Fact Check: Trump Was Not In Lead In Six States That Were Failing To Count And That Were Democrat Controlled On November 4th

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  • by: Eric Ferkenhoff

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Fact Check: Trump Was Not In Lead In Six States That Were Failing To Count And That Were Democrat Controlled On November 4th Not All

Is it true that as of November 4, 2020, there were six Democratic-controlled states that showed President Trump in the lead over Joe Biden? No, this is not true. While Trump was ahead in seven (not six) uncalled states on Wednesday, November 4 -- Wisconsin, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina -- not all are states with Democrats in charge. Two of them have Republican governors and two have Republican secretaries of state.

The claim appeared in a tweet (archived here) published by Trump supporter and celebrity Joy Villa to Twitter on November 4, 2020 and titled "Joy Villa TEXT JOY to 88022 for Trump on Twitter" which opened:

"Six states can't get the votes counted. Six states in which @realDonaldTrump is leading. Six states where Dems are in charge."

This is what the post looked like on Twitter at the time of writing:

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Sat Nov 7 19:55:02 2020 UTC)

The tweet was also posted to Instagram:

The posts by Joy Villa, a singer-songwriter, actress and staunch Trump-supporting conservative activist who has also made a presence on YouTube, are false.

Here is the breakdown of political power in each state, according to Ballotpedia's rosters of each state senate and house (or assembly):

State controlChart.png

Here is the breakdown of Trump's status, by state, on November 4, when Villa made the claim:

Trump was up in North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Arizona as of November 4.

But he was losing in Michigan (which Biden overtook that day and where he was later declared the winner on November 4), Nevada and Wisconsin (where Biden was declared the winner that day).


  • 2020-11-08T18:55:50Z 2020-11-08T18:55:50Z
    Updated to replace list of state officials with a chart.

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  Eric Ferkenhoff

Eric Ferkenhoff has been a reporter, editor and professor for 27 years, working chiefly out of the Midwest and now the South. Focusing on the criminal and juvenile justice systems, education and politics, Ferkenhoff has won several journalistic and academic awards and helped start a fact-checking project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he continues to teach advanced reporting. Ferkenhoff also writes and edits for the juvenile justice site JJIE.org.


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