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TV channels call for election for Joe Biden Donald Trump plays golf


Joe Biden was named the next President of the United States by television stations and the Associated Press at 11:25 a.m. on Saturday morning – when Donald Trump was playing golf.

CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, AP, and USA Today all made the call, and Fox News followed 10 minutes later.

Voices in Philadelphia pushed his must-win lead in Pennsylvania over the edge. That brought him to 273 votes – which put the 77-year-old on a clear path to the White House. The states of Nevada, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina should also be mentioned.

Kamala Harris, his runner-up, becomes the first female vice president and the first black and Asian American vice president.

The call ended a roller coaster ride that began Tuesday when the polls closed and now puts Donald Trump in the spotlight.

Biden was due to be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on January 20, barring an extraordinary legal disruption caused by one of Trump's impending snowstorms, which, however, have so far failed to create a legal basis.

The apparently elected president is now preparing to address the nation tonight.

But Trump's campaign issued a statement on Trump's behalf claiming that Biden was not the winner and that she would continue to fight legal efforts to challenge the votes – which so far have stalled badly.

"We all know why Joe Biden is in a hurry to falsely pass himself off as a winner and why his media allies go out of their way to help him: They don't want the truth to come out," the statement said.

& # 39; The simple fact is that this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as a state winner, let alone one of the highly competitive states headed towards mandatory recounts or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate winner. Statutory votes decide who is president, not the news media. & # 39;

Biden has been ahead in every country except North Carolina, and if he stays that way, he will have 302 votes for the electoral college, just like Trump did in 2016.

THE DECISIVE STATES

PENNSYLVANIA – 20 votes from the electoral college

BIDEN 49.6% 3,335,724

TRUMP 49.1% 3,311, 310

BIDEN WINS: 34,414

ARIZONA – 11 votes from the electoral college

Results are expected on Saturday.

BIDEN 49.5% 1,626,943

TRUMP 48.9% 1,606,370

BIDEN LEADS, 20,573

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 48.% 609,901

BIDEN LEADS 22, 657

In Wilmington, where Biden watched the news at home, cars could be heard honking.

Biden's campaign manager Jen O & # 39; Malley Dillon was spotted by reporters in the lobby of the Westin next to Biden's Wilmington headquarters wearing a white BIDEN t-shirt. Her mother had called to let her know that CNN had called the race. "Ecstatic – a great day for this country," she said.

On CNN, Van Jones, the commentator and former Obama aide, began to cry.

The former vice president sealed the victory – after taking advantage of the coronavirus and heavily disapproving of the president among women and minorities – with an outcome that was dramatically closer than many experts had predicted, denying what he hoped was an outright rejection of Trumpism.

But on Friday evening, he welcomed the rebuilding of the "blue wall", won impressive margins and said he was on his way to more than 300 electoral college votes.

This added up to a "mandate" reviewing identity and climate change as it would take action to signal that the democratic takeover of the White House will not excuse the party's agenda.

He's still facing an election campaign, with two runoffs for both seats in the Georgia Senate on Jan. 5 and the potential for Trump to wreak havoc.

The celebration among Biden's supporters and the sudden blow to Trump's loyal base came as the U.S. faced a dangerous surge in coronavirus – which had become a central theme, but certainly not the only one of the campaign.

There were 126,000 new coronavirus infections on Friday alone. It was the third straight day of record news that more than 50,000 Americans were hospitalized for the disease.

The state of the pandemic is creating a challenging dynamic for the country as the White House – which is now back to grappling with an outbreak of its own employees – grapples with the spreading coronavirus during a lame ducking season.

Biden received a briefing on the virus this week but has no power to sway politics until January – although his allies in the Capitol can continue to push for a resuscitation of a stalled aid package.

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 attorneys 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.

It's over: CNN calls the election for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Moment in the story: On Friday night Joe Biden and Kamala Harris stood side by side as he spoke in Wilmington, DE and said he was on his way. On Saturday he will address the nation

Moment in the story: On Friday night Joe Biden and Kamala Harris stood side by side as he spoke in Wilmington, DE and said he was on his way. On Saturday he will address the nation

The President was dressed casually in a white MAGA hat and white sweater. Not seen in person yesterday, he went to Gold Course, where he was apparently playing when television broadcasters announced his defeat

The President was dressed casually in a white MAGA hat and white sweater. Not seen in person yesterday, he went to Gold Course, where he was apparently playing when television broadcasters announced his defeat

President Trump left the White House Saturday morning after launching a spate of tweets claiming the election results were fraudulent

President Trump left the White House Saturday morning after launching a spate of tweets claiming the election results were fraudulent

Overnight, belief 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 titled : "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 must 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.

Trump refuses to accept defeat. On Thursday evening, he launched an amazing 17-minute rant from the White House briefing room claiming he was the victim of a conspiracy by big tech, big money, the Democrats and the media.

He has vowed not to accept the final results, and his own children urge the country to "fight to the death" in order not to accept them either.

In a statement on Friday morning, his campaign team said the election was "far from over". They said it was a "false projection" that Biden would win.

& # 39; This election is not over yet. The wrong projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from the final.

& # 39; Georgia is facing a recount where we are confident that the ballots will not be properly harvested and where President Trump will ultimately gain the upper hand.

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".

& # 39; There have been many anomalies in Pennsylvania, including the fact that electoral officials prevented our volunteer law enforcement officers from having meaningful access to voting locations. We prevailed in court, but were robbed of valuable time and denied the transparency that state law is entitled to.

There appear to be thousands of people in Nevada who have incorrectly submitted postal ballot papers. After all, the president is well on his way to winning Arizona for good, despite the irresponsible and mistaken "request" by the state for Biden by Fox News and the Associated Press.

"Biden is relying on these states for his false White House claim, but once the election is final, President Trump will be re-elected," said Matt Morgan, his campaign general counsel.

His reluctance to accept the result is an unprecedented scenario for the country and the world. This will make Biden's transition to power more difficult.

Many networks refused to broadcast Trump's speech on Thursday evening.

ABC, CBS and NBC cut the press conference off before it ended, warning viewers that Trump made "a number of false statements" that need clarification. MSNBC was the first to cut away when Anker warned Brian Williams, "Here we go again." Fox News and CNN reported extensively about it.

In a series of tweets sent at 2:30 a.m., Trump continued his tirade – attacking social media regulation, making unfounded allegations of fraud, questioning several close races in the Senate and urging the Supreme Court to intervene.

Biden also gave a speech on Thursday, calling for calm and patience while the votes are counted. He insisted again that when the dust settles he will have beaten Trump.

Biden issued a call for reconciliation on Wednesday after deep divisions and headlines in the Trump administration.

He called for "lowering the temperature" and "listening to each other" – even as Trump's team announced it would file multiple lawsuits to prevent votes against him from being counted.

Biden was the third person to repel an incumbent in this century and the first since Bill Clinton to George H.W. has defeated. Bush in 1992.

AFTER YOUR CHOICE: THE DATA YOU NEED TO KNOW

NOVEMBER 23: All swing state election results have been confirmed by this date

DECEMBER 8: Safe Harbor Deadline, which is the legal deadline for resolving contentious outcomes. If states followed the right procedures, the December 8th result will be there, even if one side still denies it

DECEMBER 14: The electoral college voters are selected and sworn in

JANUARY 5: Georgia runoff election for two Senate seats to determine who controls the Senate

JANUARY 6: Congress confirms the votes of the electoral college

JANUARY 20: Around noon, the new President is sworn in and takes over all powers of the Commander-in-Chief – including the ability to instruct the Secret Service and US Marshals to remove unwanted guests from the White House

& # 39; Democracy is sometimes chaotic. Sometimes a little patience is required, ”said the former Vice President from the stage of the Wilmington Queen Theater late on Thursday afternoon. “So I ask everyone to stay calm, everyone to stay calm. The process works. The count is complete and we will know very soon. & # 39;

He also tweeted: “Nobody will take our democracy away from us.

& # 39; Not now, never. America has come too far, fought too many battles, and endured too much to allow this to happen. Keep the faith folks. & # 39;

Biden has now fulfilled his lifelong dream of the presidency after failing two more efforts only to be elected by Barack Obama as his deputy for two terms in the White House. He announced his candidacy for the Democratic President nomination in 1988

Biden has now fulfilled his lifelong dream of the presidency after failing two more efforts only to be elected by Barack Obama as his deputy for two terms in the White House. He announced his candidacy for the Democratic President nomination in 1988

Biden fulfilled a lifelong dream of the presidency after failing two more efforts only to be elected by Barack Obama as his deputy for two terms in the White House.

He considered running his own run in 2016, but begged for brain cancer after the death of his son Beau Biden. In his campaign, he often referred to his personal struggles. His wife Neilia and young daughter Naomi died in a tragic car accident in 1972 when Biden was about to join the US Senate.

Irish Catholic Biden often spoke of his faith and quoted aphorisms from his father, a car salesman, which usually began: "Joey …".

Biden often speaks of his struggles growing up in a middle-class family in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and overcoming a stutter. The stutter occasionally recurred during campaign events, but several Trump allies were burned for ridiculing him for it. Biden is pictured at the age of 10

Biden often speaks of his struggles growing up in a middle-class family in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and overcoming a stutter. The stutter occasionally recurred during campaign events, but several Trump allies were burned for ridiculing him for it. Biden is pictured at the age of 10

He has spoken regularly about his stubborn hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, which has been left behind due to production losses.

Despite having a civic upbringing, speaking of fear that a parent might lose a job, he said he had a "chip on his shoulder" after attending a state school, the University of Delaware, rather than the Ivy League.

Although he spent 47 years in the Senate and started his legal career, he flattened a few margins on his biography to emphasize that a company is a public defender working in a local swimming pool frequented by black children.

He says his sense of justice was boosted by the civil rights movement, but tried hard not to call himself a hero of the struggle.

He has built a unique reputation for empathy in Washington, which his team has made a balm for the tumult of the Trump era.

Before the virus emerged, it was known to pose for every final selfie at the end of a campaign event. Sometimes people would present him with stories of their own loss, and he no doubt shared his own struggles and offered reassurance.

Biden showed particular compassion for those who, like him, suffered from stuttering as a child and often took time to calm them down. He spoke publicly about how he got over it and learned special techniques to mark his speeches and plan his words. The stutter occasionally recurred during campaign events, but several Trump allies were burned for ridiculing him for it.

He did not hesitate to talk about the tragedies that hit him best and regularly extolled the biography of his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, who continues to teach community college.

But with all of his family talk woven into his wife and his election campaign, it was Biden's son Hunter, whose own saga threatened to interfere with the historical course of the father.

Hunter already had the identity of a Ne & # 39; er-Do-Well who was drugged and discharged from the Navy Reserve. Some lucrative and questionable deals in Ukraine while his father was vice president have been scrutinized by Trump allies, and Senate Republicans released a report on his "corruption".

Late in the race, Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani provided Hunter's laptop with the New York Post, claiming sensational emails provided evidence of setbacks showing he was part of a "criminal family". Trump made attacks on Hunter and Joe a regular part of his campaign events.

Calling it a "smear campaign", Biden managed to avoid addressing the substance of the indictment, which allies said could be a product of foreign disinformation.

Biden has made frequent references to his personal struggles in his campaign. His wife Neilia and young daughter Naomi died in a tragic car accident in 1972 when Biden was about to join the US Senate. Biden is pictured with his first wife, Neilia, and sons, Hunter and Beau

Biden has made frequent references to his personal struggles in his campaign. His wife Neilia and young daughter Naomi died in a tragic car accident in 1972 when Biden was about to join the US Senate. Biden is pictured with his first wife, Neilia, and sons, Hunter and Beau

Biden has been known as a human throughout his career, and before the virus emerged, he was known to pose for every final selfie at the end of a campaign event. Sometimes people would present him with stories of their own loss, and he no doubt shared his own struggles and offered reassurance. Pictured in 1988 after his nomination for the presidency was announced

Irish Catholic Biden often spoke of his faith and quoted aphorisms from his father, a car salesman, which usually began: "Joey ...".

Irish Catholic Biden often spoke of his faith and quoted aphorisms from his father, a car salesman, which usually began: "Joey ...".

Irish Catholic Biden often spoke of his faith and quoted aphorisms from his father, a car salesman, which usually began: "Joey …". Biden is pictured with his father (right)

Biden ran his family values ​​campaign, pictured with his wife Jill, sons Hunter and Beau, and daughter Ashley

Biden ran his family values ​​campaign, pictured with his wife Jill, sons Hunter and Beau, and daughter Ashley

Biden considered running his own run in 2016, but begged for brain cancer after the death of his son Beau Biden (right). For all of his talk of family that was woven into his wife and his election campaign, it was Biden's son Hunter (left) whose own saga threatened to interfere with his father's historical course

Biden considered running his own run in 2016, but begged for brain cancer after the death of his son Beau Biden (right). For all of his talk of family that was woven into his wife and his election campaign, it was Biden's son Hunter (left) whose own saga threatened to interfere with his father's historical course

With a disciplined and cautious campaign promising aggressive measures to fight the virus, Biden fulfilled the democratic dreams of turning the wealthy former reality star into a year-old president.

Although he made efforts to protect the health and safety of the press by imposing social distancing at his events, he rarely held press conferences and often only asked a few reporters from a pre-established list.

He took advantage of the Democratic urgency to defeat Trump after strong opposition arose immediately after his defeat by Clinton, as demonstrated by a large women's march for his inauguration.

Biden defied Trump's own election prediction of a "blowout victory" and a "red wave" – ​​but in the end he heartburned his followers and won a narrow victory that fell far short of the blowout scenarios that public polls allowed.

It wasn't that he didn't mobilize his supporters: his win came amid record turnouts and he was on track to surpass Clinton's 2016 vote. Trump, however, inspired the counter-energy and loyalty of his followers, who turned out to be crowded rallies even amid the pandemic and put themselves up for election to vote in person.

Trump had set the table for the controversial consequences and claimed in advance that he could only lose through "massive fraud". He laid the foundation for a tense interregnum when, hours after the polls were completed, he declared he had "won" and then filed lawsuits to stop the count on battlefields where he was falling behind.

Key to Biden's efforts was restoring the "blue wall" that collapsed in 2016 – with an intense focus on battlefield states in the upper Midwest.

Trump claimed in each of them that he had saved production, won a trade war with China, and the nation "got the coronavirus around the corner".

Despite traveling dramatically less than Trump, Biden made repeated appearances in Pennsylvania and made last-minute trips to Wisconsin and Michigan to avoid repeating Hillary Clinton's iteration of states that gave Trump his own victory.

Trump called him "Sleepy Joe". In one excavation, it repeatedly rolled out on Twitter and at campaign rallies. But the sting of the successful & # 39; Crooked Hillary & # 39; branding was missing and it didn't work out when Biden showed strength in their debates.

Over the summer, he said he would challenge Trump to a push-up contest if the president were to go about his mental or physical health.

“I'd say,” “Come on Donald, come on, man. How many pushups are you going to do here, buddy? "" Joking, he said. & # 39; & # 39; You know, come on, run with me man. & # 39; & # 39; & # 39;

Biden fulfilled his lifelong dream of the presidency after failing two more efforts only to be elected by Barack Obama as his second-in-command for two terms in the White House

Biden fulfilled his lifelong dream of the presidency after failing two more efforts only to be elected by Barack Obama as his second-in-command for two terms in the White House

Biden and Obama are known for their close friendship and brotherhood. Biden made maintaining and expanding Obamacare through a "public option" an integral part of his campaign. Despite retiring from the primary, Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama made passionate requests for his election in the Democratic Congress

Biden and Obama are known for their close friendship and brotherhood. Biden made maintaining and expanding Obamacare through a "public option" an integral part of his campaign. Despite retiring from the primary, Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama made passionate requests for his election in the Democratic Congress

Biden will be the oldest man to ever take office in January. His run mate Kamala Harris, chosen in part to demonstrate Biden's commitment to healing the "soul of the nation" during protests against police violence, will be the first female vice president

Biden called Trump a "tyrant" and compared him to people he withstood in his youth. He trudged out worn-out stories familiar to those who followed him closely and labeled attacks that he found outrageously "malicious."

Es war Teil von Bidens Pitch und Appell während der Vorwahlen der Demokraten, als die Wähler ein großes Feld jüngerer und talentierter Beamter innerhalb und außerhalb der Politik zurückwiesen und schließlich den 77-jährigen ehemaligen Senator unterstützten, der versprach, mit Republikanern zusammenzuarbeiten und Trump zu besiegen in seinem Hinterhof.

Und es waren Michigan und Wisconsin, die ihn letztendlich auf den richtigen Weg für die erforderlichen 270 Wahlstimmen brachten, um Trump zu besiegen.

Biden schloss Frieden mit seinen demokratischen Rivalen, konsultierte Senatorin Elizabeth Warren aus Massachusetts zu politischen Fragen, handelte ein politisches Programm mit Senator Bernie Sanders aus und holte die Abgeordnete Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, die in Fernsehinterviews über Meinungsverschiedenheiten berichtete, als sie ihn anprangerte.

Trump nutzte die Allianzen gegen ihn und sagte seinen eigenen Anhängern, Biden würde von der "radikalen Linken" kontrolliert.

Trumps unermüdliche Bemühungen, Biden an Sozialisten zu binden – ein Angriff, den Biden zu widerlegen versuchte, indem er den Leuten sagte, sie sollten ihn und seine Akte einfach ansehen – könnten dennoch dazu beigetragen haben, seine Unterstützung auf wichtigen Schlachtfeldern einzuschränken.

Er versuchte, sich an den immer noch beliebten Präsidenten Barack Obama zu binden, der ihn nach einer demütigen Niederlage in Iowa im Jahr 2008 erhöhte und sich ihm in den letzten Tagen der Kampagne anschloss, um einigen von Bidens typischen Auto-Rallyes seine Star-Power zu verleihen.

Trotz seines fortgeschrittenen Alters versuchte Biden, seinen Fans einen Hauch von Coolness zu verleihen, indem er Pilotenbrillen trug und seine Liebe zu Muscle-Cars teilte. Trump stellte einen Blooper real seiner gelegentlichen Gaffes zusammen, aber 2020 schien Biden seinen Ruf zu überwinden, sie zu machen, und viele Wähler übersahen die Ausrutscher inmitten der schlimmen Folgen der Pandemie und der wirtschaftlichen Turbulenzen.

Er machte die Aufrechterhaltung und Erweiterung von Obamacare durch eine "öffentliche Option" zu einem wesentlichen Teil seiner Kampagne. Obwohl er sich von der Vorwahl zurückzog, machten Obama und die frühere First Lady Michelle Obama leidenschaftliche Bitten um seine Wahl auf dem Demokratischen Kongress.

Eine Handvoll Republikaner kam schnell heraus und verurteilte Äußerungen, die Präsident Donald Trump am Donnerstagabend vom Podium des Weißen Hauses sagte, wo er eine Verschwörung des Wahlbetrugs behauptete, die ihn eines Wahlsiegs beraubt, da der Demokrat Joe Biden voraus ist

Eine Handvoll Republikaner kam schnell heraus und verurteilte Äußerungen, die Präsident Donald Trump am Donnerstagabend vom Podium des Weißen Hauses sagte, wo er eine Verschwörung des Wahlbetrugs behauptete, die ihn eines Wahlsiegs beraubt, da der Demokrat Joe Biden voraus ist

Biden profitierte von einer einflussreichen Rumpfgruppe von "Never Trumpers" sowie von Hunderten ehemaliger hochrangiger Militärbeamter, ehemaliger gewählter Republikaner und sogar ehemaliger Trump-Verwaltungsbeamter, die ihn befürworteten und die derzeitige Regierung sprengten und Trump als untauglich bezeichneten.

Er versprach, nicht im Namen des roten oder blauen Amerikas, sondern für das ganze Land zu regieren, in einer offensichtlichen Auseinandersetzung mit Trump und einer Hutspitze für Obama, der eine ähnliche Linie hatte.

Dutzende von Adjutanten früherer republikanischer Präsidentschaftskandidaten gaben ihren Namen auch den Bemühungen, Trump zu besiegen, ihren Namen, und Cindy McCain, die Witwe des verstorbenen Senators John McCain, kämpfte mit Biden in ihrem Heimatstaat Arizona, einem Wahlkampffeld, das eine entscheidende Rolle spielen würde Stück zu seiner Siegerkarte.

Er wird der älteste Mann sein, der jemals im Januar sein Amt angetreten hat. Seine Laufkameradin Kamala Harris, die zum Teil ausgewählt wurde, um Bidens Engagement für die Heilung der „Seele der Nation“ bei Protesten gegen Polizeigewalt zu demonstrieren, wird die erste weibliche Vizepräsidentin sein.

Biden hatte sich im Voraus verpflichtet, eine Laufkameradin zu benennen. Ihm zum Sieg zu verhelfen, war der demografische Wandel seit Trumps beeindruckendem Sieg 2016. Ältere Wähler zogen in Vorwahlumfragen nach Biden, angezogen von seiner Botschaft, die Pandemie zu bekämpfen und Allianzen und Normen des Amtes wiederherzustellen.

Er baute Unterstützung bei weiblichen und schwarzen Wählern auf, in der Hoffnung, Hillary Clintons Margen zu verbessern. Noch vor Beginn der Kampagne hatten sich insbesondere Vorstadtfrauen nach einer umstrittenen Amtszeit mit Ermittlungen, erbitterten persönlichen Angriffen und wütenden Tweets von Trump entfernt.

Ein klares Manko in Bidens Spielplan war die Fähigkeit, kubanische Amerikaner und andere Latinos in Miami zu gewinnen, ein Faktor, der ihn den Preis kostete. Aber hispanische Wähler leisteten kritische Unterstützung in Nevada und Arizona.

Eine Rekordbeteiligung, die sich über einen Zeitraum von Wochen erstreckte, trug dazu bei, seine Stimmenzahl über Hillary Clintons 3-Millionen-Stimmen-Marge zu steigern. The count was expected to hit 75 million, the most votes in a U.S. election, with record turnout percentage going back more than 100 years.

But while he could claim it for the record books and even cite it as a political tool, it had no effect on the electoral college which delivered a nail-biter.

The race that got Biden to victory was remarkably stable – he never trailed over the course of the year in opinion polls. He was able to remain popular, while Trump never overcame his own underwater approval ratings – after running three and a half years of slash and burn politics, where he regularly called his rivals 'corrupt' and 'criminals,' and sometimes vowed to prosecute them.

Although he didn't huddle in his basement to the extent of Trump's caricature, he stayed close to home and did satellite interviews amid the pandemic.

Some of the most intense drama came as the votes came in, with Trump's ability to turn out his own supporters providing a rebuke to political journalists. Trump vowed to restore the economy and claimed the nation was 'rounding the corner' on the coronavirus.

Biden widened his polling lead during a contentious first debate where Trump repeatedly interrupted him, but managed to put away doubts Trump raised with repeated claims he had 'lost it'.

Biden widened his polling lead during a contentious first debate where Trump repeatedly interrupted him, but managed to put away doubts Trump raised with repeated claims he had 'lost it.' The Commission on Presidential Debates changed the rules of the debate to include muting in order to prevent cross-talk and interruptions that plagued the first

Biden inherits a divided country with deep splits over taxes, spending, the courts – and such basic issues as whether government should require people to wear a mask to fight the coronavirus

Biden inherits a divided country with deep splits over taxes, spending, the courts – and such basic issues as whether government should require people to wear a mask to fight the coronavirus

Biden widened his polling lead during a contentious first debate where Trump repeatedly interrupted him, but managed to put away doubts Trump raised with repeated claims he had 'lost it.'

There WILL be a recount in Georgia because the margin is still so small

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.

There are still 5,500 votes outstanding in Georgia and 8,000 mail-ins. Of the 5million that have already been counted, Trump and Biden are neck-and-neck with 49.4% of the vote each.

Biden has a small lead of just 4,000 votes.

Whatever happens now, it will be too close a race for there not to be an automatic recount, Brad Raffensperger said at a press conference Friday.

As of 10am, there were a little under 5,500 votes to be counted.

'There are 8.890 military ballots outstanding that will be counted if they are returned by the close of business today.

'Right now Georgia remains too close to call. We'll have a margin of a few thousand.

'The focus of our office for now remains on making sure that every legal vote is counted accurately.

'We can begin to look towards our next steps.

'With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia,' he said.

Georgia has 16 votes for the electoral college.

Their planned second debate never happened after Trump got the coronavirus and a commission tried to switch it to a video format.

After Trump balked, Biden scheduled a town hall-style interview instead. Trump tried to level new corruption attacks on Biden in the third debate after the New York Post reported on son Hunter Biden's business efforts in China, with information provided by Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

But it never stuck as a top issue, and although Trump brought up Hunter's 'laptop from hell' at his closing campaign rallies, it didn't appear to move the needle in public polls.

Trump's repeated claims that Biden and Obama 'spied on my campaign' also did not appear to make a difference, with the president spending some of his final hours of the race venting about Robert Mueller and 'Russia, Russia, Russia,' but Biden only bringing up impeachment and 2016 Russian election interference occasionally.

It was nevertheless an extraordinary sign of the race that Trump called for jailing his 2016 rival, his predecessor, and his 2020 opponent.

Amid the coarse rhetoric, voters repeatedly registered the coronavirus as their top issue, and as election day approached U.S. infections continued to rise – with a record 99,321 cases the Friday before Election Day. Trump made the odd decision to attack infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the most popular figures in the country, in the final days of the campaign.

Trump was able to maintain an edge in pre-election polling on the economy, after U.S. markets and hiring snapped back after steep drops in the second quarter. He hyped a promising third quarter figure and got one, but the data didn't stop a market slide or bump the virus off the front pages.

Even with major gains from prior months, the president still faced reelection at a time when tens of millions were filing for unemployment.

And although Trump was able to secure trillions from Congress to prop up the economy, negotiations between his administration and congressional Democrats stalled on the latest installment of a relief package, depriving him of a final round of checks to put in the hands of struggling Americans.

Biden inherits a divided country with deep splits over taxes, spending, the courts – and such basic issues as whether government should require people to wear a mask to fight the coronavirus.

With the coronavirus and the impact on the economy dominating voters' minds, Biden never had to run the campaign some Democrats were salivating for with a focus on Trump's business, appointment of family members, and retelling the story of the failed impeachment.

He was aided by late disclosures by the New York Times, who managed to obtain Trump tax returns that the president said he would release in 2016 and never did. One powerful talking point that made it into both debates: Trump had paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016.

Issues that hurt him in the primary, including a history of handsy contacts with women who said it made them uncomfortable and statements about working even with segregationists in the Senate to get things done, never resurfaced as a major factor in the general election.

Biden is confronted with a $20 trillion debt, a stalled coronavirus relief bill, a raging virus that has infected 9 million Americans and counting, a country that has seen street violence and protests over police shootings of unarmed black people, and an unpredictable incumbent with a mass following with no love lost for the 'deep state' he is leaving behind.

The legal devices being used by Republicans to challenge election results

Michigan – stop votes being counted and review ballots

Called for Biden with 99 per cent of ballots counted

Donald Trump yesterday filed a lawsuit in the battleground state of Michigan seeking to halt vote-counting and review counted ballots.

Campaign manager Bill Stepien said Republicans had not been given 'meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process'.

He claims this violates state law.

Georgia – secure and account for late mail-in ballots

Too early to call. Trump ahead by 0.5 points with 98 per cent of ballots counted

President Trump and the Georgia Republican Party have filed a lawsuit against election officials in Chatham County, asking a judge to order all late ballots be secured and accounted for.

It was filed after a Republican observer claims to have witnessed mail-in ballots which arrived after the 7pm deadline added to a pile of lawful votes to be counted.

Sean Pumphry, a registered GOP poll-watcher, said he saw 53 unprocessed ballots added to processed ones.

Wisconsin – recount the ballots

Called for Biden with 99 per cent of ballots counted

The Trump campaign last night announced it would demand a recount of ballots in Wisconsin after an ultra-tight race.

Biden only edged a victory in the state, leading Trump by just 0.53 per cent of the vote.

Wisconsin state law allows campaigns to pay for a recount if the margin of defeat is less than 1 per cent.

Pennsylvania – multiple legal challenges

Won't know until Friday. Biden ahead by three points with 89 per cent of ballots counted

Supreme Court

The Trump campaign yesterday said it will wade into a case currently before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, over whether late mail-in ballots can be counted.

Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar ruled ballots that arrived up to three days late could be counted, which is currently being challenged by state Republicans.

Trump's lawyers now plan to 'intervene' in this case.

Stop counting until transparency guarantees

Like in Georgia, he also said Trump would be suing to stop 'Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing' from GOP poll-watchers.

He claimed that Republican observers in Philadelphia were ordered to stand 25 metres away from counting staff, making it impossible to watch.

And like in Michigan, the Trump campaign is suing to halt vote counting until 'meaningful transparency' is guaranteed.

Voter ID challenge

Trump has accused Pennsylvania's Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar of unilaterally extending the deadline by which mail-in voters whose voter ID was missing to provide proof.

Under state law, first-time mail-in and absentee voters must provide identification.

Supreme Court orders all late mail-in ballots to be counted separately in Pennsylvania as Biden extends his lead to more than 28,000 as he edges to victory

Joe Biden has taken the lead in the key state of Pennsylvania with 28,877 votes.

Biden is now ahead with 49.6% of the votes compared to Trump's 49.2%.

There are about 89,000 ballots still to count.

If Biden holds on to his lead here then he will be the 46th President of the United States – even if he loses every other state that is still in contention.

He currently has 253 electoral votes, compared to Trump's 213, meaning he can win the presidency in one of 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 electoral college and Nevada by 6, he won't need Pennsylvania anymore.

Trump, who held a 675,000-vote lead early Wednesday, prematurely declared victory in the state on election night, only to see his lead evaporate in the coming days. By early Friday, Trump's lead had slipped to about 18,229 votes before the state flipped blue later in the morning.

One reason for the intensified race is that state law does not allow election officials to process postal ballot papers 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.

If Biden holds on to his lead here then he will be the 46th President of the United States, even if he loses every other state that is still in contention.

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 four other states where a result has yet to be officially confirmed.

Results are expected to be in for Pennsylvania by Friday.

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.

Meanwhile, Trump sued Pennsylvania to undermine whatever election result is returned.

The Philadelphia and Pittsburgh voting was suspended on Thursday due to the legal battle. A judge intervened and rejected the federal application.

The Trump campaign had a brief legal victory Thursday in Pennsylvania when a judge appointed 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 county judge agreed with the Trump campaign but the state Supreme Court rejected it.

Complicating the situation in Pittsburgh is the approximately 30,000 outstanding ballot papers that resulted in a salesperson sending the wrong ballots to voters and having to reissue new ballots with the correct races.

Poll workers now have to check those ballots to make sure people don't vote twice. If you submitted the wrong ballot, you did not participate in races for which you are not eligible.

They cannot legally be counted until Friday when Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh sits, swears in a special board to examine these ballots, as required by law.

Biden's lead in Arizona shrinks to 20,000 as Trump claws back some of the vote

Joe Biden's lead in Arizona has fallen below 20,000.

Biden currently remains ahead by 20, 573, votes, with a 49.5% hold of the total vote, compared to Trump's 48.9%.

Biden is leading in every other state.  He is likely to be called the winner there soon with the remaining votes coming from Allegheny County, which includes Democratic strongholds of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

If Biden wins Pennsylvania, he no longer needs any of the other states to claim the 270 electoral college votes he needs to claim the White House. If Trump wins Arizona he'll still need every other state in the game, which seems increasingly unlikely.

In Georgia, a recount has been called because the margin is so thin.

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.

John McCain, the party's 2008 presidential candidate, 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.

John McCain, the party's 2008 presidential candidate, 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 are on the right 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 ballot count there drags on with at least another 124,000 votes left to count.

With more than 1.2million ballots counted, Biden held a 22,657 vote lead Friday evening – a roughly 1.79 percentage point edge over Trump.

But even after about 93% of the estimated vote had been tallied, an estimated 124,500 votes remain, which could eat into Biden's advantage.

Of those outstanding, 58,000 are mail ballots and 66,500 voter registration ballots, according to the secretary of state's office.

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

Election officials in the state said they would release more results Saturday at noon 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 won't 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 was posted by November 3 will be counted if it arrives by November 10 – Tuesday – at 5pm. The majority of the ballots are coming from Clark County, where Las Vegas is.

Biden is also leading in Pennsylvania, which carries 20 electoral college votes and would land him the White House. A result is expected there sometime on Friday.

A recount has been called in Georgia – where Biden leads but only by just over 4,300 votes – and in Arizona, where he leads by just over 29,000. 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 doesn't necessarily mean that they must have been physically in the state 30 days prior to 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.

Georgia race heads towards a recount as Biden's lead in the state jumps to 7,248, with 99% of votes cast counted

Joe Biden's lead in Georgia continued to expand early Saturday – but still not enough to call the extremely tight race that will likely have to be recounted.

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

Georgia holds 16 electoral college votes. If Biden were to win it, he would only need to hold his lead in one of the other three states still at play; Arizona, Nevada or Pennsylvania.

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

Earlier in the day, election officials said they still had 5,500 mail-in ballots to count, plus as many as 8,000 that could come from overseas 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. '

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 crucial lead in Pennsylvania on Friday morning. If he wins the state today, he will have won the White House.

However, Trump refuses to accept the result, claiming that election 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 is 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 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, "Sterling said.

75 days of chaos and denial: How Donald Trump can keep fighting his defeat until Joe Biden is sworn in – and even then how does he get removed from the White House?

Joe Biden seizing the lead in Pennsylvania and Georgia provides a strong indication of who will prevail in the Electoral College and ultimately be elected president – but little clarity about how the chaotic next 75 days will unfold.

That will be determined by a swirling mix of factors that include patchwork state and federal laws, the Constitution and its procedures, power-brokers in the Republicans Party angling for dominance, the courts – and a furious President Trump coping with rage and loss.

REFUSING TO CONCEDE – SO WHEN WILL THE REPUBLICANS TELL HIM TO GO?

President Trump has made clear in public statements he has no intention of conceding and bowing to the vote counts in Pennsylvania that include mail-in ballots. (States Trump won also include mail-in ballots, which are being tabulated to this day).

There have been cracks among Republicans about Trump's initial posture of claiming he 'won' and fighting a vast war of litigation. So far, there have been restrained rebukes from retiring Sen. Pat Toomey, former Sen. Rick Santorum, both of Pennsylvania, and an assertion by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that expressed faith in the vote and backed up Trump's right to sue.

'Every legal vote should be counted. Any illegally-submitted ballots must not,' McConnell tweeted Friday.

The president's family has provided vocal defense, and son Donald Trump Jr. turned up the heat on leading Republicans to demand they step up more – a reminder of the potential political cost among Trump's base of sitting on the sidelines.

House and Senate Republicans had a much better election than many of them expected, in part by executing a strategy of tolerating Trump's outbursts and avoiding direct confrontation with him. Public condemnation of Trump's false claim that he won would be a new tack.

Many senior retired military figures of public renown already distanced themselves from Trump.

The president's daughter Ivanka Trump, a White House advisor, could weigh in. Like other Trump children, she has both a family and political stake in what happens, as well as a financial one.

'Every legally cast vote should be counted. Every illegally cast vote should not. This should not be controversial.

'This is not a partisan statement — free and fair elections are the foundation of our democracy,' she tweeted Friday.

Trump claimed the election was 'rigged' and said falsely that he won states like Michigan that he didn't carry

Trump claimed the election was 'rigged' and said falsely that he won states like Michigan that he didn't carry

Trump spent election night huddling with former campaign managers Kellyanne Conway and Corey Lewandowski, as well as former press secretary Sarah Sanders, who all will play a role helping him steer through the next few months.

'He's not blind to the reality of what the results are and he's going to be talking to his lawyers and he's going to be pretty frank with them,' Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, a Mar-a-Lago member who talks to Trump, told DailyMail.com.

He said he thinks Trump has a strong legal case in his election suits. Asked who might bring bad news to Trump if he didn't prevail, Ruddy responded: 'He has a history of taking his own counsel. I think he'll do his decision on that based on that.'

As Trump gets counsel from his inner circle, the relentless process of election counting and certification will continue.

There are key dates beyond Election Day on the political calendar that provide at least a framework of what will happen.

Each state has its own deadline for counting and then certifying votes. In Georgia, which currently has a razor-thin Biden lead, the secretary of state certifies the vote to the governor on November 20. In Pennsylvania, county boards of election must file returns with the commonwealth by November 23.

Officials in North Carolina are anticipating a recount after November 20, a process that itself could take another week .

Dec. 8 is the statutory deadline for resolving election disputes, and the end of so-called safe harbor.

As days go forward and votes come in, the networks will end up calling more races, which presumably would grow Biden's electoral vote total.

By that point race that looked closely divided on election night will start looking less close. Biden could even win as many as 306 electoral votes – the same Trump 2016 margin that Trump frequently casts as a blowout. Meanwhile, his popular vote margin will fill in, allowing Biden to continue to boast he won more votes than any other candidate in history.

The stronger Biden's lead grows, the greater the potential political price for some of the more extreme measures in Trump's toolkit – namely an idea floated before the election for the state legislature in Pennsylvania to ignore the voters and submit its own slate of electors.

Trump Jr. retweeted talk radio host Mark Levin when he issued a 'REMINDER TO THE REPUBLICAN STATE LEGISLATURES, YOU HAVE THE FINAL SAY OVER THE CHOOSING OF THE ELECTORS … SO GET READY TO DO YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY.' But it was an idea immediately shot down by the Republican Pennsylvania Senate majority leader.

His father followed up Friday morning seeking to rally allies to his cause: 'With the attack by the Radical Left Dems on the Republican Senate, the Presidency becomes even more important!' he tweeted.

BIDEN BECOMES PRESIDENTIAL AND UNVEILS HIS CABINET AND HIS CORONA PLAN

WHO COULD TELL TRUMP TO GO?

IVANKA

First Daughter is his favorite child but her tweet that 'every legal vote should be counted' and her daughter flashing a v-for-victory sign suggests she is not wanting to concede yet

MELANIA

Trump is known to listen to his wife's advice but nobody knows what her state of mind is. Previous leaked tapes and her campaign appearances suggest their views are more in line than people had once thought

GEORGE W. BUSH

Only living former Republican president but Trump is known to despise him and even attacked his father George H.W. Bush before his death. Country would listen but would Trump?

BOB DOLE

There are only two living Republicans who ran for president and failed and one is Mitt Romney. The other is 97-year-old Bob Dole who endorsed Trump and has spoken up for him repeatedly since. He may be the only establishment Republican who could break through to Trump

MITCH MCCONNELL

The 'grim reaper' is the most senior elected Republican. If he sees Trump killing hopes of his party keeping the Senate in the Georgia run offs he could bring his scythe to the Oval. But he and Trump are not personally close

MIKE PENCE

Vice president could turn as his own political prospects fade. So far he has appeared loyal but carefully nuanced his language so he does not repeat the most absurd conspiracy claims

FOX NEWS AND RUPERT MURDOCH

Trump's rise was fueled by Fox's stars – Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham and Fox & Friends – so if they start publicly telling him it's over it might be impossible to ignore. If Rupert Murdoch directly intervenes he might bow to the inevitable

THE TRUMP WHISPERERS

Aides Hope Hicks and Dan Scavino are close to 'family,' and Kayleigh McEnany and former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders are almost in that category. If they tell him time is up, it might persuade him

THE CABINET

Richard Nixon was told to quit by his cabinet. Trump's is stuffed with loyalists but if Mike Pompeo were to turn as he watches his own 2024 prospects evaporate and another loyalist such as AG Bill Barr speaks out, he may have to listen

THE MANHATTAN FRIENDS

Trump's real friends have included real estate moguls Howard Lorber and Richard LeFrak and investor Tom Barrack. He is known to listen to them even if they have fallen out previously. Their advice to leave could be influential

THE MAR-A-LAGO CROWD

His Florida club's members are important to him. Newsmax's Chris Ruddy may provide him with an immediate TV platform. Billionaire Ike Perlmutter, the Marvel chairman, may want to invest. The Palm Beach delegation could put together an attractive exit package

JOHN ROBERTS AND SCOTUS

The Chief Justice cannot speak directly to Trump but if the Supreme Court simply refuses to hear his campaign's challenges to the election, it might be enough to end Trump's quest to stay in the West Wing

Biden will create more inexorable motion by behaving more and more like the duly elected nominee – as he did with a Thursday speech where he began talking about a briefing he received on the coronavirus. The more he talks about his agenda, his cabinet, and his team, the more he will take on the aura of the next president.

The Secret Service dispatching additional agents to protect him is just one of many moves that will pump him up. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi became the first top official Friday to call him 'president-elect.'

Trump can seek to counter this with his own actions, but presidents have always had the right to continue actions during a presidential transition.

Biden's campaign trolled President Trump as it became increasingly clear that the Democratic nominee would be the next president of the United States.

'As we said on July 19th, the American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfect capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House,' Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said Friday.

Any moves by Biden to look 'presidential' could force disconnect if Trump directs most of his comments to his increasingly desperate legal strategy and grievances about the vote count.

That is a disadvantage that always accrues to the challenger in a recount or disputed election election situation, even when there is a legitimate challenge. Trump already had to field a question about whether he was a 'sore loser' during his angry statement to the press Thursday evening.

A big unknown before the election was whether protests or street violence would play a role in voting. They didn't. But mass demonstrations could impact the count, or even serve to spoil ballots in an extreme situation. The 2000 'Brooks Brothers riot' helped stop the count in Florida.

There were already protests outside counting facilities in Detroit and Arizona. If Trump and Biden supporters believe they are being mistreated and take the streets, it could lead to chaotic scenes, which Trump could seek to add to his narrative about the prolonged count.

Still absent since the election is any signal from Attorney General Bill Barr about whether he has seen evidence to back up Trump's claims of fraud.

COURT OPTIONS RUN OUT AND THE WALLS CLOSE IN

The legal battles will run their course over fall and winter, but ultimately will run into hard deadlines set by the law and the Constitution.

Recounts will slow but not stop the process. A recount Trump's campaign says it will demand in Wisconsin must be paid for by the campaign – to the tune of an estimated $3 million.

The RNC is now looking to raise $60 million to fight for Trump in court, an effort which will be led not by a James Baker figure, but by David Bossie, an off-again on-again member of Trump's inner circle, once cast out over claims he was profiting from the president's name, but now reconciled.

Trump's team has already moved to try to get the Supreme Court to revisit a decision about Pennsylvania accepting ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 after that date.

But depending on the size of Biden's lead, they may not even make the difference in the race.

The court, which now holds a 6-3 conservative majority thanks to Trump's pre-election bush to get Amy Coney Barrett on the court, traditionally defers to states on setting their own election laws.

Trump's campaign has been blasting out email appeals for his election defense, promising a 1000 per cent match to 'FIGHT BACK!'

The costs of battling in every venue with complex litigation will add up.

Meanwhile, Trump's legal woes on another front will not subside.

Authorities in the Manhattan District Attorney's office have been investigating Trump's financials and whether he violated tax laws by overstating the value of assets, misleading lenders, or took tax deductions worth millions that he wasn't entitled to.

Trump's son Eric gave a deposition just days before Election Day, and the New York Times has reported numerous disclosures from Trump tax returns it obtained, including that he paid only $750 in individual income taxes in 2016.

Trump first fought off handing over his tax returns by claiming he was immune as president from investigation, a tack which failed 7-2 at the Supreme Court. He is trying to get the case back to the high court claiming he is the victim of a fishing trip.

He is also being sued for libel by E. Jean Carroll, who accuses him of rape, and an attempt by AG Bill Barr to take over that case failed.

And there are questions over whether the Manhattan DA's federal counterparts, the fiercely-independent U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York are looking at people around Trump, having already indicted Steve Bannon and Rudy Guliani's business partner.

Complex legal questions about whether a president can pardon himself are sure to emerge as Trump's final days approach.

Trump could also seek to issue blanket federal pardons to those around him who could face prosecution, as he did when he commuted Roger Stone's sentence when the longtime advisor was on the verge of heading to jail.

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, with Trump campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski (C R), speaks outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center on November 5, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Trump's lawyers are suing in multiple venues

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, with Trump campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski (C R), speaks outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center on November 5, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Trump's lawyers are suing in multiple venues

WILL THE ULTRA-LOYAL FOX NEWS STARS DESERT HIM?

Trump knows he is facing not just a legal fight but a media war. His early morning Election Day call in to Fox News included repeated attacks on the network.

The channel's polling unit infuriated him when it called Arizona with substantial vote still out, although Biden still was leading in the state Friday.

So furious was Trump, Vanity Fair reported, that he pleaded directly with Rupert Murdoch to reverse the call – which the Australian billionaire refused to do.

Fox evening anchors have continued to note that Trump has not yet provided evidence of his claims of fraud, including a campaign charge that 10,000 Nevada voters weren't registered to vote in the state and voted fraudulently.

The network showed Biden's leads in blue in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania on its ticker Friday, with Trump leading only in North Carolina, shown in red.

Anchor Bret Baier continued Friday to refer to Trump's charges as 'accusations of irregularities.'

'We are not seeing any evidence of widespread voter fraud,' he told Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel.

Cohost Martha McCallum said 'transparency and watching ballots is different than finding fraud…we just haven't seen it.'

'Biden Leads in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada,' said a Fox News Alert headline Friday.

But so far Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham and 'judge' Jeanine Pirro remain in the fold.

Trump has previously listened to Carlson's advice not to bomb Iran and to take COVID more seriously, so if he or another one were to split, it would also begin to fracture Trump's supporter base between their TV network and their president.

DECEMBER 8: THE 'SAFE HARBOR' DEADLINE WHICH SUNK AL GORE

No matter how much Trump litigates, a fixed deadline known as the 'safe harbor' deadline will be bearing down on him.

This year, it occurs Dec. 8.

The deadline, fixed in in federal law, states that if elections are contested and a state has followed its procedures to determine results by the deadline – six days before the Electoral College meets – that the results are considered final.

The Supreme Court issued its Bush v. Gore decision on December 12, when the deadline occurred in 2000, on the day of the deadline.

It effectively froze the election in place, since the decision sent the case back to Florida for further action but there was no time to take it.

Florida's then-secretary of state Katherine Harris had already certified the state's electors for George W. Bush. Democrat Al Gore conceded the following day.

CAN TRUMP CAUSE CHAOS AT THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE ON DECEMBER 14?

States meet separately so that their electors can vote.

This is when states where Republicans hold the levers of power can seek to overturn the vote count in states that went for Biden on the grounds that the vote has been 'corrupted.'

Pennsylvania GOP leaders signaling they will seat the electors chosen by the people would seem to take away one scenario – having a Republican legislature supplant the choice for Biden with their own determination.

But the move can't be considered dead until the date passes.

After Mark Levin's tweet that got promoted by Donald Trump Jr. on state legislatures having the 'final say,' Trump loyalist Sen. Lindsey Graham told Trump ally Sean Hannity on Fox News: 'Everything should be on the table.'

No state legislature has taken such a move since the 19th century. The law limits the opportunity to act to instances where the voters 'failed to make a choice.'

It was discussed in Florida before the Bush v. Gore ruling but no serious Republican figure endorsed it at the time.

Such a move would certainly invite its won court challenge.

If it happened in states where the race ultimately gets called for Biden, like Georgia, Wisconsin, or Arizona assuming that happened, states would send two rival sets of electors to the Congress.

This could set in motion political mayhem when Congress meets.

JANUARY 5: REPUBLICANS MUST WIN GEORGIA SENATE RUNOFFS AND TRUMP COULD DRAG THEM DOWN

Two Georgia runoff elections that will determine control of the Senate throw more uncertainty into the balance of power.

It puts tremendous power into the hands of Georgia voters, and sets up a high-octane political battle with massive fundraising certain to follow.

The race could provide an incentive for Republicans to avoid overturning the will of the voters, out of concern they would pay a price at the polls in a live election environment.

THE NEXT DEADLINE: CONGRESS CERTIFIES THE VOTE – ANOTHER CHANCE FOR DISRUPTION ON JANUARY 6 OR WORSE A REAL CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS

Congress meets in a Joint Session January 6 to count the electoral votes, with Vice President Mike Pence presiding.

When the Electoral College meets in person on December 14, fixed in law as the Monday after the second Wednesday in December, Congress gets to have its say.

This is where there could have been a real fight in the event of a 269 to 269 Electoral College tie, which seems to have been avoided.

When states present their electors, there is an opportunity for lawmakers to register an objection.

Such a move seems at least possible, given the loyalty Trump has seen among both House and Senate Republicans, and how GOP senators have backed his legal challenges to date.

A Republican who objects to a state's vote might earn chits with Trump, who found eager defenders in the Capitol during the Mueller probe and impeachment.

The joint session of Congress would then be briefly suspended so that each chamber could vote on whether to accept the objecting.

However it would have to be agreed to by both houses to take affect – giving the Democratic-controlled House the ability to block GOP efforts to overturn state electors.

The most daunting scenarios would come if the split houses seek to approve different sets of electors.

Clearly if Democrats win in Georgia the day before that is moot – but if they do not, Mitch McConnell could force through his own slate of electors who vote for Trump.

If that happens, Biden and Trump could each claim to have secured the presidency, in a dark scenario laid out in the Washington Post, with unknown results.

There is no playbook after that, and no law to turn to for an answer.

Far-right radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones rallies the crowd of Trump supporters who have been protesting in the parking lot at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center as ballots continue to be counted inside the building on November 5, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Protests are likely to continue as Trump wages legal warfare

Far-right radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones rallies the crowd of Trump supporters who have been protesting in the parking lot at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center as ballots continue to be counted inside the building on November 5, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Protests are likely to continue as Trump wages legal warfare

LAST DAYS IN THE BUNKER AS NATION MOVES ON – SO WILL HE ORGANIZE A MASSACRE OF HIS ENEMIES AS THE INAUGURAL STAGE GOES UP?

The final days of an outgoing Trump Administration have long loomed as a question mark.

Trump's advisors sent one signal by publishing a new FDA regulation the day after the election that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted Friday. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said his panel would keep acting on Trump judges.

Even in the days leading up to the campaign the administration put out new regulations on gray wolves and lifting federal protections on Alaska forests

Trump has already indicated he may seek to make personnel changes in the final days.

He has hinted at firing Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes of Health, although Fauci does not report directly to him.

He also has grumbled about FBI Director Chris Wray, the subject of attacks by former advisor Steve Bannon and others.

Trump has also indicated dissatisfaction with Attorney General Bill Barr, who has been quiet since the elections.  A broader purge of the bureaucracy is possible.

The danger for Trump is making more enemies who might have information they can use against him.

There were reports Friday that demoted campaign manager Brad Parscale is shopping a book, and Trump has had to endure a series of tell-all books from angry former aides, including some who signed non-disclosure agreements.

President Donald Trump declared that he 'won' the election, but now faces increasingly daunting electoral math, setting up a chaotic 75 days before the likely end of his term in office

President Donald Trump declared that he 'won' the election, but now faces increasingly daunting electoral math, setting up a chaotic 75 days before the likely end of his term in office

When the NDAs are with Trump – not the government – courts have held, they cannot stop a publisher from publishing but would allow Trump to sue afterwards, creating a potential First Amendment clash.

NDAs with the government may be easier to enforce, but there has been no litigation to suggest exactly how federal judges would land on a government official writing a book exposing a president's potential wrongdoing in breach of an NDA.

Trump also can use the days between now and January 20  to try to install more officials in political and career posts – flipping his complaints about 'deep state' careerists on its head and seeking to continue his policies after he leaves.

A signal emerged Wednesday that McConnell might try to hold up Biden cabinet secretaries illustrates how lower level officials could wield influence long after January 20.

Amid the machinations, the state of play of a coronavirus relief package with the potential to benefit millions of Americans remains murky. Both Pelosi and Graham spoke about it as a live item on Friday, but Trump may have less incentive to dedicate billions to state virus relief on his way out of office after claiming the nation was already 'rounding the turn.'

All the while, planning for inauguration proceeds on its own timetable. Capitol employees will secure an area on the East Front, unless there is a radical change due to coronavirus.

Plans will go forward for staples of presidential transitions, which include a capital draped in American flag bunting, a traditional luncheon inside the Capitol, and a program that usually stresses the shared values of the peaceful transfer of power.

As the inauguration approaches, Trump and his team will face continuing questions about whether he'll show up, as Hillary Clinton did for his inauguration in 2017.

There is also a traditional photo-op at the White House for the outdoing president and the president-elect and a shared limo ride – assuming he goes to the Inauguration.

JANUARY 20: WHAT IF HE WON'T PHYSICALLY LEAVE THE WHITE HOUSE?

Biden during the campaign brushed off questions about a peaceful transfer of power when Trump refused to commit to one. Trump said he would accept the results of a 'fair' election – a term he certainly hasn't used this week.

Biden has held back. 'We'll have an election in this country as we always have had, and he'll leave,' he said.

There are small steps those around Trump could take to send a message.

Non-political aides control the in-house email system. Career Secret Service agents control the White House admittance system. Military aides who report to senior officers handle the nuclear football,

Democrats have warned about potential document destruction, something that is difficult to achieve in the digital era.

The coming days will reveal which aides stand by Trump's side to the bitter end.

The final rally tours before the election featured shout-outs to those who have been with Trump from the beginning, like former press aide Hope Hicks, who Trump called on stage.

Sarah Sanders, his vocal defender as press secretary, also took a turn. Longtime aide Dan Scavino accompanied him around the country, and continues to hold access to his Twitter account.

Son-in-law Jared Kushner has been at Trump's side, even if he was reluctant to dance to YMCA at October rallies. First Lady Melania Trump ended up being a vocal defender, but attended a single campaign rally.

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was the only aide with Trump as he made his defiant claim he 'won' the election at the White House Thursday.

All those in Trump's circle will have to consider not only their loyalty to the president and his appreciation for them, but their own legacies and financial future, with Lincoln Project members calling for those who 'enabled' Trump to be branded and denied outside work. Alternatively, they could stay close until the end as allies lay plans for a restoration of Trump or an offshoot Trumpist forces in 2024.

The ultimate Biden nightmare is that Trump effectively barricades himself inside the White House while the new president is sworn in.

In that nightmare, Biden rides back to the White House in the Beast and has to decide what to do with his predecessor.

Biden's campaign mocked the idea Friday, saying: 'As we said on July 19th, the American people will decide this election.

'And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.'

That is true – the Secret Service, the U.S. Marshals, and even the U.S. Park Police all report to Biden from midday on January 20. He can simply ask them to escort Trump – and whoever else is with him – out of the White House.

A specific law protects the White House and other 'restricted' federal property – and the punishment for breaking it is a maximum of a year in federal prison.

So in that scenario, Trump could be Biden's guest for a while longer, just not in the White House.

SO COULD HE TAKE A PLEA BARGAIN?

A backdrop for much of Trump's presidency has been his own potential criminal exposure, amid the Mueller probe, an impeachment, and federal prosecutors in New York combing over his business actions before he became president.

During his House testimony, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen stated that Trump would inflate the value of his business holdings to get loans, while lowballing financial information at tax time.

The New York Times reported on tax return information that Trump engaged in instances of 'outright fraud' through tax schemes. Prosecutors in New York have indicated they are investigating Trump for possible bank and insurance fraud. Cohen is serving jail time in part over his role in facilitating hush payments on Trump's behalf to porn star Stormy Daniels. Trump himself was identified as 'Individual 1' in court documents pertaining to the case.

With constitutional scholars split on whether Trump could pardon himself to avoid prosecution, a plea bargain remains one possibility. If prosecutors believe they may have difficulty bringing a case against a former president, they may have an incentive to make an accommodation. The situation regarding Trump's multi-year audit by the IRS remains murky, and it is unclear if the independent agency would even be ready to resolve any outstanding matters before the president leaves office.

Trump may have an incentive to put his legal house in order before Congress finally obtains his returns or potentially obtains government information Democratic lawmakers have been seeking for years without success.

Another unknown is whether Biden, as president-elect, would in any way consider a pardon or another signal of an end to investigations in order to induce Trump to relinquish power. When asked about his posture during the campaign, Biden has said he would leave it to career prosecutors at the Justice Department to decide what to do.

The start of Biden's Senate career coincided with Gerald Ford's controversial Nixon pardon, so he is familiar with the partisan fury it created. He also campaigned with a call for reconciliation and a return to bipartisan cooperation, although he must work with a Congress with an energized left and that is filled with members furious at Trump administration stonewalling and what its members say are crimes.

There is yet another opportunity to get his legal exposure wiped clean: get Vice President Mike Pence to do it for him. The strategy was laid out by Michael Cohen – who himself pleaded guilty to crimes – on MSNBC. '

'My theory is that if he loses, there's still the time between the election and the time that the next president will take office. And during that time my suspicion is that he will resign as president, he will allow Mike Pence to take over, and he will then go ahead and have Mike Pence pardon him,' Cohen said. 'It's a very Nixon type of event.'

AND YES THERE IS A NUCLEAR OPTION: THE 25TH AMENDMENT

Trump cannot retain power as a man alone in the White House.

If he has lost the support of even Mike Pence and his cabinet, there is a chilling possibility: they remove him through the 25th Amendment, finding him unfit to discharge the duties of office.

They would have to use the Section IV powers of the amendment which describes how the president can be removed from office if he is incapacitated and does not leave on his own.

The vice president and 'a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide' must write to both the president pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House, saying that 'the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.'

The term principal officers of the executive departments would normally mean the cabinet secretaries.

So at least eight of the president's 15 most senior Cabinet members together with the vice president must agree that a president should be removed before any plan can move forward.

That group is made up of the Secretary of State, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, Interior Secretary, Agriculture Secretary, Commerce Secretary, Labor Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretary, Transportation Secretary, Energy Secretary , Education Secretary, Veterans Affairs Secretary and Homeland Security Secretary.

Notifying the House Speaker  – Nancy Pelosi – and the Senate president pro tempore – Republican Chuck Grassley – is the act that immediately elevates the vice president to an 'acting president' role.

The deposed president can contest the claim, giving the leaders of the bloodless coup four days to re-assert their claims to the House and Senate.

Congress then has two days to convene – unless it is already in session – and another 21 days to vote on whether the president is incapable of serving. A two-thirds majority in both houses is required to make that determination.

As soon as there is a vote with a two-thirds majority, the president loses his powers and is removed, and the vice president stops acting and is sworn in as president.

But if 21 days of debate and votes ends without a two-thirds majority, the president gets back his powers.

Alternatively, Congress could set up its own mechanism to decide if he is fit for office – maybe a commission, or a joint committee.

Pence would still have to agree with its conclusion and then write formally to the Speaker and president pro tempore.

Pelosi in fact took steps towards that, unveiling in October legislation both House and Senate would need to pass to create a commission made up of former presidents, vice presidents, and other figures including former secretaries of state, attorneys general or surgeons general.

The legislation went nowhere but if Trump was deserted by his party and Pence but not members of his cabinet, it could be rushed through in hours and the commission convened rapidly to force him out.

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