Georgia turns blue … and Pennsylvania too! Fresh batch of Philly votes put Biden ahead

first_imgAs of 8 AM ET on Friday morning, Alaska: Donald Trump still leads after no new votes were reported overnight.Arizona: Joe Biden is still holding onto a 47,052 vote advantage after a 75,000 vote update from Maricopa County and several small updates came in overnight. About 275,000 ballots are still thought to be outstanding. To win the state, Trump would have to take those votes by around 56%, which is pretty much on track with what has happened so far in post-election tallies. However, there are reasons to believe that the votes remaining are less Trump friendly. In any case, it’s likely to be close.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – At this point, it’s possible that the the promise of Pennsylvania votes coming in “any minute” may simply be burned into the screen. And yes, it is possible to be both supportive of the volunteers who stayed at their posts overnight, flipping through mail-in ballots under the eye of watching cameras and bipartisan observers, while still being frustrated that we haven’t seen the outcome of that work.But we should be getting more votes from Pennsylvania … any minute now.- Advertisement – Pennsylvania: Is, of course, the ballgame. Biden could lose all the other remaining states if he took home Pennsylvania. With Pennsylvania, Arizona, North Carolina, and Nevada, Biden would lock up a substantial victory that rebuilt the “blue wall,” made a foray into the South, and added a new wall across the Sunbelt from California to New Mexico. Overnight, Biden added about 43,000 votes to Trump’s 13,000. A similar ratio is expected across the remaining votes, which should easily reverse the 18,000 vote edge Trump currently holds. The status of Pennsylvania really could change … any minute now.Meanwhile, the Secret Service has increased its protection over Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Like the FAA’s setting of a protective circle around Biden’s home, this isn’t an official confirmation. But it is a sign that behind the scenes the people who are responsible for protecting the president, believe that title if going to go to Biden.Oh, and also Donald Trump made a speech that was all lies, horribly corrosive to the nation, and openly encouraging of authoritarian actions and violence. As expected. Georgia: Biden has pulled out to a 1,096 vote advantage. There are roughly 10,000 ballots remaining, however these might not include around 7,000 military ballots and expat ballots that could arrive as late as today. In any case, Biden’s advantage here will likely grow, but don’t expect a call on the state until things are a little more definitive.Nevada: Biden has an edge of 11,438 votes. About 51,000 votes remaining from highly Democratic Clark County, which is why so much legal attention from Trump’s team is focused on the pretense that the voting there is somehow “illegal.” That includes an illegal use of the postal database to suggest that there are voters who have changed residence but still voted in Clark County, and the use of a woman who claims to be a victim of voter fraud, but may be the only known case of someone actually trying to vote twice in the whole state. In any case, expect Biden’s edge to grow when more votes are added around 2PM ET — at which point the state may be called.North Carolina: No change overnight, with Trump still holding a 76,000 vote advantage. There’s no reason to believe what’s still outstanding in the state will add it to team blue, though some people are feeling more hopeful after seeing the slow trend toward Biden in Georgia.- Advertisement –last_img read more

MLAX : BEST DEFENSE: SU allows pair of 2nd-half goals, holds on for win over No. 2 Virginia

first_img Comments Published on March 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm With just less than three minutes to play, Virginia had possession and plenty of time left to erase Syracuse’s two-goal lead. But the SU defense wasn’t about to let that happen.Virginia midfielder Shamel Bratton chased down an errant pass near midfield and turned to start the attack — and possibly the comeback. But as he looked up to survey the field, Orange midfielder Tim Harder came careening toward him. Harder slid at Bratton’s feet first and whacked the ball free. It flew out of bounds, returning possession to SU.Harder hopped to his feet and gave an emphatic fist pump as the Carrier Dome crowd roared.Two and a half minutes later, Harder and No. 1 Syracuse pulled out a 12-10 win over No. 2 Virginia in front of 14,340 fans, the fourth-largest regular-season crowd for a lacrosse game in Carrier Dome history. With emotions running high throughout, the Orange (3-0) defense stifled the Cavaliers’ attack in the second half, holding them to just two scores and five shots on goal. And that helped SU grab its first regular-season win over the Cavaliers (4-1) since 2004.‘I think that our defense stepped up,’ senior long-stick midfielder Joel White said. ‘Our defense made some stops when we needed. We had a couple hustle plays at the end of the game to give us the ball back, and our offense did the rest.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game was originally a fast-paced, offensive battle. Bratton tallied Virginia’s first score a little more than two minutes in, but Syracuse responded just 18 seconds later. After a false start by the Cavaliers on the ensuing faceoff, SU attack Tim Desko got free behind the net after a pick by sophomore JoJo Marasco and buried a shot for the first of his five goals on the night.The game continued to swing back and forth throughout the first half. SU took a 5-2 lead with 2:55 left in the first quarter and pulled ahead 7-4 early in the second. But Virginia answered with four straight goals to take an 8-7 advantage into the break.‘We really didn’t expect anything else,’ Orange head coach John Desko said. ‘It was a run-and-gun, up-and-down game against the Cavaliers. … Virginia showed their character and some composure and came back in the second quarter.’In the second half, that run-and-gun style turned into a defensive battle. The pace didn’t slow, but possessions for both teams started ending in saves or turnovers rather than goals.SU shut down the Virginia offense for nearly the whole third quarter. Their only score came on a rocket shot from Bratton with 5:46 left in the period. Other than that, the Cavaliers only mustered two shots on goal, both of which were turned back by Orange goaltender John Galloway.‘That’s an experienced defense team,’ Virginia head coach Dom Starsia said. ‘They probably felt like they had given in a little bit in the first half. … I thought they came out and tightened things down a little bit and probably showed their experience at that end of the field.’Virginia had a chance to spark its offense as it started the fourth quarter a man-up chance and possession. As the Cavaliers began cycling the ball around, SU senior defender Tom Guadagnolo deflected a pass on the left side but couldn’t get to the groundball. UVa continued its movement around the zone.Cavalier attack Matt White got the ball behind the net and tried to pass in front. But again, Guadagnolo was there for a deflection, and this time, it popped right into Galloway’s stick.The Orange cleared, and Guadagnolo received congratulatory fist bumps from Galloway and sophomore Brian Megill as the Orange’s penalty released.‘As a whole defense, I think we played great,’ White said. ‘We got loose balls and just hustled.’While Virginia struggled to score, Tim Desko helped SU build a 12-9 lead with three second-half goals. Bratton was able to pull the Cavaliers within two with his fourth goal at the 2:55 mark. But Harder’s sliding stick check shortly afterward all but sealed the win for the Orange.‘As a team, I think it’s just a great step for us, a step forward,’ White said. ‘I think we have a long way to go, myself included, with one-on-one ‘D’ and our middies have to get better on defense. I think it’s just a great step.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more