Protests over vote-counting sweep U.S. cities

Protests flared across the U.S. as tensions ran high over the unsettled outcome of the presidential race.

In Arizona, a crowd of President Donald Trump's supporters -- some armed -- gathered outside an election center on Wednesday night after unsubstantiated rumors swirled that their votes for the Republican were deliberately not being counted.

"We want Trump! We want Trump!"

The roughly 200 -- mostly unmasked protesters -- were looking to keep the count going as the race tightened, with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden holding a razor thin lead over Trump in the critical battleground state.

Wearing Trump gear, the protesters in Phoenix turned their ire toward Fox News -- chanting 'shame on Fox' -- after the news outlet called Arizona for Biden.

The Trump campaign said the state is still in play.

But while those in Arizona demanded their votes be counted, in Detroit, a different message from supporters of the president, urging officials to stop the count.

City election officials blocked about 30 people, mostly Republicans, from entering a vote-counting hall.

CNN and Edison Research later declared Biden the winner in Michigan.

Meanwhile, from Portland, Oregon to New York City protesters demanded every vote be tallied.

And in Philadelphia Thursday morning, Both factions appeared outside a vote-counting center where election staff steadily worked through a mountain of still-uncounted mail-in ballots.

A group of Trump supporters held Trump-Pence flags and signs saying:“Sorry, polls are closed.”

Across the street, Biden supporters danced behind a barricade.

Video Transcript

- Protests flared across the US as tensions ran high over the unsettled outcome of the US presidential race. In Arizona, a crowd of President Donald Trump supporters-- some armed-- gathered outside an election center on Wednesday night after unsubstantiated rumors swirled that their votes for the Republican were deliberately not being counted.

- We want Trump!

- The roughly 200 mostly unmasked protesters were looking to keep the count going as the race tightened, with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden holding a razor-thin lead over Trump in the critical battleground state. Wearing Trump gear, the protesters in Phoenix turned their ire toward Fox News, chanting, "Shame on Fox!"

- Shame on Fox!

- --after the news outlet called Arizona for Biden. The Trump campaign said the state is still in play.

But while those in Arizona demanded their votes be counted, in Detroit, a different message from supporters of the president--

- Stop the count!

- --urging officials to stop the count. City election officials blocked about 30 people, mostly Republicans, from entering a vote-counting hall. CNN and Edison Research later declared Biden the winner in Michigan.

Meanwhile, from Portland, Oregon, to New York City, protesters demanded every vote be tallied.

- Stomp your feet!

- And in Philadelphia Thursday morning, both factions appeared outside a vote-counting center, where election stuff steadily worked through a mountain of still uncounted mail in-ballots. A group of Trump supporters held Trump-Pence flags and signs saying, "Sorry, polls are closed." Across the street, Biden supporters danced behind a barricade.