Warnock projected to defeat Loeffler in Georgia, moving Democrats closer to control of Senate

Original article by Hannah Mio
cnbc.com – Page: Online : 7-Jan-21

Democrat Raphael Warnock has won the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff according to NBN projections; he would be the first Black Senator elected in Georgia if his victory is confirmed. Democrat Jon Ossoff was leading Republican Senator David Perduff in the other runoff with 98 per cent of the expected vote counted. If Ossoff wins, the Senate will be equally split between Republicans and Democrats, giving Vice-President elect Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote. An earlier ABC News exit poll had indicated the Georgia vote would be tight, with voters evenly divided on preferred control of the Senate

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No social media is safe: lies, conspiracies again taint poll

Original article by Cat Zakrzewski, Rachel Lerman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 10 : 9-Nov-20

Smaller social media sites such as Pinterest and LinkedIn have been just as vulnerable to misinformation claims during the US presidential election as big sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Image bookmarking-site Pinterest has blocked searches of topics such as ‘stolen ballots’ and clamped down on phrases such as ‘Sharpiegate’, while users of business-focused social network Linkedin shared videos and articles that peddled false claims about the election result. Originally published in the ‘Washington Post’.

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Australia warned it could be isolated over climate inaction after Joe Biden victory

Original article by Adam Morton
The Guardian – Page: Online : 9-Nov-20

President-elect Joe Biden has set a net zero emissions for the US of no later than 2050, while he has committed to rejoining the Paris climate agreement. Howard Bamsey, Australia’s former special envoy on climate change, suspects the topic will come up in Biden’s first or second conversation with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, while former Australian diplomat to the UN Dean Bialek says Australia risks being further isolated as a "climate laggard" if it adheres to its current inaction.

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Biden: I’m unifier-in-chief

Original article by Cameron Stewart
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 9-Nov-20

US president-elect Joe Biden has promised to govern for all Americans and seek to unite rather than divide the nation. Biden has used his first national speech as president-elect to reach out to people who voted for Donald Trump, while he has urged both major political parties to co-operate. Meanwhile, Trump will press ahead with a legal challenge to the election results in some states; he contends that many votes were received illegally after 8pm on election day, which significantly affected the outcome of the poll in some key states. Biden currently has 51 per cent of the popular vote, compared with 49 per cent for Trump.

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Scott Morrison congratulates Joe Biden on US election win and flags Australian visit in 2021

Original article by Katharine Murphy
The Guardian Australia – Page: Online : 9-Nov-20

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison says his government looks forward to working with president-elect Joe Biden and his administration in addressing issues such as COVID-19 and climate change. Morrison adds that his government will continue to work with the Trump administration until Biden’s inauguration on 20 January, noting that the Australia-US alliance has become stronger under Trump. Morrison also says that he will invite Biden to visit Australia to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS treaty in 2021.

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Biden time for divided US

Original article by Cameron Stewart
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 6-Nov-20

Democrats candidate Joe Biden has signalled that signing the Paris Agreement on climate change will be a key priority if he wins the presidential election. The US withdrew from the agreement under President Donald Trump, who has launched a legal challenge to the election results in several key swing states. Biden has yet to declare victory, but he only needs to win one of the states of Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia or North Carolina to reach the threshold of 270 electoral college votes, while Trump must win all four states.

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Interesting times for US pollsters

Original article by Michele Levine, Gary Morgan, Julian McCrann
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 5-Nov-20

Not since 1948 has US polling been so poorly regarded. Regardless of whether or not Donald Trump is re-elected, he has proven the polls wrong again. Since the 1960s, we at Roy Morgan have known, and reported, that with polling there is a bias towards the party or leader that everyone ‘thinks will win’. This is especially the case with telephone polls, robo-polling and online polls. In the US this phenomenon (the bias towards the party/leader people ‘think will win’) was demonstrated to the extreme – as it did in the previous Presidential election. Essentially pollsters didn’t interview enough people who were ‘intending’ to vote for Trump; and if they did interview Trump supporters many were too frightened to say they would vote for Trump. The best way to measure ‘voting intention’ accurately is with ‘face-to-face’ interviews conducted with a representative sample of people using a ‘secret ballot’. Of course things can change in politics, as voters did in Queensland, when Pauline Hansen’s vote almost halved when she publicly called to ‘open’ Queensland borders. However in the US the polls simply got it wrong – with Trump concentrating on the economy – and blue collar jobs – while Biden and the media were focused on COVID.

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Trump predicts solid win as Biden grows more confident

Original article by Matthew Knott
The Age – Page: Online : 4-Nov-20

Democrats candidate Joe Biden has an average lead of 2.3 percentage points over US President Donald Trump in the key ‘battleground’ states. However, Trump believes that he has a "solid chance" of winning the presidential election, while he has ruled out "playing games" by declaring an early victory if the results are not clear on election night. Biden in turn has told his supporters that he senses that the Democrats are set for a "big win". More than 100 million Americans voted by mail or at an early voting site prior to election day; these votes are expected to favour the Democrats, but the Republican Party is tipped to perform better among people who vote on election day.

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Democratic convention viewership tumbles 24% on first night

Original article by Gerry Smith, Christopher Palmeri
Bloomberg – Page: Online : 20-Aug-20

Data from Nielsen shows that about 19.7 million people watched the first night of the Democratic National Convention on broadcast and cable television networks. This compares with a first night viewership of 25.9 million in 2016. However, some 10.3 million people watched a live stream of the convention, compared with just three million in 2016. Joe Biden’s election campaign team estimates that the combined broadcast and streaming audience was nearly 29 million, which is slightly higher than four years ago.

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Divided US wakes to stalemate

Original article by Jacob Greber
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 12 : 8-Nov-18

The Republican Party is set to gain up to five seats in the US Senate and retain control of the upper house following the mid-term elections. President Donald Trump has described the elections as a "tremendous success" despite relinquishing control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats, with the party poised to gain up to 35 seats. CNN’s exit polls showed that Trump had a disapproval rating of 56 per cent, while the disapproval rating of Democrat House leader Nancy Pelosi was 55 per cent.

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