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Joe Biden has won the state of Michigan, a key swing state in the race for the presidency, AP projects.

Why it matters: Biden’s flip of the state’s 16 electoral votes comes after a similar victory in Wisconsin — and bodes well for the former vice president’s prospects in the outstanding Rust Belt battleground of Pennsylvania.

  • With swing states North Carolina, Nevada, Georgia and Pennsylvania still outstanding, Biden only needs six more electoral votes in order to clinch the presidency, according to AP's projections.
  • Biden was leading in the state by 8 points the day before Election Day, according to FiveThirtyEight's average of polls.

What to watch: Incumbent Sen. Gary Peters (D) is facing a re-election battle against Republican challenger John James in Michigan, one of the races that could determine control of the Senate.

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Updated Nov 24, 2020 - Politics & Policy

The top Republicans who have acknowledged Biden as president-elect

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Some elected Republicans are breaking ranks with President Trump to acknowledge that President-elect Biden won the 2020 presidential election.

Why it matters: The relative sparsity of acknowledgements highlights Trump's lasting power in the GOP, as his campaign moves to file multiple lawsuits alleging voter fraud in key swing states — despite the fact that there have been no credible allegations of any widespread fraud anywhere in the U.S.

Trump cancels Pennsylvania trip for GOP hearing on voter fraud claims

President Trumpat the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump on Wednesday canceled his trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he was scheduled to join his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani for a Republican-led state Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing on alleged election irregularities.

Driving the news: The cancellation comes after Giuliani was exposed to a second person who tested positive for the coronavirus. It's unclear if that's the reason the trip was cancelled.

Biden's Day 1 challenges: Systemic racism

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Advocates are pushing President-elect Biden to tackle systemic racism with a Day 1 agenda that includes ending the detention of migrant children and expanding DACA, announcing a Justice Department investigation of rogue police departments and returning some public lands to Indigenous tribes.

Why it matters: Biden has said the fight against systemic racism will be one of the top goals of his presidency — but the expectations may be so high that he won't be able to meet them.