Here is the state of play in seven states that could determine the presidency.

first_imgElectoral votes: 15Trump leads Biden, 50.1 percent to 48.7 percent, with 95 percent of the estimated vote in. Keep in mind: With most votes now tabulated, Biden would need to win about two-thirds of the remainder to pull ahead.PENNSYLVANIAElectoral votes: 20Trump leads Biden, 54.3 percent to 44.3 percent, with 77 percent of the estimated vote in.Keep in mind: An analysis by The Times’s Upshot finds that the remaining vote appears to be overwhelmingly for Biden. Only 19 of 67 counties have reported absentee votes. The counties where the largest portion of the votes have yet to be counted include Philadelphia, the state’s most populous county, where Biden leads by 53 percentage points, and Bucks, the state’s fourth most populous, where Trump leads by 14 percentage points. Biden needs to win more than two-thirds of the remaining votes to win the state.WISCONSINElectoral votes: 10Biden leads Trump, 49.5 percent to 48.8 percent, with 97 percent of the estimated vote in.Keep in mind: Biden’s narrow lead is the mirror image of the Trump’s four years ago, and there are only a scattering of precincts remaining to be counted across the state. NORTH CAROLINA- Advertisement – Electoral votes: 16Trump leads Biden, 50.5 percent to 48.3 percent, with 92 percent of the estimated vote in.Keep in mind: Most of the votes yet to be counted are in DeKalb County and other counties in the suburbs of Atlanta that have been breaking heavily for Biden. The Georgia secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said in a television interview that he expected the count to be done by the end of the day, and called a news conference for late Wednesday morningMICHIGANElectoral votes: 16Biden leads Trump, 49.3 percent to 49.1 percent, with 90 percent of the estimated vote in.Keep in mind: More than a quarter of the vote in Wayne County, a Democratic stronghold that includes Detroit, has yet to be counted, and Biden was closing the gap in Kent County, which includes Grand Rapids, with more than 10 percent of votes outstanding. NEVADA Electoral votes: 6Biden leads Trump, 49.3 percent to 48.7 percent, with 86 percent of the estimated vote in. Keep in mind: The critical votes still to be counted are mail ballots sent on or after Election Day and provisional ballots, which are expected to favor Biden. The secretary of state says the next update will come at around 12 p.m. Eastern time. Here is the state of play in seven battleground state as of 10:30 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday.ARIZONAElectoral votes: 11Biden leads Trump, 51.0 percent to 47.6 percent, with 87 percent of the estimated vote in. To keep in mind: Counties with critical votes still to be counted include Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix and where Biden is ahead by about six points. Vote-counting is expected to finish today, though it could take longer.GEORGIA- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Ronaldo deserves Ballon d’Or

first_imgFormer Real Madrid star Roberto Carlos has voiced his opinion that Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi because the Barcelona man has already won plenty of awards in the past few seasons.The Argentine has won the last three editions of the accolade, with his Portuguese counterpart having to settle for second place last term, and missing out on a top-three spot in 2010.Nevertheless, the legendary left-back feels that the Madrid man’s time has come now after a successful 2011-12 campaign.“Obviously everyone’s talking about Messi, but I reckon he has won enough and there cannot be much more room in his trophy cabinet,” he told Fifa.com.“Therefore, I would vote for Cristiano Ronaldo. He is someone who can win matches for you in many different ways, from varying situations in attack. He deserves to win it again.”The Brazilian then voiced his opinion that Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho should be named Coach of the Year by Fifa. “Well, seeing as Pep Guardiola has left Barcelona, I think it should go to Jose Mourinho.“A club side like his is harder to coach than a top national team – something I know a lot about. During my time at Real Madrid, I played under Fabio Capello, who did an amazing job.“But when you look at Mourinho’s results, you can see his coaching has a lot of merit and he really knows how to deal with the situations he faces.”Mourinho guided Real Madrid to their first Liga title since 2008 last term.last_img read more