The results of Thursday night’s presidential election are still unknown: Democratic candidate Joe Biden is close to winning a majority in the Electoral College, and President Donald Trump today demanded an end to the counting of votes in certain states. Republicans have filed several counting irregularities lawsuits.
President Donald Trump made his first public speech Thursday night in two days, appearing in front of reporters at the White House, claiming the election was “rigged” and stressing that his votes had been “stolen”, Reuters reported.
Trump said that if all “legitimate” votes were counted, he would win the election, signaling that he was not in the mood to give up in the fight against Democrat Joe Biden.
“If you count the legitimate votes, I can easily win,” Trump said in a press briefing room at the White House. The president stressed that the protracted count of ballots allows him to assume that the elections were rigged in order to “steal” his victory.
“Our goal is to protect the integrity of the electoral process,” the president said, adding that he would not allow his voters to be silenced.
The President said he appears to be winning in Arizona. According to Fox News tally, Joe Biden is now in the lead in Arizona based on 89% of the vote, with 50.4% of the popular vote and Trump with 48.2%.
In addition, Trump warned that the lawsuit in connection with the claims that his headquarters will file, could end in the Supreme Court.
The President last appeared in public early Wednesday morning, when he prematurely announced his victory over Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential race. Trump has also publicly called for an end to the counting, citing allegations of fraud and misconduct by electoral organizers without providing evidence.
The presidential race is still ongoing because neither Trump nor Biden have collected the 270 electoral votes required to win.
Joe Biden was declared the winner of the Michigan and Wisconsin elections, which put him in the lead in the number of electoral votes, but Donald Trump has so far shown no sign of surrendering.
Earlier 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.
Biden leads in the number of electoral votes with a score of 253-214. However, the counting of votes is still ongoing in four states, the results of which will determine the elections – Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Nevada.
Trump is leading in Georgia and Pennsylvania, while Biden is ahead of his rival in Arizona and Nevada, and in all cases the gap between candidates is minimal.
Under electoral law, votes in the Electoral College go to the winner of the vote from each state, based on population, with two exceptions – Maine and Nebraska.
If Biden can hold the leading position in the voting in Arizona with 11 electoral votes and Nevada with six votes, he will receive 270 votes and will be elected by the Electoral College as the 46th President of the United States, inaugurated in January 2021, regardless of the voting results in Georgia. and Pennsylvania.
Trump needs to keep all the states in which he currently leads, and win the leadership in Nevada or Arizona, where Biden is currently overtaking him.
The counting of votes is nearing completion in all four states. In Georgia, where 16 electoral votes are at stake, Trump has a 13,000 vote lead, with more than 50,000 votes yet to be counted, many of which have been cast in the constituencies where Biden leads.
In Pennsylvania, Trump leads with a 108,000 vote lead, but the state has a large number of ballots to consider. There are 20 electoral votes at stake in this state. Trump is confidently leading in two more states, where the official voting results have not yet been summed up – in Alaska and North Carolina.
Biden is now 11,000 votes ahead of Trump in Nevada (six electoral votes) and 68,000 in Arizona, which is represented by 11 electors. The counting of votes in both states is still pending.
Biden leads in the total number of votes received during the elections – 71.8 million voters voted for him, and Trump – 68.1 million, but it will be the electors who will have to name the winner of the presidential campaign.
Trump on Thursday demanded on his Twitter to stop counting. But if the vote count remains the same as on Thursday morning, Trump will lose, becoming the third US president in four decades to fail to be re-elected after his first term.
Lawyers representing Trump and Republicans have filed lawsuits alleging that vote counting has been flawed in some states, demanding an end to postal ballot counting in Pennsylvania, where Trump’s leadership is dwindling as the ballots are counted in the mail.
Counting has slowed due to the sheer number of ballots mailed by voters – roughly two-thirds of the more than 101 million ballots cast prior to the official election day, Tuesday November 3. Many people who voted by mail said they did not want to stand in long lines at polling stations and intersect with others on election day amid the coronavirus pandemic that is now raging in the country.
Biden’s headquarters called on voters to vote by mail, which resulted in the number of votes cast in his favor skyrocketing in many states as the mail ballots were counted. Trump urged Republicans to vote in person on election day, arguing unsubstantiated that mail-order voting would result in election fraud in favor of his rival. Ballots sent by mail are usually counted earlier than ballots cast by voters on election day. However, some states have different rules on this.
Trump’s lawyers also demanded a recount in Wisconsin, where Biden was declared the winner on Wednesday and received 10 electoral votes. Trump’s lawyers say irregularities have been reported in some polling stations.
Trump announced his victory early Wednesday morning, but Biden has not made such statements yet. On Wednesday, he said he was confident that “when the vote count is over, we think we will win.”