Hundreds of people counting Detroit ballots as Wayne County hangs in the presidential election balance

600 people are counting ballots in Wayne County
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A packed room of 600 volunteers is counting the key ballots in Detroit for Wayne County as the presidential election hangs in the balance.

The clearest path to the White House for either Donald Trump or Joe Biden includes Michigan and its 16 electoral college votes, and a bulk of ballots come from the state's most populous region.

At 7:30 a.m. Trump led the state by 26,000 votes with 88% of the state's ballots counted. Wayne County has long been considered a stronghold of the Democrats, a reported 280,000 people cast ballots, and roughly half of them have bee counted.

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The goal is to finish counting by the end of the day today, WWJ's Charlie Langton reported.

Beyond the presidential race, Wayne County is also deciding on a prosecutor and several ballot issues. At this point, with about half the votes counted, Prosecutor Kym Worthy is leading challenger Daniel Ziemba by a wide margin, and a proposal to increase the funds across the county has 67% of the vote.

And with about two-thirds of precincts reporting in Detroit, Proposal N to reduce blight is passing by about 74,000 votes. It's a city-led initiative to borrow $250 million in bonds to eliminate blight in the city.

Outside the city, the rural area of Belleville in Wayne County passed two measures approving the sale of recreational marijuana in the city. Both passed with more than 65% of the vote.

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