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© Pool President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris take the stage at the Chase Center to address the nation November 07, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Merkel: US, Germany must stand together on climate change — 6:37 a.m.

The US and Germany must stand “side by side” in handling the coronavirus pandemic, fighting global warming and terrorism, and in working for “an open global economy and free trade,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday.

President-elect Joe Biden brings decades of experience in domestic and foreign policy to the job, and “he knows Germany and Europe well,” Merkel said in her first comments in person on the election outcome. The chancellor had congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in writing on Saturday.

EU moves ahead with tariffs on US but hopes for Biden change — 5:32 a.m.

The European Union pressed ahead Monday with plans to impose tariffs and other penalties on up to $4 billion worth of US goods and services over illegal American support for plane maker Boeing, but expressed hope that trade ties would improve once President Donald Trump leaves office.

EU trade ministers were discussing the move on a videoconference, after international arbitrators last month gave the EU, the world’s biggest trade bloc, the green light to do so.

A year ago, the World Trade Organization authorized the United States to slap penalties on EU goods worth up to $7.5 billion – including Gouda cheese, single-malt whiskey and French wine – over European support for Boeing rival Airbus.

Referendum on Trump shatters turnout records — 12:25 a.m.

With votes still being counted, turnout in the 2020 presidential election has hit a 50-year high, exceeding the record set by the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama — an extraordinary engagement in what amounted to a referendum on President Donald Trump’s leadership.

As of Sunday, the tallied votes accounted for 62% of the eligible voting-age population in the U.S. That’s a 0.4 percentage point increase so far over the rate hit in 2008, when the nation elected its first Black president.

A ‘terrifying’ COVID surge will land in Biden’s lap — 10:01 p.m.

Hours after President-elect Joe Biden declared the coronavirus a top priority, the magnitude of his task became starkly clear Sunday as the nation surpassed 10 million cases and sank deeper into the grip of what could become the worst chapter of the pandemic yet.

The rate of new cases is soaring and for the first time is averaging more than 100,000 a day in the United States, which has reported more COVID-19 cases than any other country. An astonishing number — 1 in 441 Americans — have tested positive for the virus just in the last week.

With 29 states setting weekly case records, the virus is surging at a worrisome level in more than half the country. Nationwide, hospitalizations have nearly doubled since mid-September, and deaths are slowly increasing again, with few new interventions in place to stop the spiraling outbreak.

Can Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell get it done? — 9:21 p.m.

By Carl Hulse, New York Times

In late July 2011, with an economy-shaking Treasury default only a few days away and Congress flailing, Senator Mitch McConnell received a Saturday phone call from Joe Biden, then the vice president.

“I think it’s time we talk,” Biden told McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, who was then the minority leader.

That opening, recounted by McConnell in his memoir, “The Long Game,” initiated the second in a series of one-on-one tax and budget negotiations that produced agreements that rescued the government from imminent fiscal disaster while drawing mixed reviews from fellow Democrats.

President-elect Biden could be making a lot more of those phone calls in the years ahead.

Former WH officials urge cooperative transition — 8:04 p.m.

By The Associated Press

A bipartisan group from the last three White Houses is urging the Trump administration to move forward “to immediately begin the post-election transition process.”

The call from the Center for Presidential Transition advisory board comes as the General Services Administration has yet to formally recognize Democrat Joe Biden as the president-elect. That’s a necessary move to free up money for the transition and clear the way for Biden’s team to begin putting in place the transition process at agencies.

“This was a hard-fought campaign, but history is replete with examples of presidents who emerged from such campaigns to graciously assist their successors,” members of the advisory board said in a statement.

The statement was signed by Bush White House chief of staff Josh Bolten and Health and Human Services secretary Michael Leavitt as well as Bill Clinton-era chief of staff Thomas “Mack” McLarty and Obama Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.

Mass. Republican Party, which tied itself to Trump, hopes amid the reckoning — 7:32 p.m.

By Brian MacQuarrie, Globe Staff

The Massachusetts Republican Party is no stranger to struggling for relevance. And this year, with President Trump on the ballot in one of the bluest of blue states, the portents held more than the usual peril.

But after losing two seats overall in the State House and Senate, a sense in GOP circles was that Election Day could have been worse.

Kamala Harris’s local sorority sisters celebrate her rise to the White House — 7:30 p.m.

By Gal Tziperman Lotan, Globe Staff

On an uncharacteristically warm November afternoon — as if Mother Nature knew there was something to celebrate — about 30 women from the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority’s Boston chapter gathered in front of the State House to rejoice for one of their sisters: Kamala Harris, who is ascending to the nation’s second-highest political seat.

Parties gird for ferocious Georgia runoffs — 6:51 p.m.

By Sean Sullivan, Annie Linskey and Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post

Within minutes of Joe Biden becoming president-elect Saturday, top Democrats and Republicans raced to the front lines of 2020′s last battlefront: a pair of January Senate runoffs in Georgia where the country’s racial, economic, and cultural crosscurrents could help determine whether Democrats complete their takeover of Washington.

Republicans looking to turn the page on President Trump’s defeat shifted their attention to the runoffs, framing them as a last line of defense against a left-wing agenda. Democrats, seeking to capitalize on their momentum and celebratory mood, promoted the races as the best way to advance Biden’s policies.

Top Republicans decline to acknowledge Biden win as Trump refuses to concede — 6:48 p.m.

By Luke Broadwater, New York Times

More than 24 hours after President-elect Joe Biden was declared the winner of the election, the nation’s Republican leaders and scores of party lawmakers refrained Sunday from acknowledging his victory, either remaining silent or encouraging President Trump to forge ahead with long-shot lawsuits to try to overturn the results of the election in battleground states.

Business leaders eye wish lists for Biden and Harris — 6:47 p.m.

By Jon Chesto, Globe Staff

Ask leaders of Boston’s business associations what they want to see a Biden administration tackle first, and the wish lists vary tremendously. One common theme: Most seem buoyed by a sense of optimism that the federal government can find common ground as it confronts the twin crises recession and pandemic.

Rally celebrates VP-elect Harris as activists prepare to challenge Biden administration — 5:48 p.m.

By Lucas Phillips, Globe Correspondent

Boston was mostly quiet a day after the presidential race was called, but a group of activists held a Black Lives Matter rally outside City Hall Sunday morning to celebrate president-elect Joseph R. Biden’s win and assert that their work will continue.

“In this moment, we had something historic happen — and we can have the joy of that moment and also continue to fight for accountability,” Monica Cannon-Grant, a Boston organizer, told a crowd of about 50 people.

Lame duck Congress and lame duck president face huge challenges in coming weeks — 3:12 p.m.

By Erica Werner and Paul Kane, The Washington Post

Lawmakers return to Washington on Monday for Congress’ lame duck session confronting a government shutdown deadline and crucial economic relief negotiations at a moment of extraordinary national uncertainty. President Donald Trump is refusing to concede the presidential election even as Democratic President-elect Joe Biden moves forward quickly with transition plans and coronavirus cases spike nationwide.

Even before Biden takes office on January 20, Congress must contend with a Dec. 11 government funding deadline. Failure to reach a deal would result in a government shutdown. Trump would have to sign the legislation as one of his final acts in office – but he has not signaled whether he will do so.

Jennifer Lawrence celebrates Biden’s win by running through the streets of Boston — 2:53 p.m.

By Rachel Raczka, Globe Correspondent

Where were you when you heard that Joe Biden had been declared the winner of the presidential election on Saturday? Well, we know where Jennifer Lawrence was.

Running through the streets of Boston, screaming and cheering, while blasting Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” in her pajamas and a face mask.

She posted: “Had no choice but to throw a party for 1 #comeonbostonletsparty

Kamala Harris books surge in popularity after election — 2:50 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Books by and about Kamala Harris proved to be a popular purchase following the election. The vice president-elect was the subject or author of four books on Amazon’s top 10 Sunday.

They included her own children’s book “Superheroes Are Everywhere,” her memoir “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” a children’s book by her niece Meena Harris called “Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea” and Nikki Grimes’ illustrated “Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice.”

Bush congratulates Biden on his victory — 2:29 p.m.

By Peter Baker, New York Times

Former President George W. Bush congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on Sunday, becoming the highest-profile Republican to publicly declare the election over in defiance of President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the results.

“I extended my warm congratulations and thanked him for the patriotic message he delivered last night,” Bush said in a statement released after he spoke with Biden by phone. “I also called Kamala Harris to congratulate her on her historic election to the vice presidency. Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country.”

Biden begins transition but cabinet picks are weeks away — 1:49 p.m.

By Jennifer Epstein and Tyler Pager, Bloomberg

President-elect Joe Biden is launching his transition efforts to shape the new administration, but he is still weeks away from making cabinet nominations, his transition team said Sunday.

With the election called just Saturday, Biden has only begun to focus on the transition and has not yet started working through potential nominees in depth, several people familiar with the planning said.

Black leaders greet Biden win, pledge to push for equality — 1:42 p.m.

By The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s victory was celebrated by civil rights activists and Black leaders who warned that a tough road lies ahead to address America’s persistent inequalities and the racial division that Donald Trump fueled during his presidency.

Biden will take office in January as the nation confronts a series of crises that have taken a disproportionate toll on Black Americans and people of color, including the pandemic and resulting job losses. Many cities saw protests against racial injustice during a summer of unrest.

Firecrackers and prayers as Indians celebrate Harris’ win — 1:26 p.m.

By The Associated Press

THULASENDRAPURAM, India (AP) — Waking up to the news of Kamala Harris’ election as U.S. vice president, overjoyed people in her Indian grandfather’s hometown set off firecrackers and offered prayers on Sunday.

Groups gathered at street corners in Thulasendrapuram, a tiny village of 350 people, reading newspapers and chatting about Joe Biden and Harris’ victory before moving to a temple.

A woman wrote in color powder outside her home: “Congratulations Kamala Harris. Pride of our village. Vanakkam (Greetings) America.”

Here are the songs Joe Biden and Kamala Harris played at their Delaware event — 1:22 p.m.

By Brittany Bowker, Globe Staff

When Kamala Harris took the stage in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday to address the nation for the first time as vice president-elect, she did so to the sounds of singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige.

Later on in the evening, as the victory speeches wrapped up, Coldplay amplified the venue’s airwaves — a nod to Joe Biden’s late son, Beau.

Music played a role in Saturday’s drive-in rally celebrating the victories of Biden and Harris and their historic campaign. Here’s a look at the songs that were played, and what we know about why they might have been chosen.

How Georgia became a swing state for the first time in decades — 12:12 p.m.

By Kevin Schaul, Harry Stevens and Dan Keating, The Washington Post

If President-elect Joe Biden’s razor-thin lead in Georgia holds, 2020 will become the first year since 1992 that a Democrat wins the state. Georgia’s re-emergence as a battleground marks a major shift in its political landscape that would have seemed almost inconceivable even four years ago.

Biden leads President Donald Trump by about 10,000 votes out of 5 million cast, and Georgia state officials said Friday that such a narrow margin makes a recount all but certain.

Yet even if a recount does reverse the result, the state has returned to the ranks of the competitive, its leftward shift propelled by a coalition of voters very unlike the one that helped Bill Clinton win the state in 1992.

Iran’s president calls on Biden to return to nuclear deal — 5:31 a.m.

By The Associated Press

Iran’s president called on President-elect Joe Biden to “compensate for past mistakes” and return the US to Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, a state-run news agency reported Sunday.

Hassan Rouhani’s comments mark the highest-level response from Iran to Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris clinching the Nov. 3 election.

“Now, an opportunity has come up for the next US administration to compensate for past mistakes and return to the path of complying with international agreements through respect of international norms,” the state-run IRNA news agency quoted him as saying.

Treasury Secretary Warren? Progressives line up to press their agenda on Biden — 5:26 a.m.

By Sydney Ember, New York Times

They have an extensive blacklist for possible Biden appointees they do not like. They want to elevate allies like Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont to premier government posts. And they are even considering the possibility of bypassing Senate approval to fill executive branch roles.

As progressives have watched the Senate potentially slip out of reach this week, they have begun preparing to unleash a furious campaign to pressure President-elect Joe Biden over personnel and priorities — even as they wrestle with the results of the election and the possible need to be more realistic about expectations over the next two years.

World leaders hope for fresh start after Biden win — 4:13 a.m.

By The Associated Press

World leaders on Sunday cheered Joe Biden’s election as US president as a chance to enhance cooperation on climate change, the coronavirus and other problems after four years of President Donald Trump’s rejection of international alliances.

Trump had yet to concede defeat, but Western and Asian allies expressed hoped for a fresh start following Trump’s “American First” trade policies, withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and attacks on NATO and the World Health Organization.

‘This isn’t over!’: Trump supporters refuse to accept defeat — 11:20 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Chanting “This isn’t over!” and “Stop the steal,” supporters of President Donald Trump protested at state capitols across the country Saturday, refusing to accept defeat and echoing Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations that the Democrats won by fraud.

From Atlanta and Tallahassee to Austin, Bismarck, Boise and Phoenix, crowds ranging in size from a few dozen to a few thousand — some of them openly carrying guns — decried the news of Joe Biden’s victory after more than three suspense-filled days of vote-counting put the Democrat over the top. Skirmishes broke out in some cities.

People gather around Cambridge bar to watch Biden, Harris victory speech — 10:55 p.m.

By Adam Sennott and Breanne Kovatch, Globe Correspondent

Visitors to Harvard Square cheered the victory of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris as they watched the speech outside of a Cambridge bar on an unusually warm November night.

People stood or sat at tables as they watched the speech on a television set up outside Shays Pub and Wine Bar on JFK Street. .

“I feel like a tumor was ripped out of the American being and we’re on the road to better things,” Evan Davis, 26, said.

How Rhode Islanders reacted to Biden’s win — 10:53 p.m.

By Lylah Alphonse, Globe Staff

People celebrated outside in downtown Providence, cheering, playing music, and dancing. Liquor stores sold champagne like it was New Year’s Eve. Supporters of President Donald Trump gathered to protest in Warwick and elsewhere. Here’s a look at how Rhode Island reacted to news that the election had been called for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Saturday.

Trump, GOP sue in Arizona over ballot handling — 10:52 p.m.

By The Associated Press

The Trump campaign and Republican National Committee filed a lawsuit Saturday in Arizona that seeks the manual inspection of potentially thousands of in-person Election Day ballots in metro Phoenix that they allege were mishandled by poll workers and resulted in some ballot selections to be disregarded.

The legal challenge against Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs centers on instances in which people are believed to have voted for more candidates than permitted.

When tabulators detect such an “overvote,” poll workers should give voters a choice to fix the problem, but the workers instead either pressed or told voters to press a button on the machine to override the error, leaving the devices to disregard the problematic ballot selections, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed hours after the dismissal of another Arizona election lawsuit that contested the use of Sharpie markers in completing Election Day ballots in Maricopa County. Even though election officials have said voting with a Sharpie would not invalidate a ballot, many social media users in the controversy known as #Sharpiegate have falsely claimed their ballots had been invalidated because they were told to use the markers.

Hobbs spokeswoman Sophia Solis said the secretary of state’s office is still reviewing the lawsuit, but added that the latest lawsuit “is seemingly a repackaged ‘Sharpiegate’ lawsuit.”

While the Trump campaign’s lawsuit doesn’t mention Sharpies, it focuses on how ink splotches on a ballot are handled by electronic tabulators and raises the possibility of overvotes.

Here’s Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s full speech — 10:01 p.m.

Here’s President-elect Joe Biden’s full speech — 9:57 p.m.

A champagne toast in Boston for Biden-Harris victory — 9:23 p.m.

By Breanne Kovatch, Globe Correspondent

After the phones buzzed with the news, the corks popped.

Boston toasted former Vice President Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump with champagne.

Some people raced to their local liquor store, stocking up to celebrate, soon after the news broke late Saturday morning.

“Oh my goodness, we had a line out the door this morning,” said Amanda Best, an assistant manager at Charles Street Liquors in Beacon Hill, a trend seen at other liquor stores, as well.

As for the bubbly, the store “hasn’t been able to keep it stocked” on their shelves with how frequent customers bought it Saturday, along with specialty tequilas and rosés.

“We’ve been running this busy since Halloween, really,” Best said. “We’re just kind of keeping up with it all.”

Several stores said they couldn’t talk to the Globe Saturday evening, saying they were just too busy.

“We’ve sold a ton of champagne,” said an associate at Fenway Beer Shop. “It has certainly been busy, but it’s not especially surprising as it’s a big news day.”

For Gary’s Liquors in Chestnut Hill, Saturday wasn’t the only day they were busy, as the whole week people have come in and out of the store while waiting for the news.

Does this surprise them?

“No, not at all,” Edileisi Romero, a cashier at Gary’s, said after checking someone out who bought three bottles of champagne. “This is Gary’s Liquors, anything can happen here.”

Boston wasn’t the only place to break out the bubbly.

Across the Atlantic, in Ballina, Co. Mayo, Biden’s ancestral hometown, his distant cousins popped champagne in the town square, the Irish Times reported.

Residents had draped the streets in American flags and Biden-Harris banners for days as they awaited the results.

“Now he’ll be the President of the United States, they’re delighted, they’re absolutely delighted,” said Joe Blewitt, a heating and plumbing engineer and a cousin of Biden’s. “To think one of their own is one of the most powerful men in the world.”

Material from the Associated Press was used in this story.

Biden calls for America to ‘marshal the forces of decency’ — 9:14 p.m.

By Christina Prignano, Globe Staff

President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday said he would be a president for all Americans, not just his supporters, in a speech on Saturday before a drive-in rally of people in Delaware.

Biden reiterated his campaign message of seeking to “restore the soul of America,” after a divisive four years under President Trump.

Harris says voters have ‘ushered in a new day for America’ — 9:12 p.m.

By Christina Prignano, Globe Staff

In remarks introducing Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said that the American people had protected democracy in the 2020 election, and vowed to work to build a better future amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“America’s democracy is not guaranteed, it is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it, to guard it, and never take it for granted,” Harris said. “And protecting our democracy takes struggle, takes sacrifice, but there is joy in it.”

Harris said people had come together for years to protest, make their voices heard, and now to vote.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris delivered victory speeches in Delaware — 8:32 p.m.

Biden and Harris spoke from Delaware, hours after news organizations declared their ticket victorious in the 2020 presidential election.

Biden plans immediate flurry of executive orders to reverse Trump policies once he takes office — 8:19 p.m.

By Matt Viser, Seung Min Kim, and Annie Linskey, The Washington Post

President-elect Joe Biden is planning to quickly sign a series of executive orders after being sworn into office on Jan. 20, immediately forecasting that the country’s politics have shifted and that his presidency will be guided by radically different priorities.

He will rejoin the Paris climate accords, according to those close to his campaign and commitments he has made in recent months, and he will reverse President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization. He will repeal the ban on immigration from many Muslim-majority countries, and he will reinstate the program allowing “dreamers,” who were brought to the United States illegally as children, to remain in the country, according to people familiar with his plans.

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris to address nation after winning presidency — 7:53 p.m.

By The Associated Press

President-elect Joe Biden is planning to address the nation on Saturday night.

His presidential campaign announced that Biden and his wife, Jill, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff will appear at a drive-in rally outside the convention center in Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden to announce 12-member task force for coronavirus response — 7:52 p.m.

By Tyler Pager, Bloomberg

President-elect Joe Biden will announce a 12-member coronavirus task force on Monday, his first step toward fulfilling one of his biggest campaign promises — to mount an effective response to the pandemic that has infected millions and damaged the U.S. economy.

The task force will be co-chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a professor of public health at Yale University, according to a person familiar with his plans. It will also include Ezekiel Emanuel, a former Obama administration health adviser.

The co-chairs of the task force are scheduled to brief Biden on Monday after the members are announced.

The announcement was first reported by Axios.

Biden has promised a much more muscular response to the pandemic than he says President Donald Trump has made. The virus has infected 9.7 million people in the U.S. and killed more than 236,000 people as daily case counts continue to rise.

Kessler and Murthy were deeply involved in guiding the Biden campaign’s plans for responding to the virus, briefing Biden regularly, helping develop policy and helping top officials organize safe campaign events.

Biden’s plan calls for increased testing capacity, funding for businesses and schools to reopen safely and eventually a vaccine distributed equitably and for free.

‘#Sharpiegate’ controversy may be ending — 7:11 p.m.

By The Associated Press

The #Sharpiegate controversy may be over now that the attorneys who challenged the use of the markers to complete Election Day ballots in metro Phoenix told a court they’re dismissing their legal challenge.

Roopali Desai, an attorney for Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, said she received notice Saturday from the court that the lawyers who filed the lawsuit are now ending the case.

A copy of the dismissal notice provided to The Associated Press doesn’t specify a reason for dismissing the case, and Alexander Kolodin, one of the attorneys who filed the lawsuit, declined a request for comment.

Arizona election officials have said voting with a Sharpie would not invalidate their ballot. But many social media users have falsely claimed their ballots had been invalidated because they were told to use the markers to fill out their ballots.

The lawsuit alleged tabulation equipment was unable to record a voter’s ballot on Tuesday because she completed it with a Sharpie. One of the remedies sought by the lawsuit was for voters who used Sharpies to be present to watch workers count ballots, a proposition that the judge expressed skepticism about.

Election officials say votes wouldn’t be cancelled if ink from a Sharpie bleeds through the back side of ballots and that there is a process that would keep the ballots from being canceled out if problems arise.

These tweets and videos show supporters celebrating after Biden declared president-elect — 6:52 p.m.

By Maria Lovato, Globe Correspondent

After national media organizations called the race for president for Joe Biden on Saturday, supporters took to the streets to celebrate his victory and the ousting of President Trump. Many marched, waved flags, and danced. Others clapped, honked car horns, or made noise from their homes by banging pots and pans.

Biden’s win came four days after the polls closed when the Associated Press on Saturday morning projected him to win Pennsylvania, boosting him to the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

Here is a look at the ways some people have shown their joy in New England and beyond.

At Boston rally, relief over Biden win, but long list of demands for change — 6:39 p.m.

By Lucas Phillips, Globe Correspondent

A rally and march in support of vote counting drew hundreds to Copley Square Saturday to push for a range of liberal causes — and to celebrate Biden’s victory when it was announced during the event.

As microphones were handed between speakers, cheers broke out in the crowd, which loosely filled the green on Copley Square. Someone shouted the name Biden.

The wide array of groups that organized the event and members that addressed the crowd reflected the many prisms through which liberals have processed Biden’s victory.

What’s Trump’s next move? He declares he’ll sue but grounds are still unclear — 6:38 p.m.

By Hanna Krueger, Globe Staff

By midday Saturday network decision desks had seen enough to declare Joe Biden winner of the 2020 election. The outstanding vote counts in Pennsylvania and Nevada, which Americans had watched with obsessive fervor for four days, had dwindled to a trickle and margins for Biden widened. Celebrations erupted in many cities. World leaders offered their congratulations. President-Elect Biden scheduled his victory address.

The Trump campaign however refused to concede Saturday, instead declaring that “the election was far from over.” A barrage of emails landed in the inboxes of his supporters, all soliciting donations to a legal defense fund that would enable the president “to fight back.”

Biden supporters celebrate in Boston — 6:00 p.m.

Baker congratulates Joe Biden, Kamala Harris on win — 4:14 p.m.

By Christina Prignano, Globe Staff

Republican Governor Charlie Baker on Saturday congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in a tweet, notably referring to them as “President-elect Biden and Vice president-elect Harris,” even as some in his party have not accepted the projected results of the election.

Baker urged Americans to focus “immediately” on the coronavirus pandemic and associated economic crisis, and called for a quick resolution if there are any court challenges related to the outcome of the election. President Trump has not conceded defeat, and has vowed to go to the courts after making baseless claims of voter fraud.

Some Rhode Islanders celebrate, others question, Biden win — 3:40 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Like people across the country, some Rhode Islanders on Saturday celebrated former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential victory while others echoed President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud.

Some Cumberland residents reacted to the news by coming outside to dance.

Barbara Mullen and several of her friends had already planned to gather outside the Rhode Island Statehouse to support Biden-Harris. Then she heard the news, and the rally became a celebration.

“It’s a doubly good day to be Black, a woman, an American, just a human being that cares about other people,” said Mullen, a school administrator from Providence. “It’s a great day. I’m close to tears, because it’s just a beautiful day.”

Within an hour, dozens of people were gathering with Mullen and her friends, singing, dancing and erupting into boisterous cheers whenever passing cars honked.

Across the street, a smaller gathering of about a dozen Trump supporters held flags and signs making baseless allegations of voter fraud. Patty Curran, a small business owner from North Providence, said she is hopeful that legal challenges could change the final vote in many states.

“This is about our votes not being counted,” she said.

Trump welcomed back to DC with jeers after loss — 3:27 p.m.

By The Associated Press

President Donald Trump has returned to the White House and a very different Washington, D.C., after losing his reelection bid.

Trump’s motorcade returned from his golf club in Virginia via roads largely cleared of other cars and people Saturday afternoon.

But as he approached the White House, he was welcomed home with boos and raised middle fingers. Chants of “Loser, loser, loser” and profanities were also heard as his motorcade drove by.

Trump has so far refused to concede to President-elect Joe Biden and is promising legal challenges. He is the first president to lose reelection since George H.W. Bush in 1992.

President-elect Biden speaks to Obama on phone — 3:09 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Joe Biden has spoken to Barack Obama, reaching out to the former president with one of his first calls as president-elect.

Biden’s campaign confirmed the phone call Saturday with Obama, whom Biden served under as vice president for eight years, but offered few details on what was said.

Meanwhile, Michelle Obama took to Twitter to say that she was “beyond thrilled” that Biden had been elected president and that his running mate, Kamala Harris, is “our first Black and Indian-American woman” as vice president.

In a series of tweets, the former first lady said the pair would “restore some dignity, competence, and heart at the White House.”

But Michelle Obama also warned supporters that voting in elections for candidates who win “isn’t a magic wand.”

“Let’s remember that tens of millions of people voted for the status quo, even when it meant supporting lies, hate, chaos and division,” she tweeted, in a swipe at President Donald Trump. “We’ve got a lot of work to do to reach out to these folks in the years ahead and connect with them on what unites us.”

GOP giving Trump time to consider legal options — 3:05 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Republicans on Capitol Hill are giving President Donald Trump and his campaign space to consider all its legal options after his election defeat by President-elect Joe Biden. That’s according to one Republican who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversation.

It’s a precarious balance for Trump’s allies as they try to be supportive of the president but face the reality of the vote count. Trump is so far refusing to concede.

On Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had not yet made any public statements.

Scott Jennings, a Republican strategist in Kentucky allied with McConnell, said, “I’m not sure his position would have changed from yesterday — count all the votes, adjudicate all the claims.”

Jennings added, “My sense is there won’t be any tolerance for beyond what the law allows. There will be tolerance for what the law allows.”

It was a view being echoed by several other Republicans neither supporting nor rejecting the outcome. Said retiring GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who is close with McConnell: “After counting every valid vote and allowing courts to resolve disputes, it is important to respect and promptly accept the result.”

Biden’s plans for unity could crash into the Republican Senate — 3:00 p.m.

By Liz Goodwin and Victoria McGrane, Globe Staff

Senate control is not yet officially decided, with Democrats still hoping for a moonshot performance in what will likely be two Senate runoff races in Georgia in January that they would need to sweep.

But if Joe Biden does have to contend with a Republican-controlled Senate, his allies say they are counting on his skills as a negotiator, and long history of striking deals with Republicans in years past, to overcome Senator Mitch McConnell’s publicly stated commitment to obstruction.

Crowd gathers outside club where Trump golfed — 2:46 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Several hundred people have gathered outside President Donald Trump’s Virginia golf club after his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden.

The crowd includes dozens of Biden supporters celebrating his win, singing, “Hey hey hey, goodbye” and chanting, “Lock him up!” — a chant frequently heard at Trump rallies, directed at people he doesn’t like.

There are also dozens of Trump supporters, many waving large Trump flags and chanting, “We love Trump!” A convoy of trucks festooned with pro-Trump and American flags has been driving up and down the street, with one driver jeering at the gathered press.

There’s horn honking, cowbell ringing, whistle-blowing and plenty of cheering.

Trump was golfing when a flurry of media outlets, including The Associated Press, declared Saturday morning that Biden had won the election.

He is now on his way back to the White House.

Jill Biden says husband ‘will be a President for all of our families’ — 2:41 p.m.

By Christina Prignano, Globe Staff

Jill Biden, the incoming first lady, posted a photo of herself and her husband reacting to the news.

Major political figures react to Joe Biden’s win. Schumer even called him from Brooklyn on a flip phone — 2:36 p.m.

By Christina Prignano, Globe Staff

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer posted a video of himself calling Biden on what appeared to be a flip-phone while in a car driving through celebrations in Brooklyn on Saturday, holding the phone up to the cheering crowds for Biden to hear.

NATO secretary general welcomes Biden election — 2:25 p.m.

By The Associated Press

The secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is welcoming the election of Joe Biden, calling him “a strong supporter of NATO and the transatlantic relationship.”

Jens Stoltenberg said Saturday in a statement that he looks forward to working with Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris “to further strengthen the bond between North America and Europe.”

He added that “US leadership is as important as ever in an unpredictable world.”

President Donald Trump had been a ferocious critic of NATO during his 2016 campaign and repeatedly threatened to pull the U.S. from the alliance upon assuming office.

Trump pressed members of the alliance to boost their defense spending – a priority of his predecessors as well — in furtherance of collective defense. He also pushed the alliance to turn its focus from Russia to emerging threats from China and terrorism.

Congressional GOP leaders silent on Biden’s win — 2:17 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Congressional Republican leaders have been notably silent on President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, but several GOP allies of President Donald Trump are disputing the outcome.

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri tweeted Saturday: “The media do not get to determine who the president is. The people do.” He added, “When all lawful votes have been counted, recounts finished, and allegations of fraud addressed, we will know who the winner is.”

Other rank-and-file Republican lawmakers took a similar approach, insisting on waiting for some other verification of the results.

“Voters decide who wins the election, not the media,” tweeted Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma. “I fully support President Trump as he continues to fight for every legal vote to be counted.”

Trump has so far refused to concede and is promising legal challenges. He is the first president to lose reelection since George H.W. Bush in 1992.

Ukrainian president congratulates Biden — 2:12 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who found himself at the center of President Donald Trump’s impeachment, is congratulating Trump’s replacement, President-elect Joe Biden.

In a Saturday tweet, Zelenskiy said “Ukraine is optimistic about the future of the strategic partnership with the United States.” He added that the two countries “have always collaborated on security, trade, investment, democracy, fight against corruption. Our friendship becomes only stronger!”

A 2019 call from Trump to Zelenskiy, in which he asked the new Ukrainian leader to investigate Biden and the Democratic National Committee, sparked an intelligence community whistleblower complaint that resulted in Trump’s impeachment last year.

Trump was eventually acquitted by the Republican-led Senate.

‘What a moment in history’: As TV anchors declare Joe Biden the winner over Trump, emotions flow — 2:09 p.m.

By Jeremy Barr, The Washington Post

Across broadcast and cable news networks on Saturday morning, the industry-wide announcement that Joe Biden has clinched the presidency set off a wave of emotional commentary about the enormity of the moment and the controversies of the Trump presidency.

CNN commentator Van Jones, who was an Obama White House staffer, teared up. “Well, it’s easier to be a parent this morning,” he said. “It’s easier to be a dad. It’s easier to tell your kids that character matters. Telling the truth matters. Being a good person matters.” He continued: “And it’s easier for a whole lot of people. If you’re Muslim in this country, you don’t have to worry about if the president doesn’t want you here.”

Analysis: No, campaign season isn’t over yet. What kind of president Biden can be depends on what comes next — 2:08 p.m.

By James Pindell, Globe Staff

Should Democrats win both run-off Senate races in Georgia — and that looks to be an uphill battle — they will control the US House, the US Senate, and the presidency and will be able to pass a significant agenda, particularly if they can work their way around the Senate filibuster.

If Democrats don’t win both seats, then a lot of Joe Biden’s agenda will be at the whims of partisan Washington gridlock, with Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell in charge of what gets a vote in the Senate.

Here’s how major political figures and others are reacting to Biden’s win — 1:50 p.m.

By Christina Prignano, Globe Staff

There were a flood of reactions Saturday after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election from prominent politicians on both sides of the aisle.

Many, particularly Democrats, expressed jubilation at election of Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, to the White House.

Romney congratulates President-elect Biden — 1:48 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Sen. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, is congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

The Utah Republican tweeted Saturday that he and his wife know Biden and Harris “as people of good will and admirable character.” He says, “We pray that God may bless them in the days and years ahead.”

Romney, President Donald Trump’s most vocal critic within the Republican Party, said Friday that Trump was “damaging the cause of freedom” and inflaming “destructive and dangerous passions” by claiming, without foundation, that the election was rigged and stolen from him.

Trump has so far refused to concede and is promising unspecified legal challenges.

Romney had said earlier in the year that he wasn’t voting for Trump. He didn’t say for whom he did vote, however.

Harris posted a video of herself telling Biden, ‘We did it’ — 1:46 p.m.

By Christina Prignano, Globe Staff

Vice president-elect Kamala Harris posted a video of herself on a call with Biden: “We did it, we did it, Joe. You’re going to be the next president of the United States.”

After days of waiting, a nation breathes a sigh of relief — 1:37 p.m.

By Dasia Moore and Dugan Arnett, Globe Staff

For the past several days, an anxious public has watched for a winner of the presidential election to be declared. On Saturday morning, a winner finally emerged: former vice president Joe Biden is projected to be the next president of the United States.

In the Boston area, where the majority of voters supported Biden, a sense of celebration and relief permeated the moments after 11:30 a.m., when the first news outlets called a Biden win.

Church bells rang out over South Street in Jamaica Plain, where celebration rang out in the streets. On a quiet block in Somerville, a cyclist let out a celebratory cry — “Biden! Biden! Woo!”— prompting some residents to clap from their windows.

Pelosi, Schumer call Biden to congratulate him — 1:36 p.m.

By The Associated Press

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer jointly called President-elect Joe Biden to congratulate him on a “tremendous” victory.

That’s according to a senior Democratic aide who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversation.

The aide described it as a “happy call.” Biden’s wife, Jill, also joined the conversation Saturday.

The aide says Pelosi and Schumer look forward to working with the new Democratic administration to achieve “great things” for the American people. The two did not get along with President Donald Trump.

Another senior Democratic aide says Schumer was celebrating on the streets of Brooklyn during the call and held up his phone so Biden could hear the crowds cheering for his “historic victory.” The aide also spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private call.

Clyburn says he told Biden to select a Black woman as VP — 1:35 p.m.

By The Associated Press

The highest-ranking Black member of Congress says he specifically advised President-elect Joe Biden to pick a Black woman as his running mate if he wanted to win the White House.

House House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn told CNN on Saturday, “I said to him in private that I thought that a lot of the results would turn on whether or not there would be a Black woman” on the ticket.

Of selecting California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, Clyburn said, “I think it cemented his relationship to the Black community.”

Clyburn’s pivotal endorsement of Biden ahead of South Carolina’s early Democratic primary, the first in which Black voters played an outsize role, helped Biden develop the momentum that propelled him to successes in other primary and caucus contests, and ultimately to the Democratic nomination.

Watch live as Biden supporters celebrate across the US — 1:31 p.m.

After national news organizations declared Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election Saturday, supporters took to the streets across the country to celebrate the victory and the outing of President Donald Trump.

Western allies congratulate new president-elect — 1:24 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Leaders of the United States’ traditional Western allies are offering their congratulations to the incoming Joe Biden administration.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement Saturday that the U.S. is the United Kingdom’s “most important ally” and added that he looks “forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”

Johnson also singled out Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for “her historic achievement” as the first woman, first Black woman and first person of South Asian descent to win national U.S. office.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that “we have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”

And Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he’s eager to start “tackling the world’s greatest challenges together.”

All three men have had complicated and at times strained relationships with President Donald Trump.

Biden comes to the presidency with extensive foreign policy experience and said throughout his campaign that he’d immediately work to shore us U.S. relationships with traditional allies.

Obama says he ‘could not be prouder’ of Biden — 1:18 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Former President Barack Obama says he “could not be prouder” to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

In a statement Saturday, Obama says Biden has “got what it takes to be President and already carries himself that way,” because he will enter the White House facing “a series of extraordinary challenges no incoming President ever has.”

Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton congratulate Biden — 1:09 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Two former Democratic presidents are offering their congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Bill Clinton tweeted that “America has spoken and democracy has won.” The 42nd president also predicted Biden and Harris would “serve all of us and bring us all together.”

Jimmy Carter, the 39th president, said in a statement Saturday that he and his wife, Rosalynn, are “proud” of the Democrats’ “well-run campaign and seeing the positive change they bring to our nation.”

Neither Clinton nor Carter mentioned President Donald Trump in their congratulatory remarks.

Biden was a young Delaware senator when Carter served as president from 1977 to 1981. Biden had risen in the ranks to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman by Clinton’s presidency in the 1990s and led confirmation hearings for Clinton’s two Supreme Court nominees: Justice Stephen Breyer and the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Trump administration hasn’t formally begun transition — 1:06 p.m.

By The Associated Press

The Trump administration has yet to formally begin the transition to President-elect Joe Biden.

A spokesperson for the General Services Administration said early Saturday afternoon that the administrator, Emily Murphy, has not formally ascertained that Biden is the “apparent winner” of the race. The Associated Press declared Biden the victor of the race late Saturday morning.

The formal ascertainment frees up millions of dollars and opens doors at federal agencies to Biden transition staffers to begin implementing transition plans.

The spokesperson says, “GSA and its Administrator will continue to abide by, and fulfill, all requirements under the law.”

For his part, President Donald Trump is not conceding the race and is promising unspecified legal challenges seeking to overturn the outcome of the race.

Biden to give address to nation from Wilmington — 1:04 p.m.

By The Associated Press

President-elect Joe Biden is planning to address the nation on Saturday night.

His presidential campaign announced that Biden and his wife, Jill, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff will appear at a drive-in rally outside the convention center in Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden clinched the White House over President Donald Trump late Saturday morning with a victory in Pennsylvania, the state where he was born. He later added Nevada to his column for a total of 290 electoral votes with three states uncalled.

The outdoor stage in Wilmington features projections of the Biden-Harris logo, colored lights and a line of towering American flags. Outside the security fence, people were already arriving with Biden campaign signs and chanting, “Joe! Joe!” and yelling, “We did it!” Cars in the area honked.

Crowds swell in major cities after Biden is declared the winner — 1:02 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Across the country, there were parties and prayer after Democrat Joe Biden won the presidency.

In New York City, spontaneous block parties broke out Saturday. People ran out of their buildings, banging on pots. They danced and high-fived with strangers amid honking horns.

People streamed into Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House, waving sings and taking cellphone pictures.

In Lansing, Michigan, Donald Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter demonstrators filled the Capitol steps.

The lyrics to “Amazing Grace” began to echo through the crowd, and the Trump supporters put their hands on a counterprotester and prayed.

Here’s what Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are saying about Joe Biden’s win — 12:59 p.m.

By Joshua Miller, Globe staff

Massachusetts US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey reacted Saturday to news organizations calling the presidential race for Joe Biden.

Markey, who won another six years in the Senate on Tuesday, called the Biden-Kamala Harris victory historic “for all Americans—for workers, for immigrants, for women, for communities of color, for everyone who believes in science, equality, justice, and decency.”

He said now is the time for unity “and for taking action to address the crises confronting our country and our planet.”

Trump, Biden issue very different statements in wake of Biden’s apparent win — 12:50 p.m.

By Christina Prignano, Globe staff

President-elect Joe Biden and President Trump sent out very different statements in the wake of Biden’s projected White House win on Saturday.

Biden, in a tweet, said he was “honored” and vowed to govern “for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.”

Trump, meanwhile, cast doubt on Biden’s win and revived his baseless claims of voter fraud, vowing to fight the results in court.

‘We have a new Vice President that looks like me.’ Letter carrier in Boston celebrates — 12:41 p.m.

By Craig F. Walker and Felicia Gans, Globe staff

Letter carrier Janyce Murray celebrated the Saturday morning news that former vice president Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had been projected to win the 2020 election.

Standing near a United States Postal Service truck in Boston, Murray rejoiced.

“We have a new Vice President that looks like me,” Murray said.

Major news organizations declared Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election Saturday after days of vote-counting.

Biden projected as winner, per major news organizations — 11:49 p.m.

Joe Biden has defeated President Trump in the 2020 presidential race, according to national news organizations, with a win in Pennsylvania.

The victory, propelled by thin margins in key states, caps a historic campaign that unfolded amid a nation in crisis. Biden set a popular vote record, and Trump is the first incumbent president to lose in 28 years. The victory will also make Kamala Harris the next vice president — the first woman and first person of color to hold the position in the country’s history.

Biden’s transition team is at work even as contest remains in limbo — 10:55 a.m.

By The Associated Press

Joe Biden’s transition team isn’t waiting for a verdict in the presidential race before getting to work.

As officials continue to count ballots in several undecided states, longtime Biden aide Ted Kaufman is leading efforts to ensure the former vice president can begin building out a government in anticipation of a victory.

Kaufman is a former senator from Delaware who was appointed to fill the seat vacated when Biden was elected vice president. He also worked on Barack Obama’s transition team in 2008, and helped write legislation formalizing the presidential transition process.

Biden first asked Kaufman to start work on a just-in-case transition in April, shortly after the former vice president locked up the presidential nomination at the conclusion of a once-crowded Democratic primary. Now, each day after the election that goes by without a declared winner is one day fewer to formally begin preparing to take over the White House.

Nations long targeted by US chide Trump’s claims of fraud — 3:13 a.m.

By The Associated Press

Demands to stop the vote count. Baseless accusations of fraud. Claims that the opposition is trying to “steal” the election.

Across the world, many were scratching their heads Friday — especially in countries that have long been advised by Washington on how to run elections — wondering if those assertions could truly be coming from the president of the United States, the nation considered one of the world’s most emblematic democracies.

“Who’s the banana republic now?” Colombian daily newspaper Publimetro chided on the front page with a photo of a man in a US flag print mask.

The irony of seeing President Trump cut off by major media networks Thursday as he launched unsubstantiated claims lambasting the US electoral system was not lost on many. The US has long been a vocal critic of strongman tactics around the world. Now, some of those same targets are turning around the finger.

Georgia poll worker in hiding after false claims online — 11:55 p.m.

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA — With all eyes on Georgia’s razor-thin presidential vote margin, falsehoods are swirling on social media about supposed ballot counting irregularities there.

Among the most widely shared examples is a video that has racked up millions of views on Twitter. It claims to show a poll worker crumpling up an absentee ballot.

As it turns out, it shows no such thing. Richard Barron, the Fulton County elections director, said late Friday that the poll worker seen in the video was discarding paper instructions, not a ballot, which would have been much larger than the paper seen in the video.

Barron also said the worker was in hiding after being harassed online due to the false claims.

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Trump chief of staff Meadows diagnosed with COVID-19 — 11:28 p.m.

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows has been diagnosed with the coronavirus as the nation sets daily records for confirmed cases for the pandemic.

Two senior administration officials confirmed Friday that Meadows had tested positive for the virus, which has killed more than 236,000 Americans so far this year.

Meadows traveled with Trump in the run-up to Election Day and last appeared in public early Wednesday morning without a mask as Trump falsely declared victory in the vote count. He had been one of the close aides around Trump when the president came down with the virus more than a month ago, but was tested daily and maintained his regular work schedule.

In speech Friday, Biden touts broad support, but urges patience and says every vote must be counted — 11:09 p.m.

By Christina Prignano, Globe staff

In a brief speech from Delaware late Friday, former vice president Joe Biden suggested strongly that his election was inevitable but stopped short of declaring victory, instead urging patience as votes are still counted.

“What’s becoming clearer each hour is a record number of Americans of all races, faiths, and religions chose change over more of the same. They’ve given us a mandate for action,” Biden said from Wilmington as his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, stood beside him.

Biden spoke even as his lead grew in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania, where now holds a roughly 28,000 vote lead over President Trump, with more votes still being counted. A win in Pennsylvania would give him the electoral votes needed to secure the presidency.

He acknowledged the frustration of waiting for the result days after Tuesday’s election, but asked for patience. “Never forget the tallies aren’t just numbers they represent votes and voters,” Biden said.

The Associated Press and other news organizations have held off on calling the race, opting to wait for more votes to be tallied.

Perdue, Ossoff head to Georgia US Senate runoff — 10:25 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff will face off in a Jan. 5 runoff in Georgia for Perdue’s Senate seat.

Libertarian candidate Shane Hazel was able to get enough votes so that neither Perdue or Ossoff was able to clear the 50% threshold needed for an outright win.

Biden’s lead grows in battleground Pennsylvania — 8:45 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Democrat Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump is growing in battleground Pennsylvania.

By Friday evening, the Democrat held a lead of over 19,500 votes out of more than 6.5 million ballots cast. That’s an edge of about 0.29%. State law dictates that a recount must be held if the margin between the two candidates is less than 0.5%.

The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the state.

The Pennsylvania secretary of state’s website said Friday that there were 102,541 more mail ballots that needed to be counted, including many from Allegheny County, a Democratic area that is home to Pittsburgh, and the Democratic stronghold of Philadelphia County.

Additionally, there are potentially tens of thousands of provisional ballots that remain to be tabulated, though an exact number remained unclear. Those ballots will be counted after officials verify their eligibility to be included.

Pennsylvania is among a handful of battleground states that Trump and Biden are narrowly contesting as they seek the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

Alito grants GOP request on some Pa. mail votes — 8:07 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has ordered county elections officials in Pennsylvania to keep separate mail-in ballots that arrived after Election Day. The state’s top elections official already had ordered those ballots be kept apart.

The order came Friday night in response to a plea from the state Republican Party as Democrat Joe Biden inched ahead of President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania in the presidential race.

Alito, acting on his own, said he was motivated in part by the Republicans’ assertion that they can’t be sure elections officials are complying with guidance issued by Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat.

The justice handles emergency appeals from Pennsylvania. He ordered a response from the state by Saturday afternoon and said he has referred the matter to the full court for further action.

The order is related to an ongoing Republican appeal to the Supreme Court to try to keep ballots received in the mail after Election Day from being counted. The state’s top court granted a three-day extension, and the Supreme Court refused to block it.

The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the state.

Biden transition team at work amid limbo — 6:40 p.m.

By The Associated Press

WILMINGTON, Del. — Joe Biden’s transition team isn’t waiting for a verdict in the presidential race before getting to work. Each day after the election that goes by without a declared winner is one day fewer to formally begin preparing to take over the White House.

The transition can be a frenzied process even under normal circumstances.

In the meantime, an odd political limbo has taken told. The Biden team is moving forward but can’t tackle all that needs to be accomplished; President Trump continues to claim without evidence that the election is being stolen from him.

Biden’s lead in Nevada expands further — 6:40 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Democrat Joe Biden’s lead over President Trump in Nevada has grown slightly, putting the former vice president ahead by 22,657 votes in the battleground state.

The results Friday afternoon were mail-in ballots from Democrat-heavy Clark County, which include Las Vegas and three-quarters of Nevada’s population.

Biden had 632,558 votes, and Trump had 609,901. Vote counting in the state — and several other battlegrounds — is continuing.

Harris set to speak before Biden in TV address — 6:17 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris is expected to deliver remarks Friday alongside Joe Biden.

Biden has scheduled a prime-time address on the presidential contest as votes continue to be counted in several battleground states. Biden is on the cusp of victory as he opened narrow leads over President Donald Trump in Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Harris has appeared alongside Biden during his remarks in recent days but has not made any public comments herself on the state of the race. A campaign official confirmed she will speak Friday night before Biden does.

The California senator has been at a hotel in Wilmington, Delaware, with her family since Tuesday night.

The Associated Press has not yet declared a winner in Nevada, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Alaska.

Penn. Republicans turn to US Supreme Court — 6:13 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Pennsylvania Republicans are turning to the U.S. Supreme Court to ask for an order that mail ballots arriving after Election Day in the battleground state be segregated. The state’s top elections official already had ordered those ballots be kept apart.

The emergency request Friday came as Democrat Joe Biden inched ahead of President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania.

The plea is part of an ongoing Republican appeal to the Supreme Court to try to keep ballots received in the mail after Election Day from being counted. The state’s top court granted a three-day extension, and the Supreme Court refused to block it.

But Democratic Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar told local officials to keep the ballots separate because the high court hasn’t ultimately decided whether to step in.

Republicans presented no evidence that counties are not adhering to Boockvar’s orders, but said, “It is unclear whether all county boards are following them in the post-election chaos.”

The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the state.

Pennsylvania judge rejects GOP case on provisional votes — 6:11 p.m.

By The Associated Press

A statewide appellate court judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed a request from Republicans to stop the state or counties from counting provisional ballots that were cast by voters whose mail-in ballots were disqualified by a technicality.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s state elections bureau last month gave guidance to counties that a voter could use a provisional ballot if they “did not successfully vote” with the mail-in or absentee ballot they were issued, or if their ballot was rejected and they believe they are eligible to vote.

The Democratic National Committee, which had sought to oppose the case in court, said Republicans wanted to “throw out lawfully cast provisional ballots.”

Wolf’s top elections official, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat, has insisted that the practice is legal and not prohibited by law.

Regardless, she said there aren’t “overwhelming” numbers of voters who cast a provisional ballot after their mail-in ballot was disqualified, but she has not given an exact figure.

Trump supporters protest at R.I. Board of Elections, demand recount — 5:38 p.m.

By Amanda Milkovits, Globe Staff

About a hundred supporters of President Donald J. Trump demonstrated outside the state Board of Elections headquarters Friday to demand a recount — even though outcomes in the Ocean State did not meet the requirements for one.

Former Vice President Joe Biden won Rhode Island on Tuesday with 59.2 percent of the vote, while Trump received 38.8 percent. Per Rhode Island law, in order to qualify for a recount Trump would have to be trailing Biden by 0.5 percent of the vote, or 1,500 votes, whichever was less. But according to the state board of elections, Trump was behind on Friday by more than 103,000 votes.

However, those gathered waving Trump flags and wearing Trump memorabilia repeated the president’s baseless accusations of voter fraud. They said they were suspicious of the counting of emergency ballots and mail ballots.

Armed men arrested near Philadelphia vote counting location — 5:34 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Two men armed with loaded handguns were arrested Thursday near the Philadelphia convention center where an ongoing vote count could decide the presidential election, police said.

Joshua Macias, 42, and Antonio LaMotta, 61, traveled from the Virginia Beach, Virginia, area in a Hummer and did not have permits to carry the weapons in Pennsylvania, police said.

Legal experts say presidential election unlikely to be decided by Supreme Court — 4:33 p.m.

By Laura Crimaldi, Globe Staff

While pushing false accusations and conspiracy theories, President Trump’s pledge of a long, drawn-out legal fight over the election has sparked memories of a weekslong court battle over Florida ballots, which ultimately sealed the 2000 presidential election.

But several legal experts, including one involved in the historic Bush v. Gore case, say comparisons are fraught and chances are extremely slim that the current contretemps will result in a US Supreme Court decision.

Governor Baker: Trump’s claims of election conspiracy ‘aren’t supported by any of the facts’ — 3:15 p.m.

By Travis Andersen, Globe Staff

Republican Governor Charlie Baker on Friday rejected President Trump’s claims of a conspiracy at play to hand the White House to Democrat Joe Biden amid the ongoing vote count in several key states.

“I think the president’s comments that there’s some national conspiracy around this aren’t supported by any of the facts,” Baker said. “And they are damaging to democracy. They cheapen all of those of us who serve in public life and who ran, and who were either elected or defeated based on the will of the people.”

He said the bipartisan vote-counting effort in key states must continue.

Explainer: What is a ‘cured’ ballot? — 2:35 p.m.

By the Associated Press

Across the country, any uncounted ballots cast by Election Day are being verified and tabulated as election officials work toward reporting results of the 2020 presidential election.

In some cases, problems such as a missing signature can occur, and voters are provided an opportunity to “cure,” or fix, ballots so they can still be counted. This is a normal process in many states; while actual voting is over, the work of finalizing results will continue for days and, in some cases, weeks.

Here, Christina A. Cassidy, a reporter for The Associated Press who covers voting and election security, offers some insight into the post-election process for fixing ballots:

Trump vows to ‘never give up fighting,’ in new statement — 1:55 p.m.

By Christina Prignano, Globe staff

President Trump on Friday released a statement vowing to “never give up fighting for you,” as he called for “all vote counting and election certification,” a day after he made baseless claims of voter fraud in an address from the White House.

“From the beginning we have said that all legal ballots must be counted and all illegal ballots should not be counted, yet we have met resistance to this basic principle by Democrats at every turn,” Trump said in the statement released by his campaign. “We will pursue this process through every aspect of the law to guarantee that the American people have confidence in our government. I will never give up fighting for you and our nation.”

Trump and his campaign have not provided any evidence of widespread voter fraud or fraud in ballot-counting.

The statement comes as Trump trails his challenger, former vice president Joe Biden, in several key battleground states, including Pennsylvania, though vote counting continues in several states and Biden has not been declared the winner.

In his statement, Trumps said his calls were “no longer about any single election. This is about the integrity of our entire election process.”

Biden is expected to make a primetime statement on Friday.

Romney pushes back on Trump’s voter fraud claims — 12:47 p.m.

By Christina Prignano, Globe staff

Republican Senator Mitt Romney on Friday said it was “wrong” for President Trump to call the election results rigged, a day after Trump made a series of baseless claims about their validity from the White House briefing room.

While noting that Trump is within his rights to request recounts and pursue other legal action, Romney said tarnishing the entire election process as “corrupt and stolen” is damaging.

“He is wrong to say that the election was rigged, corrupt and stolen — doing so damages the cause of freedom here and around the world, weakens the institutions that lie at the foundation of the Republic, and recklessly inflames destructive and dangerous passions,” Romney wrote in a statement he posted to Twitter.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and frequent Trump critic, is among a handful of prominent Republicans to forcefully push back on Trump’s accusations in recent days. Others, including Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham, have backed Trump’s claims.

Amy Kennedy loses in N.J., meaning no Kennedys in Congress in 2021 — 12:39 p.m.

By Peter Bailey-Wells, Globe Staff

Republican Representative Jeff Van Drew has defeated Democratic rival Amy Kennedy and won a second term in his New Jersey district, according to the Associated Press. Kennedy’s loss means that for the first time in eight years, Congress will not include any members of the Kennedy family. Massachusetts Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III lost to Ed Markey in Massachusetts’ Senate primary in September, and will leave his seat when his term ends at the beginning of January.

Since 1947, when John F. Kennedy was elected to the House of Representatives, Congress has included a member of the Kennedy family in all but four years (1961, 1962, 2011, and 2012).

Van Drew gained national attention when he left the Democratic Party late last year because he opposed impeaching President Trump.

Latest batch of Nevada results expands Biden’s lead in the state, but more ballots remain to be counted — 11:51 a.m.

By Christina Prignano, Globe staff

Joe Biden has expanded his lead in Nevada after more results were released late Friday morning, according to an Associated Press tally.

Biden now holds a lead of about 22,000 votes in the state as of 11:51 a.m., according to the Associated Press, up from about 11,000 before Friday’s results release.

Vote counting continues, and the Associated Press has not yet called the race for Biden. Additionally, newly arriving ballots can still be accepted as long as they were postmarked by Election Day, according to state law.

Georgia elections official says there will be a recount after Biden takes narrow lead — 10:59 a.m.

By Hanna Krueger, Globe staff

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told reporters Friday that the state will likely head to a recount due to the small margin between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Trump. Biden pulled ahead in the state by a narrow margin of just over 1,500 votes by noon Friday with less than 5,000 ballots left to be counted in the state.

“The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country,” said Raffensperger, a Republican. “The stakes are high and emotions are high on all sides. We will not let those debates distract us from our work. We will get it right, and we will defend the integrity of our elections.”

Collins issues carefully worded statement on Trump’s election claims — 10:08 a.m.

By Martin Finucane and wire reports

Newly reelected Maine Republican US Senator Susan Collins issued a carefully worded statement Friday, calling for respect for the outcome of elections, in the wake of Republican President Donald Trump’s baseless claim that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election.

“States have the authority to determine the specific rules of elections,” Collins said. “Every valid vote under a state’s law should be counted. Allegations of irregularities can be adjudicated by the courts. We must all respect the outcome of elections.”

Trump has fallen behind in key battleground states as mail-in ballot tallies are still being released three days after the election.

Trump, who has complained for months about mail-in ballots, escalated his allegations late Thursday, saying at the White House that the ballot-counting process is unfair and corrupt. Trump did not back up his claims with any details or evidence, and state and federal officials have not reported any instances of widespread voter fraud.

Biden narrowly overtakes Trump’s lead in Pennsylvania — 8:54 a.m.

By Christina Prignano, Globe staff

Former vice president Joe Biden has narrowly overtaken President Trump in Pennsylvania, though vote counting continues, according to new results released Friday morning.

As of 8:52 a.m., the total in Pennsylvania was 3,295,319 votes for Biden to 3,289,725 votes for Trump, according to the Associated Press.

Vote counting is continuing in several states, including Pennsylvania.

Federal watchdog reportedly opens investigation into Trump campaign use of White House on Election Day – 7:10 a.m.

By Amanda Kaufman, Globe Staff

The US Office of Special Counsel is investigating allegations that the Trump campaign’s use of the White House on Election Day violated the Hatch Act, according to Reuters.

Democratic Representative Bill Pascrell, of New Jersey, said on Twitter that he asked the watchdog to investigate the Trump campaign’s use of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building as a campaign “war room.”

The White House denied it had violated the law, according to Reuters. “Both the official activity of Administration officials, as well as any political activity undertaken by members of the Administration, are conducted in compliance with the Hatch Act,” said spokesman Judd Deere.

Biden overtakes Trump in Georgia vote count – 4:50 a.m.

By Associated Press

Democrat Joe Biden is now leading President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Georgia.

By Friday morning, Biden overtook Trump in the number of ballots counted in the battleground, a must-win state for Trump that has long been a Republican stronghold. Biden now has a 917-vote advantage.

The contest is still too early for The Associated Press to call. Thousands of ballots are still left to be counted — many in counties where the former vice president was in the lead.

An AP analysis showed that Biden’s vote margins grew as counties processed mail ballots cast in his favor.

There is a potential that the race could go to a recount. Under Georgia law, if the margin between Biden and Trump is under half a percentage point of difference, a recount can be requested.

Stephen Colbert delivers impassioned rebuke of Trump’s false claims of voter fraud – 1:42 a.m.

By Amanda Kaufman, Globe Staff

Stephen Colbert decided against jokes in his Thursday night monologue and instead delivered a somber and searing rebuke of President Trump’s White House speech hours earlier in which he made a number of baseless claims of voter fraud.

“We’re taping this just a little while after Donald Trump walked into the White House briefing room actually and tried to poison American democracy,” Colbert said during Thursday night’s “Late Show.”

Colbert, who was wearing all black, said he was dressed “for a funeral, because Donald Trump tried really hard to kill something tonight.”

Some in GOP break with Trump over baseless vote-fraud claims – 12:36 a.m.

By The Associated Press

Some Republican lawmakers on Thursday criticized President Trump’s unsupported claim that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election, saying Trump’s comments undermine the US political process and the bedrock notion that all Americans should have their vote counted.

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah., the party’s presidential nominee in 2012, sought to provide a reassuring note. Counting votes is often “long” and “frustrating,” Romney said.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Trump ally who is an analyst for ABC News, said there was no basis for Trump’s argument. Christie called Trump’s attack on the integrity of the election “a bad strategic decision” and “a bad political decision, and it’s not the kind of decision you would expect someone to make … who holds the position he holds.”

But one of Trump’s top congressional supporters said he supports efforts to question the vote counting process and is donating money to shore up legal challenges. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on Fox News Thursday night he would donate $500,000 to the president’s “legal defense fund” and urged people to go to the Trump campaign’s website to pitch in.

Fact check: Trump fabricates election corruption – 11:45 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Citing “horror stories,” President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of fabricated accusations Thursday in an audacious attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the US election.

Here’s a look at his remarks.

Small protests flare and tension grows as ballot count continues – 9:22 p.m.

By The Washington Post

Various groups across the country pledged to continue protests outside ballot-counting locations in Phoenix, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Detroit on Thursday, as the final tallying of ballots continued in key states.

Many of the demonstrations were spurred by conspiracy theories that centered on unfounded fears of fraud, including suggestions that Democrats are creating forged ballots for presidential candidate Joe Biden. The rumors have rapidly proliferated among right-wing social media users, fueled in part by baseless allegations from President Trump and his high-profile associates.

There are 5 states left. Here’s where they stand – 9:12 p.m.

By Globe Staff

Stay up to date on the latest results from the five states left to be called in the 2020 presidential election.

Biden says ‘no one’ will take US democracy away – 8:22 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Democrat Joe Biden says, “No one is going to take our democracy away from us.” His comment came after President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims that Democrats were trying to “steal” the presidential election from him.

In a Thursday evening tweet, Biden says, “America has come too far, fought too many battles, and endured too much to let that happen.”

The nation is waiting to learn whether Biden or Trump will collect the 270 electoral votes needed to capture the presidency. Biden’s victories in Michigan and Wisconsin have put him in a commanding position, but Trump has showed no sign of giving up.

Speaking earlier Thursday from the White House, Trump did not back up his claim about Democrats with any details or evidence. State and federal officials have not reported any instances of widespread voter fraud.

The ballot-counting process across the country has been running smoothly, and the count is ongoing in several battleground states.

Federal judge denies Trump’s bid to stop vote count in Philadelphia – 8:19 p.m.

By The Associated Press

A federal judge has denied a bid by President Donald Trump’s campaign to stop the vote count in Philadelphia over observer access, urging the two sides to instead forge an agreement.

U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond suggested each party be allowed 60 observers inside a hall at a downtown convention center where the final ballots are being tallied. As the hearing unfolded Thursday evening, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden were locked in a tight battle for the 20 electoral votes in Pennsylvania.

Diamond, an appointee of President George W. Bush, chastened the lawyers as both sides bickered about who was following the rules and reminded them they are officers of the court.

“Really, can’t we be responsible adults here and reach an agreement?” the exasperated judge asked. “The whole thing could (soon) be moot.”

Republicans went to court Thursday afternoon to complain that election officials in the Democratic-led city were ignoring a state court order they’d won earlier in the day to give them a closer view of ballot processing.

Trump makes baseless claims of cheating in statement from White House — 7:41 p.m.

By Christina Prignano, Globe staff

President Trump on Thursday baselessly accused local election workers of cheating as they counted remaining ballots and Trump’s lead shrank in several key states.

Trump made a raft of wild and unsubstantiated claims of fraud, accusing everyone from political pollsters all the way down to county and municipal election workers of scheming to steal the election from him in an extraordinary statement from the White House briefing room.

“If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” Trump said, although there is no evidence to suggest any ballots being counted are not legal. He is currently trailing former vice president Joe Biden by millions of votes in the popular vote count and he is also trailing Biden in the Electoral College count, which decides the election.

Trump’s meandering complaints often returned to the issue of mail-in ballots, which he has railed against for months.

In places with worst coronavirus surges, people voted overwhelmingly for Trump – 6:41 p.m.

By The Associated Press

U.S. voters went to the polls starkly divided on how they see President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, with a surprising twist: In places where the virus is most rampant now, Trump enjoyed enormous support.

An Associated Press analysis reveals that in 376 counties with the highest number of new cases per capita, the overwhelming majority — 93% of those counties — went for Trump, a rate above other less severely hit areas. Most were rural areas in Montana, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Trump set to make remarks from White House – 6:17 p.m.

By The Associated Press

President Donald Trump is set to make his first public appearance since the early morning hours after Election Day.

The White House says Trump will deliver remarks at 6:30 p.m. Thursday from the press briefing room. It was unclear if he would take questions.

Trump last appeared in public early Wednesday, when he falsely declared victory over Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential race. Trump has also publicly called for vote counting to stop by citing baseless allegations of fraud and misconduct.

The presidential race has not yet been called because neither Trump nor Biden has yet collected the requisite 270 Electoral College votes.

Biden’s victories in Michigan and Wisconsin have put him in a commanding position to win the presidency, but Trump has showed no sign of giving up.

Trump campaign asks to join Arizona lawsuit – 6:15 p.m.

By The Associated Press

The Trump campaign and Republican National Committee have asked an Arizona judge to let them join a lawsuit that alleges vote tabulation equipment in metro Phoenix was unable to record a voter’s ballot because she completed it with a county-issued Sharpie pen.

They argued that anecdotal accounts of potential tabulation errors resulting from Sharpies demands further review and that they should be allowed to participate in the lawsuit because it will likely affect their interests in the tabulation of votes.

The lawsuit seeks a court order for all Maricopa County voters whose ballots were rejected as a result of using a Sharpie to be given a chance to fix their ballots. It also asks for such voters to be able to be present while election officials count their ballots.

The Arizona Democratic Party earlier asked to join the lawsuit, arguing that Democratic voters could be disenfranchised if the woman who filed the lawsuit was able to challenge a voter’s intent in making ballot choices without knowing the applicable standards.

A judge is holding a hearing Thursday in Phoenix in the lawsuit by Phoenix-area voter Laurie Aguilera, who also alleged ink from the marker bled through the back side of her ballot and that poll workers refused her request for a new ballot.

Biden feels ‘very good’ about election outcome — 4:42 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Democrat Joe Biden says he feels “very good” about the outcome of the presidential election and is telling his supporters to “stay calm” as votes continue to be counted.

Biden delivered brief remarks Thursday at a theater in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. He says, “It is the will of the voters — no one, not anyone else — who chooses the president of the United States of America.”

President Donald Trump’s campaign has pursued legal efforts to halt the vote counting in some states and is seeking a recount in Wisconsin.

Biden says that “the process is working” and “we’ll know very soon” the outcome of the election. Biden and his top campaign officials have expressed confidence about the vote but have been careful to emphasize the need for every ballot to be counted.

Biden’s running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, stood next to him as he spoke.

The Associated Press has not called the presidential race yet because neither Biden nor Trump has secured the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory. Several key states remain too early to call — Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina and Nevada.

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