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Biden leads, but process slows …

JOE BIDEN is called by major news organizations be the 46th President of the United Statess (Flickr/Gage Skidmore).

Is the election over yet? Although the major news organizations have called it for Joe Biden and his team is working on transition to the White House on Jan. 20, President Donald Trump has not conceded and his allies and lawyers are seeking to reverse the election, claiming fraud.

According to Data For Progress, 155.7 million people cast ballot in the Nov. 3 election, the highest number ever. The turnout of registered voters is at 65 percent, the highest since 1904. So far, Biden has 79,465,132 votes to 73,580,357 for Trump, a margin of nearly six million votes.

In the all-important Electoral College vote, Biden is expected to garner 306, although Georgia (16 votes) is undergoing a recount. Trump has 232. Needed to win are 270.

The presidents’ legal team has filed dozens of legal actions in a variety of states, according to the Associated Press but so far all that have been heard have been rejected. In some instances local election boards and state voting officials are being asked to refuse to certify results. It’s possible that state legislators could ignore the vote totals as a “failed election” and send their own slate of electors, but that’s considered very unlikely.

The News: COVID totals still rising

Another 162,000 COVID-19 cases were added in the U.S. on Tuesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University.  Over 1,700 deaths were reported, the highest since May. The new death total of Americans is 250,000 • Wall Street went south on Wednesday, with all three major stock indexes falling. The Dow was down 344.93 points, while the S&P 500 fell 41.74 points. Dropping by 97.74 was Nasdaq. • New York City public schools will halt in-person instruction due to rising coronavirus cases. •

Weather: Cool, but sllllightly warmer

In the West Orange County area for the rest of the week, you get to exchange your jacket for a light sweater. Tonight’s low should be 53, with Thursday looking like a high of 69. It should be sunny after some early morning fog. Slightly warmer (70) on Friday, and then 74 and sunny Saturday and Sunday.

Sports: Edwards goes first in NBA draft

The NBA Draft got underway today. The Minnesota Timberwolves had first pick and the top selection was Anthony Edwards.  Second was James Wiseman by the Golden State Warriors and then LaMelo Ball to the Charlotte Hornets.

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