Joe Biden narrowly won Wisconsin on Wednesday, a key victory for the Democrat that President Donald Trump's campaign promised would be immediately subject to a recount.
The presidential race was still undecided because neither candidate had reached the required 270 electoral votes. Biden captured Wisconsin by fewer than 21,000 votes, or about six-tenths of a percentage point, based on unofficial results. That gave him 10 more electoral votes.
The win comes four years after Trump carried the state by fewer than 23,000 votes.
Trump's campaign manager pledged to seek a recount, something they can request since the margin was within 1 percentage point.
"Wisconsin has been a razor-thin race, as we always knew that it would be," Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said. "The president is well within the threshold to request a recount, and we will immediately do so."
More than 1.9 million people voted early, either by mail or in person, because of the coronavirus pandemic. That flood of ballots extended the counting past 4 a.m. Wednesday. Those ballots take longer than a regular ballot to process, and the counting could not begin until the polls opened Tuesday, delaying the reporting of results.
After totals were updated Wednesday morning, Biden expanded his lead to more than 20,000 votes out of nearly 3.3 million cast.
Trump led earlier in the night, fueled by in-person voting results, but the 169,000 outstanding ballots from Milwaukee and ballots from other cities broke heavily for Biden.
Biden outperformed Hillary Clinton's totals from 2016 in urban areas while Trump did better in small towns and rural areas than he did four years ago.
Overall turnout looked to be nearly 3.3 million, the highest ever in Wisconsin. The previous high was slightly over 3 million in 2012. Turnout was roughly 72% of the voting-age population, the highest since 2004, when it was 73%.
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