News to Know for Nov. 5: No President selected; Trump campaign files lawsuits; Pleasant weather day

News to Know for Nov. 5: No President selected; Trump campaign files lawsuits; Pleasant weather day
President Donald Trump and Joe Biden (Source: U.S. Department of State / Facebook: Joe Biden)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Here’s a look at our top Election and local headlines to get you out the door.

Pleasant Stretch Of Weather

Today will be mostly Sunny, with some high clouds in the afternoon and evening.

Highs in the low 70s.

A pleasant stretch of weather through the weekend

What’s The Hold-Up?

Two days after the polls opened, and ballots are still being counted.

Anxious Americans woke up to election aftermath that has yet to deliver any clear answer. Neither President Donald Trump nor his Democratic rival Joe Biden cleared the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House, and the margins are tight in five battleground states.

Democrat Joe Biden sits in the lead right now with 253 electoral votes and President Donald Trump with 213 votes, but several key battleground states are still too close to call.

Democratic-endorsed candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, left, squared off against President Donald Trump, right, in the 2020 general election Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
Democratic-endorsed candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, left, squared off against President Donald Trump, right, in the 2020 general election Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Source: AP)

Biden, who has received more than 71 million votes, the most in history, was joined by his running mate Kamala Harris at an afternoon news conference yesterday and said he now expected to win the presidency, though he stopped short of outright declaring victory.

The Associated Press called Michigan and Wisconsin for Democrat Joe Biden on Wednesday. The AP has not called Nevada, Pennsylvania or Georgia.

Trump Sues 3 States Over Ballot Counting

President Donald Trump’s campaign filed lawsuits Wednesday in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, laying the groundwork for contesting battleground states as he slipped behind Democrat Joe Biden in the hunt for the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House.

The new filings, joining existing Republican legal challenges in Pennsylvania and Nevada, demand better access for campaign observers to locations where ballots are being processed and counted, and raise absentee ballot concerns, the campaign said.

Trump is threatening legal action over legitimate vote counting in the 2020 election, as several states have yet to be called.
Trump is threatening legal action over legitimate vote counting in the 2020 election, as several states have yet to be called.

Democrats scoffed at the legal challenges the president’s campaign filed Wednesday in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia. In spite of the aggressive move, the flurry of court action did not seem obviously destined to impact the election’s outcome.

Stoney Declares Victory In Mayoral Race

“Thanks to your hard work and dedication, I’m humbled to be Richmond’s Mayor for the next four years. We wouldn’t be here without your tireless dedication and support. So thank you,” Stoney said in a statement.

Mayor Levar Stoney and Governor Ralph Northam.
Mayor Levar Stoney and Governor Ralph Northam. (Source: AP)

Levar Stoney was running for reelection against four other candidates - Kim Gray, Justin Griffin, Tracey McLean and Alexsis Rodgers - Click on their names to read more about them.

Spanberger Declares Win Over Freitas

Democratic incumbent Abigail Spanberger has declared victory over Republican challenger Nick Freitas in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District race.

“Tonight, the Seventh District affirmed its commitment to leadership in Congress that puts Central Virginia first, works for everyone and focuses on expanding opportunity for the next generation of Virginians. Serving the Seventh District in Congress has been my honor, and I look forward to continuing our work to strengthen and protect our communities,” Spanberger said in a statement.

Abigail Spanberger and Nick Freitas
Abigail Spanberger and Nick Freitas (Source: Abigail Spanberger and Nick Freitas)

Freitas has not yet conceded.

The 7th District is considered one of the tightest races in the commonwealth. Spanberger narrowly won the seat two years ago, winning by roughly 7,000 votes.

For a list of all House winners in Virginia, click here.

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Other Non-Election Related Stories

The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts announced additional free community testing events for the month of November.

Here’s a list of dates, locations and times:

  • Monday, Nov. 9 - Eastern Henrico Health Department at 1400 N Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23223 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Thursday, Nov. 12 - Stonewall Avenue RRHA Senior Building at 1920 Stonewall Ave, Richmond, VA 23225 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Friday, Nov. 13 - Eastern Henrico Health Department at 1400 N Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23223 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

To register for testing, call the Richmond & Henrico COVID-19 hotline at 804-205-3501, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday (except holidays).

Petersburg Schools Will Stay Online

Petersburg City Public Schools' leaders decided to allow students to continue doing virtual learning for the rest of the semester.

After that update and an update on the latest health trends from the Crater Health Department, the board decided to keep the students at home at least through Feb. 2.

The board will revisit the topic at a meeting on Jan. 6.

Hopewell COVID-19 Exposure

Students in Hopewell will be doing classes online after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

The school district says the person is a transportation staff member, and students who were being taken to Woodlawn and Hopewell High School for some in-person classes were potentially exposed.

The governor said Monday that no Maryland resident should leave home unless it is for an essential job or an essential reason such as getting food and medicine or seeking urgent medical attention.
The governor said Monday that no Maryland resident should leave home unless it is for an essential job or an essential reason such as getting food and medicine or seeking urgent medical attention. (Source: NBC12)

Those students and staff members are now in quarantine.

No Fees To Adopt A Pet!

Richmond Animal Care and Control announced they will be waiving pet adoption fees this week.

Fees will be waived from Nov. 4-Nov. 6.

Final Thought

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us - Joseph Campbell

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