Don't anticipate a name on presidential contest election night time when the method votes are in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin


A representative from the West Bloomfield Township Clerks office carries postal ballot papers to time and date stamp them when they arrive in West Bloomfield, Michigan on October 31, 2020.

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Don't hold your breath for a call to the presidential race.

The Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania election results could, according to official figures, take until the end of this week for the official results to be finalized.

The three states together represent 46 votes, including 16 from Michigan, 20 from Pennsylvania and 10 from Wisconsin. That is almost a fifth of the 270 electoral votes required for victory.

Georgia and North Carolina, both of which were too close just after midnight on Wednesday, will likely take a little longer as well, as more ballots come in. Georgia has 16 votes and North Carolina has 15.

Democrat Joe Biden had hoped to at least pick up Florida or North Carolina, but as of midnight Tuesday, President Donald Trump was in the lead in those two swing states, according to NBC News.

It was long expected that Pennsylvania would take a while to count the votes in full, as officials there weren't allowed to open postal ballots until election day. With a record number of voters dropping their ballots in the mail due to the coronavirus pandemic, it could delay the state's results significantly.

A Detroit Electoral Department official inspects a postal ballot at the Central Counting Board at the TCF Center on November 4, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan.

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Officials in Michigan and Wisconsin have also said it will take additional time to count all of their ballots. Michigan officials believe it will take 24 hours for them to count their votes, MSNBC reported late Tuesday.

In Wisconsin, Milwaukee County's polling officer Julietta Henry told reporters that they did not expect to finish the postal vote count until 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

The three states could prove critical if the results are still unclear by early Wednesday. Trump won all three states with relatively low profit margins when he faced Hillary Clinton in 2016. The Democrats had hoped to win these states back with Biden.

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