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US election: bid hours before victory, but Trump won't accept defeat


Biden on Thursday night – he's now ready to win the White House after taking the lead in Pennsylvania

Joe Biden prepares to address the nation Friday night as he nears White House victory with leads in three major states – Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona.

He currently has 253 votes for the electoral college. It takes 270 to win, which is realistic today in two ways.

If he wins Pennsylvania he'll take 20 points and no longer need Arizona or Nevada.

But if he wins Arizona and Nevada, he won't need Pennsylvania anymore.

All three states are still working on their remaining ballot papers and it is unclear exactly when they will be ready.

As the country and the world await, President Trump is digging his heels into his presidency, alleging widespread electoral fraud, and claiming he is the victim of a conspiracy.

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.

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 isn't 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.

& # 39; There have been many anomalies in Pennsylvania including the fact that election officials prevented our volunteer law enforcers from having meaningful access to places where votes are counted.

“We prevailed in our appeal in court, but were robbed of valuable time and have denied the transparency that we are entitled to under national law.

There appear to be thousands of people in Nevada who have incorrectly submitted postal ballot papers.

& # 39; 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.

Biden's team replied to Bloomberg, “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."

His reluctance to accept the result is an unprecedented scenario for the country and the world.

It will make Biden's transition to power more difficult if he gets enough votes for the electoral college.

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

ABC, CBS and NBC parted ways with the press conference before it ended, warning viewers that Trump made "a series of false statements" that needed clarification. MSNBC was the first to cut away when Anker warned Brian Williams, "Here we go again." Fox News and CNN covered it in detail.

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 tight Senate races and urging the Supreme Court to intervene.

The United States government is perfectly capable of escorting intruders from the White House. & # 39;

After narrowly winning the swing states of Wisconsin and Michigan, he has more routes to the White House – Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina are still pending.

A win in Pennsylvania would give him the presidency even if all other states go to Trump. Maintaining his lead in Arizona and Nevada would also give him the victory.

In the meantime, Trump needs most of the standout states to have a chance of winning.

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.

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

Journalists from around the world await the results of the US presidential election on Black Lives Matter Plaza in front of the White House on November 6, 2020 in Washington

Journalists from around the world await the results of the US presidential election on Black Lives Matter Plaza in front of the White House on November 6, 2020 in Washington

Eviction notices were issued in the White House on Friday morning when Trump refused to accept the election results

Eviction notices were issued at the White House Friday morning when Trump refused to accept the election results

Protesters entered the White House on Friday with signs describing Trump as a "fascist clown".

Protesters entered the White House on Friday with signs describing Trump as a "fascist clown".

Trump supporter Michael Breitenbach yells outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center as a ballot for the presidential election on November 6, 2020 in Philadelphia

Trump supporter Michael Breitenbach yells outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center as a ballot for the presidential election on November 6, 2020 in Philadelphia

People celebrate Joe Biden's leadership outside of the Philadelphia Convention Center as ballot counting continues in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, state on Nov. 6, 2020. Joe Biden took the lead in President Trump's vote counting in Pennsylvania Friday morning as postal ballot papers continue to be counted in battlefield state

People celebrate Joe Biden's leadership outside the Philadelphia Convention Center as ballot counting continues in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, state on Nov. 6, 2020. Joe Biden took the lead in President Trump's vote counting in Pennsylvania Friday morning as postal ballot papers continue to be counted in the battlefield state

Supporters of President Trump who question the legitimacy of the state's vote counting without evidence gather outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States on November 6, 2020.

Supporters of President Trump who question the legitimacy of the state's vote counting without evidence gather outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States on November 6, 2020.

& # 39; Democracy is sometimes chaotic. Sometimes it takes a little patience, ”said the former Vice President from the stage of the Wilmington Queen Theater late on Thursday afternoon.

STATES STILL IN GAME

ARIZONA – 11 votes from the electoral college

Result expected Friday to count about 240,000 votes

50.6% BIDEN – 1,528,319

48.54% TRUMP – 1,482,062

Biden leads with 46,257 votes, with 90% of the votes counting

Fox and the AP called Arizona about Biden on election day, but others held back as mail-in votes are counted. Unlike other states, where postal ballots swing in the direction of Biden, in Arizona they tend towards Trump.

PENNSYLVANIA – 20 votes from the electoral college

Result expected Friday to count about 140,000 votes

49.4% BIDEN – 3,302,977

49.3% TRUMP – 3,293,231

Biden leads with 9,746 votes and 95% of the vote

GEORGIA – 16 votes from the electoral college

Result expected Friday to count about 5,500 votes

49.4% BIDEN – 2,449,580

49.4% TRUMP – 2,448,484

Biden leads with 1,500 votes with 1,500 votes

NEVADA – 6 votes of the electoral college

Result expected Friday to count about 130,000 votes

50% BIDEN – 604,251

48% TRUMP – 592,813

Biden leads with 22,000 with 99% of the votes counted

“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;

Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr. gave a speech in Georgia, where Trump's leadership is only a few hundred votes. He urged his father to "fight to the death" and urged him to "go to war" to "expose the entire fraud" has been going on for far too long. & # 39;

"Americans need to know that this is not a banana republic and that very few people right now believe it is not," he added.

On the podium in the briefing room Thursday night, President Trump read from a script and listed his complaints about Biden's "suppression polls" and "fraud" campaigns.

He left without asking a question when CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta shouted, "Are you a sore loser?" – Then his press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, had to rush back to the podium because he had forgotten to take his notes with him.

Trump's condemnation of the entire democratic system and his growing list of enemies was swiftly turned off by television after television.

MSNBC host Brian Williams said when they turned away in less than a minute, "We're starting again."

CNN was one of the few channels that aired the President's full speech. Afterward, Anderson Cooper said Trump was "like an obese turtle spinning around in the sun".

& # 39; This is the President of the United States.

"This is the most powerful person in the world, and we see him like an obese turtle on his back, whirling around in the hot sun and realizing his time is over," said Cooper in the air.

"But he just didn't accept it and he wants to take everyone with him, including this country."

The Republicans also turned on him within minutes with Larry Hogan, the governor of Maryland, saying, “There is no defense. No person or choice is more important than our democracy. & # 39; GOP representative Adam Klinzinger called it "crazy".

On the podium of the briefing room – where the only advisor to him was White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnanany – Trump looked dejected as he listed his enemies and demanded a victory no one had presented him.

“If you count the legal votes, I win easily. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal our vote, ”he said during a press conference.

End of Show: When Trump spoke from the White House Podium TV network after the TV network shut down its conspiracy-laden tirade

End of Show: When Trump spoke from the White House Podium TV network after the TV network shut down its conspiracy-laden tirade

Forgotten and almost lost: Trump left his prepared script in huge text and scribbled on the podium with felt pen. It had to be accessed by press secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Forgotten and almost lost: Trump left his prepared script behind in huge text and scribbled on the podium with felt pen. It had to be accessed by press secretary Kayleigh McEnany

One side of Trump's notebook contained talking points about Georgia (left) that he could lose now, and the other side appeared to contain unsubstantiated allegations of illegal voting (right).

One side of Trump's notebook contained talking points about Georgia (left) that he could lose now, and the other side appeared to contain unsubstantiated allegations of illegal voting (right).

Joe Biden tweeted shortly after he finished saying, “Nobody will take our democracy away from us. Not now, never. America has come too far, fought too many battles, and endured too much to allow this to happen. & # 39;

Trump, whose campaign has sparked lawsuits in multiple battlefield states, talked more about the polls than his own campaign, calling them "bogus" and "suppression polls". He claimed that pollsters' mistakes were a deliberate attempt to keep his followers at home.

Then he switched on his own party and said it wasn't a "blue wave" because of him, indicating the Democrats' failure to win the Senate and increase their majority in the House.

This was an encrypted attack on top Republican figures who refused to support his allegations of fraud. His son Don Jr. used to scold Republicans in a similar way – but Mitch McConnell said every vote has to be counted.

& # 39; We won with historical numbers. And the pollsters knowingly got it wrong, they knowingly got it wrong. We had polls that were so ridiculous and everyone knew it at the time. There wasn't a blue wave they predicted, ”Trump said.

He spoke after a measured biden asked Americans to be patient and calm as they waited for the final ballots to be counted in the president's race – amid growing concerns over the long wait for results and concerns about public order .

& # 39; Democracy is sometimes chaotic. Sometimes it takes a little patience, ”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;

In the same brief statement, the Democratic candidate assured supporters that he and his runner-up, Senator Kamala Harris, would come out on top.

In contrast, Trump spent the railing of his press conference.

& # 39; We added 4 million voters to our party, the largest turnout in the history of the Republican Party. Democrats seem to have become the party of big donors, big media, big technology, and Republicans have become the party of American workers, and that's what happened, ”Trump said. He accused the media of using Biden's strong polling figures as a way to keep his constituents at home.

“As everyone now realizes, the media poll was an election nuisance in the truest sense of the word.

'Through powerful special interests, these really bogus polls, I have to call them bogus polls, state polls, are designed to keep our voters at home, create the illusion of momentum for Mr Biden, and diminish Republicans' ability to Collect donations.

Damn verdict: Republicans line up to distance themselves from Trump

Damn verdict: Republicans line up to distance themselves from Trump

“Those were so-called suppression surveys, everyone knows that now. And it was never used to the extent that it was used in this last election, ”he said.

He accused the Democrats of tinkering with elections in states with outstanding results.

& # 39; There are only a few states left that have yet to be decided in the presidential race. The electoral machinery in these states is in all cases run by Democrats, ”he said.

In fact, Arizona and Georgia – two critical states that still count ballots – have Republican governors; Nevada's secretary of state is a Democrat, and Pennsylvania's counting rules were established by the Republican legislature.

He pointed to his campaign lawsuits alleging electoral fraud, but providing no evidence to support the allegations. Two were kicked out by judges Thursday, one alleged fraud because there was no evidence.

“There is enormous litigation and in this case they are trying to steal an election. You're trying to manipulate a choice and we can't let that happen, ”he said.

PENNSYLVANIA: Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump hold signs and slogans during a protest outside the Philadelphia Convention Center

PENNSYLVANIA: Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump hold signs and slogans during a protest outside the Philadelphia Convention Center

Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters face police last night during a protest in Union Square in New York, New York, USA

Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters face police last night during a protest in Union Square in New York, New York, USA

NEW YORK: Ten people were arrested Friday during demonstrations in Manhattan as Americans demanded a vote count

NEW YORK: Ten people were arrested Friday during demonstrations in Manhattan as Americans demanded a vote count

People march outside the Pennsylvania State Capitol to urge that all votes be counted

People march outside the Pennsylvania State Capitol to urge that all votes be counted

Donald Trump's supporters get into an argument with a driver who stopped to express his support for Joe Biden during an anti-voting protest outside the Clark County Electoral Department in Nevada

Donald Trump's supporters get into an argument with a driver who stopped to express his support for Joe Biden during an anti-voting protest outside the Clark County Electoral Department in Nevada

Trump supporters gather in Miami, Florida to protest what they have viewed as election fraud from Camp Biden

Trump supporters gather in Miami, Florida to protest what they have viewed as election fraud from Camp Biden

The litigation blizzard he had promised had been ravaged by problems all day.

The legal remedies Republicans use to challenge election results

Michigan – Stop the vote count and review the ballot papers

Called for Biden with 99 percent of the counted ballots

Donald Trump filed a lawsuit yesterday in the battlefield state of Michigan to stop counting votes and review the ballots that were counted.

Campaign manager Bill Stepien said Republicans were not given "meaningful access to numerous counting locations to watch ballot opening and the counting process."

He claims this is against state law.

Georgia – secure and allow for late postal ballot papers

Too early to call. Trump is 0.5 points ahead with 98 percent of the ballots counted

President Trump and the Republican Party of Georgia have filed a lawsuit against election officials in Chatham County asking a judge to order the late and settlement of all late ballot papers.

It was filed after a Republican observer claimed to have seen mail-in ballots received after the 7:00 p.m. deadline, which was added to a batch of legitimate votes to be counted.

Sean Pumphry, a registered GOP election observer, said he saw 53 unprocessed ballots being processed.

Wisconsin – tell the ballot

Called for Biden with 99 percent of the counted ballots

The Trump campaign last night announced that it would call for a ballot recount in Wisconsin after an extremely close race.

Biden could only book one victory in the state and led Trump with only 0.53 percent of the vote.

Wisconsin law allows campaigns to pay a recount if the loss is less than 1 percent.

Pennsylvania – Multiple Legal Challenges

I won't know until Friday. With 89 percent of the counted ballot papers three points ahead

Supreme Court

The Trump campaign yesterday said it was embroiled in a case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court about whether late postal ballot counts can be counted.

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

Trump's lawyers are now planning to intervene in this case.

Stop counting until transparency is guaranteed

As in Georgia, he also said Trump would sue to prevent "Democratic election officials from hiding ballot counting and processing from GOP election observers."

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

And like in Michigan, the Trump campaign is suing to stop counting votes until "meaningful transparency" is guaranteed.

Voter ID Challenge

Trump has accused Pennsylvania's Secretary of State, Kathy Boockvar, of unilaterally extending the deadline for mail-in voters who were missing ID cards to produce evidence.

According to state law, first-time mail-in and out-of-office voters must present identification.

In Georgia, Supreme Court Justice James Bass said there was "no evidence" to support the Trump suit's claims that 53 ballot papers were late and mixed with other ballot papers.

In Michigan Judge Cynthia Stephens ruled against the Trump campaign's push to stop counting in order to gain additional access for her observers. "I have no basis to determine that there is a significant chance of success in the matter," she said.

In Nevada, he sent Ric Grenell, his former acting director of the National Intelligence Service, to announce legal claims that nationals had voted.

But the press conference went badly wrong when Grenell refused to say his name and was laughed at by reporters and then chased into a van that refused to answer questions about his evidence.

In Pennsylvania, the campaign claimed they were "prohibited" from seeing ballot boxes in Philadelphia and they are now suing in federal court.

And Jared Kushner is said to have been looking for a "James Baker" figure to lead the lawsuit – hardly a vote of confidence for Rudy Giuliani, who had been his public face for the past 48 hours.

Don Jr. traveled to Georgia after tweeted a call for "all-out war" and retweeted an appeal from a Trump supporter for a mass protest in Detroit against the Earl. Many of his tweets were flagged by Twitter.

Before speaking, Trump was responding to Biden's cues in Arizona and Nevada and his profits in Pennsylvania and Georgia on Twitter, often all in capital cities. Several tweets have been flagged as misinformation by Twitter.

Biden didn't mention Trump's name on Thursday.

But he made a comment that clearly targeted Trump and his campaign team's legal efforts to stop the vote counting and rhetorical efforts to question the legitimacy of the elections.

In America, voting is sacred. This is how the people of this nation express their will. And it is the will of the voters, no one, nothing else, who elects the President of the United States of America, ”Biden said. "So every ballot has to be counted."

The previous Thursday, Biden was with the Queen to attend a COVID-19 and business briefing. He also performed at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday, where he again told Americans to wait – but he would win.

The Delaware appearance was clearly intended to cast Biden as president and to paint a contrast to Trump.

The call for calm also spoke of increasing public order concerns.

In Michigan, Arizona, and Nevada, Trump supporters, some of whom are armed, have descended on the census of places.

And there were arrests in New York on Wednesday after a protest against Biden, where every vote was counted, sparked violence.

The president had launched an angry tweet calling for the count to stop early Thursday morning. Then he said his campaign would be sued in every state where Joe Biden had already been declared a winner. The election result now depends on five states: Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Nevada, Arizona and Georgia had expected to end their counts Thursday, but then expectations changed.

The extraordinary focus on counting in individual states is unprecedented.

The paper-thin borders in every state mean that now every ballot counts towards the result. In a normal year, state results would have been quickly pulled up by television stations and the Associated Press, and the count continued quietly in the background.

No calls were made this time, however, as an unprecedented number of postal voting slips fueled record turnouts. Instead, it is official censuses that regularly take days or even weeks to be carried out, certified and declared that have become the focus of public attention.

Nevada's six votes would bring Biden to exactly 270 in the AP count – and give him the presidency.

Nevada released another tranche of votes Thursday, increasing Biden's lead to 12,000.

Georgia also released additional vote counts, which caused Trump's lead to drop to about 13,500 votes.

The state has about 50,000 postal ballots left to count – along with preliminary ballot papers, military votes, and votes from Americans living abroad.

Trump faces a much higher hurdle to 270 with 214 votes. He would have to win all four remaining battlefield states: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada.

The Trump campaign expressed confidence that the president will receive a second term in the White House.

"By the end of tomorrow – Friday – it will be clear that President Trump and Vice President Pence will have another term in the White House," said the campaign's senior advisor, Jason Miller, at a press conference on Thursday morning.

The Biden campaign was similarly confident.

"Our data shows Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States," said Dillon.

As the count dragged on, Trump expressed confidence he will win the election but said his campaign will be suing in the battlefield states where Joe Biden won. This is a sign that his team is not confident that the voting numbers will be in his favor.

& # 39; All of the states recently claimed by Biden are being challenged by us for election fraud and election fraud. Lots of evidence – just check out the media. WE WILL WIN! America First !, '' Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday morning. In addition, Trump has called for the nation to stop counting votes in the presidential election.

Read Trump's 17-minute White House statement attacking US democracy and the "conspiracies" against him

Many thanks. Good evening.

I want to keep the American people informed of our efforts to protect the elections.

If you count the legal vote, I win easily. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal our vote. If you count the votes that came in late, we're looking at them very strongly.

Many voices came too late.

I've already won many Critical States including Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio.

We won – electoral influence.

As everyone has seen, we won with historical numbers. And they knowingly got it wrong. It's so ridiculous and everyone knew it back then.

There is no blue wave that they predicted. They thought there was going to be a great blue wave. That was wrong.Instead, there was a great red wave that was properly recognized by the media.

I think they were very impressed, but that was an afterthought. It's not good for us.

We kept the Senate even though we had twice as many seats to protect as Democrats. And really, and much more competitive states, we did a fantastic job in the Senate. I think we are very proud of what happened there.

They spent more on Senate races in South Carolina and Kentucky alone, two races and hundreds – races and hundreds of millions of dollars against us.

Opponents and major donors were Wall Street bankers and special interests.

Our main donors were police officers, farmers, and ordinary people.

For the first time we lost zero races in the house.

I spoke to Kevin McCarthy today. He said he couldn't believe it. We have won new seats and there are many more on the way.

This is also the year of the Republican. More Republican women were elected to Congress than ever before. That is a great achievement. I won the largest proportion of non-white voters of any Republican, including the historic number of Latin American, African American, Asian American, and Native American voters, the largest in our history.

We added 4 million voters to our party, the largest turnout in the history of the Republican Party.

Democrats are the party of big donors, big media, big technology, and Republicans have become the party of American workers, and that is exactly what happened. And we are also the party of inclusion. ONE

As everyone recognizes, the media poll was literally an electoral impairment due to strong special interests. These really bogus polls – I have to call them bogus polls, bogus polls designed to create the illusion of momentum for Mr. Biden and reduce Republicans' ability to raise funds.

They were so-called suppression polls. Everyone knows that now.

To highlight just a few examples, the day before the election, Quinnipiac, who was wrong on every opportunity I knew, improved Joe Biden by five points in Florida. And they were 8.4 points behind and I won Florida easily. I've won a lot in Florida. Other than that, they were very accurate.

They had it in Ohio by four points and by 12.2 points. And they easily won Ohio, the great state of Ohio, there too. You had Joe Biden 17 points in Wisconsin, and it basically was. They were about 17 points away. And they knew that. They weren't stupid people. You knew that, oppression.

There are states that have yet to be decided in the presidential race. In any case, the electoral machinery of this state is run by democrats. We actually won a lot in all the major places and then our numbers were miraculously secretly cut away and they did not allow legal observers.

In some cases we went to court and were able to call in the observers. They wanted them to be watched 60, 70 feet away, 100 feet away.

There is a lot of litigation. There is an enormous amount of litigation going on because the process was unfair. And I predicted that.

I've been talking about mail-in voting for a long time. It really destroyed our system. It's a corrupt system. And it is made corrupt even if we are not corrupt by nature. It's too easy. They wait and wait and you can see that on election night.

We were up front in North Carolina with an enormous number of votes. And we're still way ahead, but not that many, because suddenly they find ballot papers.

It's amazing how one-sided these postal ballot papers are. I know it's supposed to be for the Democrats' advantage. In all cases, however, they are one-sided.

In Pennsylvania, we were up 700,000 votes. I won Pennsylvania a lot. And that gets to the point, now we've got 90,000 votes up.

They will keep coming and coming and they don't want us to have observers even though we won a lawsuit. And they're appealing. Actually, they are appealing. We won a case for people to see and they're engaging. That is interesting. I wonder why they are appealing.

Likewise, I won a lot in Georgia, with nearly 300,000 votes ahead of Georgia election night – and by the way, I got trimmed, and now it's going to get to a point where I'm going to win a lot, maybe even be a little down.

A pipe burst in Georgia that had absolutely nothing to do with the place and they stopped counting and a lot of things happened. The voting machine in Georgia is run by Democrats.

We had margins of 300,000. Michigan, we won the state. We did fantastic in Wisconsin too. And that was cut. In either case, they were cut down. We're on track to win Arizona. We only have to carry 55% of the remaining votes, 55% margins, and that's a margin we've exceeded well, so we'll see what happens to it.

Our goal is to defend the integrity of the elections. We will not allow corruption to steal such an important election or election on this matter, and we cannot allow anyone to silence our voters and get results.

I've done a lot of public things for a long time. I've never had anything that was so inspiring when people called, talked, or sent us things.

Ich habe noch nie eine solche Liebe und Zuneigung und einen solchen Geist gesehen, wie ich es dafür gesehen habe. Die Leute wissen, was passiert und sie haben gesehen, was passiert.

Es gibt viele Fälle, über die in Kürze berichtet wird. Es gibt enorme Rechtsstreitigkeiten. Und dies ist ein Fall, in dem sie versuchen, eine Wahl zu stehlen. Sie versuchen, eine Wahl zu manipulieren. Das können wir nicht zulassen.

Sie können nicht dafür verantwortlich sein, das Ergebnis des Präsidentenrennens zu bestimmen.

In Pennsylvania sind Demokraten zum Obersten Gerichtshof gegangen, um zu versuchen, unsere Wahlbeobachter sehr stark zu verbieten. Wir haben den Fall gewonnen, aber sie gehen weiter. Sie wollen nicht, dass jemand sie beobachtet, während sie die Stimmzettel zählen. Und ich kann mir nicht vorstellen warum. Es gibt keinen legitimen Grund, warum sie nicht möchten, dass Leute diesen Prozess beobachten.

Denn wenn es gerade ist, sollten sie stolz darauf sein. Stattdessen versuchen sie offensichtlich, Betrug zu begehen. Das steht außer Frage.

In Philadelphia werden Beobachter weit weg gehalten, sehr weit weg. Bisher benutzen die Leute ein Fernglas.

Es wurden enorme Probleme verursacht, Papier an allen Fenstern, so dass Sie nicht hineinsehen können, und die Leute, die verboten sind, sind sehr unglücklich und etwas gewalttätig geworden.

Der 11. Zirkel entschied, dass in Georgien die Stimmen bis zum Wahltag abgegeben wurden, dass sie bis zum Wahltag abgegeben werden sollten, und dies war nicht der Fall. Die Stimmen kommen nach dem Wahltag. Und sie hatten bereits eine Entscheidung getroffen, dass Sie die Stimmen bis zum Wahltag haben müssen. Nach meinem besten Wissen sollten die Stimmen bis zum Wahltag eingehen.

Demokraten hätten nie geglaubt, dass sie diese Wahl ehrlich gewinnen könnten. Das habe ich wirklich geglaubt. Enorme Korruption und Betrug. Aus diesem Grund haben sie zig Millionen unaufgeforderter Stimmzettel ohne jegliche Überprüfungsmaßnahmen verschickt.

Und ich sagte allen, dass diese Dinge passieren würden. Weil ich es gesehen habe.

Ich habe viele verschiedene Wahlen gesehen, bevor sie beschlossen, an dieser großen massiven Wahl teilzunehmen, bei der zig Millionen Stimmzettel an alle gingen, in vielen Fällen völlig unaufgefordert.

Dies war in der amerikanischen Geschichte beispiellos. Dies war beabsichtigt, obwohl jahrelang behauptet wurde, sich um die Wahlsicherheit zu kümmern.

Sie lehnen es ab, Unterschriften und Identitäten zu verlangen oder sicherzustellen, dass sie wahlberechtigt oder nicht wahlberechtigt sind. Die Leute kommen herein, sie haben keine Ahnung. Sie schreiben Dinge auf, tun viele schlechte Dinge. Wir haben viele Informationen, die Sie sehen werden und die sogar Sie Menschen aufrütteln werden.

Die Beamten, die die Zählung in Pennsylvania überwachen, sind Teil einer korrupten demokratischen Maschine, über die Sie schon lange geschrieben haben. Sie haben über eine korrupte demokratische Maschine geschrieben.

Ich bin dort zur Schule gegangen. Es hat sich nicht geändert. Es ist schlimmer geworden.

In Pennsylvania haben Partisanendemokraten zugelassen, dass die Stimmzettel drei Tage nach der Wahl eingehen, und wir denken viel mehr als das. Und sie zählen diejenigen ohne jegliche Identifizierung. Sie haben also keine Poststempel, Sie haben keinen Ausweis.

Es gab eine Reihe von störenden Unregelmäßigkeiten im ganzen Land.

Unserer Kampagne wurde der Zugang verweigert, um Zählungen in Detroit zu beobachten. Detroit ist ein anderer Ort. Und ich würde nicht sagen, der beste Ruf für Wahlintegrität.

Wahlhelfer in Michigan duplizierten Stimmzettel. Als unsere Beobachter versuchten, die Aktivität herauszufordern, sprangen sie vor die Freiwilligen, um ihre Sicht zu blockieren, damit sie nicht sehen konnten, was sie taten. Und es wurde ein bisschen gefährlich.

Eine wichtige Drehscheibe für das Zählen von Stimmzetteln, die die Fenster mit großen Pappstücken bedeckten. Deshalb wollten sie den Zählbereich schützen und blockieren. Die endgültige Charge kam erst um 4:00 Uhr morgens an. Also brachten sie es herein. Und die Chargen kamen herein und niemand wusste, woher sie kamen. Der Zugang wurde uns verweigert.

Die Zählung wurde in der Wahlnacht stundenlang unterbrochen, wobei Ergebnisse von großen, von Demokraten geführten Orten nur später veröffentlicht wurden und alle den Namen Biden oder fast alle hatten, was ein wenig seltsam ist.

Ich fordere Joe und Demokraten auf zu klären, dass sie nur legale Stimmen wollen. Ich denke, sie sollten legale Stimmen verwenden.

Wir wollen, dass jede gesetzliche Abstimmung gezählt wird. Wir wollen Offenheit und Transparenz. Keine geheimen Zählräume. Keine geheimen Abstimmungen, keine illegalen Abstimmungen nach dem Wahltag.

Sie haben Wahltag und die Gesetze sind sehr stark. Sie haben einen Wahltag. Wir wollen eine ehrliche Wahl und eine ehrliche Zählung. Wir wollen, dass die Leute dort arbeiten, weil es ein sehr wichtiger Job ist.

So wird dieses Land gewinnen.

Wir glauben, dass es viele Rechtsstreitigkeiten geben wird, weil wir so viele Beweise und Beweise haben, aber wir glauben, dass es viele Rechtsstreitigkeiten geben wird, weil wir keine Wahl wie diese stehlen können.

I tell you, I've been talking about this for many months with all of you.

I've said strongly that mail-in ballots are going to be a disaster, small very easy elections were disastrous.

This is a large scale version and it's getting worse and worse every day.

We're hearing stories that are absolute horror stories. And we can't let that happen to the united states.

It's not a question of who wins, Republican, Democrats, Joe, myself.

We can't let that happen to our country.

We can't be disgraced by having something like this happen. So it will be hopefully cleared up, maybe soon. I hope soon. But it will probably go through a process, a legal process.

As you know I've claimed certain states. He's claiming states. So we can both claim the states.

But ultimately, I have a feeling that the judges will have to rule.

There have been a lot of shenanigans and we can't stand for that in the country.

Why the deciding votes are taking SO long to count: Sluggish tallying of mail-ins, fixing ballots one-by-one, ink shortages and printer errors have drawn out the process for days as America and the world wait

As Americans sit on tenterhooks waiting for five key states to finally crown a victor in the presidential election, one question is on everyone's minds: What is taking so long?

Election officials in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and North Carolina have pleaded for patience as they continue chipping away at mountains of hundreds of thousands of uncounted ballots.

The paramount reason tallying has been sluggish is because of a record number of mail-in ballots, which take significantly more time to process than in-person ballots because they have to be verified and scanned via a system with multiple steps where things can, and have, gone awry.

Voting centers around the US have reported issues with ink shortages, ballots printed on the wrong paper and faulty machinery – exacerbating an already arduous process.

The states that still haven't been called as of Thursday are facing yet another challenge: Unprecedented pressure to make sure the results are right when the margin is razor-thin.

President Donald Trump on Thursday promised to mount legal battles in all battleground states won by his rival Joe Biden as he continued issuing fevered demands to stop counting in states that haven't been called yet.

Trump and Republicans have been waging a war against mail-in ballots for months, charging that they would lead to widespread voter fraud.

Now that mail-in ballots have led to delays, Republicans are arguing that the counting process is stacked against them as well – even in states where their own party makes the rules.

Meanwhile Biden and the Democrats have urged Americans to be patient and insisted that every vote be counted, especially since they expect the bulk of mail-in ballots to go in their favor.

With the eyes of the nation blaring down at them, election officials in the states still up for grabs are doing just that, making sure results are bulletproof in preparation for legal action by the Trump campaign.

Two days after the election, hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots remain uncounted across Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and North Carolina - prompting many to question why it's taking so long to reach a result. Pictured: Fulton County election workers examine ballots while vote counting at State Farm Arena on Thursday in Atlanta, Georgia

Two days after the election, hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots remain uncounted across Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and North Carolina – prompting many to question why it's taking so long to reach a result. Pictured: Fulton County election workers examine ballots while vote counting at State Farm Arena on Thursday in Atlanta, Georgia

The states still counting as of Thursday afternoon:

  • Pennsylvania (20
  • Arizona (11)
  • Nevada (6)
  • Georgia (16)
  • North Carolina (15)

Not knowing the winner of the presidential election two days after the polls closed is understandably unsettling for Americans, who are used to seeing a result the night of.

But in fact the counting process has always taken several days or weeks, continuing well after media outlets project the winner based on partial counts.

Each state has its own certification deadline to hand down an official count, ranging from two days after the election in Delaware to more than a month after in California.

Why mail-in ballots take so long to count

Experts have been predicting for months that counting votes would take much longer than in previous years because of an unprecedented number of voters sending ballots by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Absentee ballots are considerably more time-consuming to process than in-person ballots.

When you vote in person, the ballot typically goes straight into the machine, where it is processed and counted almost immediately.

There are a couple more steps with mail-in ballots. The first step is processing, which in most states sees an election worker verify the signature on the exterior of the envelope against voter rolls.

A worker then takes time to carefully open the envelope and flatten out the ballot before it can be scanned into a system – a simple yet lengthy process in large numbers – at which point it is counted.

Technical snags and snafus in several jurisdictions across the US slowed the process further this week.

Absentee ballots are considerably more time-consuming to process than in-person ballots. Pictured: Mail-in ballots are processed, flattened and scanned by poll workers in the Philadelphia Convention Center in Pennsylvania on November 3

Absentee ballots are considerably more time-consuming to process than in-person ballots. Pictured: Mail-in ballots are processed, flattened and scanned by poll workers in the Philadelphia Convention Center in Pennsylvania on November 3

In Georgia, for example, a burst pipe caused delays in counting up to 60,000 absentee ballots in Fulton County, which includes part of Atlanta and leans Democrat.

In another Georgia county, there was a corrupt memory card on one scanner which meant 400 had to be recounted. 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.

And in Wisconsin, absentee ballot results in and around Green Bay, a Democratic stronghold, were delayed after vote-counting machines ran out of ink and a batch of more than 60,000 ballots had to be reprinted.

While some states were able to get ahead by counting mail-in votes as they came in over the past two months, officials in three Midwestern battlegrounds – Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania – were not allowed to begin counting mail-in votes until on or just before Election Day.

Republican-led state legislatures in those three states had opposed changing laws to allow earlier preparations as other states did.

States can predict how many mail-in ballots they will receive based on how many requests were made, however that does not account for people who changed their minds and voted in person instead or who failed to mail their ballots by November 3.

Where the count process stands

Pennsylvania

As of Thursday afternoon Pennsylvania has by far the most ballots left to count, with an estimated 956,000.

The state, which has 20 electoral votes, is also continuing to accept ballots through 5pm Friday, as long as they were postmarked by Election Day.

Republicans had challenged that late deadline prior to Election Day, but it remained in place after the US Supreme Court declined to take up the case.

However, the justices have said they may reconsider the case afterward—meaning that any ballots received after Election Day could be tossed out, complicating matters further.

Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar on Thursday said that election workers could finish tallying 'the overwhelming majority' of the uncounted ballots to have a clear winner by the end of the day.

Boockvar has asked counties to separate any ballots arriving between 8pm on November 3 and 5pm on November 6 in preparation for a legal challenge from the Trump campaign.

However, Boockvar told CNN that she believes post-Election Day ballot numbers will only have a marginal impact on the outcome.

'It's not a huge number,' she said. 'So, I think, no matter what happens, I don't think it's going to be a tremendous impact on this race.'

The majority of the outstanding ballots in Pennsylvania are from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, which tend to lean Democrat.

Counting stopped then restarted in Philadelphia as Trump's campaign sued claiming they are not being allowed to watch the count, winning their case first, then lost on appeal on Thursday. And in Pittsburgh, 35,000 votes can only be legally counted on Friday.

As of Thursday afternoon Pennsylvania has by far the most ballots left to count, with an estimated 956,000. Pictured: Monroe County municipal workers count ballots on Thursday in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

As of Thursday afternoon Pennsylvania has by far the most ballots left to count, with an estimated 956,000. Pictured: Monroe County municipal workers count ballots on Thursday in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Arizona

Arizona was expected to hand down a result on Thursday morning, before Secretary of State Katie Hobbs announced further delays.

Hobbs said there are about 450,000 ballots waiting to be counted across the state, with the majority – 300,000 – coming from Maricopa County, where pro-Trump protesters stormed an election office on Wednesday night.

Maricopa County added 62,000 votes to its tally on Thursday morning, putting Biden ahead by 68,400 votes, or less than three points.

Like Maricopa County, the other counties with outstanding votes – Pima, Cococino and Santa Cruz – are considered Democratic areas.

The AP and other outlets declared Biden the winner in Arizona on Tuesday night but the vote count is still being closely monitored.

Meanwhile the Trump campaign has said it is confident about winning the state.

Speaking on Thursday morning, Hobbs did not offer an estimate for how long it will be before an outcome is reached, but experts anticipate it could arrive by Friday.

Arizona did not accept any mail-in ballots that arrived after Election Day.

There are about 450,000 ballots waiting to be counted across the state of Arizona, with the majority - 300,000 - coming from Maricopa County, where pro-Trump protesters stormed an election office on Wednesday night (pictured)

There are about 450,000 ballots waiting to be counted across the state of Arizona, with the majority – 300,000 – coming from Maricopa County, where pro-Trump protesters stormed an election office on Wednesday night (pictured)

Georgia

Georgia currently has nearly 48,000 mail-in ballots waiting to be counted, according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

The majority of the uncounted ballots – 17,000 – are in Chatham County, which includes Savannah.

Georgia's Voting System Implementation Manager Gabriel Sterling said on Thursday that the state is still working to determine how many provisional ballots have yet to be counted. He said he hoped they would have a number by the end of the day.

'Fast is great, and we appreciate fast,' Sterling said. 'We more appreciate accuracy.'

Asked why everything is taking so long, Sterling said there was nothing suspicious or strange about the process, but that elections were never normally so close so it doesn't always have to come down to an official count.

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

It was filed after a Republican observer claimed to have seen mail-in ballots received after the 7:00 p.m. deadline, which was added to a batch of legitimate votes to be counted.

Sean Pumphry, a registered GOP election observer, said he saw 53 unprocessed ballots being processed.

But Chatham County Judge James Bass dismissed Trump's lawsuit on Thursday morning after county officials provided evidence to prove all ballots were legitimate and late ballots were not being accepted.

Nevada

Nevada officials have estimated that around 100,000  have yet to be counted, although that number is shaky because the state mailed ballots to all active registered voters.

The state, which has seen nearly half of its 1.2 million total votes come in by mail, will accept ballots through November 10.

Updated results released on Thursday afternoon showed Biden's lead has grown to nearly 12,000 votes, with 76 percent of expected votes counted.

The majority of the outstanding votes are in Clark County, which is home to Las Vegas and more than 70 percent of the state's voters.

Clark County officials have said they hope to conclude counting by the end of the weekend.

Washoe County, the state's second largest county, had about 9,000 mail-in ballots waiting to be counted as of midday Thursday.

The Trump campaign mounted a legal battle in Nevada on Thursday, claiming that 'tens of thousands' of people who voted in the state are no longer residents there.

North Carolina

Like Pennsylvania and Nevada, North Carolina extended its deadline to accept ballots postmarked on Election Day until November 12.

Election officials in the state, which saw a record 4.5 million absentee ballots cast ahead of Election Day, have said new results will likely not be released until next week, when the final ballots arrive.

There are currently about 116,000 outstanding requested absentee ballots, officials said, however it's unclear how many of those will actually be returned.

'With very few exceptions, North Carolina's numbers are not going to move until November 12 or 13,' State Board of Elections Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell said Wednesday.

Trump holds a one point lead in the state, with 94 percent of the expected vote in, according to the AP.

There WILL be a recount in Georgia because the margin is still so small: Trump and Biden are still neck-and-neck with just 5,000 votes left to count

Georgia's Secretary of State on Friday said there will be a recount there no matter what the outcome is 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 tiny lead of just 1,500 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.

It does not delay the election result if Biden wins Pennsylvania, which he is poised to do after taking the lead from Trump. That result is expected by the end of the day.

He can also still win before a Georgia recount if he wins Nevada and Arizona, where he also holds leads.

'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,' Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said.

'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.'

Georgia carries 16 electoral college votes. If Biden claims it today along with any other state, he will win the Presidency.

Trump would have to win every state left on the field to get a second term and Biden is leading everywhere.

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

Trump, however, is refusing to accept the result and is claiming election fraud all-round.

A scanner in a Georgia county had a damaged memory card causing 400 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. They are then scanning all of the paper votes which is an 'arduous' process.

Speaking earlier on Thursday, Georgia's Voting System Implementation Manager, Gabriel Sterling, said there was nothing suspicious or strange about the process, but that elections were never normally so close so it doesn't always have to come down to an official count.

“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, ”Sterling said.

Biden's lead in Nevada DOUBLES to 22,000 votes overnight as the count drags on at an excruciatingly pace with at least 130,000 outstanding ballots – and they'll keep tallying mail-ins until TUESDAY

Biden's lead doubled to 22,000 in Nevada overnight as the count there dragged on with at least another 130,000 votes left to count.

Biden holds 50% of the vote in Nevada over Trump's 48%. Ninety-one percent of the vote there has been counted already – some 1.2million votes – and another 9 percent is outstanding but the number could expand as more mail-in ballots arrive.

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. On Thursday, they said they would only report the results of the next 51,000 votes they'd counted and that it wouldn't be until Friday morning.

Why it is taking them so long to get through the remainder remains largely unanswered.

One of the only reasons they've given is that they don't know how many mail-in ballots they will receive through the weekend, but they won't say when they are going to stop accepting them but the state has become a laughing stock in the election.

If Biden wins Nevada and its 6 electoral college points, and keeps his hold in Arizona, he has won but he doesn't necessarily need it to claim victory.

He is also leading in Pennsylvania, which carries 20 electoral college votes and would land him the White House. A result is expected there at any time. They are racing through votes.

A recount has been called in Georgia – where Biden leads but only by 1,500 votes – and in Arizona, where he leads by 43,000. His lead there is shrinking.

Arizona was called out to him by Fox and the AP on Wednesday morning, but with 450,000 votes still 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 like 2016 after Trump. The race in Nevada was close. Biden led most of the morning there with only around 7,000 votes.

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

Nevada law states that a person 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.

Biden's lead in Arizona shrinks again to 43,000 as Trump claws back some of the vote

Joe Biden's lead in Arizona has dropped to less than 43,000 votes after Donald Trump narrowed the gap overnight to claim another 31,000 votes.

Biden now lead is 50% over Trump's 48.6%. There are still some 200,000 votes left to count there and it is taking an excruciating length of time.

Of the 61,000 votes that were counted overnight and reported on Friday morning, Biden won 28,285 and Trump won 31,716.

Biden is leading in every other state. He snatched the lead from Trump in Pennsylvania on Friday and is now ahead by 9,000 votes. He is likely to be called the winner there on Friday, with the remaining votes coming from Philadelphia, where he leads with 82% of the vote.

In Georgia, the pair are neck-and-neck and a recount has been called because the margin is so thin. In Nevada, Biden is ahead by 11,438 votes. If Biden wins Pennsylvania today, 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 still needs every other state in play which seems increasingly unlikely.

Arizona has a long political history of voting Republican. It's the home state of Barry Goldwater, a five-term, conservative senator who was the Republican nominee for president in 1964.

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

But changing demographics, including a fast-growing Latino population and a boom of new residents – some fleeing the skyrocketing cost of living in neighboring California – have made the state friendlier to Democrats.

About 100 Trump supporters gathered again in front of the Maricopa County election center in Phoenix, Thursday night, with some carrying military-style rifles and handguns. Arizona law allows people to openly carry guns.

Authorities at the center used fences to create a 'freedom of speech zone' and keep the entrance to the building open. The crowd took turns chanting – 'Count the votes!' and 'Four more years!' – and complaining through a megaphone about the voting process.

They paused to listen as Trump spoke from the White House, where he repeated many of his groundless assertions of a rigged vote.

They whooped and clapped when the president said, 'We're on track to win Arizona.'

It comes after the AP and and Fox News had both called Arizona early on Wednesday morning, claiming there was no possible way for Trump to claw it back from him – a move which was later called into question.

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.

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