Joe Biden apparent winner in PA, now president-elect

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- ABC News can characterize Joe Biden as the apparent winner in Pennsylvania, giving him 273 total electoral votes -- a win that makes him president elect. Based on these numbers and those in other states, Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.

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Too soon to call presidential race, young voters turned out less than expected


Election Day has turned to night as polls across the country closed with some municipalities announcing they will resume tabulating Wednesday morning.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden briefly addressed the nation from Wilmington, Delaware, projecting confidence in the race and called for patience as the nation tabulates a record number of mail-in and absentee ballots.

President Donald Trump teased he would make a statement from the White House, which took place an hour later.

For President Trump's speech, which he made around 2:30 a.m. ET, he opened with a joke saying, "this is, without question, the latest news conference I ever had."  The president made a fiery 10 minute speech, saying that "a group of very sad people" are trying to steal the election, which he called "a fraud" and vowed he would go to the Supreme Court to "have all voting to stop."

As for the states that are already accounted for, President Trump is projected to win Iowa, Florida, Ohio, Idaho, Utah, Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana, South Carolina, the Dakotas, Alabama, Arkansas, West Virginia, Tennessee, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Texas and Nebraska.

Meanwhile, Biden is projected to win Virginia, New Mexico, California, Illinois, New Hampshire, Colorado, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, Minnesota and the District of Columbia.

As of 1:45 A.M. ET, Biden leads with 220 electoral votes while President Trump has 213 -- the winner requires 270 votes to win.

Pennsylvania, a major battleground state, is projected to wrap up the count by Friday before the election, but did not provide an exact timeline. Philadelphia will continue counting absentee ballots, with the next updates coming at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

In Michigan, only 16 percent of the early vote is in with 49 percent of the expected vote in as of early Wednesday, with Tracy Wimmer, a spokesperson for Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson telling ABC News, "We're still looking at some time tomorrow, but we really don't have a guess of when."

One of the most decentralized election systems in the country, Wisconsin state officials have repeatedly told ABC News that they expect full statewide results could come in the early hours of Wednesday morning

In the weeks leading up to Tuesday, at least 100 million early votes were cast. Nationally, voters have cast 73.4 percent of the total votes counted in the 2016 general election.

Hawaii and Texas have already surpassed their 2016 total and five other states -- Montana, North Carolina, Georgia, New Mexico and Nevada -- are close to doing the same.

Most surprisingly in the election however is, young voters did not increase their showing at polls, despite expert predictions.

The 18-29 year-olds and 30-44 year-olds make up the same percentage of the electorate as they did in 2016.

Those youngest voters are breaking toward Biden by much more than they did to Hillary Clinton in 2016, but among 30-44 year olds, Biden is only winning by about the same as Clinton. There are no major third-party candidates this year, while 10 percent of young people voted for a third-party candidate or gave no answer in exit polls.

Older voters, over 65, make up a similar percentage of the vote as they did in 2016, making up about 21 percent in preliminary exit polls compared to 20 percent in 2016.

There was concern that voting remotely for college kids who were not on campuses this year could be a factor, but after the protests this summer it is a surprising outcome.

By Megan Stone
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Jerry Jeff Walker, singer/songwriter who wrote “Mr. Bojangles,” dead at 78

Suzanne Cordeiro/Corbis via Getty ImagesCountry music has lost one of the greats, Jerry Jeff Walker. The singer/songwriter, who is best known for writing the classic tune "Mr. Bojangles," passed away at the age of 78.

Walker died Friday after a long battle with throat cancer, according to family spokesman John T. Davis.  

Walker came into prominence in the 1960s after founding the psychedelic-folk-rock band Circus Maximus, where their 1967 single "Wind" achieved moderate success across progressive heritage stations.  

Later, Walker embarked on a solo career and broke out in 1968 with his song "Mr. Bojangles," which was inspired by a New Orleans street performer.  The tune became a #9 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970, and also has since been covered by a variety of other well-known artists, including Dolly PartonBob DylanNeil Diamond, Sammy Davis Jr. and more.

Walker also recorded a notable cover of Guy Clark's "L.A. Freeway" in 1972 and later partnered with the Los Gonzo Band a year later to record ¡Viva Terlingua! -- an album that is considered a classic among country-rock music.

After securing his place in the Texas outlaw country scene, Walker satisfied himself by creating the record label Tried & True Music alongside his wife, Susan.  He also released over 30 albums that spanned his music career.  

Walker was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 2017.  His last release came a year later, 2018's LP It's About Time.

Walker is survived by his wife Susan and their two children -- a son and a daughter -- Django and Jessie Jane.

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Dolly Parton plays a singing angel in her upcoming Netflix holiday special, ‘Christmas on the Square’

Courtesy of NetflixDolly Parton is bringing her legendary vocal talents to the small screen this holiday season.

Netflix just released the trailer for its upcoming musical holiday special Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square. In the film, Dolly stars opposite Christine Baranksi in a heartwarming small-town holiday story that takes cues from seasonal classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The special follows Regina Fuller, played by Baranski, a rich woman who returns to her hometown just before Christmas to attend to her recently deceased father’s affairs. The family owned a large swath of the town, and Regina is planning to evict the townspeople in order to sell her dad’s land to a mall developer. To make matters even worse, eviction day is Christmas Eve.  Of course, Dolly appears as a singing angel to change Regina’s mind, and open her heart to the Christmas spirit.

“Find that light and it will lead you to the part of you that you lost,” Dolly’s character tells Regina. “The part of you that can be happy.”

Also starring Jenifer Lewis and Treat Williams, and directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square boasts 14 original songs from the legendary country performer.

Just in time for the holiday season, the special debuts on November 22.

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Singer, songwriter and actor Mac Davis dead at 78

Photo by PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty ImagesSinger, songwriter and actor Mac Davis passed away on Tuesday after complications following heart surgery in Nashville. The 78-year-old was surrounded by his family at the time, according to his longtime manager, Jim Morey.

On September 28, Davis' longtime friend Dolly Parton retweeted a message asking for "love and prayers"… revealing the influential singer, songwriter and actor was "critically ill." 

Through the years, Davis and Dolly appeared on TV together many times. Dolly also recorded a number of his songs, and the two duetted on the White Limozeen track "Wait'll I Get You Home."

Born in Lubbock, Texas, Davis was a talented studio guitarist who broke through in 1969 when his compositions "In the Ghetto," "Memories," and "Don't Cry Daddy" were recorded by Elvis Presley.

That paved the way for more smash hits as a songwriter, including "Something's Burning" by Kenny Rogers & the First EditionBobby Goldsboro's "Watching Scotty Grow," and "I Believe in Music," which was first cut by the band Gallery.

By 1972, Davis topped both the country and pop charts himself with "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me." His other hits included "Stop and Smell the Roses," "Texas in My Rearview Mirror," "Rock 'N' Roll (I Gave You the Best Years of My Life)," and the 1980 novelty song, "It's Hard to Be Humble." 

Davis' last big country hit was the 1985 top-10 single "I Never Made Love (Till I Made It with You)."

Davis' chart success earned him his own TV variety show, The Mac Davis Show, which premiered on NBC in 1974 and aired for two years.  He made his big-screen debut in 1979 opposite Nick Nolte in the football-themed North Dallas Forty. His other movies included The Sting II, Possums, and Cheaper to Keep Her. 

Davis also starred on Broadway in the title role of The Will Rogers Follies, and appeared in TV shows like Rodney, 8 Simple Rules and King of the Hill. In 2000, he served as the balladeer -- a role previously filled by Don Williams and Waylon Jennings -- in the TV movie The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood.

Picking up the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year honor in 1974 proved to be one of many accolades that cemented Davis' place in history. He got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998, followed by an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000, before entering the national Songwriters Hall in 2006.

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Singer and actor Mac Davis said to be “critically ill” following heart surgery

Erika Goldring/WireImageCountry-pop singer-songwriter and actor Mac Davis is "critically ill" after enduring heart surgery at a Nashville hospital.

A member of Davis' team announced the news Tuesday on Davis' official Instagram.

"We are sorry to report that legendary singer/songwriter Mac Davis is critically ill following heart surgery in Nashville. Your love and prayers will be deeply appreciated at this time," the post reads, accompanied by a photo of the singer posing with his guitar.  

The 78-year-old Davis rose to fame in the late '60s, co-writing hits for Elvis Presley including "In the Ghetto," "A Little Less Conversation," "Memories" and "Don't Cry Daddy." 

Davis achieved success as a solo artist with his breakthrough 1972 hit, "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me," which crossed over to the pop charts and landed him at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. 

Davis also hosted his own TV variety series, The Mac Davis Show, that ran from 1974-1976 on NBC, and was named Entertainer of the Year at the 1974 ACM Awards.

The multi-talented star also became close friends with Dolly Parton by appearing on her own self-titled 1987 variety show. In addition, he also appeared in an episode of her Netflix series, Dolly Parton's Heartstrings. 

On Monday, Dolly re-tweeted a post from Davis' Twitter account announcing the news of his illness, and adding the hashtag "#PrayForMacDavis."

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Charlie Daniels funeral service to take place Friday

Credit: Erick Anderson Charlie Daniels will be laid to rest on Friday.

According to the Tennesean, a funeral service for the country and Southern rock icon will be held at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on Friday at 11 a.m. CT, preceded by an open visitation at Sellars Funeral Home in his hometown of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT. 

Fans will also be able to pay their respects with a special memorial service tonight at 6:30 p.m. CT outside of Sellars Funeral Home. The event will feature appearances by Charlie's country music peers and friends Trace Adkins, Darryl Worley and Tracy Lawrence, along with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. There will also be a military flyover and 21-gun salute. 

In lieu of flowers, Daniels' family has asked that fans make a donation to The Journey Home Project, a nonprofit co-founded by Charlie in 2014 that supports veterans returning from war and connects donors to various veteran organizations. 

Charlie passed away on July 6 at the age of 83 from a hemorrhagic stroke.  

The trailblazing star became a Southern rock pioneer when he formed the Charlie Daniels Band in 1972. The band is known for such hits as the Grammy-winning "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," "In America," "Simple Man" and "Long Haired Country Boy."  He's a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry.

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Southern rock legend Charlie Daniels dies suddenly at the age of 83

Erick AndersonCountry Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels died unexpectedly Monday morning, according to his publicist. The 83-year-old suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, according to doctors at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee.

Born in 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina, the multi-instrumentalist was best known for his monster crossover hit from 1979, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." It made it to number three on the Billboard Hot 100, and won Daniels the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance. The next year, it was included in the iconic John Travolta film, Urban Cowboy, with Charlie making an appearance onscreen as well.

The legend found his first success in 1964, writing the song "It Hurts Me," which was recorded by Elvis Presley, and was soon in demand as a session musician, working on projects by the likes of Bob Dylan and the Marshall Tucker Band.

Charlie released his first solo album in 1971, and by 1973, had taken the track "Uneasy Rider" to number 9 on Billboard's pop chart. In 1974, Charlie launched the first of what would become his legendary Volunteer Jam, a star-studded tradition that was still set to continue in February of next year.

Charlie's chart run continued into the '80s, as hits like "In America," "Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye," "Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues" and "Simple Man" found a home on the country chart. "In America" also reached number 11 reached on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980, while "Still in Saigon" peaked at #22 in 1982.

Outspoken about his conservative political views, Daniels was also a passionate supporter of America's military. In 2014, he founded The Journey Home Project, and worked tirelessly to raise money for the nonprofit which helps veterans transition back into life at home.

Two of Charlie's biggest accolades came later in life. In 2008, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and in 2016, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Daniels continued to tour and raise money for his charitable causes even into his eighties. He's survived by his wife, Hazel, and their son, Charlie Daniels Jr. Funeral arrangements are expected to be announced in the coming days.

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Little Richard, founding father of rock ‘n roll, dead at 87

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Little Richard, the flamboyant, envelope-pushing musician whose wild performance style and appearance helped set the blueprint for rock and roll, has died, ABC News has confirmed via his agent. He was 87.

Rolling Stone was the first to report the death, via Richard's son, Danny Penniman.  No cause of death was given.

His string of hits, starting with 1956's "Tutti Frutti," included "Long Tall Sally," "Rip It Up, "Slippin' and Slidin'," "Lucille," and "Good Golly Miss Molly." Featuring pumping piano and lyrics often filled with sexual innuendo, Little Richard's songs were a massive influence on future legends like Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Elton John and The Beatles, and have been covered by countless artists through the years.

For a time, Richard's backing band in the early sixties, The Upsetters, featured a left-handed guitarist named James Marshall Hendrix.  Hendrix also recorded a single with Richard in 1965 called "I Don't Know What You Got (But It's Got Me)."  It peaked at #92 -- but Hendrix, later known as "Jimi," soon went on to bigger and better things.

Little Richard's gender-bending onstage appearance -- including makeup, huge pompadours and showy outfits -- earned him screaming fans, and roles in early rock 'n roll movies like "The Girl Can't Help It" and "Don't Knock the Rock."  Prince is one artist who was taking notes -- in fact, Richard himself called Prince "the Little Richard of his generation."

While Richard once said his flamboyant appearance was designed to make him appear "less threatening" to white audiences, the sad truth is that white singer Pat Boone's much-criticized anodyne covers of "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally" were more appealing to the mainstream, doing better or as well as Richard's did on the charts.

Born Richard Wayne Penniman in 1932 in Macon, Georgia, Richard was one of 12 children and left home at age 13.  He borrowed much of his musical style and appearance from Esquerita, a pompadoured singer and pianist from South Carolina.  Little Richard got his first record deal in 1951, but didn't experience any success.

In 1956, while working as a dishwasher at a bus station, Richard sent a tape of the racy song "Tutti Frutti" to a record label in Chicago. As the legend goes, he came up with song's signature lines -- "a wop bop a lu bop a wop bam boom" -- while washing dishes.  He was signed to the label, and a tamer version of the song became his first hit.

In 1957, Little Richard gave up music and became ordained as a minister. When he returned to music, it was gospel. However, he switched back to rock 'n roll in 1964 and, as Rolling Stone notes, when he played Hamburg, Germany in 1964, The Beatles opened for him.

In the '70s, Little Richard worked the oldies circuit, but in the '80s, he became a pop culture fixture, appearing in movies and TV shows, including Miami Vice.  In 1986, he was one of the first 10 artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Dolly Parton sums up the quarantine mood in a hilarious poem dedicated to COVID-19

ABC/Image Group LADolly Parton is bringing her signature blend of honesty, keen observation and a healthy dose of humor to the COVID-19 pandemic. The superstar offered a goofy new poem dedicated to all those going stir crazy while cooped up in quarantine. 

Dolly kicks things off by yelling at someone off camera: “Can you hold it down in there? I’m trying to do a video in the studio!” 

“What? My accountant’s calling?” she continues, exasperated. “Well, tell him to kiss my assets goodbye, because they’re dwindling to nothing.”

It’s a familiar scene for many families, who suddenly find themselves in uncomfortably close quarters with no means to get a break from each other and no end to the quarantine in sight. Fortunately, Dolly is here to ease the cooped-up blues with an original poem she penned about the virus. 

“This too shall pass, as all things will / If the virus don’t kill us, the stay-at-home will,” she begins. “The kids are bored and restless, they scream and yell and squawk / And the teens and tweens, they’re just plain mean, they’ll bite your bleeping head off!”

Dolly is famous for steering clear of politics, but she did poke a little light-hearted fun at the country’s top politicians in her poem.

“And all those loving couples that were once so sweet and cozy / Now they’re fightin’ like cats and dogs, like Donald [Trump] and [Nancy] Pelosi,” she quipped. 

In addition to her thorny new poem about the plight of those stuck at home, Dolly is easing the quarantine blues with an upcoming bedtime stories read-aloud video series. Launching April 2 at 8PM ET, the series will be called Goodnight with Dolly, and feature children’s classics like The Little Engine That Could.

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