Election day live updates: Trump and Biden make final pitches to an anxious nation

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Joe Biden walks with his granddaughter into St Joseph On the Brandywine Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del., on Nov. 3. | AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden began Election Day by going to church with his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and two of his granddaughters.

The family members entered St. Joseph on the Brandywine in Wilmington, Del., at 7:10 a.m. EST, according to pool reports and left the historic Roman Catholic Church at 7:27 a.m. Biden then walked across the street to the cemetery where his son, Beau, his first wife and his daughter are buried.

The former vice president plans to visit Pennsylvania later Tuesday — making stops in Scranton, where he was born, as well as in Philadelphia, where he has based his campaign headquarters. He’s expected to return to Wilmington in the evening to deliver his election night remarks.

President Donald Trump won Pennsylvania by 1.2 percentage points in 2016, but Biden maintains a narrow lead there now. The state’s 20 electoral votes are widely viewed by pollsters and political analysts as potentially having the power to determine the outcome of the White House race.

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President Donald Trump talks with reporters. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would declare himself the winner of the 2020 election “only when there’s victory,” acknowledging that “there’s no reason to play games.”

The remarks from the president came in the morning hours of Election Day in an interview on “Fox & Friends,” during which he was asked when exactly he planned on declaring victory over Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

“When there’s victory. If there’s victory,” Trump responded. “I think we’ll have victory. I think the polls are, you know, suppression polls. And I think we’ll have victory. But only when there’s victory. I mean, you know, there’s no reason to play games. And I think we’ll have victory.”

Democrats have warned in recent weeks that Trump could seek to distort the results of the election and take advantage of delays in the reporting of vote counts, which are expected to take longer to process due to the expansion of mail-in balloting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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President Donald Trump gestures as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House.

President Donald Trump gestures as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. | Patrick Semansky/AP Photo

President Donald Trump predicted Tuesday that he will outperform his 2016 Electoral College victory, cruising to a second term in the White House with more than 306 electoral votes.

“I ended up with 306. That was good numbers. 223 to 306 and that was — that was a big number,” Trump told Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning. “And I think we will top it. I’ll leave it at that. I think we’ll top it. I think we’ll get better. People appreciate the job that we’ve done.”

Trump won a surprise victory in 2016 against Democrat Hillary Clinton, pushed across the 270-vote Electoral College threshold by upset wins in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Although the president won 306 electoral votes in 2016, he technically received only 304 thanks to two so-called faithless electors who refused to cast their electoral votes for Trump.

He also ultimately lost the popular vote to Clinton by almost 3 million votes.

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Les Otten, right, hands his ballot to town moderator Tom Tillotson just after the stroke of midnight on Nov. 3 in Dixville Notch, N.H.

Les Otten, right, hands his ballot to town moderator Tom Tillotson just after the stroke of midnight on Nov. 3 in Dixville Notch, N.H. | Scott Eisen/AP Photo

Live Updates: 2020 Elections

The New Hampshire communities vote for president just after the stroke of midnight on Election Day.

11/03/2020 07:44 AM EST

DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. — Two tiny New Hampshire communities that vote for president just after the stroke of midnight on Election Day have cast their ballots, with one of them marking 60 years since the tradition began.

The results in Dixville Notch, near the Canadian border, were a sweep for former Vice President Joe Biden who won the town’s five votes. In Millsfield, 12 miles to the south, President Donald Trump won 16 votes to Biden’s five.

Normally, there would be a big food spread and a lot of media crammed into a small space to watch the voting, Tom Tillotson, town moderator in Dixville Notch, said last week. But that’s no longer possible because of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s also hard to observe the 60th anniversary of the tradition, which started in November 1960.

“Sixty years — and unfortunately, we can’t celebrate it,” he said.

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