1. SOUNDBITE (English) Julie Pace, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief:
"Michigan is a hugely significant state. This is one of those states, one of these blue wall states that went for Trump in 2016, really to the surprise of Democrats, and they have been focused on Michigan for four years."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Julie Pace, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief:
"So the Biden campaign is just looking across that 270 mark. They have some options on the table. And for them the pathways really remain open. They just need to cross that finish line."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Julie Pace, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief:
"So the president has some options here. There are states like Georgia and North Carolina that are still uncalled, and Pennsylvania, which is a big prize that is still uncalled. Biden is inching closer to 270. He can win with any of these states, but Trump still does have a path if he were to pick up some of those other states that he did win in 2016."
Democrat Joe Biden has won the electoral battleground of Michigan, the third state that President Donald Trump carried in 2016 that the former vice president has flipped.
The Biden victory narrows Trump's path to re-election.
The Associated Press declared Biden the winner of the state at 5:56 p.m. EST (2056GMT) Wednesday after conducting an analysis of votes and remaining ballots left to be counted.
It showed there were not enough votes left in Republican-leaning areas for Trump to catch Biden's lead.
Biden had a 70,000-vote lead on Wednesday evening, a margin over Trump of about 1.3 percentage points.
The ballots that remained to be counted were from overwhelmingly Democratic areas: Wayne County, which is home to Detroit; the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan's second largest city; Genesee County; and Kalamazoo.
Michigan is among a handful of battleground states where Trump prematurely claimed early Wednesday that he was “winning” the contest with Biden.
Both are locked in a tight race for the 270 electors needed to win the presidency, though Trump's path is narrowing.
"So the Biden campaign is just looking across that 270 mark. They have some options on the table. And for them the pathways really remain open. They just need to cross that finish line," Julie Pace, The Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief said.
Michigan is part of what Democrats long referred to as their “blue wall” - a trifecta of states that also includes Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - which served as a bulwark in presidential elections.
In 2016, a combined total of about 80,000 voters spread across those states narrowly handed Trump the presidency. He carried each state by less than a percentage point.
With Biden winning both Michigan and Wisconsin, all eyes are now on Nevada and Pennsylvania.
Biden had a lead Wednesday evening in Nevada while Trump was leading in Pennsylvania, though there were still about 1 million votes left to count in the state, many of which were mail ballots.
Voters who cast mail ballots have favored Biden.
That’s likely because Trump spent months claiming without proof that voting by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud.