemic, which Welker described as entering a “dangerous new phase.”

Though usually a weak point for Trump, the president seemed to handle himself ably on the topic, even getting in a good dig on Biden regarding shutdowns, saying, “We can’t lock ourselves up in a basement like Joe does.” Biden espoused a grim tone on the topic, warning that America is heading into a “dark winter” and that, contrary to Trump’s suggestion that Americans are “learning to live with” the virus, under Trump’s leadership, they are actually “learning to die with it.”

Foreign entanglements: Welker artfully facilitated discussion on the hot-button issue of the debate — Hunter Biden’s laptop — by lumping the controversy into what she called “foreign entanglements” involving each candidate. Once the conversation was underway, it turned into perhaps the most fiery spat of the debate. Trump pressed Biden on new reports about his family profiting off of his high-profile government position, and Biden shot back at Trump over his tax returns and foreign investments.

Trump NUKES Biden Over Hunter’s Laptop Scandal and Forces Joe to Finally Respond

At one point, Biden made a statement he will almost certainly regret, claiming: “I have not taken a penny from any foreign source in my life.”

Unfortunately, Welker never specifically cornered the former vice president into answering the New York Post’s bombshell reports about his family allegedly profiting off his position in government and kicking back proceeds to him.

Immigration: Trump wiggled out of what could have been a detrimental segment for him on the topic of child separations at the border by noting that the “cages,” or chain-linked holding centers, where illegal immigrant children are kept were built during the Obama administration. Trump repeatedly taunted the former vice president, saying, “Who built the cages, Joe?” while he was castigating Trump for “ripping” children from their families.

Biden then promised to implement a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants and DACA recipients.

Trump Leaves Biden SPEECHLESS When He Asks: “Who Built the Cages, Joe?”

Anything else?

Regardless of political persuasion, everyone will likely agree that this debate was far more rewarding for viewers.

Surprisingly, the addition of the mute button seemed to be an obvious success as each candidate was able to answer initial questions without interruption or provocation.

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Robert Reich proposes post-election commission to censor and blacklist Trump supporters — and leftists on Twitter salivate over the idea

University of California-Berkeley professor and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich proposed the radical idea for a post-election commission to censor speech and name and shame every public figure who supported President Donald Trump’s rise to power.

He wrote on Twitter over the weekend that “when this nightmare” — or Trump’s presidency — “is over, we need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It would erase Trump’s lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe.”

Read plainly, it appears Reich is envisioning a committee that would oversee a massive censorship campaign of things purported to be “lies” by the president and a massive blacklist campaign of Trump supporters. Both of which sound like characteristics of dictatorial transitions of power that occur in third-world countries.

Leftists on Twitter salivate

In response to the tweet, several Twitter followers agreed and even raised the stakes of his proposal.

“I am thinking more of using the postwar Nuremberg Trials as a template,” one Twitter user wrote, speculating that criminal trials should be in order. “Felonies were committed as were treasonous behaviors. The guilty should be arrested, tried, convicted and forced to do time.”

“Prosecute them all,” another said. “The [Justice Department] will hire new attorneys, the media will be fed by the trials, and Biden and his administration can focus on policy and government reform. We are broken and need to be restructured so this can never happen again. Or it’s a lot harder to repeat.”

Another added Supreme Court-packing and the abolition of the Electoral College to the commission’s list of to-dos in order to “ensure that this can never happen again.”

Still another suggested the commission be named the Truth and Consequences Commission and argued that “at the very least, there need to be a lot of people banned from government service for life, including all federal LEO’s who committed crimes or abused authorities because they thought the admin would cover for them.”

Someone else suggested the commission should “review all of the federal judges that have been appointed [by Trump], and kick those out that aren’t qualified.” So much for the president’s constitutional authority to appoint judges.

Anything else?

In a subsequent tweet responding to some Twitter users who rejected his proposal, Reich posted an article that laid out arguments for a truth and reconciliation commission.

“As long as unresolved historic injustices continue to fester in the world, there will be a demand for truth commissions,” the article stated. “The goal of a truth commission … is to hold public hearings to establish the scale and impact of a past injustice, typically involving wide-scale human rights abuses, and make it part of the permanent, unassailable public record.”

In the article, the author points to Canada’s recent commission to address “historic injustices perpetrated against Canada’s Indigenous peoples” and South Africa’s commission to address apartheid as models.

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Press-protected Biden has answered less than half as many questions from media as Trump has since Aug. 31: Report

A new report from Axios details how Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden might be the “luckiest, least scrutinized frontrunner” ever in a presidential election based on the media’s highly favorable, hands-off approach to the candidate.

In making its case, the news outlet noted that “Biden has yet to be pinned down on an array of legitimate questions” regarding his mysterious intentions on packing the Supreme Court as well as his views on Medicare for All, reallocating police department funding, the Green New Deal, and reparations for black Americans. The former senator also has not been grilled over his questionable support of the 1994 crime bill.

The key statistic

A poignant example of the media’s favorability toward Biden highlighted in the report is a Trump campaign statistic not disputed by the Biden campaign that found that since Aug. 31, “Biden has answered less than half as many questions from the press as Trump — 365 compared with 753.”

Axios noted that in that time, Biden has been interviewed by local TV reporters 35 times and national reporters three times and conducted two town halls.

Earlier this year, Biden went more than a month without holding a press conference and has generally, during the campaign, flown under the radar and avoided appearances with reporters.

The imbalance of press questions since Aug. 31 is actually an improvement on a reported imbalance between July 19 and Sept. 15. The New York Post reported that during that time, Trump fielded 1,141 questions to Biden’s 274 questions — a whopping five times more.

Attempting to provide an explanation for the most recent statistic, Axios suggested the mainstream media’s “obsession” with President Trump along with the president’s “compulsion” to dominate the news cycle as reasons for the imbalance.

But a more obvious explanation may simply be that the mainstream media have a biased opposition to Trump’s re-election and therefore have no interest in grilling his challenger and risking damage to his election chances.

Such media bias was on full display during an early September press conference in which reporters tossed softball question after softball question to Biden. Several conservative commentators lashed out in response to the event, calling it “shameful” and “pathetic.”

“It’s like watching someone make sure a 3-year-old wins CandyLand,” RealClearPolitics senior writer Mark Hemingway tweeted, relaying a friend’s text message.

Trump campaign spokesman Andrew Clark told Axios: “Biden has been the least-scrutinized presidential candidate in modern history at great disservice to the voters, but the press still has time to rectify that.”

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New CNN poll shows Trump cutting Biden’s big lead down to 4 points

A CNN poll released Sunday found that President Donald Trump has significantly cut into presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s lead ahead of the Democratic Party’s convention this week.

What are the details?

The poll, which surveyed 1,108 registered voters, showed Biden narrowly holding onto a 50%-46% lead over Trump — with a margin of error of +/- 4% — a huge change from the poll’s previous tally in June that showed Biden with a sizable 14-point edge.

What’s more: The results were even tighter across 15 battleground states, with Biden leading by just one percentage point, 49%-48%.

Trump’s approval rating improved markedly in the new poll, as well, closing the approve/disapprove margin by seven points since the last tally.

It is a rare piece of good polling for the president, who has struggled to rebound after criticisms of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests over racial injustice appeared to have damaged his re-election prospects.

After June’s poll results, the Trump campaign sent a cease-and-desist letter to CNN arguing the poll was “designed to manufacture an anti-Trump narrative and misinform and mislead actual voters.”

But it wasn’t just the CNN poll, actually conducted by SSRS, that showed Biden with a double-digit lead. A New York Times/Siena College poll released the same month showed the former vice president with a 14-point lead over Trump as well.

Anything else?

Another poll released Sunday, this one sponsored by ABC News/Washington Post and conducted by Langer Research Associates, showed Biden’s lead over Trump still hovering in the double digits, 54%-44%, among likely voters.

The dueling results demonstrate the challenge with polls; they are often better at identifying trends than clarifying the actual state of things. And of course, there are always outliers.

The Democratic Party is scheduled to begin its national convention Monday, during which it will formally nominate Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), to lead the party in the general election. The Republican Party’s convention will take place next week.

This story has been updated.