Americans on Thursday continue to await the results of the counting of votes in several states, which may determine the winner of the presidential election. On the eve of former Vice President Joe Biden pulled ahead in two key states, close to victory.
On Thursday in Wilmington, Delaware, Democrat Joe Biden issued a short statement again in which he said he was “very pleased” with the current presidential election results and urged his supporters to “remain calm” while the vote count continued.
In turn, the electoral headquarters of Republican President Donald Trump is taking legal action to stop the counting of votes in some states, and requires a recount in Wisconsin.
The final results are still unknown in six states: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
Biden was predicted to emerge victorious in Michigan and Wisconsin, where Trump won the 2016 elections, predicted Wednesday.
“I’m not here to announce that we have won. I’m here to let you know that we believe that when the tally is over we will win, ”Biden said Wednesday afternoon.
Biden could get the 270 electoral votes needed to win if he maintains leadership positions in Arizona and Nevada.
Everywhere, except Maine and Nebraska, the winner of the popular vote receives all state electoral votes, which are distributed according to population.
States do not announce a winner until all votes have been counted, but the media announce winners when they believe there are not enough votes left to change the result.
Biden was also in the lead in popular vote as of Thursday morning, with 71.6 million votes and Trump 68.1 million, according to Edison Research Associated Press.
Given the unprecedented number of early votes cast, the total turnout, according to some estimates, could reach a record for the United States of 150 million or more.
Trump can still get ahead if he has an advantage in any of the states where Biden is now leading. The president currently leads in Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska. If he maintains his advantage in these states, but does not overtake Biden in the rest, he will gain a total of 268 electoral votes.
MSNBC reported Thursday morning that mail-counting has been temporarily suspended in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as Democrats have petitioned the state supreme court to review a lower court’s decision on ballot observers. In total, Pennsylvania now counts more than 1 million mailed ballots. Biden’s headquarters said it won 78 percent of the vote in the state in the mail. Results will not be available until Thursday or Friday evening.
Trump’s campaign headquarters said Wednesday it will call for a recount in Wisconsin, where Biden leads by about 20,000 votes, and has filed a lawsuit to end the vote count in Michigan, where Biden is more than 135,000 votes ahead of the president. In Pennsylvania, where Trump was at one point ahead of his rival by about 389,000 votes, the Republican candidate’s team is also trying to get the mail-in ballot count to be stopped.
Trump’s headquarters also filed a motion in Georgia on Wednesday, urging the court to order state electoral bodies to comply with the law when storing and counting absentee ballots, the Associated Press reported.
Early Wednesday morning, Trump declared victory and announced fraud.
“We will appeal to the Supreme Court. We want the voting to end. We don’t want to find ballots at 4 am and add them to the list, ”he said.
Hans von Spakowski, a former member of the Federal Election Commission and an employee of the conservative Heritage Foundation, predicts litigation over the counting of ballots, invalidation of ballots and an extension of the time for receiving absentee votes.
In Pennsylvania, he said, Trump’s team is likely to challenge the legality of the state’s Supreme Court ruling that ballots mailed on election day can be counted if delivered in the following days.
Whoever becomes president, Congress is likely to remain divided.
So far, Democrats have failed to take control of the Senate from the Republicans, where they now occupy 53 out of 100 seats.
Democrats received Senate posts from the states of Colorado and Arizona, but lost their seat in Alabama and failed to oust Republican Senators Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and Susan Collins of Maine, whose positions were considered vulnerable.
A bitter struggle continues for three seats in the Senate. A second tour will take place in Georgia in January.
Democrats managed to maintain control of the House of Representatives, but did not expand the majority, as polls predicted before the election.
As Duke University professor John Aldrich notes, if Trump is re-elected for a second term, the chances of a bipartisan consensus will be slim as the president has a difficult relationship with Democrats in Congress.
Biden, who during his campaign stressed the need to overcome the party split, may be able to find a common language with the Republicans.
“To make progress, we must stop treating our adversaries as enemies. We are not enemies, ”he said Wednesday.
On Wednesday afternoon, as his electoral chances improved, Biden told reporters that he would not claim victory, but added: “We believe that when the tally is over, we will be the winners. I feel very good. “
He stressed that “every vote must be counted” in the remaining states, where the outcome remains uncertain.
Trump aide Stepin objected: “We believe that if we count all the legally cast ballots, the president will win.”