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Today we highlight our coverage of yesterday’s high-stakes presidential race during a worsening pandemic.
Former Vice President Joe Biden pulled ahead by a razor thin margin in Wisconsin on Wednesday as elections officials finished tallying ballots — including nearly 2 million ballots already cast by residents who sought to avoid busy polls on Election Day to limit the risk of coronavirus exposure.
The pandemic cast a shadow over voting as state health officials reported a record 5,771 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and another 52 deaths. And as voters gathered at the polls, Wisconsinites elsewhere lined up to be tested for the disease. Wait times for free testing the Alliant Energy Center in Madison eclipsed three hours early Tuesday afternoon.
Cases and deaths climbed even higher on Wednesday, with 5,935 newly reported infections and 54 deaths, according to the Department of Health Services. Wisconsin’s total pandemic death toll now sits at 2,156.
Scenes and dispatches as Wisconsin went to the polls on Nov. 3 — Wisconsin Watch
Wisconsin votes: Portraits from the polls — Wisconsin Watch
Pandemic is top election issue for Wisconsin voters; majority say country heading in wrong direction — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
At least 13 residences near UW-Madison violated public health orders over Halloween weekend — Wisconsin State Journal
Twenty-seventh Appleton resident dies of COVID-19 — Appleton Post-Crescent
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Data to note
WisContext offers these visualizations of Wisconsin’s startling trends in COVID-19 infections and deaths.