Tuesday, 24 Nov 2020

Biden Appears to Hold Edge in the Key Votes Left to Be Counted

Wisconsin election official says all votes counted; Biden in the lead — NBC has not made a call

WASHINGTON – A top election official in Wisconsin confirmed Wednesday that all the votes in the state have been counted in the presidential election. NBC News has not independently called the race yet.

"All of the ballots have indeed been counted," Meagan Wolfe, the administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, told NBC's Today.

"We're not seeing that there's any counties that haven't posted their results on their websites," Wolfe added.

NBC News currently has Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden ahead of President Donald Trump by 20,697 votes, with an estimated 97% of the vote in.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

A Groundbreaking Election for Women in Congress? Kind of.

Women made significant but slight gains, still representing under a quarter of seats in the House and the Senate.

By Alisha Haridasani Gupta

AstraZeneca Third-Quarter Profit Sags as Covid Slows Diagnoses

AstraZeneca Plc’s third-quarter profit fell short of analysts’ estimates as the pandemic increased costs while it discouraged doctors’ visits and diagnoses.

  • Earnings per share fell to $0.94, missing analysts’ estimates of $1, according to a company statement Thursday. Sales rose 3% to $6.6 billion for the period.

Key Insights

  • The drugmaker’s cancer focus delivered as sales of key oncology drugs roughly met analysts’ estimates, with Tagrisso delivering revenue of $1.2 billion.
  • Astra reiterated it’s making progress on its coronavirus vaccine under development with the University of Oxford and on tests of antibodies as possible coronavirus treatments.
  • Demand began for the new breast cancer drug Enhertu, which cost as much as $6.9 billion to buy into, showing sales of $27 million. The therapeutic received U.S. approval last year.

Market Reaction

  • Astra shares rose almost 12% this year through Wednesday, while the Bloomberg Europe 500 Pharmaceuticals Index lost about 5% over the period.

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Trump’s Stunning News Conference

President Trump lied about the vote count, smeared his opponents and attempted to undermine the integrity of our electoral system.

By Lisa Lerer

We’ll Get There

Deep breaths, everyone. Democracy is sorting itself out.

By Lisa Lerer

Canada's Ontario province boosts spending to address COVID-19

TORONTO, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Ontario, Canada’s most-populous province, said on Thursday it would spend more on health and support for the economy during the coronavirus crisis, as it projected a record budget deficit for 2020-21 and additional large shortfalls over the coming years.

The province’s Progressive Conservative Party government forecast a deficit of C$38.5 billion ($29.5 billion) in the current fiscal year, matching an August forecast, a budget document showed. The budget was delayed from March because of the pandemic.

In a Year of Protest Cries, Now It’s ‘Count Every Vote!’ and ‘Stop the Steal!’

Demonstrations have broken out all year long across America, and they have not let up as states tally their ballots after Election Day.

By Simon Romero, Shaila Dewan and Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio

Puerto Rico Governor’s Race Hangs in Balance; Probe Sought

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Puerto Rico’s gubernatorial race remained in limbo Thursday, as opposition candidate Carlos Delgado Altieri said he would not concede until every vote has been counted.

During a press conference Thursday, Delgado Altieri, with the Popular Democratic Party, said reports that there were still boxes of ballots being found, days after Tuesday’s election, needed to be investigated.

“I’m not here to claim the election and I’m not here to concede the election,” he told reporters. “I’m here to make sure that every vote is counted.”

With 96% of the voting centers reporting, the Puerto Rico State Commission on Election said that Pedro Pierluisi with the incumbent New Progressive Party, or PNP, is leading the race with 32.68% of the vote versus Delgado Altieri’s 31.50%. If the difference between the two candidates shrinks to less than half a percentage point it would trigger an automatic recount.

Related: Puerto Rico Pro-Statehood Governor Candidate Holds Lead

Biden Appears to Hold Edge in the Key Votes Left to Be Counted

The tabulations continue in the states too close to call, but some things are becoming clearer.

By Nate Cohn

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