President Trump won a series of key battlegrounds early on Wednesday morning, including Florida, Ohio and Iowa, as Joseph R. Biden Jr. expressed confidence he would ultimately prevail across key Northern states and Arizona as the presidential contest turned into a state-by-state slog that could drag deeper into the week.“We believe we are on track to win this election,” Mr. Biden said in a brief speech after 12:30 a.m. Eastern, saying he was “optimistic” about the outcome once all the votes were counted. – Advertisement – No full states had yet flipped from their 2016 results as of 1 a.m., but several key states had huge portions of ballots still to be counted. Mr. Biden did flip a single Electoral College vote that Mr. Trump had won in 2016, carrying Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Omaha. With millions of legitimate votes still waiting to be counted, Mr. Trump prematurely and recklessly declared that he won the election. Appearing at the White House, he pressed for more vote counting in Arizona, where he is behind, and called to stop the count where he is ahead as he baselessly declared the election “a fraud on the American public.” In an unprecedented move that drew bipartisan condemnation, the president said he intended to go to the Supreme Court to intervene to halt the legitimate counting of the vote.- Advertisement – “We’re going to win this,” Mr. Biden said, urging “patience.”Mr. Biden’s win in Nebraska’s 2nd District was only one of the 270 Electoral College votes that he needs. But it could prove important. It opened a potential pathway to the White House without winning Pennsylvania, if Mr. Biden carried all the states that Mrs. Clinton did and added Michigan, Arizona and Wisconsin, plus Nebraska’s lone vote.In a briefing for donors on Tuesday night, Biden campaign officials acknowledged underperforming among Cuban-Americans in the Miami area, but saw positive signs with their strength in some suburbs in Ohio that they said could be predictive across the Midwest, according to two people familiar with the matter.Campaign officials signaled that Biden’s team was preparing to wait for votes to be counted in three Northern battlegrounds that Mr. Trump carried in 2016 — Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — where it still feels bullish.North Carolina and Arizona could still be called relatively quickly. But vote-counting in the so-called former “blue wall” that Mr. Trump flipped in 2016 — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — is not expected to be completed until later in the week. The most encouraging sign on the map for Mr. Biden was in Arizona, where he was leading in a state that Mr. Trump won in 2016. He won New Hampshire and Minnesota, two states that Hillary Clinton had only narrowly carried four years ago and that Mr. Trump had once hoped to flip in 2020. – Advertisement – So far, Mr. Trump was holding off Mr. Biden in two Southern states that the former vice president had hoped to snatch back from the Republican column: Georgia and North Carolina. These were not must-win states for Mr. Biden, but he spent heavily in both states and visited them in the final stretch of the campaign. Mr. Biden lost Texas, a long-shot hope that some Democrats invested in late in hopes of earning a landslide repudiation of Mr. Trump that did not arrive. Georgia has not gone Democratic since 1992. But while Mr. Trump held a narrow lead, much of the remaining vote to be counted appeared to be in the greater Atlanta area, where Mr. Biden performed strongest.Shortly after Mr. Biden spoke, Mr. Trump responded on Twitter, misleadingly saying he was “up big” and claiming without evidence that “they are trying to STEAL the election.” Twitter immediately marked it as content that was “disputed and might be misleading.” – Advertisement –
For pick recommendations for your pools, check out TeamRankings’ NFL Pick ’em Pool Picks. TeamRankings also provides data-driven College Bowl Pick ’em Picks and NFL betting picks.Week 14 Fantasy Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerExpert Week 14 NFL Picks Advice: Pick ’em poolsAs always, we’ll break down five noteworthy Week 14 games that stand out because of win odds and pick popularity. Deciding which way you want to go on these games should be top of mind when you make your Week 14 picks.Keep in mind that, we are not saying you should make all of these picks. The best picks for your specific football pick ’em pool depend on multiple strategy factors, such as the number of entries in your pool, whether it uses confidence points; and whether it offers season prizes, weekly prizes, or both. Our Football Pick ’em Picks product helps figure out the best strategy for you.Reminder: The w in odds and pick popularity data below is subject to change between now and kickoff. For the latest numbers, our pick ’em product updates multiple times per day with the latest information.Favorites At A Reasonable PriceNew York Giants (at Washington)The Giants are 3.5-point favorites on the road against the Redskins. New York pulled off a big upset against the Bears last week, but things didn’t go as well for the Redskins. Washington QB Colt McCoy was injured in last week’s loss to Philadelphia and is done for the season. With original starter Alex Smith already on IR, the Redskins were forced to rely on third-string journeyman Mark Sanchez. Given Washington’s quarterback issues, it’s not surprising that betting markets have the 4-8 Giants with almost 63-percent implied win odds in this game. At roughly 70-percent pick popularity nationwide, the Giants are not being significantly overrated by the public relative to their win odds, meaning that there are certainly way better upset picks on the board this week than Washington.Pittsburgh Steelers (at Oakland)The Steelers are 11-point favorites on the road against Oakland in Week 14. Pittsburgh is coming off a three-point loss to the Chargers in a game with playoff seeding implications and looking look to bounce back against the Raiders. As such big underdogs, the risk/reward profile for Oakland as an upset pick just doesn’t look great here, with Pittsburgh having Vegas-implied winning odds of nearly 84 percent. In comparison, the Chiefs are just about as popular a pick as the Steelers this week, but KC is significantly less likely to win. So, you’d be foolish to even consider Oakland as an upset pick instead of a team like Baltimore.Green Bay Packers (vs. Atlanta)Green Bay is favored by five points at home against the Falcons this week. The Vegas-implied win odds for the Packers are about 67 percent, while 77 percent of the public is selecting them in pick’em pools. Although technically “overrated” like almost all favorites are, Green Bay’s pick popularity is comparably lower than teams like the Texans and Titans even though those other teams aren’t favored by as many points. The Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthy after their Week 13 loss to Arizona, so the public may be more wary than usual to pick a favorite that is in a coaching transition.MORE TEAMRANKINGS: Intro to data-driven NFL picksValue GamblesIf you’re behind in your pick ’em pool and need to make up some points, time is now running out. Although it’s a risky strategy, at this point you’re probably going to be best served by taking some risks on significantly underrated underdogs that still have a reasonable chance to win.Chicago Bears (vs. LA Rams)The Bears are three-point underdogs at home against the Rams. After an overtime loss to the Giants last week, Chicago’s pick popularity is a paltry 15 percent. However, the betting markets have Chicago’s win odds at 41 percent, and our models are slightly more optimistic about their winning chances. While the Rams have the best record in the NFL, the Bears also have a lot to play for, as they are currently leading the NFC North and have the third best record in the NFC. A nearly 27-point difference in win odds and pick popularity is a very large differential, making the Bears are very solid consideration for pick ’em pools with weekly prize payouts as well as season prize pools if you are trailing in the standings.New York Jets (at Buffalo)The Jets are 3.5-point underdogs at Buffalo this week. The Bills and the Jets are among the weakest teams in the league, and both are looking to bounce back from four-point losses last week. With Buffalo having home field, it’s understandable that the Bills are the favorites, but the Jets still have Vegas-implied win odds of around 38 percent, which is substantially higher than their nationwide pick popularity of only 13 percent. Picking the Jets is a significant gamble, but if they pull off the upset, the payoff should be significant in terms of gaining ground on your opponents.If you want to take a little less risk than the Jets, the Vikings (at Seattle) also look like a good upset pick from a risk/reward standpoint. And if you really want to go for it, there’s a ton of value on San Francisco (home vs. Denver) — but the 49ers only have about a 35-percent chance to winWhich Of These Five Picks Should You Make in Week 14? Maybe all, maybe some. Sorry to sound wishy-washy, but the fact is it takes a lot of number-crunching to get to the right answer for you.We built our Football Pool Picks to handle the math and figure out the data based on your specific pool. Just answer a few quick questions about your setup (type of pool, number of entrants, weekly vs. yearly prizes, etc.), and our picks product will customize Week 14 recommendations to give you the biggest edge.If you’re in college bowl pool or planning on betting NFL Week 14 games, check out our College Bowl Pick ’em Picks and NFL betting picks. The experts from TeamRankings are back to help inform your Week 14 NFL picks with value-based strategy advice that can help you dominate your pick ’em pools. For more tips and a quick primer on how our data-driven method can help you win weekly and yearly prizes, check out our article on NFL pick ’em pool strategy.This analysis is provided by TeamRankings.com, the only site that customizes pick recommendations to give you the best chance to win your football pools. Last season, 81 percent of TeamRankings subscribers reported winning a prize in a football pick ’em contest. 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