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Biden’s first-day plans range from COVID to climate, guns, labor

Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 as he rallies supporters for Hillary Clinton in Orlando, Fla. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
By Jeffrey Taylor, John Tozzi, Greg Stohr and Jennifer A. Dlouhy Bloomberg News, Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC November 8, 2020
WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has a lot of plans for his first day as president, and some of it can actually happen in a single day — a fair amount of which he can set in motion right away even though Democrats have so far fallen short of capturing the Senate.

Biden wins presidency, defeating President Trump

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks while flanked by vice presidential nominee, Sen. Kamala Harris (D- California), at The Queen theater on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden attended internal meetings with staff as votes are still being counted in his tight race against incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump, which remains too close to call.
By Staff Report, News Desk November 7, 2020
After three days of uncertainty following election day former Vice President Joe Biden was declared the projected winner of the 2020 Presidential race.

Biden takes the lead in Pennsylvania, Georgia as Trump falsely claims fraud

A voter approaches the Jackson County Court House on Election Day 2020 in Murphysboro, IL, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
By Janet Hook, Jenny Jarvie and Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, Tribune Content Agency November 6, 2020
 Joe Biden pulled into the lead Friday in Pennsylvania, a state that would give him the electoral votes to win the presidency, as his campaign prepared to claim victory after a days of prolonged vote counting. The lead in Pennsylvania came just hours after Biden also overtook President Donald Trump, by the slimmest of margins, in Georgia, moving ahead in a state that Democrats hadn't won in a presidential election since 1992.

Election results 2020: Joe Biden wins Wisconsin, where President Donald Trump has asked for a recount

A voter approaches the Jackson County Court House on Election Day 2020 in Murphysboro, IL, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
By Melissa Hanson, masslive.com November 4, 2020
Democrat Joe Biden has won in Wisconsin, The Associated Press projected Wednesday as votes were still being counted across the nation.

No winners called yet in pivotal congressional races

A voter passes election day signage placed inside the Carbondale Civic Center Nov. 3 in Carbondale, Ill.
By Kate Ackley, CQ Roll Call November 4, 2020
The presidential election wasn't the only hotly contested 2020 race without a declared winner by Wednesday morning, as numerous House and Senate candidates awaited their fates while officials in battleground states continued to count votes.

2020 Presidential Election sees record breaking voter turnout in Jackson County due to mail in ballots and early voting

A voter approaches the Jackson County Court House on Election Day 2020 in Murphysboro, IL, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
By Tamar Mosby, News & Sports Editor November 4, 2020
As of Nov. 3 at 11:14 a.m., there were 5,752 early voters and 5,637 mail-in voters in Jackson County. The number of early voters and mail-in voters has increased by about 1,100 ballots and quintupled respectively since the 2016 presidential election. 

Trump falsely claims ‘we have already won’ election and threatens to go to the Supreme Court

President Donald J. Trump addresses the crowd during the Murphysboro campaign rally, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at the Southern Illinois Airport. (Isabel Miller | @IsabelMillerDE)
By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, Tribune Content Agency November 4, 2020
President Donald Trump delivered a hazy claim of victory early Wednesday morning over Democratic challenger Joe Biden even as millions of votes remained to be counted, calling on the Supreme Court to "stop a major fraud in our nation" and hand him the presidential election.

How long it may take: Where the election stands in key states

A voter passes election day signage placed inside the Carbondale Civic Center Nov. 3 in Carbondale, Ill.
By Bloomberg News, Tribune Content Agency November 4, 2020
The U.S. election remains up in the air with the futures of Donald Trump and Joe Biden hinging on key battleground states that were too close to call and which may take until at least midday Wednesday to resolve.

McConnell easily brushes off McGrath, claims a seventh term in the US Senate

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (C) talks to the media after the Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington on October 20, 2020.
By Silas Walker, Lexington Herald-Leader November 3, 2020
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brushed off a challenge by Democrat Amy McGrath Tuesday to win his seventh term as the rest of the country anxiously awaited the results of a contentious presidential election.

Associated Press calls Illinois presidential race for Biden

Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 as he rallies supporters for Hillary Clinton in Orlando, Fla. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
By Kallie Cox, Editor-in-Chief November 3, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden is projected to win the state of Illinois. 

SIU political science professors weigh in on election results

Tony Cullison, a Belknap local, receives his ballot Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Belknap, Ill.
By Janae Mosby, Staff Reporter November 3, 2020
Determining the winner of this presidential election will look different from previous years, as many people are voting early or mailing in their ballots. 

River Region Evening Edition interviews Paul Simon institute director about election

David Hester stands at the polling booth at the Senior Center in Belknap, Ill. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
By Slaten Swords, Staff Reporter River Region Evening Edition November 3, 2020
River Region Reporter, Slaten Swords, sat down with the director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute John Shaw over Zoom and asked him about his thoughts concerning the 2020 election. 
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