Horse racing 2020: Count Zero wins Jericho Cup, Luke Williams interview, news, results, form guide,


One of the country’s most popular jockeys pulled off an incredible upset victory at the 4600m Jericho Cup – then delivered a brilliant interview headlined by an accidental f-bomb on live TV.

Luke ‘Stumpy’ Williams claimed the biggest win of his 30-year career in Warrnambool, guiding the $26 outsider to a dominant win in the $300,000 staying race.

He jumped out early on the Simon Wilde-trained NZ gelding, before confidently outstaying the rivals to finish four-and-a-half lengths in front of Dambulla and favourite Wil John in third.

But his emotional – and hilarious – post-race interview was just as exciting as his performance on track.

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Count Zero upstages favourites for Symon Wilde, Luke Williams


Count Zero channelled his inner Bill The Bastard, Australia’s greatest war horse, to win the third-annual $300,000 Jericho Cup (4600m) on Sunday at Warrnambool.

Trainer Symon Wilde‘s masterful preparation, backing up the courageous and triumphant gelding three weeks on end, was only bettered by local jockey Luke Williams’ tactical nous.

Williams, 46, who sat back a long last the first time around the undulating circuit synonymous with jumps racing, made the bold winning move on the second lap going up the hill.

“I watched his replays and I went into the race pretty confident,” Williams said.

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“I walked the track this morning and I knew there were a couple of spots where I could seriously make ground without doing anything.

“You had to get to them, of course, which I did up the hill the second time.

“Coming down to make the final turn they tried to drive me down to the inside but I thought ‘no, piss off!’ I stayed out there for a bit longer and got the job done.”

Williams, a 30-year veteran, punctuated the biggest win of his career like Glen Boss and standing up in the irons going past the winning post.

“It’s a real thrill … Thank you Lord, thank you Symon for having the faith to put me on,” Williams said.

“Big shout out to my family at home who backed me all the way.

“(This experience) makes me want to get a bit more dedicated and lose some weight and try and win another big one.”

Dambulla and favourite Wil John were game in defeat along with Alienated, the trio chasing hard but in vain as Count Zero ran them ragged the last 1000m.

Wilde lauded the Kiwi-bred six year-old son of Zed, the sire of Caulfield Cup winner Verry Elleegant and champion jumper Zed Em, who now has four wins and 10 placings from 31 career starts.

“He’s a tough as nails,” Wilde said.

“(I thought) he’d be ready for this trip … his last two runs, they’re what turned us.

“His first two runs this campaign were pretty ordinary.

“The last two gave us some confidence to run in this race.

“He pulled up so well … he’s a good eater, he’s the right horse to back-up. The rest is history.”

Count Zero joined Ablaze and High Mode as winners of the reimagined Jericho Cup, the brainchild of Bill Gibbins, who wanted to honour the deeds of the Australian Light Horse in the First World War.

“I love the concept. I think it’s a fantastic race. It’s got real meaning to it,” Wilde said.

“It’s not a pop-up race or money grab like some of the other ones are. It’s got real depth, a meaning and (it is) a real honour to win the race.”

MONDAY RACEBOOK

ALL EFFORT!

Jockey Daniel Moor combined with trainer Gavin Bedggood to win the Traralgon Cup (1900m) on Sunday with No Effort.

The gritty six year-old mare collared Lord Bouzeron and Nudge Bar in the closing stages of what was run to be a true staying test.

Savaheat loomed around the bend as if to challenge for the money but peaked on the run.

WOULD EWE BELIEVE IT?

Given actual sightings of Darren Weir are few and far between these days it is no surprise a candid picture, taken recently, of the disqualified trainer shearing a sheep would do the racing rounds.

The viral image shows Weir with a pair of shearing scissors in one hand and a fistful of wool in the other striking a pose for the camera with a sheepish (sorry, had to) smile.

Weir is due in the County Court next year to fight animal cruelty, conspiracy and weapons charges.

STEWARDS’ CORNER

Top jockey Luke Nolen escaped with severe reprimands for careless riding on Saturday at The Valley.

Nolen copped the wrath of the Steward for shifting out on Stars Of Carrum, trying to improve as the horses rounded the bend, without the sufficient room to do so at the 300m mark.

The action on Stars Of Carrum left Danon Roman in a precarious position buffeted between horses.

Young hoop Matthew Cartwright copped an 11-meeting ban after pleading guilty to careless riding in Race 6 on Our Gladiator.

The 18 year-old rider allowed Our Gladiator to shift out passing the 100m mark when insufficiently clear of Beautiful Bee and consequently led to four other runners being bumped or disadvantaged.

Post-race vet checks discovered Coruscate, equal favourite in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m), suffered an internal bleed of the lung that may have affected the horse’s performance.

Winning Partner was found to be lame following Race 7.

GROUP 1 ADVICE

Brad Rawiller’s shock Group 1 Winterbottom triumph caught a few punters on the hop but certainly not astute trainer Lindsey Smith, who prompted the star hoop to “reinvent” himself in Western Australia.

“I cheered more for him last night than I do my own — whatever that means — because when I saw him at Bendigo I asked ‘how are you going’ and he goes ‘not too bad’,” Smith said on Sunday after training the quinella in Race 2 at Warrnambool.

“When I walked away he said ‘don’t forget that I rode your last Group 1 winner’. He made me think.”

Rawiller moved to Perth recently — at the urging of Smith — after seeing opportunities dry up in Victoria.

“I was seeing him sitting at the races quite stressed and I thought that for someone of his ability it was a waste just riding in the country when Western Australia had a lack of good jockeys,” Smith said.

“I was looking for a stable jockey and I knew he’d get plenty of rides for his ability.”

READY TO ROCK

After landing winners at five tracks in three states on Saturday the powerhouse Chris Waller yard will look to add the Pakenham Cup to the trophy cabinet.

Waller‘s Melbourne representative Jo Taylor has confirmed Zipping Classic runner-up Brimham Rocks would target the country cup on Saturday.

“He’ll love every part of that 2500 metre trip,” Taylor said.

“I’m sure you can expect a good honest performance from him again.

“Especially after the carnival has dropped off a little bit, you would expect a horse like him to be very competitive in these races at this time of year.”

WILL’S WEIGHT EXPECTATION

Weight is a problem for a lot of jockeys but not talented apprentice Will Price.

After securing his first city double on Saturday, the 20 year-old lightweight is keen to build on the successful partnerships with Ciaron Maher Racing and Team Hawkes.

“I like to tell people that I’m about 48 kilos but I’m actually 45,” Price joked.

Trainer Wayne Hawkes let the cat out of the bag after Price’s win on Bandersnatch in the last race at The Valley.

“It is the heaviest saddle that I have ever carried … it must be 15 kilos. It was unbelievable,” Hawkes said.

“Ever is a long time … I’ve been doing this since I was six helping dad (John) at Morphettville back in the day.”

Price’s form continued on Sunday with the first winner at Traralgon.

THE WEEK AHEAD

The racing week starts at Wangaratta and Hamilton on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

An eight-race card at Echuca gets Wednesday started before Sandown Hillside hosts the first twilight meeting of the summer.

Kyneton holds up Thursday action as Mornington and The Valley round out the working week.

The Pakenham Cup meeting headlines Saturday, with Stawell and Balnarring the undercards.



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Jericho Cup 2020: Count Zero upstages favourites for Symon Wilde, Luke Williams


Veteran jockey Luke Williams has turned back the clock in Australia’s longest endurance race on the flat to partner Count Zero to a courageous victory in the Jericho Cup.

Count Zero channelled his inner Bill The Bastard, Australia’s greatest war horse, to win the third-annual $300,000 Jericho Cup (4600m) on Sunday at Warrnambool.

Trainer Symon Wilde‘s masterful preparation, backing up the courageous and triumphant gelding three weeks on end, was only bettered by local jockey Luke Williams’ tactical nous.

Williams, 46, who sat back a long last the first time around the undulating circuit synonymous with jumps racing, made the bold winning move on the second lap going up the hill.

“I watched his replays and I went into the race pretty confident,” Williams said.

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“I walked the track this morning and I knew there were a couple of spots where I could seriously make ground without doing anything.

“You had to get to them, of course, which I did up the hill the second time.

“Coming down to make the final turn they tried to drive me down to the inside but I thought ‘no, piss off!’ I stayed out there for a bit longer and got the job done.”

Williams, a 30-year veteran, punctuated the biggest win of his career like Glen Boss and standing up in the irons going past the winning post.

“It’s a real thrill … Thank you Lord, thank you Symon for having the faith to put me on,” Williams said.

“Big shout out to my family at home who backed me all the way.

“(This experience) makes me want to get a bit more dedicated and lose some weight and try and win another big one.”

Dambulla and favourite Wil John were game in defeat along with Alienated, the trio chasing hard but in vain as Count Zero ran them ragged the last 1000m.

Wilde lauded the Kiwi-bred six year-old son of Zed, the sire of Caulfield Cup winner Verry Elleegant and champion jumper Zed Em, who now has four wins and 10 placings from 31 career starts.

“He’s a tough as nails,” Wilde said.

“(I thought) he’d be ready for this trip … his last two runs, they’re what turned us.

“His first two runs this campaign were pretty ordinary.

“The last two gave us some confidence to run in this race.

“He pulled up so well … he’s a good eater, he’s the right horse to back-up. The rest is history.”

Count Zero joined Ablaze and High Mode as winners of the reimagined Jericho Cup, the brainchild of Bill Gibbins, who wanted to honour the deeds of the Australian Light Horse in the First World War.

“I love the concept. I think it’s a fantastic race. It’s got real meaning to it,” Wilde said.

“It’s not a pop-up race or money grab like some of the other ones are. It’s got real depth, a meaning and (it is) a real honour to win the race.”

MONDAY RACEBOOK

ALL EFFORT!

Jockey Daniel Moor combined with trainer Gavin Bedggood to win the Traralgon Cup (1900m) on Sunday with No Effort.

The gritty six year-old mare collared Lord Bouzeron and Nudge Bar in the closing stages of what was run to be a true staying test.

Savaheat loomed around the bend as if to challenge for the money but peaked on the run.

WOULD EWE BELIEVE IT?

Given actual sightings of Darren Weir are few and far between these days it is no surprise a candid picture, taken recently, of the disqualified trainer shearing a sheep would do the racing rounds.

The viral image shows Weir with a pair of shearing scissors in one hand and a fistful of wool in the other striking a pose for the camera with a sheepish (sorry, had to) smile.

Weir is due in the County Court next year to fight animal cruelty, conspiracy and weapons charges.

STEWARDS’ CORNER

Top jockey Luke Nolen escaped with severe reprimands for careless riding on Saturday at The Valley.

Nolen copped the wrath of the Steward for shifting out on Stars Of Carrum, trying to improve as the horses rounded the bend, without the sufficient room to do so at the 300m mark.

The action on Stars Of Carrum left Danon Roman in a precarious position buffeted between horses.

Young hoop Matthew Cartwright copped an 11-meeting ban after pleading guilty to careless riding in Race 6 on Our Gladiator.

The 18 year-old rider allowed Our Gladiator to shift out passing the 100m mark when insufficiently clear of Beautiful Bee and consequently led to four other runners being bumped or disadvantaged.

Post-race vet checks discovered Coruscate, equal favourite in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m), suffered an internal bleed of the lung that may have affected the horse’s performance.

Winning Partner was found to be lame following Race 7.

GROUP 1 ADVICE

Brad Rawiller’s shock Group 1 Winterbottom triumph caught a few punters on the hop but certainly not astute trainer Lindsey Smith, who prompted the star hoop to “reinvent” himself in Western Australia.

“I cheered more for him last night than I do my own — whatever that means — because when I saw him at Bendigo I asked ‘how are you going’ and he goes ‘not too bad’,” Smith said on Sunday after training the quinella in Race 2 at Warrnambool.

“When I walked away he said ‘don’t forget that I rode your last Group 1 winner’. He made me think.”

Rawiller moved to Perth recently — at the urging of Smith — after seeing opportunities dry up in Victoria.

“I was seeing him sitting at the races quite stressed and I thought that for someone of his ability it was a waste just riding in the country when Western Australia had a lack of good jockeys,” Smith said.

“I was looking for a stable jockey and I knew he’d get plenty of rides for his ability.”

READY TO ROCK

After landing winners at five tracks in three states on Saturday the powerhouse Chris Waller yard will look to add the Pakenham Cup to the trophy cabinet.

Waller‘s Melbourne representative Jo Taylor has confirmed Zipping Classic runner-up Brimham Rocks would target the country cup on Saturday.

“He’ll love every part of that 2500 metre trip,” Taylor said.

“I’m sure you can expect a good honest performance from him again.

“Especially after the carnival has dropped off a little bit, you would expect a horse like him to be very competitive in these races at this time of year.”

WILL’S WEIGHT EXPECTATION

Weight is a problem for a lot of jockeys but not talented apprentice Will Price.

After securing his first city double on Saturday, the 20 year-old lightweight is keen to build on the successful partnerships with Ciaron Maher Racing and Team Hawkes.

“I like to tell people that I’m about 48 kilos but I’m actually 45,” Price joked.

Trainer Wayne Hawkes let the cat out of the bag after Price’s win on Bandersnatch in the last race at The Valley.

“It is the heaviest saddle that I have ever carried … it must be 15 kilos. It was unbelievable,” Hawkes said.

“Ever is a long time … I’ve been doing this since I was six helping dad (John) at Morphettville back in the day.”

Price’s form continued on Sunday with the first winner at Traralgon.

THE WEEK AHEAD

The racing week starts at Wangaratta and Hamilton on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

An eight-race card at Echuca gets Wednesday started before Sandown Hillside hosts the first twilight meeting of the summer.

Kyneton holds up Thursday action as Mornington and The Valley round out the working week.

The Pakenham Cup meeting headlines Saturday, with Stawell and Balnarring the undercards.



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Trump Claims Detroit Election Officials ‘Harassed’ Into Approving Vote Count



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Two Republican members of the Wayne County, Michigan, canvassing board refused to certify election results for the the city of Detroit on Tuesday, citing problems with the electoral rolls. They reportedly reversed that decision following accusations of partisanship and racism from Democrats.

US President Donald Trump has claimed county election officials in Detroit were intimidated into approving results they believe are false.

The two Republicans on the four-member board of Wayne County canvassers voted on Tuesday against certifying the results, which tipped the key swing state of Michigan from Trump to Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the days after the November 3 election. The two Democratic Party canvassers voted in favour, leaving the question deadlocked.

Media reported early on Wednesday that the Republican officials had relented and approved the results, with the caveat of “demands” that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson carry out a “comprehensive audit” of all “unexplained precincts” in the county.

“That passed unanimously, we just voted on that,” said William Hartmann, one of the two Republicans on the canvassing board via Zoom.

But Trump dismissed that statement, saying the officials were forced to change their vote – but then refused to sign off on the crucial documents.

​And the president insisted that Michigan could no longer certify the election result, repeating allegations that more votes were counted in Wayne County than there were eligible voters.  

Fellow Republican Monica Palmer said she was willing to certify the Wayne County results if precincts in the city of Detroit were excluded, saying “I believe that we do not have complete and accurate information in those poll books” – the county electoral rolls.

But that drew the accusation of racism from Michigan Democrat congresswoman Rashida Tlaib. Some 80 per cent of residents in inner Detroit are black.

Canvassing Board vice-chair Jonathan Kinloch, a Democratic, called the Republican’s initial refusal to certify the result “reckless and irresponsible,” adding: “I smell politics at the core of this action.”

And Democrat Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said it would have been “shameful” if they had “disenfranchised” 1.4 million voters.

​One implication of Michigan being unable to issue an official vote count could be that the Republican-dominated state legislature would decide which candidate will receive the state’s six electoral college votes – an outcome not lost on Trump.

Without the electoral college votes of Michigan and Georgia, where Biden’s apparent victory margin of just 14,000 votes has prompted a recount, Biden’s total would only be four more than the 270 required to be confirmed president. And the Trump campaign has ongoing legal challenges to the results in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona and Nevada – all with narrow margins between the two candidates’ tallies.

Trump continued to retweeted reports backing his claim that massive ballot fraud robbed him of victory over Biden. Earlier this week the Georgia recount found that almost 2,700 votes in one county had not been tallied – and 70 per cent of those were for the president.

​And Trump denounced election authorities in Georgia and the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court for refusing to act on his claims of vote-rigging.

Both Biden and Trump claimed victory within days of the election – with major TV news networks hastily calling it for the Democrat former vice-president – even though the official results for each state have still not been declared almost two weeks later.





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NJ to impose new coronavirus restrictions on indoor, outdoor gatherings as case count surges


New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Monday tightening restrictions around social gatherings as the state continues to battle the surging pandemic, which shows no signs of slowing down ahead of the holiday season. 

Effective Tuesday, indoor gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 10 people, Murphy tweeted.

Starting Nov. 23, outdoor gatherings will be limited to 150 people. 

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According to the state’s previous guidelines, indoor gatherings were able to have a maximum of 25 people or 25% of a room’s capacity, while outdoor gatherings had a maximum of 500 people, as long as social distancing protocols were followed. 

However, the new rules don’t impact all gatherings. Murphy noted that religious services, celebrations, political events, weddings, funerals, memorial services and performances may continue under the current rules of 25% of a room’s capacity, up to 150 people. 

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The new limitations, however, are expected to impact Thanksgiving.

Murphy is far from the first to implement stricter protocols ahead of the holiday season especially as cases around the nation surge to their highest levels since the pandemic began. 

In recent weeks, a slew of governors have continued to stress the importance of remaining cautious amid a rise in cases while noting that the virus “thrives” in big gatherings. 

Many have implemented restrictions like shortening dining hours to halting in-person classes in order to better manage the spread of cases. 

Across the river, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo put a curfew on bars, restaurants and any other establishments with state liquor licenses to end indoor and outdoor dining by 10 p.m. 

Meanwhile, Oregon banned indoor gatherings of more than six people from more than two households. Washington banned wakes and funeral receptions and capped funeral ceremonies at 30 people.

Michigan required a halt in in-person classes for high schools and colleges, and gatherings, including for Thanksgiving, are limited to people from just two households. 

To date, over 11 million people in the United States have been infected with the virus and over 246,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 

FOX News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report. 

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Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County to count more than 2,000 undated ballots that arrived on time


Allegheny County elections officials in Pennsylvania Tuesday voted to count more than 2,000 mail-in ballots that appeared to be eligible except the voter did not include a date, according to reports.

“They applied on time, received their ballots, voted their ballots, returned them on time with their signature, their printed name, their address — the only thing they’re missing is their date,” said county solicitor Andrew Szefi, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “They were received timely, and our … ballot sorting machine imprints a date received on each envelope as they’re scanned.”

The paper reported that the law states ballot mailing envelope “shall contain the date.”

The 2,349 ballots are among several thousand more to be counted, including provisional ballots, and overseas and military, which only needed to arrive by Tuesday, according to KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.

PENNSYLVANIA POSTAL WORKER’S CLAIMS OF FRAUD COME UNDER QUESTION 

Pennsylvania was called for President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday, giving him more than the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency.

Allegheny County mail services workers, process some of the mail-in and absentee ballots received at the Allegheny County Election Division’s Elections warehouse in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

President Trump’s team has continued to file lawsuits in the state over alleged vote fraud, but haven’t offered substantiated evidence.

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The Board of Elections voted 2-1 to count the undated ballots. Republican Councilman Sam DeMarco voted against counting the ballots, the Review reported.

The other two board members, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Councilwoman Bethany Hallam, who are both Democrats, voted in favor of counting the ballots. 

There were still around 27,000 uncounted ballots left in Allegheny County as of 3 p.m. ET Tuesday, KDKA reported.

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Biden had a more than 47,000-vote lead in the state over Trump as of early Wednesday, according to the Fox News Decision Desk.



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European leaders congratulate Joe Biden, after media count declares him victorious in US presidential election — RT World News



Shortly after the Associated Press declared Joe Biden the winner in the US election, messages of congratulations flowed in from European leaders, some of whom had testy relationships with Donald Trump.

Biden was declared the winner by the Associated Press on Saturday, after the news service called the race in the swing state of Pennsylvania in his favor. The candidate claimed victory soon after, though Trump has not conceded, and will take legal action to challenge the result, citing alleged fraud.




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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, an ally of Trump through his country’s ongoing Brexit drama, congratulated Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris.

“The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security,” Johnson tweeted.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Harris for becoming the US’ first elected female vice president, and Biden for his win.

“I look forward to future cooperation with President Biden,” she said in a statement. “Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we are to master the great challenges of our time.”

Merkel will likely breathe a sigh of relief at the thought of working with a Biden administration. President Donald Trump has hammered Germany for failing to step up its NATO contributions, and held up the country as an example of the failure of mass immigration. 

French President Emmanuel Macron, whose relationship with Trump was warmer than Merkel’s, nevertheless echoed the German chancellor’s tone. “The Americans have chosen their President,” he tweeted. “Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris! We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez kept things almost verbatim, telling Biden “we are looking forward to cooperating with you to tackle the challenges ahead of us.”

Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Michael Martin also gave Biden his congratulations, noting the presumptive winner’s Irish ancestry in saying, “I also look forward to welcoming him back home when the circumstances allow!”

The messages weren’t all so upbeat. Poland’s Andrzej Duda, whose government Biden referred to last month as a “totalitarian regime,” congratulated the former vice president on “a successful presidential campaign,” but noted that the final electoral college outcome is still undecided. Nevertheless, Duda stated that Poland and the US will keep up their “strategic partnership for an even stronger alliance.”

Outside Europe, Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Canada’s Justin Trudeau, Israeli Opposition leader Yair Lapid, and Lebanon’s Michel Aoun all sent messages of support to Biden. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi too extended congratulations, despite being one of Trump’s closest allies on the world stage. Modi also paid tribute to Harris, who is of Indian descent.

However, though accepted by these world leaders, Biden’s victory is not yet a done deal. The Electoral College must formally present the results of the election to Congress in December, unless Trump concedes before then. Trump has ruled out concession, and said he will challenge the results of the election up to the Supreme Court, claiming Biden’s win was fraudulent.

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Biden inches towards victory as count continues


Supporters of Joe Biden have danced in the streets outside a ballot-counting centre in Philadelphia as the steadily growing vote tallies showed the Democratic former vice president could soon be declared winner of the US presidential election.

In Detroit, several hundred supporters of President Donald Trump, some carrying their guns, raised premature chants of “We won!” outside a counting centre, despite it looking increasingly unlikely, though not impossible, that this would prove true.

Philadelphia appeared to relish its turn as the centre of the nation’s attention, even if it was earned only by the relative slowness of its vote counting as the biggest city in the closely fought state of Pennsylvania.

It is one of a few pivotal states where the outcome of Tuesday’s election was still too close to call, and Philadelphians delighted in parading past the assembled news cameras playing violins and trombones or dressed up in election-themed costumes.

Biden has a 253 to 214 lead in the state-by-state Electoral College vote that determines the winner, according to Edison Research.

Winning Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes would give Biden the 270 he needs to secure the presidency. He has already won the popular vote by some four million votes.

The nation has spent nearly three days staring at the slowly updating vote tallies on the news, or finding chores to distract themselves from the prolonged uncertainty.

A few, however, have taken to the streets, with Biden supporters cheering for poll workers to “count every vote,” at times breaking into dance whenever someone turned up a Beyoncé or Missy Elliott song on loudspeakers.

Some Trump supporters, taking a cue from the president himself, insisted there must be something wrong with any count that showed Biden winning, and brought their rifles and handguns with them to rallies outside counting centres in Detroit and Phoenix, Arizona.

Most demonstrations have been peaceful and relatively small, though tensions have sometimes flared. Overnight in New York City, police pushed and shoved protesters, reporters and at least one elected official as they made arrests and tried to move anti-Trump demonstrations out of roadways.

In Detroit, a few anti-racism protesters rallying behind the Black Lives Matter slogan entered an area cordoned off by police for Trump supporters on Friday. Standing defiantly with fists in the air, Trump supporters, including armed members of militia groups, moved closer, jeering, before police intervened, leading the anti-racism protesters elsewhere.

Some pro-Biden observers gathered outside the police cordon. One waved a sign that read: “Earth to losers, go home!”

In Arizona, another closely contested state, a growing crowd of several hundred Trump supporters returned to the counting centre in Phoenix from surrounding Maricopa County where some 142,000 ballots from early voting remained to be counted as of Friday morning.

– Reuters

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