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Donald Trump and Joe Biden each claim to be ahead of the game in the US presidential election, even if the end result hangs on the knife edge and both sides are on trial.

The Trump campaign challenges the number of votes in key states of Wisconsin, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

The BBC Projects Mr. Biden won Michigan. US media predicted he took Wisconsin. No result has been reported in Pennsylvania.

Winning all three states of the rust belt would bring Mr Biden the victory.

Democratic candidate Biden did not say he won, but said he was confident he was on the right track to defeat Republican Trump.

According to the US election project, voter turnout on Tuesday was 66.9%, the highest in 120 years.

Mr Biden had the support of 70.5 million voters, the most any presidential nominee has ever won. Mr Trump cast 67.2 million votes, four million more than in 2016.

The bitter election race was dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, which, according to the Covid Tracking Project, hit a new record high in the United States on Wednesday with 103,000 cases per day.

What are the campaigns saying?

On Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, “When the count is complete, we believe we will be the winners.”

He added: “I will rule as the American president. The presidency itself is not a partisan institution.”

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He said he felt “very good” about Pennsylvania even though President Trump’s campaign said it was “victory” in the state on “all legal ballots”.

Jason Miller, Senior Trump Campaign Advisor, said, “By the end of this week, it will be clear to the nation as a whole that President Trump and Vice President Pence will be elected for another four years.”

Can Trump still win?

Mr Biden comes out on top in the race for the 270 electoral college votes required to win the White House. The Democrat has 243 votes, the Republican 214.

In the US election, voters are more likely to choose national competitions than a single national one. Each US state receives a certain number of votes for the electoral college, based in part on its population, and there are 538 total votes.

If Mr Trump loses Wisconsin (10 electoral college votes), he must win Georgia (16 votes), North Carolina (15), Pennsylvania (20), and either Arizona (11) or Nevada (6) to prevail.

The president is one point ahead in both North Carolina and Georgia, and the two candidates faced each other in Nevada, with most of the votes counted. The Trump campaign is confident it can still take Arizona.

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In the once reliably conservative sun belt state, Mr. Biden has a lead of almost three points with 85% of the votes counted. CBS has classified it as a “likely” victory for the Democrat.

But the state’s Republican governor Doug Ducey said in a statement Wednesday that “results have shifted dramatically from hour to hour,” with hundreds of thousands of votes pending.

What legal challenges are underway?

The Trump campaign said the president would officially request a recount in Wisconsin, citing “irregularities in several counties in Wisconsin.”

Incomplete results show that the spread between Mr Trump and Mr Biden in Wisconsin is less than a percentage point, which allows a candidate to request a recount.

The campaign also filed a lawsuit in Michigan to stop counting on the grounds that it was denied “reasonable access” to monitor ballot opening and billing.

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In Detroit, Michigan, police were called on Wednesday afternoon to guard the doors of a vote counting facility as some protesters outside requested access to monitor the process. According to the Detroit Free Press, around 200 people were already watching the vote in the building.

Officials were seen covering the windows of the TCF center, where postal ballot papers were tabulated.

The Trump campaign also filed two lawsuits in Pennsylvania to stop the counting of all votes “until there is reasonable transparency.”

The President has a three-point lead in Keystone State, but many thousands of votes remain to be counted.

Mr Trump is also suing Georgia to stop the vote there. His campaign said a Republican election observer in the southern state saw 53 late absenteeism votes illegally added to a vote pile in Chatham County.

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Mr Trump won Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania in his 2016 Win Against All Odds.

In the early hours of Wednesday, he announced from the White House that he had won his re-election offer and was ready to take the matter to the Supreme Court.

The Trump campaign calls on Republican donors to help fund legal challenges.

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said, “The fight is not over. We’re in.”

Mr. Biden’s fellow campaigner Kamala Harris tweeted asking supporters to contribute $ 5 towards the settlement of legal disputes that could go on for “weeks”.

Biden campaign chief legal advisor Bob Bauer said there was no need for Mr Trump to invalidate legitimate ballot papers.

What were the other key results?

Mr Biden’s hopes for a crucial early election night victory were thwarted when Mr Trump defied pollsters’ predictions by excelling on key battlefields.

The president held several key states including Texas, Ohio, and Iowa.

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Despite two visits from Mr. Biden’s ally and former boss, ex-President Barack Obama, he comfortably won his adopted home state of Florida, the hottest battlefield of the night.

But Mr Biden fended off his rival’s attempts to take in New Hampshire and Minnesota.

What did the surveys about the exit show?

Some political analysts were surprised by data showing Mr Trump doubled his support among black voters to 12% from four years ago.

He increased his vote share among Hispanic men to 36%, compared to 28% in 2016, according to exit polls.

African Americans and Latinos are two important polling blocks for Democrats.

However, the president cast votes among the white men that drove him to the White House four years ago.

However, Mr Trump also increased his support for white women significantly (55% on Tuesday versus 47% in 2016).

What about the races in Congress?

Democrats dreamed of a blue wave of elections that would sweep away a Republican party reformulated in Trump’s image. But these hopes were dashed.

Their chances of gaining control of the Senate seemed to wane as the dust of Election Day settled. Democrats won two seats in Colorado and Arizona, but lost another in Alabama.

One race in the Senate in North Carolina was tied, and another in Georgia was up for a runoff in January.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was “feeling pretty good” about the remaining competitions. Republicans currently control the chamber from 53-47.

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Mr McConnell and Trump ally Lindsey Graham were both re-elected to their Kentucky and South Carolina seats, respectively.

Republicans also held onto other Senate seats in Maine, Montana, Texas, and Iowa.

There was another unexpected setback for Democrats in House races. The party had hoped to get 15 seats in the lower chamber of Congress, which it currently controls.

Instead, they face a reduced majority after seven of their incumbents lost and the party failed to beat a single Republican.

One of the new Republican lawmakers in Georgia has been described as a proponent of the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory.

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