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Trump launches a new spate of unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud


President Trump broke cover to play golf Saturday morning after firing a barrage of angry tweets as Joe Biden neared White House victory and made a number of baseless claims, including that tens of thousands of mail-in votes "Illegally" had been handed in. Since they arrived after 8 pm on election day, hundreds of thousands more should not be taken into account as it was not observed that they were counted and that he had won "a lot".

Biden is now close to victory, with leads in all four key swing states still in play. The country and the world are waiting for results from Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona and Georgia to determine who will be the next president.

States will continue to count the last of their mail-in votes and what are known as the split votes, which are ballot papers that require further investigation due to errors such as incorrect data or mismatched signatures. If Biden wins Pennsylvania today – where an update is imminent – he would have enough votes for the electoral college to win without any of the other states. If he won Arizona and Nevada together, he would get the win.

News networks, which typically hold elections within 24 hours of polls complete, are resisting because the race is so close and so much of it is competitive.

Refusing to accept that the results so far have been legitimate, Trump has vowed to contest them.

On Saturday morning, he tweeted that his followers were forbidden to watch the vote count in some of the major swing states, even though they said "Stop the Count!" and that officials "covered windows" to block their view and forbid them to monitor the process.

He also promised a "big" press conference in Philadelphia with the vote count continuing, where he said his lawyers would be present and then leave the White House in casual clothes.

While in the car, he tweeted a link to a Breitbart story about a "bug" in the vote counting software and then said, "I won this election many times over!" Shortly thereafter, he arrived at his golf club in Sterling, Virginia.

Trump has not yet provided any evidence to support his claims. His campaign has vowed to file lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Nevada to argue the results cannot be trusted, and he is calling for a recount in Wisconsin.

President Trump left the White House Saturday morning after launching a spate of tweets claiming the election results were fraudulent. It is unclear where he is going

The President was dressed casually in a white MAGA hat and white sweater. He wasn't seen in person yesterday

The President was dressed casually in a white MAGA hat and white sweater. He wasn't seen in person yesterday

Overnight, faith seemed to wane among Trump's allies, telling him to allow the race.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham prepared viewers for the likelihood he'd lost.

She said: "Right now it is time to capitalize on our gains, learn from our defeats and confidently build one of the greatest political movements of the past 100 years," she said.

She said a Trump defeat does not mean that the "America First movement" is over, but that "President Trump's legacy will only grow in importance if he focuses on moving the country forward."

Trump tweeted again Saturday morning, claiming the election was fraudulent and that he had won "a lot".

Trump tweeted again Saturday morning, claiming the election was fraudulent and that he had won "a lot".

Donald Trump Jr., who earlier this week told his father to "fight to the death" and urged fans not to give up at a rally, posted a photo of the couple on Instagram in the Oval Office, which he had captioned : "Thank you for always fighting so hard for America, Papa. It is an honor to be with you in this fight."

It was a low note from the angry rally at which he said America had become a "banana republic" that needed to be reclaimed.

The Wall Street Journal – which, like Fox, is owned by Rupert Murdoch – published a statement from its editorial staff asking Trump to admit.

If Mr. Biden has 270 electoral college votes by the end of the census and litigation, President Trump will have a decision to make.

"We hope that in this case he will give in with dignity," they said.

As it is:

  • Biden has only 17 votes before winning the presidency, which means he can be declared the winner in two ways.
  • If he wins Pennsylvania he'll get 20 votes and he won't need Arizona or Nevada anymore. But if he wins Arizona by 11 votes on the electoral college and Nevada by 6 votes, he won't need Pennsylvania anymore.
  • It's likely that Biden could win once the call is made to Pennsylvania, where he currently leads Trump with more than 28,000 votes.
  • He has a 0.4% lead with 49.6% of the total vote of the state, compared to 49.2% of Trump. The Associated Press is waiting for a candidate to have a 0.5% lead to call a race. Anything below this difference would require a recount under state law.

Biden gave a speech in his home state of Delaware on Friday evening. He never mentioned Trump directly, but he presented a drastic change of tone, saying that the "purpose of our policies is not total, relentless warfare".

In its editorial on Friday evening, the Wall Street Journal said Trump had "achieved a lot" since 2015.

& # 39; He has accomplished a lot since descending that Trump Tower escalator in 2015, including his historic first win and a strong re-election performance when he should lose in defeat. We would hate it if this legacy was ruined by refusing to accept the normal transfer of power.

STATES STILL IN GAME

PENNSYLVANIA – 20 votes from the electoral college

Result expected Saturday. 89,000 votes have yet to be counted.

BIDEN 49.6% 3,336,887

TRUMP 49.1% 3,308,054

BIDEN LEADS 28,833

ARIZONA – 11 votes from the electoral college

Result expected Saturday. 173,000 ballot papers remain to be counted.

BIDEN 49.6% 1,604,067

TRUMP 48.6% 1,575,206

BIDEN LEADS 28,861

Fox and the AP called Arizona about Biden on election day, but others held back as mail-in votes are counted. Mail-in ballots are trending toward Trump in Arizona.

GEORGIA – 16 votes from the electoral college – RECOUNT INEVITABLE

Results are expected on Saturday, but officials have already said there will be a recount because the margin is so small

49.4% BIDEN – 2,457,540

49.3% TRUMP – 2,454,207

Biden leads with 7,248

NEVADA – Voices of the electoral college

Result expected Saturday. 124,000 votes to count

BIDEN 49.8% 632,558

TRUMP 48th% 609,901

BIDEN LEADS 22, 657

"But if there is defeat, he will best serve himself and his country by respecting America's democratic traditions and leaving office with dignity."

Trump has given no indication that he wants to admit. He spent Friday night angrily tweeting a series of fraud conspiracies, and before Biden began his address had tweeted, "Joe Biden shouldn't be wrongfully claiming the office of president. I could make that claim too. Legal proceedings are just beginning! & # 39;

During the evening, he reported attacks on Fox News calling Arizona at the start of the race, claiming that postmarked postal ballot papers were counted after election day, and suggested that election observers be excluded from watching the counts.

In his speech on Friday night, Biden urged patience but said he was confident he would win.

Formerly his campaign trolled President Trump as it became increasingly clear that the Democratic candidate would be the next President of the United States.

As we said on July 19th, the American people will make this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting intruders from the White House, ”said Andrew Bates, spokesman for the Biden campaign, on Friday.

In his address, Biden added, “No, the purpose of our policies, the work of our nation, is not to ignite the flames of conflict, but to solve problems, guarantee justice, fair everyone and improve the life of our people. & # 39;

“We may be opponents – but we are not enemies. We're Americans, ”he went on. However, that did not prevent him from boasting of victories.

"One of the things I'm especially proud of is how well we've done across America," he told a host of socially distant reporters and staff. & # 39; We'll be the first Democrat to win Arizona in 24 years. We will be the first Democrat to win Georgia in 28 years. & # 39;

"And we rebuilt the Blue Wall in the middle of the country that collapsed four years ago: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin."

Biden didn't answer questions about whether Trump, who said his opponent couldn't unjustifiably claim the office of president, should admit.

However, a spokesman for his campaign said: "The United States government is perfectly capable of escorting intruders from the White House."

Biden said he expected a result in Saturday's presidential competition.

"I hope to speak to you tomorrow," he said.

He advised patience as the vote continues and anxious Americans wait to find out who their next president will be.

“I know it's very slow to see these voting results on TV. Never forget, the numbers aren't just numbers, they represent votes and voters. They exercised this basic right to be heard.

“What is becoming clearer by the hour is the record number of Americans of all races, creeds, and religions who have made the move. It gave us a mandate to take action on COVID, the economy, climate change and systemic racism. They made it clear that they want the country to come together and not move further apart. The people spoke, ”he said.

Ironically, minutes after he finished his speech, it was revealed that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows would be the last person to test positive for COVID-19.

Joe Biden was speaking for the nation late Friday night as his leads in Pennsylvania and Nevada were growing and he was on the verge of winning the presidency

Joe Biden was speaking for the nation late Friday night as his leads in Pennsylvania and Nevada were growing and he was on the verge of winning the presidency

Biden said alongside his running mate Kamala Harris that he was on the way to a "clear victory" and forecast more than 300 votes in his favor

Biden said alongside his running mate Kamala Harris that he was on the way to a "clear victory" and forecast more than 300 votes in his favor

A United States Marine stands guard outside the west wing of the White House and signals that President Trump has entered

A United States Marine stands guard outside the west wing of the White House and signals that President Trump has entered

The 61-year-old Meadows was last at the White House on Thursday, CNN reported.

It would, in theory, be critical to a transfer of power, but Biden stated that he and Harris started the transition process without saying whether they had received any help from the Trump administration.

“We don't wait to get the job done. We're starting the process, ”he said.

And he vowed to bring the country together.

Biden said he thinks people are tired of politics being so evil.

“No matter who you voted for, I'm sure of one thing: the vast majority of the 150 million Americans who voted want the vitriol out of our politics. We won't agree on many issues, but at least we can agree to be courteous with one another. We have to leave anger and demonization behind. It is time for us to come together as a nation to heal. It won't be easy, but we have to try.

“My responsibility as President will be to represent the whole nation, and I want you to know that I will work as hard for those who voted against me as I will for those who voted for me. That's the job. That's the job. It's called Due Diligence for All Americans, ”he said.

Trump has yet to respond to Biden's remarks, but has fired a series of retweets on Twitter backing up his claims of electoral fraud and fraud when his opponent spoke.

Minutes after Biden finished speaking, it was revealed that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows would be the last person there to test positive for COVID-19

Minutes after Biden finished speaking, it was revealed that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows would be the last person to test positive for COVID-19

Among the tweets was one from Tom Bevan, co-founder of Real Clear Politics, who criticized Fox News' early call in Arizona, where Biden is currently leading by a narrow margin.

Bevan called the move & # 39;completely unnecessary, ”while pointing out how they waited for hours for a call in Florida when Trump was up three points.

Trump also retweeted a clip of Jim Jordan, the Ohio congressman re-elected Tuesday, the Fox News "Sean Hannity said the situation was" worse than we thought ".

Jordan said the people of Pennsylvania would "allow votes to come in after the day" – something the courts decided could happen, provided the ballots were stamped by election day.

He also railed on the issue of "transparency" and claimed – without evidence – that election observers like Dave Bossie were being asked to leave the company.

"This is the first time in history that a party systematically tries to win the election after the election and it has to be stopped."

Trump tweeted: "Incredibly said Jim!"

He also tweeted earlier: “I got such a big head start in all of these states late into election night, only to see the clues miraculously fade away over the days. Perhaps these clues will come back as our legal process progresses! & # 39;

Protesters celebrate and dance at the "Donald Trump is Over" party in Washington Square Park in New York City

Protesters celebrate and dance at the "Donald Trump is Over" party in Washington Square Park in New York City

Donald Trump angrily tweeted Friday night to launch a series of fraud conspiracies

Donald Trump angrily tweeted Friday night to launch a series of fraud conspiracies

People hear Biden's Delaware speech through speakers outside the White House as the votes continue to be counted four days after election day

People hear Biden's Delaware speech through speakers outside the White House as the votes continue to be counted four days after election day

People gather during a demonstration by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Washington Square Park in New York

People gather during a demonstration by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Washington Square Park in New York

Read Joe Biden's nightly address to the nation in full

We don't have a final declaration of victory yet, but the numbers tell a clear and compelling story: we will win this race. Take a look at what has happened since yesterday. We were back in Georgia in 24 hours. Now we are ahead and will win this state.

Twenty-four hours ago we were behind in Pennsylvania, and we're going to win Pennsylvania, and now we're ahead. We win Arizona. We win Nevada. In fact, our lead in Nevada has only doubled.

We are on the right track for over 300 electoral college votes. And look at the national numbers. We will win this race with a clear majority of the nation behind us. We received over 74 million votes. Let me repeat that: 74 million votes. That's more than any presidential ticket in the history of the United States of America. And our number of votes is still growing.

We beat Donald Trump with over 4 million votes, and that margin continues to grow. One of the things I'm especially proud of is how well we've done all over America. We'll be the first Democrat to win Arizona in 24 years. We will be the first Democrat to win Georgia in 28 years.

And we rebuilt the blue wall in the middle of the country that collapsed four years ago: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin – the heartland of this nation.

I know it is very slow to see these voting results on television and as slow as it goes it can be numbing.

But never forget: the numbers are not just numbers – they represent votes and voters, men and women, who have exercised their basic right to be heard. And what is becoming clearer by the hour is that a record number of Americans – of all races, beliefs, and religions – have chosen to switch to more of the same.

You have given us a mandate to take action against Covid, the economy, climate change and systemic racism. They made it clear that they want the country to come together – not to pull further apart. But while we wait for the final results, I want people to know that we are not waiting to get the job done and start the process.

Yesterday Senator Harris and I met with expert groups on the public health and economic crises in the country. As you know, the pandemic is becoming more and more worrying across the country.

Daily cases are exploding, and it is now believed that we could see spikes of up to 200,000 cases in a single day. The death toll is 240,000. That's 240,000 empty chairs at the kitchen and dining tables across America.

We will never be able to measure all of the pain, loss, and suffering that so many families have experienced. I know what it feels like to lose someone and I want them to know they are not alone. Our hearts break with you.

And I want everyone to know on day one that we are going to put our plan to fight this virus into action. We cannot save any of the lost lives, but we can save many lives in the months to come.

Senator Harris and I also heard yesterday how this recovery was slowing because the pandemic could not be brought under control. More than 20 million people are unemployed. Millions are worried about getting rent and putting food on the table. Our economic plan will focus on a path to a strong recovery.

We both know that after a tough election like the one we had, tensions can be high. But we need to remember that we need to stay calm, patient, and let the process go on while we are counting all the votes.

You know, we are proving again what we have shown in this country for 244 years: democracy works. Your vote is counted. I don't care how hard people try to stop it. I will not allow it. People are heard. Our journey to a more perfect union and it goes on.

In America we hold strong views, we have strong differences, and that's fine. Strong differences of opinion are inevitable in a democracy, and strong differences of opinion are healthy. They are a sign of heated debate and deeply rooted views.

But we must remember: the purpose of our politics is not total, relentless, endless war. No. The purpose of our politics, the work of the nation, is not to ignite the flames of conflict, but to solve problems, guarantee justice, give everyone a fair shot, and improve the lives of our people.

We may be opponents – but we are not enemies. We are americans.

No matter who you voted for, I'm sure of one thing: the vast majority of 150 million Americans want the vitriol out of our politics. We will certainly not agree on many issues, but we can at least agree to be polite to one another. Let's leave anger and demonization behind.

It is time for us to come together and heal as a nation. It won't be easy, but we have to try.

My responsibility as President will be to represent the whole nation. And I want you to know that I will work as hard for those who voted against me as I will for those who voted for me. That's the job. That's the job. It is a duty of care for all Americans.

We have serious problems to solve – Covid, economy, racial justice, climate change. We have no more time for partisan wars. And what's more, we have an incredible opportunity to create the future we want for our children and grandchildren.

I've said it many, many times: I've never been so optimistic about the future of our nation. There is no reason why we cannot own the 21st century. We just have to remember who we are. This is the United States of America and there was never anything, anything we couldn't when we did it together.

I hope to speak to you tomorrow. I want to thank you all. May God bless you all and may God protect our troops.

Trump has yet to respond to Biden's remarks, but he retweeted a number of posts on Twitter supporting his allegations of electoral fraud and fraud as he spoke

Trump has yet to respond to Biden's remarks, but he retweeted a number of posts on Twitter supporting his allegations of electoral fraud and fraud as he spoke

Earlier on Friday, the Supreme Court had ordered that all late postal ballots in Pennsylvania should be counted separately as Joe Biden continued to gain momentum.

All Pennsylvania counties are required to temporarily separate ballots received after 8 p.m. on election day by order of Judge Samuel Alito on Friday night after Republicans appealed to exclude those votes from the total.

Trump's election campaign had filed a motion to block a state Supreme Court decision that allowed election officials to count postal ballot papers that were postmarked by Tuesday election day and served by Friday.

Alito agreed on Friday to discuss these voices. It did so after Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar already directed the county boards to separate them, which limited Trump's ability to claim the court order as a victory.

Most votes are believed to be in favor of Biden, and Republicans say they should be disqualified under Pennsylvania state law. The concern is that if they get mixed up with other ballots any attempt to disqualify them will become impossible.

Whether or not those ballots are ultimately counted, however, doesn't seem to have any bearing on who gets the state's 20 electoral votes, with Biden leading the way by 28,877 votes from midnight.

By late Friday there were about 89,000 postal ballots in Pennsylvania, the majority in Allegheny County, the state's second largest county.

In addition, there may be tens of thousands of tentative ballots that have yet to be tabulated, although the exact number has remained unclear. These ballot papers are counted after officials verify their eligibility to enroll.

Allegheny could bring Biden to 270 votes. The county includes Democratic strongholds of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, where it holds 80.78% of the vote.

Biden's plans to reach out to the nation had sparked an angry tweet from Donald Trump sent from the White House, where he allegedly spent the day angry watching TV and talking to confidants.

His legal path to question the election was unclear, and his mathematical path to retain power seemed almost complete. I could make that claim too. Legal proceedings are just beginning! & # 39;

Then he tweeted – apparently somewhat plaintively – that his initial "big leads" had disappeared, which election observers had predicted weeks before the election.

“I had such a big head start in all of these states late into election night, only to see the clues miraculously disappear as the days went on. Perhaps these clues will come back as our legal process progresses! & # 39; he tweeted.

But the Pennsylvania and Nevada polls showed Biden's leadership – not Trump's increase.

At the White House, Trump's inner circle was trying to figure out how to tell him he had lost while defiantly vowing to pursue legal challenges to the Count in a number of states, claiming he was fighting for "electoral integrity" of the day After an extraordinary 17-minute tirade claiming he was the victim of a "conspiracy", the counting of the votes was part of the "fraud".

Biden's campaign prepared an outdoor stage at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware for a prime-time address and warned broadcasters to prepare for a speech.

Close supporters of the Vice President were advised on Friday to drive to the Chase Center in their vehicles. The Democrats have held major drive-in cinema-style events to ensure adequate social distancing of their crowds. Fireworks took place in the Chase Center parking lot as part of his campaign after he accepted the Democratic nomination during the Democratic National Convention, where key speeches were moved to Wilmington due to the coronavirus pandemic. When the race for the former vice president is scheduled, the event is expected to look the same.

The country and the world are waiting for election results from three states; Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona.

One reason for the intensified race is that Pennsylvania law does not allow election officials to process postal ballots until election day.

It's a form of voting that has skewed heavily in Biden's favor after Trump claimed for months – without evidence – that the postal vote would lead to widespread electoral fraud.

There is a chance the race will not be decided for days and about 102,000 ballots remain to be counted, according to CNN. If there is a difference of less than half a percentage point between Biden and Trump's vote, state law stipulates that a recount must be carried out.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said earlier Friday it was time for Trump to "put on his big boys pants" and admit.

The scene outside the White House on the early third day after election day for the 2020 presidential election

The scene outside the White House on the early third day after election day for the 2020 presidential election

Democrats had long viewed Pennsylvania as part of their "blue wall" – a trifecta that includes Wisconsin and Michigan – that had served as a bulwark in presidential elections for years. In 2016, Trump won each time by less than one percentage point.

Claims to be the state's favorite son, Biden, born in Scranton, has long taken up the idea that he represented neighboring Delaware as the "third senator" of Pennsylvania during his decades. He has also fought extensively in the state from his home in Delaware.

Trump cannot win in Pennsylvania alone. With 214 votes in the electoral college, he would still have to pick up either Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona or Nevada – the other four states where a result has yet to be officially confirmed.

The previous Thursday, Kathy Boockvar told CNN's Jake Tapper, “I think there are about 550,000 odd – you know, plus or minus – ballots that are still being counted today.

& # 39; Some of these may have already been counted but not uploaded yet. But yes, they come in. We're getting 10,000 here, 20,000 here, counties are angry at work.

Pennsylvania said it will continue to count postal votes through Friday as long as they are postmarked November 3rd.

Meanwhile, Trump had sued Pennsylvania to undermine the returned election result.

The Philadelphia and Pittsburgh voting was suspended on Thursday due to the legal battle.

A judge intervened and rejected the federal application.

Former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi speaks to the media about a court order granting Trump's campaign access to observation of Thursday's vote counting operations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi speaks to the media about a court order granting Trump's campaign access to observation of Thursday's vote counting operations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Trump supporters protest outside the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Thursday

Trump supporters protest outside the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Thursday

Trump's court battle for votes in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and Michigan

PENNSYLVANIA LITIGATION

Several court battles are pending in the battlefield state of Pennsylvania.

The Trump campaign sued Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and county electoral officials for limiting the time it took electoral officials to contact voters by mail to correct incorrect ballot papers.

Separately, two Republican candidates and several voters are trying to prevent election officials from "curing" invalid postal ballots. The Commonwealth Court on Friday ordered electoral officials to revoke preliminary ballot papers cast on election day by voters whose postal or postal ballot papers were received on time.

The Trump campaign is also battling electoral officials in Philadelphia over the city's vote counting, and Thursday's campaign was given better access to the proceedings that officials have appealed. A similar case filed with the federal court was dropped.

On Wednesday, Trump's campaign filed a motion to intervene in a pending US Supreme Court case contesting a ruling by the state's Supreme Court that allowed election officials to count postal ballot papers postmarked by Tuesday election day and were delivered by Friday.

The US Supreme Court justices said there was not enough time to decide the merits of the case before election day, but said they could re-examine it later.

Judge Samuel Alito, along with Conservative colleagues Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, said in a written statement that the Pennsylvania Court's decision was "highly likely" to violate the US Constitution.

Pennsylvania election officials said they would separate properly stamped ballot papers that arrived after election day.

NEVADA

A voter, media member and two candidate campaigns sued the Secretary of State and other officials for preventing the use of a signature verification system in densely populated Clark County and giving the public access to vote counting.

Thursday's lawsuit came after Trump campaign officials announced they would file a lawsuit in the state after claiming without evidence that thousands of votes were cast by dead and voters no longer in Clark County, where are Las Vegas is located.

GEORGIA BALLOT FIGHT

The Trump campaign on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Chatham County's state court alleging late-arriving ballots were improperly mixed with valid ballot papers and requested a judge to separate late-arriving ballots rather than count them.

The case was dismissed on Thursday.

MICHIGAN BALLOT COUNTING FIGHT

Trump's campaign on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Michigan to prevent state officials from counting ballots until there is an election inspector at each postal voting counting committee. The campaign also wanted to check ballot papers that were opened and counted before an inspector from their campaign was present.

On Thursday, Michigan Court of Claims judge Cynthia Stephens dismissed the case.

US POSTAL SERVICE LITIGATION

The U.S. Postal Service said that in Pennsylvania, during two rounds on Thursday, approximately 1,700 ballot papers were identified in processing plants that were being delivered to election officials, according to a court filed early Friday.

The Postal Service said 1,076 ballots were found in its Philadelphia Processing and Distribution Center. Approximately 300 were found at the Pittsburgh processing center, 266 at a Lehigh Valley facility, and others at other Pennsylvania processing centers.

District Judge Emmet Sullivan is overseeing a lawsuit brought by Vote Forward, the NAACP, and Latino community attorneys who have requested the Postal Service to deliver postal ballot papers in time for the election.

The Trump campaign had a brief legal victory in Pennsylvania Thursday when a judge ruled ballot observer watched officials count ballots within six feet.

Representatives from both campaigns were in the room to watch the counts, but at a greater distance due to the coronavirus. A district judge approved the Trump campaign, but the state's Supreme Court rejected it.

The situation in Pittsburgh had been aggravated by approximately 30,000 outstanding ballots, with a salesman sending the wrong ballots to voters and having to reissue new ballots with the correct races.

Poll workers had to check these ballots to make sure people didn't vote twice. If they sent in the wrong ballot, they would not vote in races for which they were not eligible.

They weren't allowed to be counted until Friday, when Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh sits, swears on a special panel to review those ballots as required by law.

Trump's legal team has filed lawsuits on several fronts – to try to curb the flow of presumably pro-Biden postal ballot papers into the system and to enforce better access for observers to presumably dispute more single ballot papers.

They scored a first victory Thursday morning, which former Florida Secretary of State Pam Bondi, a Trump supporter, wielded at a press conference.

The judgment of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania overturns a decision of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia. It will allow Trump watchers to "observe all aspects of the acquisition process within 6 feet while complying with all COVID-19 protocols, including wearing masks and maintaining social distancing."

On Twitter, Trump touted it as: "Great Legal Victory in Pennsylvania!"

But then the Pennsylvania Supreme Court knocked it down almost instantly when the Democrats appealed.

The reason for the appeal wasn't because of concern about the observation itself, experts said, but because Democrats said Republicans accepted the rules for observation before they went into effect.

They argue that changing the rules, once agreed, would pave the way for further changes.

That is not the end of the road for the Trump campaign. The big battle with a greater potential to affect the count could result in a challenge to an earlier Supreme Court decision allowing the state to count postal ballots received three days after polling day.

Conservative judges had indicated that there could be another hearing should these later-counted ballots prove decisive.

But a decisive victory for Biden with votes received before election day would undermine the need for the lawsuit – and Biden was with Trump's leadership with hundreds of thousands of ballots outstanding.

The Pennsylvania Democrats, aware of potential challenges and alarmed by reports that Republican-controlled lawmakers may seek to intervene, have later segregated postal ballots received to prevent the entire state outcome from being discarded.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General blew up the move on Thursday.

"This question is a matter of constitutional law," he said, noting that it was decided by the Supreme Court. "It was decided that these ballots and they be counted," he told CNN.

“We follow the law here in Pennsylvania. We count these legal votes, ”he said.

Biden's lead in Arizona shrinks again, dropping below 30,000, as Trump reclaims some of the votes and 173,000 ballots remain to be counted

Joe Biden's lead in Arizona has fallen below 30,000 after Trump narrowed the gap slightly during an exchange of letters on Friday night.

Biden is currently at the top with 28,861 votes, with 49.6% of the vote compared to 48.7% for Trump.

It comes after officials released the results of the 69,000 ballots counted in Maricopa County on Friday night, which reduced Biden's reputation by about 7,000.

As of 11 p.m., there were around 173,000 ballots left in the state, 92,000 came from Maricopa, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs told CNN.

you That includes 47,000 preliminary ballot papers that won't be counted until Wednesday, she said. The next update won't be released until 11am on Saturday.

On Friday afternoon, Hobbs said they would only work through 61,000 a day – an incredibly slow pace with the whole country and world waiting for the results.

This means they may not be ready until 12 noon on Sunday.

Biden is a leader in every other state. He took over the leadership of Trump in Pennsylvania on Friday and is now ahead with more than 28,000 votes.

He will likely soon be named the winner there, with the remaining votes coming from Allegheny County, which also includes the Democratic strongholds of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

If Biden wins Pennsylvania today, he won't need any of the other states to get the 270 electoral college votes he needs to claim the White House. If Trump wins Arizona he still needs every other state in the game, which seems increasingly unlikely.

In Georgia they are neck to neck and a recount was called because the edge is so thin. In Nevada, Biden is ahead with around 22,000 votes.

Arizona has a long political history as a Republican. It is the home state of Barry Goldwater, a five-year-old Conservative Senator who was nominated for a Republican presidential nomination in 1964.

The party's 2008 presidential candidate, John McCain, represented the state in Congress from 1983 until his death in 2018.

Demographic shifts, including a rapidly growing Latino population and a boom in new residents, some of whom are fleeing the skyrocketing cost of living in neighboring California, has made the state friendlier to Democrats.

Arizona has a long political history as a Republican. It is the home state of Barry Goldwater, a five-year-old Conservative Senator who was nominated for a Republican presidential nomination in 1964.

The party's 2008 presidential candidate, John McCain, represented the state in Congress from 1983 until his death in 2018.

Demographic shifts, including a rapidly growing Latino population and a boom in new residents, some of whom are fleeing the skyrocketing cost of living in neighboring California, has made the state friendlier to Democrats.

About 100 Trump supporters gathered again outside the Maricopa County polling center in Phoenix on Thursday evening. Some carried rifles and handguns in military style. Arizona law allows people to openly carry guns.

Authorities at the center used fences to create a "free speech zone" and keep the entrance to the building open. The crowd took turns singing: "Count the voices!" and "Four more years!" – and complain about the voting process through a megaphone.

They paused to listen as Trump spoke from the White House, where he reiterated many of his baseless allegations of rigged voting.

They hooted and clapped as the president said, "We're on track to win Arizona."

It comes after tThe AP and Fox News had both called Arizona early Wednesday morning claiming Trump had no way of reclaiming him – a move that was later questioned.

Arizona has eleven major votes for the electoral college which, if they give Biden now, will get him ready for the White House with 264 of the 270 votes he needs.

Biden's lead in Nevada grows again to 22,000

Joe Biden's lead in Nevada has grown to more than 22,000 as the number of votes there drags on to at least another 124,000.

With more than 1.2 million ballots counted, Biden had a lead of 22,657 votes on Friday evening – a lead of around 1.79 percentage points over Trump.

But even after counting roughly 93% of the estimated votes, an estimated 124,500 votes remain, which could detract from Biden's advantage.

According to the Secretary of State, 58,000 postal ballot papers and 66,500 ballot papers are for voter registration.

As it stands, Biden remains 48% ahead with 49.8% of the vote in the state over Trump's.

Election officials in the state said they would post more results on Saturday at 12 p.m. EST.

Why it takes them so long to survive the rest remains largely unanswered.

One of the only reasons they have given is that they don't know how many postal ballot papers they will receive over the weekend, but they will not say when to stop taking them.

If Biden wins Nevada and his 6 electoral college points and Arizona, he wins the election. However, he doesn't need it to achieve victory.

Any ballot that is published by November 3rd will be counted if it arrives by November 10th – Tuesday – at 5pm. The majority of the ballot papers come from Clark County, where Las Vegas is located.

Biden is also a leader in Pennsylvania, which has 20 votes for the electoral college and would earn it the White House. A result is expected there sometime on Friday.

A recount has been called for in Georgia – where Biden leads by just over 4,300 votes – and in Arizona, where he leads by just over 29,000 votes. His lead in Arizona is shrinking.

Arizona was called out for him on Wednesday morning by Fox and the AP, but with 250,000 votes pending, it remains in the game for Trump. If Biden loses Arizona, he will have 259 votes for the electoral college. It would take him 11 more, from either Georgia [16], North Carolina [15], or Pennsylvania [20] to win.

It's unclear when North Carolina will announce, but it's expected to go to Trump like 2016.

Trump's team is crying fraud and they say they have "evidence" that "tens of thousands of votes" were fraudulently cast there.

Nevada law states that an individual must be in the state at least 30 days prior to voting in order to be eligible to vote.

That does not necessarily mean that they must have been physically in the state 30 days before the election.

Trump's people also claim that many of the votes in Nevada came from people who no longer live there or were cast on the names of the deceased.

The Georgia race is about to be recounted as Biden's lead in the state increases to 7,248 and 99% of the votes cast are counted

Joe Biden's lead in Georgia extended early Saturday – but still not enough to name the extremely close race that probably needs to be retold.

Biden overtook Trump early Saturday morning and now remains ahead with just 7,248 votes, with nearly five million ballots cast nationwide. He holds 49.4% of the state's total, compared to 49.3% for Trump – a head start of about 0.1 percentage points.

Georgia holds 16 votes of the electoral college. If Biden won, all he'd have to do was hold his lead in one of the other three states still in play. Arizona, Nevada or Pennsylvania.

A candidate can request a recount in Georgia if the margin is less than 0.5%. Right now it's well below that threshold. It is currently unclear how many more votes to count in Georgia in total, but there are 1,500 left in Gwinnett County.

Earlier in the day, election officials said they had 5,500 postal ballot papers left, plus 8,000 that could have been from foreign military personnel.

The Georgian Foreign Minister said on Friday that there will be a recount there no matter what the outcome because the margin is so tight.

If there is a recount, it will not delay the election result if Biden wins Pennsylvania, which he is ready for after taking the lead from Trump. This result is expected by the end of the day. He can also win before a recount in Georgia if he wins Nevada and Arizona, where he also holds the lead.

The implementation manager for the state's voting system, Gabriel Sterling, explained on Friday afternoon why it was taking so long.

“The outstanding ballots are roughly the same as they were this morning. We'll start with the margin. We're seeing a margin of 1,585. We're standing there, ”he said.

“We know that today is today for the military and overseas deadline. In total, we have 18,008 accepted and 8,410 still available that can be received.

“That doesn't mean a bucket is ready to count. that is, there are so many who can be received today. It'll be more than zero and less than 8,410 – somewhere in that range. We don't know exactly how many. & # 39;

Georgia has 16 votes for the electoral college. If Biden claims it today along with another state, he will win the presidency.

Trump would have to win every state still in the field to get a second term, and Biden is a leader everywhere.

Biden took a key lead in Pennsylvania on Friday morning. If he wins the state today, he will have won the White House.

Trump, however, refuses to accept the result, claiming that electoral fraud is all around.

In a county in Georgia a memory card was damaged on a scanner, so 400 had to be counted.

Officials in some counties are using paper votes for the first time in 20 years because they voted earlier this year that the machine vote was not secret enough. You then scan all of the paper votes, which is a "tedious" process.

Gabriel Sterling, manager for the implementation of the voting system in Georgia, said earlier Thursday that there was nothing suspicious or strange about the process, but that the elections are usually never so close that an official census does not always have to be made.

“We have no way of knowing how long the process will take. We hope for clarity, but "done" is a very relative term at this point.

“As we have been saying for weeks and months, it will take some time. The point here is to make sure that all votes are properly counted.

“The problem we have in Georgia is close coordination. There are other states that have more votes than we do, but there is a lot of leeway so nobody cares, ”said Sterling.