While it’s been over a week since voters hit the polls, ballots are still being tabulated in many states — meaning the question of who won the presidential race in a few key battlegrounds is up in the air. But as the final numbers come in, President Donald Trump has some good news to celebrate.
According to a report from One America News Network (OAN), the latest projections show the president is “on track to win North Carolina.”
Decision Desk HQ, an election results reporting organization that claims to be non-partisan, called the race in North Carolina for Trump on Tuesday afternoon, OAN reported.
GOP looks to Georgia
If the result pans out, the president would win the state’s 15 electoral votes. But that’s not the only good news for the GOP: according to OAN, Decision Desk has also projected that Republican Sen. Thom Tillis (NC) will be returning to Washington.
Tillis’ victory would put Senate Republicans one step closer to retaining their majority in the upper chamber, a question that remains unanswered as two races in Georgia are headed into a runoff.
According to FiveThirtyEight, “[i]f Democrats win both seats, they would take control of the Senate starting on Jan. 20, as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would have the power to break ties in the chamber.” If Republicans win them, however, they’ll be comfortably above the 50-senator mark required to maintain a majority.
Still, it’s a risky situation to be in — and one the GOP likely wasn’t expecting. Going into Tuesday’s elections, Republicans held 53 seats in the Senate. But Democrats were able to defeat incumbent Sens. Cory Gardner in Colorado and Martha McSally in Arizona, putting them at a slight advantage.
In Alabama, though, Republican Tommy Tuberville picked up a seat from Sen. Doug Jones (D), as Fox News reported.
“This is a process”
For his part, the president remains embroiled in lawsuits in multiple states where he and his team have alleged fraud and voter irregularities. Trump’s camp has called for a recount in Georgia, something the state’s secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, has confirmed will take place.
“This is a process,” Raffensperger said Wednesday, according to Fox. “It is a process defined by law. These men and women in my office will continue to follow the law and count every legal vote.”
According to Raffensperger, the recount will be done by hand. “This will help build confidence,” he said. “It will be an audit, a recount, and a recanvass all at once,” he added, according to Fox. “It will be a heavy lift but we will work with the counties to get this done in time for our state certification.”
Attorneys for Trump are also hard at work in the state of Pennsylvania, where they are not only trying to prove fraud but are also contesting an earlier decision by the state Supreme Court to allow mail-in ballots to arrive after 8 p.m. on Election Day, in contravention of state law. Last week, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued an order requiring all late-arriving ballots be segregated pending further rulings, Fox reported.