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Highlights: Presidential candidates compete for battleground states

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Watch live presidential election results as ballots are counted in key swing states for President Trump and Joe Biden.Chelsea Stahl / NBC News

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The United States remained in electoral purgatory on Wednesday afternoon as officials scrambled to count the millions of votes still outstanding after Tuesday's presidential election.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden sustained an overall Electoral College lead after being projected as the winner in key Midwestern battlegrounds Wisconsin and Michigan. President Donald Trump vowed to take legal action in both states, as well as in Pennsylvania, where over 1 million ballots remained uncounted.

Stories we're following:

—Nov. 5 highlights: Presidential candidates compete for battleground states

Amid shrinking odds of victory, Trump campaign plans legal battle

Republicans break with Trump, say take time to count all the votes

—See which counties in the remaining battleground states have the most votes left to count

867d ago / 9:36 PM UTC

North Carolina won't be making updates to its vote total for more than a week

867d ago / 9:35 PM UTC

Finish the path to 270 after Biden wins Wisconsin and Michigan

867d ago / 9:27 PM UTC

Pa. court rejects one Trump lawsuit in Philadelphia County

867d ago / 9:27 PM UTC

Black men drifted from Democrats toward Trump in record numbers, polls show

867d ago / 9:26 PM UTC

Biden wins Michigan, NBC News projects

867d ago / 9:21 PM UTC

Despite inconclusive election, Wall Street ends the day on a high note

867d ago / 9:14 PM UTC

Amid shrinking odds of victory, Trump campaign plans legal battle

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867d ago / 9:08 PM UTC

Chaos erupts in Detroit after Republican poll challengers demand an end to vote count

867d ago / 9:03 PM UTC

Nevada election officials to announce updated results Wednesday

867d ago / 8:46 PM UTC
867d ago / 8:43 PM UTC

With election results in flux, progressive groups mobilize for 'National Day of Solidarity'

867d ago / 8:27 PM UTC

Trump wins one Electoral College vote in Maine, NBC News projects

867d ago / 7:59 PM UTC

Arizona's Maricopa County has 605,000 uncounted ballots, some results released tonight


867d ago / 7:54 PM UTC
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Some Republicans break with Trump, say take time to count all the votes

867d ago / 7:52 PM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Gains with white men helped put Biden over the top in Wisconsin

867d ago / 7:49 PM UTC

Analysis: Trump thinks he's losing. Just listen to him.

867d ago / 7:31 PM UTC

Trump campaign sues to stop the count in Michigan

867d ago / 7:27 PM UTC

Biden is the apparent winner in Wisconsin, NBC News projects

867d ago / 7:22 PM UTC

Biden now has more votes than any presidential candidate in history

867d ago / 7:09 PM UTC

Key Georgia county reports issue counting estimated 80,000 absentee ballots

867d ago / 6:54 PM UTC

Judge furious that Postal Service didn't sweep mail-sorting facilities for ballots as ordered

867d ago / 6:54 PM UTC

Democrat Sara Gideon concedes to Republican Sen. Susan Collins

867d ago / 6:50 PM UTC

Fact check: Trump's false, misleading claims about ballot counting in key states

867d ago / 6:29 PM UTC

Trump, Biden wait as vote counting continues in states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania

867d ago / 6:27 PM UTC

Trump's campaign manager says they will 'immediately' call for a Wisconsin recount

867d ago / 5:54 PM UTC

Dow soars by more than 800 points, as investors regroup without 'blue wave'

867d ago / 5:36 PM UTC

Georgia still has at least 240,000 votes left to count, secretary of state says

867d ago / 5:27 PM UTC

Partisan observers fuel tension as Detroit election workers tally absentee ballots

867d ago / 5:15 PM UTC

Michigan secretary of state says major cities to complete count within hours

867d ago / 5:14 PM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: In Maine, Biden wins solid support from liberals, women and voters 65 and older

867d ago / 5:06 PM UTC

Vote Watch: Twitter takes action on multiple Trump tweets

867d ago / 5:03 PM UTC

Biden wins Maine, NBC News projects

867d ago / 4:31 PM UTC

Pa. officials urge patience with 50 percent of mail-in ballots counted

867d ago / 4:25 PM UTC

Beschloss: America has always been divided

867d ago / 3:44 PM UTC

Trump's Florida victory powered in part by Miami overperformance

867d ago / 3:32 PM UTC

Trump campaign argues he has a path to victory

867d ago / 3:18 PM UTC

Florida votes to raise state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour

867d ago / 3:14 PM UTC

The day after: Counting ballots in Michigan

867d ago / 3:08 PM UTC

Ritchie Torres becomes first gay Afro Latino elected to Congress

867d ago / 2:35 PM UTC

Wall Street rises at opening bell as investors brace for long wait to determine election outcome

867d ago / 2:26 PM UTC

Dingell: Women will help Biden win Michigan

867d ago / 2:12 PM UTC

First Read: Win or lose, Trump and his politics look like they're here to stay

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867d ago / 1:59 PM UTC

Pollsters: Blame the founding fathers

867d ago / 1:49 PM UTC

Reading the fine print on how mail-in ballots are counted in Pennsylvania

867d ago / 12:48 PM UTC

With a handful of states left to call, see which paths to 270 remain

867d ago / 11:37 AM UTC

Pa. Gov. Wolf blasts GOP for calling on state's secretary of state to resign over ballot counting

867d ago / 11:20 AM UTC
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Nevada done counting until Thursday morning

867d ago / 11:00 AM UTC

As America counts its votes, world hedges its bets