Election Live Updates: Americans brace for results as first polls close

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In a briefing with reporters, Biden campaign manager Jennifer O’Malley Dillon said the campaign believes it can still secure the 270 electoral votes needed without winning Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and Texas, which remain “tight races.”

“We continue to have these multiple pathways to 270 electoral votes,” she said.

O’Malley Dillon said the campaign believes it is leading by eight points in battleground states and by 10 points in midwestern states coming into Election Day, while Florida “is a coin toss.” 

The Biden campaign expects “very significant” overall turnout between 150 million and 160 million voters, O’Malley Dillon said.

A slide from the Biden campaign’s presentation on Election Day outlining various scenarios in which the former vice president could win 270 electoral votes without Pennsylvania or Florida. Biden campaign

“We are going to end tonight having left every single ounce on the field,” she told reporters.

Biden is expected to address the American people some time Tuesday night, O’Malley Dillon said, adding he is “confident” but “keeping moving forward.”

Bob Bauer, a Biden campaign adviser, said the campaign is “feeling very good about the way the election is running” and has seen “minimal issues and disruptions.”

Bauer said ballot rejection rates are falling below expectations in battleground states. In Florida, for example, the rejection rate is 0.3% as of November 1, in Wisconsin it is 0.1% as of November 1 and in North Carolina, it is 0.6%, he said.

Bauer also dismissed lawsuits filed by Republican lawmakers and the Trump campaign that challenge voting policies, calling them “frivolous” and “designed to get attention.”

“They’re designed to generate the appearance of a cloud over the election,” he said. “They’re not, in fact, bonafide legal claims against voters.”

While Bauer predicted there will be more lawsuits filed on Election Day, he said they are “doomed to failure” and unlikely to be viewed favorably by the courts.

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