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Live Election Results: CBS News says Joe Biden has been elected president

Election results are coming in from across the country. Find out the latest here.


Voters in D.C., Maryland and Virginia headed to the polls for the final day of voting on Tuesday to cast their ballots for the next president of the United States, along with more than a dozen congressional seats and at least one statewide ballot initiative.

While Americans wait for results from a too-close-to-call presidential election, thousands of ballots across the DMV are still being counted due to record turnout and higher mail-in voting than typically seen. 

You can find our live election results page here for all races on Tuesday – local, state and federal.

Live Updates

11:27 a.m. -- Joe Biden projected to win the presidency in highly-contested election, CBS News says

10:56 p.m. -- Biden addresses the nation from Wilmington, DE, saying "the numbers tell us a clear and convincing story... we’re going to win this race.” He noted that Democrats have "rebuilt the Blue wall in the middle of America." 

10:47 p.m. -- CBS News is reporting approximately 613,000 ballots that still need to be counted across Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska. 

10:30 p.m. -- 92,000 ballots still to be counted in Maricopa County, according to CBS News. 

10:03 p.m. -- CBS News reports that Biden has his largest lead of the day in Pennsylvania, while his lead in Arizona is decreasing. 

9:54 p.m. -- Biden is expected to speak shortly from Wilmington, Delaware, as he maintains a narrow lead over President Trump on the path to 270 electoral votes. 

9:06 p.m. -- Biden now leads Trump by 29,861 votes in Arizona, with approximately164,500 ballots left to be counted. 

7:22 p.m. -- Maricopa County is expected to release thousands of newly recorded votes around 9 p.m., Arizona election officials said. 

6:43 p.m. -- Joe Biden's current lead in Pennsylvania is 14,293 votes, a .2% margin. The lead needs to be 33,044 to get to .5% which is the threshold for an automatic recount in Pennsylvania.

6:20 p.m. -- With 93% of the vote in Nevada reported, Biden is currently up by 22,657 votes. 

5:51 p.m. -- Biden is up almost 40,000 votes in Arizona, CBS News reports.

5:26 p.m. --  New Georgia updates from 11Alive reporter Brendan Keefe: "The 5 p.m. deadline for Georgia military & overseas ballots has passed. There were 8,410 still outstanding and we await word on how many were returned. 18,008 were already counted and are part of the county/state totals on the big board, with Biden currently leading Trump by 4,235."  (11Alive is WUSA9's sister station in Atlanta) 

4:42 p.m. -- According to the Virginia Board of Elections, new numbers show that Republican incumbent Rob Wittman is behind Democratic challenger Qasim Rashid. 

2:44 p.m. -- Philadelphia police said they took two people from Chesapeake, Virginia into custody after they received a tip that a group intended to attack a ballot-counting location in the city. 

1:43 p.m. -- Biden's campaign planning says Joe Biden will deliver a prime-time address tonight. The time is TBD.

11:15 a.m. -- Georgia Secretary of state says there will be a recount of votes for the 2020 general election.

8:55 a.m. -- CBS News reports Joe Biden has taken a lead of 5,587 votes in Pennsylvania, with votes still to be counted.

4:53 a.m. -- CBS News reports former Vice President Joe Biden has taken a narrow lead on President Donald Trump in Georgia and is now 917 votes ahead.

10:12 p.m. -- Trump's lead over Biden reduced to 1,797 votes, according to reporters from our sister station in Atlanta, WXIA.

9:07 p.m. -- Biden's lead in Arizona is narrowing, as he leads by more than 46,000 votes. 

6:57 p.m. -- Maryland's Board of Elections is reporting 590,778 ballots that still need to be counted, before the Nov. 13 deadline. 87 percent of requested mail-in ballots have been returned to  Maryland's boards of elections, which is an increase from 78.6 percent in 2016. Montgomery County has the highest number of ballots left in the state, with 163,943 ballots still to be counted.

6:50 p.m. -- President Trump falsely claimed victory, saying "if you count the legal votes I win, if you count the illegal votes, Joe Biden wins." He also falsely claimed Republicans had kept a majority in the Senate, despite several races still not called. The president also called the mail-in ballot system "corrupt."

6:10 p.m. --The Secretary of State's Office says there are 36,331 votes left to count in Georgia.

6:05 p.m. -- President Trump will be delivering remarks from the White House at 6:30 p.m. 

4:15 p.m. -- Biden's short and sweet press conference asked for continued patience while vote counting was being finished. 

4:02 p.m. -- Joe Biden is set to hold a news conference at around 4:15 p.m.

1:37 p.m. -- Michigan judge dismisses the lawsuit filed by Trump's campaign to pause election counting, according to AP. 

11:54 a.m. -- Georgia judge dismisses lawsuit by Trump campaign that asked to ensure state laws were followed on absentee ballots, according to AP.

10:20 a.m.-- A caravan of cars and bikes, and a "go-go truck" with a live go-go band on the bed circle the White House while demonstrators on foot rally at key entrances, making as much noise as possible to demand that all the votes are counted.

9:48 a.m. -- President Trump says he wants to put a halt to vote counting. He tweeted: “STOP THE COUNT!” 

8:31 a.m -- Joe Biden stands on the brink of winning the presidency, needing to clinch just one more battleground state to defeat Donald Trump. Biden already has won the fiercely contested prizes of Michigan and Wisconsin, according to AP.

1:55 a.m.:  Virginia's Board of Elections says it has received 88% of absentee ballots as of early Thursday, November 5. Absentee ballots may be accepted until noon on November 6. 

10:35 p.m. -- Women poised to be the majority on DC council for the first time in two decades. Learn more from our interview with one of the likely winners here

9:05 p.m. -- D.C.'s Board of Elections says it will release one more batch of election tallies tomorrow, which will be the last update until Nov. 13, the deadline for all absentee ballots to be counted in D.C. 

8:56 p.m. -- President Trump's campaign has filed a lawsuit in Georgia to ensure election integrity in the state. 

"We look forward to the court swiftly resolving this issue and to President Trump’s upcoming repeat win in Georgia," said the Trump campaign in its statement to the media on the lawsuit from Deputy Director Justin Clark.

5:51 p.m. -- Abigail Spanberger, the incumbent in Virginia's 7th District, is declared the projected winner -- according to Virginia's Board of Elections. She has held this office since 2018. 

*Note: AP has not yet projected the winner for this race.

5:34 p.m. -- Biden supporters are dancing at Black Lives Matter Plaza. 

5:16 p.m. -- Incumbent candidate Abigail Spanberger (D) has taken the lead in Virginia's District 7 race for the U.S. House of Representatives against Republican challenger Nick Freitas.

4:40 p.m. -- Joe Biden is the projected winner in Michigan, CBS reports, increasing his electoral votes to 264. He needs one more state to win.

4:10 p.m. -- Joe Biden is speaking from Delaware with 248 electoral votes. If he wins two more states, he could secure the presidency. Biden said he won't "declare I've won," but expresses confidence in his ability to reach 270 electoral votes. 

 2:35 p.m. -- AP reports Joe Biden as the projected winner in Wisconsin, bringing his electoral votes to 248. President Trump's campaign has signaled they want a recount of the state's votes. 

2:11 p.m. -- Biden has received the most votes for any presidential candidate in U.S. history with more than 70 million votes already tallied, according to the Associated Press count. Obama previously held the record with  69,498,516 votes in the 2008 election. 

1:05 p.m. -- Protesters with Extinction Rebellion D.C. rally near Union Station. The group said their plan is to march to Fox News, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the American Petroleum Institute. 

12:31 p.m. -- 273,668 votes have been counted in D.C. Officials said 295,969 were cast before Election Day. So, there are more than 25,000 plus the quantity actually cast on Election Day left to go, D.C. Council reports.

12:21 p.m. -- During a news conference with Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said the information police originally released about the stabbing on New York Avenue was preliminary in nature and oftentimes it changes. He said they have no information on who the suspects are affiliated with and that they have interviewed the victims at the hospital. He said he didn't feel like tensions were high last night in D.C.

RELATED: MPD: 3 people stabbed near White House late on Election Night

12:17 p.m. -- Joe Biden wins Maine with at least one electoral votes, CBS News projects.

11:34 a.m. -- Small crowd gathers at Black Lives Matter Plaza. One person was seen with a mic. At this time, there were no major clashes happening.

11:30 a.m. -- Democrat Elaine Luria is the projected winner for re-election to the U.S. House in Virginia's 2nd Congressional District, according to AP.

11:20 a.m. -- The Associated Press reports that Donald McEachin is the projected winner in Virginia's 4th Congressional District for the U.S. House of Representatives.

10:15 a.m. -- Maryland Board of Elections officials say a technical hiccup involving thumb drives used to transfer data from voter scanners to the central vote system database led to slow and partial results reported in Maryland's five biggest counties, including Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, on election night. The BOE says it's working to resolve the issue and will update numbers for the outstanding counties at 4:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. -- Maryland provides an update on the counting of remaining votes in the state

9:13 a.m. -- Most incumbents are expected to win D.C. Council seats, but with so many mail-in ballots still left to be counted, no races have been called, including the more contentious at-large bid.

RELATED: DC Council election: Results from this year's race

3:50 a.m. -- Joe Biden releases a statement after President Trump claims a too early to call victory for the presidency.

“If the president makes good on his threat to go to court to try to prevent the proper tabulation of votes, we have legal teams standing by ready to deploy to resist that effort. And they will prevail.”

2:55 a.m. -- Biden has flipped Arizona, with AP declaring him the state's projected winner. It's only the second time since 1948 the state has voted blue. 

2:20 a.m. -- President Trump speaks from the White House, with several key battleground states still undecided. Trump highlights big wins in Florida, Texas and Ohio and falsely claims a win in Georgia, as a projected winner has not been called there by WUSA9 or its news partners, the AP and CBS.

2:14 a.m. --  Crowds have mostly dissipated from Black Lives Matter Plaza.

1:45 a.m. -- D.C.'s Board of Elections is reporting results from 100,000 of the 202,000 mail-in ballots received, meaning only half of the mail-in ballots have been counted. They will continue tabulating votes through Nov. 13.  

1:36 a.m. -- A crowd of a couple of hundred people walks along 14th Street, away from police officers. 

1:11 a.m. – President Donald Trump projected to win Texas, a key battleground state that he also won in 2016, according to AP. 

12:59 a.m. -- Voters have approved a referendum that puts next year’s redistricting in Virginia in the hands of a bipartisan commission, according to AP.

12:57 a.m.:  Maryland voters have said "yes" to expanding gambling, joining D.C. and Virginia in legalizing sports betting. The ballot referendum stipulated that the revenue generated would be used primarily for funding public education.

12:49 a.m. -- Joe Biden speaks from Wilmington, Delaware. He calls for patience as many key battleground states do not have projected winners as of early Wednesday morning.

12:45 a.m. -- President Donald Trump projected to win Florida, according to the Associated Press.

12:40 a.m. -- A trash can is set on fire near the intersection of Florida Ave. and Connecticut Ave. near Adams Morgan. Crowds have been dwindling since just after midnight.

12:35 a.m. -- Crowds are thinning out at Black Lives Matter Plaza after many were gathered earlier Tuesday evening to watch election results come in.

12:21 a.m. -- During a news conference with Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said the information police originally released about the stabbing on New York Avenue was preliminary in nature and oftentimes it changes. He said they have no information on who the suspects are affiliated with and that they have interviewed the victims at the hospital. He said he didn't feel like tensions were high last night in D.C.

12:15 a.m. -- CBS News is reporting that results for the US presidency from the state of Georgia will not be projected until later on Wednesday due to Fulton County, one of the state's biggest counties, stop counting votes around midnight.

12:10 a.m. -- Ohio projected to vote for President Donald J. Trump, according to CBS News.

12 a.m. -- Rep. Bobby Scott wins re-election to U.S. House in Virginia's 3rd Congressional District.

11: 58 p.m.-- The Associated Press reports that all 8 incumbents in Maryland won re-election in the U.S. House of Representatives races.

11:58 p.m. -- Rep. Andy Harris wins re-election to U.S. House in Maryland's 1st Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.

11:53 p.m. --Things have changed at BLM Plaza. A very large crowd has moved south onto the plaza from K Street, Northwest. They are covered by umbrellas with a few fireworks being shot into the air.

11:42 p.m. -- Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger wins re-election to U.S. House in Maryland's 2nd Congressional District.

11:31 p.m. -- Rep. Jamie Raskin wins re-election to U.S. House in Maryland's 8th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.

11:27 p.m. -- Rep. John Sarbanes from Maryland's 3rd Congressional District and Rep. Kweisi Mfume from Maryland's 7th Congressional District has been called as projected winners for re-election. See more results from Maryland congressional races here.

11:11 p.m. -- More and more results are coming in across the US for the presidential election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. To keep up with results, view our map here.

Credit: WUSA9

11:06 p.m. -- The Metropolitan Police Department has confirmed that three people have been arrested so far in DC amid many people gathered in Black Lives Matters Plaza to watch election results. For the most part, it has been mostly peaceful in the area.

10:53 p.m. -- Democrats Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones, both from New York, are projected to become the first Black and openly gay members of Congress, according to CBS News.

10:30 p.m. -- Rep. Jennifer Wexton projected to win re-election to U.S. House in Virginia's 10th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.

10:27 p.m. -- Rep. Anthony Brown projected to win Maryland's 4th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.

10:16 p.m. -- Rep. Steny Hoyer wins re-election to U.S. House in Maryland's 5th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.

10:10 p.m. -- Virginia results becoming more clear, Maryland with very few races called.

10:02 p.m. -- First unrest of the night. WUSA9's Eric Flack witnessed a young person in a light up mask made famous by “The Purge” movies chased by DC Police before slipping and slamming into a curb where cops got him. He was part of a larger roving group wearing similar masks. One carrying a bat. 

9:58 p.m. -- A bunch of counties in Virginia have hit 100% reporting, but Northern Virginia is not among them. To learn more from our election maps, click here.

9:40 p.m. -- With huge voting lines still being seen in Calvert County, Maryland. One family bought 40 pizzas to deliver to polling places across the county. One member of the family said voters were so dedicated that she wanted to show her appreciation. No matter their political party.

9:20 p.m. -- More people have congregated at Black Lives Matter Plaza as more Election Day results come in from across the DMV and country. It has been super peaceful so far, but many businesses in the area have boarded up doors and windows with concerns over vandalism as things get late.

9:10 p.m. -- Democrats are projected to flip a Colorado U.S. Senate seat, one of a few key victories that could help their party flip the Senate.

9 p.m. -- Delaware's Sarah McBride becomes the nation's first openly transgender state senator.

8:50 p.m. -- Senate results from across the country are coming in, and Democrats could flip it with key seats up for Republicans. To follow the results, click here.

Credit: WUSA9
Democrats have a chance to take back the U.S. Senate from Republicans with several close races across the country.

8:47 p.m. -- Republican Ben Cline wins re-election to U.S. House in Virginia's 6th Congressional District, according to Associated Press.

8:26 p.m. -- Former Vice President Joe Biden projected to win the District of Columbia, according to CBS News

8:25 p.m. -- Republican Rob Wittman wins re-election to U.S. House in Virginia's 1st Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.

8:24 p.m. -- Democrat Donald Beyer wins re-election to U.S. House in Virginia's 8th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.

8:04 p.m. -- Former Vice President Joe Biden wins Maryland, according to the AP.

8 p.m. -- Election polls close in Washington D.C.

8 p.m. -- A Black man in a MAGA shirt escorted out of Black Lives Matter Plaza after he reportedly started yelling offensive things about George Floyd. 

7:56 p.m. -- Calvert County voters are still in line, waiting to vote in the dark. Some have been there for over two hours. The ACLU of Maryland is reminding voters to stay in line where they are and not to bounce around to other voting locations with polls now closed.

7:40 p.m. -- The Associated Press projects that Joe Biden will win the 13 electoral votes in Virginia.

7:31 p.m.: The Associated Press is reporting that President Trump has won in West Virginia and Republican Shelley Moore Capito wion reelection to the U.S. Senate. 

7:02 p.m.: Sen. Mark Warner has scored a resounding victory as the incumbent in Virginia’s Senate race, defeating Republican candidate Daniel Gade, according to the Associated Press.  

RELATED: AP: Democratic incumbent Mark Warner wins Senate race in Virginia

7 p.m.: Polls have closed in Virginia, meaning the state can start tabulating votes. Check here for LIVE election results as they come in. 

6:18 p.m.: With less than two hours before polls close in D.C., crowds are gathering outside the White House in Black Lives Matter Plaza. The atmosphere is being described as a "calm festival" and there is no police presence at the fence line, like prior days. 

5:55 p.m.: Montgomery Co Board of Elections is reporting 15 -minute wait at Damascus High School and a 5-minute wait at Silver Spring Civic Building. So far, the in-person voting totals are 372,550 in Maryland and 36,600 in Montgomery.

5:34 p.m. -- Calvert County officials are reporting a wave of red in voter turnout, with 4,379 Republican in-person votes and 7,461 Republican early votes compared to 1,519 Democratic in-person votes and 4,394 Democratic early votes; 3,872 other votes were recorded both in-person and early as "other."

5:00 p.m. -- Go-Go Music has arrived at a festive Black Lives Matter Plaza, just outside of the White House.

4:45 p.m. -- Long lines reported at Tuscarora High School in Frederick. 

4:15 p.m. -- Maryland 

  • 1,371,823 -- mail-in ballots received (81.5% of sent)
  • 983,306 -- early voters
  • 57.3% -- voters casting a ballot before Election Day 

4:13 p.m. -- Virginia Department of Elections reports only "minor hiccups" at polls throughout the state saying "no news is good news." Though lines are relatively short now, Virginia is expecting larger crowds in the 5-7 p.m. timeframe.

4:02 p.m. -- Maryland Board of Elections reports that 311,355 voters have voted across the state as of 3:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m. -- Lines have been short at most in-person polling locations in Prince George’s County thanks to heavy early voting turnout, according to county leaders. 

3:20 p.m.-- The North Carolina State Board of Elections voted to keep four polling places open longer because they opened late on Election Day.

3:04 p.m. -- Early voting records have been shattered across the DMV this election season as crowds make their way to BLM Plaza in D.C. before the polls close. 

2:40 p.m. -- Calvert County Election Day voter turnout as of 11 a.m. is 1,965 Republican, 747 Democrat and 757 other, a Calvert County Government spokesperson told WUSA9 Reporter Kolbie Satterfield. The county's early voting turnout is also higher than in previous years.

1:27 p.m. -- Washington Wizards Head Coach Scott Brooks told WUSA9 Darren Haynes that he didn't vote until his 40s-- that was in 2008. Now, he's out encouraging voters to cast their ballot.

1:25 p.m. -- A voter reports waiting 2 hours, 6 minutes and 35 seconds at Northern High School in Calvert County.

1:15 p.m. -- When will we know who is president? Here's a look at the process of how races are called: VERIFY: Just because you say you won, doesn't mean you did. Here is how election results are projected

12:25 p.m. -- Calvert County voters waiting outside of Northern High School tell us they have been in line to cast their ballot for up to two hours.

12:22 p.m. -- There are crowds of people with flags and signs outside of the White House on Election Day. People have started to post signs on the boarded-up fencing surrounding the White House. Others have flags and shirts with the 2020 Presidential candidates on them.

11:49 a.m. -- Crews have set up fences on 15th and H Street in the District on Election Day ahead of possible protests.

RELATED: Fence installed around White House ahead of Election Day, potential protests in DC

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Fences up on 15th and H Street in D.C.

11:44 a.m. -- Dozens of voters are waiting outside of the Northern High School polling center in Calvert County to cast their ballot on Election Day. A Maryland voter in line told us Northern High is one of five polling locations in the county. SKY9 footage shows a line of voters wrapped around the building.

RELATED: 2-hour long lines for in-person voting in Calvert County

11:40 a.m. -- WUSA9 Reporter Jess Arnold reports no lines outside Gaithersburg High School. One candidate told her there was a line earlier in the day but it's now going smoothly. 

11:06 a.m. -- Virginia has reported minor voting issues such as machines that were not operating at the start of Election Day. Those centers have since been able to continue voting and there was no indication there that voters weren't able to cast a ballot.

11:04 a.m. -- Virginia has seen swift movement in the polls and voters have been able to come in and out at the polling locations, Virginia Board of Elections officials said.

11:00 a.m. -- Maryland Board of Elections and Virginia Board of Elections officials provide an update on Election Day voting.

10:28 a.m. -- D.C. Board of Elections tells us there aren’t long lines at polling centers anywhere in the District. 

10:17 a.m. -- WUSA9 Anchor Adam Longo reports that there is no line at Clarksburg High School in Montgomery County. Other areas in DMV are also reporting no long lines.

10:06 a.m.-- D.C. Board of Elections crews are at work processing drop-box ballots on Election Day.

Credit: D.C. Board of Elections, Twitter
Crews processing D.C. drop box ballots on Election Day

9:59 a.m. -- A Maryland voter at Northern High School in Calvert County said she's been in line for an hour and is just now seeing the building entrance. Dr. Wendy Bohan said she estimates that there are 200-300 people in line and spotted one man without a mask. She also said that voters in line are excited and "pretty jovial and in good spirits" despite the cold and windy weather conditions. 

Credit: Dr. Wendy Bohon
Voting at Northern High School in Calvert County, Md.

9:31 a.m. -- There are ballot-scanning issues at Tyler Elementary and Battlefied High in Prince William County, Va., according to Michele L. White, Director of Elections for Prince William County Office of Elections. Officials said they've printed new ballots and sent new additional equipment to the locations. Affected voters will have their ballot counted either by tallying these ballots by hand or hopefully rescanning in the newly deployed equipment. There is no long line outside that location.

8:45 a.m. -- More businesses are boarded up ahead of possible Election Day protests and unrests. Since last reported two days ago, more plywood has gone up. According to WUSA9 Reporter, Zach Merchant about 75% of businesses and buildings around the White House and Black Lives Matter Plaza are boarded up this morning. This also includes many other buildings farther out from that central area.

RELATED: Expert on election unrest: 'I don't believe that there will be widescale violence'

7:48 a.m. -- D.C. Police release a list of parking restrictions and possible street closures ahead of protests on and after Election Day. View the list of closures below:

RELATED: LIST: Here are the expected road closures in DC for Election Day protests, rallies

7:03 a.m. -- Councilman Charles Allen reports that nearly 283,000 D.C. voters have already cast their ballots during early voting. For Election Day the District has 55 secure drop-off boxes and 95 voting centers.

7 a.m. -- Polls are officially open across D.C., Maryland and Virginia for Election Day. Polls close at 8 p.m. in D.C. and Maryland and at 7 p.m. in Virginia.

6:45 a.m. -- Washington Football Team President Jason Wright tells WUSA9 Reporter Michael Quander that team officials are outside of the FedEx Field polling center to encourage people to vote, to provide meals and to provide vouchers from Lyft to get residents to the polls. He said they are using their connections and resources to make sure residents cast their ballot on Election Day. "We just recognize that there are barriers to voting in our nation today and we just want to do our part," said Wright.

6:28 a.m. -- Polls are officially open in Virginia. Election officials in Fairfax County say they expect lines to move quickly on this Election Day since about half of the county's residents voted early.

6:02 a.m. -- There are already dozens of people making their way inside the Fairfax County Government Center to vote Tuesday morning. Nearly 50% of residents in Fairfax County have already cast their ballot, a board of elections official said.

5:58 a.m. -- WUSA9 Anchor Adam Longo is at Clarksburg High School where voting officials are setting up for Election Day in Montgomery County. 

5:48 a.m. -- Voting preparations are underway at FedEx Field. The Washington Football team transformed the stadium into a super-voting center to accommodate Prince George’s County residents.

RELATED: FedEx Field will be used as voting center for November election

5:23 a.m. -- Poll workers in Fairfax County, Va. have started to show up at the Fairfax County Government Center at 4 a.m. this morning to prepare for Virginia voters to arrive at 6 a.m.

We will update this live blog throughout the day with everything DMV residents need to know about the 2020 election. Results will be displayed here

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