Biden on Thursday night – he is now ready to win the White House
Joe Biden has taken the lead in Pennsylvania with 5,5870 votes and is now facing victory in the White House, which leads in four of the remaining swing states, despite Trump refusing to accept defeat, claiming he is the victim of an elaborate conspiracy.
As of 9 a.m. EST on Friday, Biden leads 49.4% to Trump's 49.3% in Pennsylvania and takes the lead back from the president with just 160,000 votes.
The remaining votes in Pennsylvania, the largest prize on the electoral college with 20 votes, are in the Biden strongholds of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
In Philadelphia – where Biden is at the top with an enormous 82% of the vote – and in Pittsburgh, where he leads 58.74% to Trump's 39.73%, there are still around 60,000 postal ballots to count.
It's too early for officials to call the entire state for a biden with so many votes pending.
NBC's Decision Desk and Vox's Decision Desk both assume he will win today, but after days of late counts and flip-flop results across the country, most are cautious.
Pennsylvania votes are counted quickly, unlike Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona, the remaining states in the game.
Biden is also a leader in all three states, but if he takes Pennsylvania first, he won't need one to claim an overall victory.
So the other remaining states collapse;
- In Georgia, Biden leads with 1,067 votes and around 8,000 votes and another 8,000 possible mail-ins from the foreign military. It is worth 16 electoral college points
- In Arizona, Biden leads with 47,000 votes and another 200,000 votes
- In Nevada, Biden leads with 11,438, with around 50,000 remaining
- North Carolina hasn't called yet. It will likely go to Trump, but it will make no difference to the distribution of seats on the electoral college if Trump loses Pennsylvania or any of the other states
Trump refuses to accept what now appears to be an inevitable 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 involving 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.
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& # 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 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 ballots.
"After all, the president is well on his way to winning Arizona once and for all, despite the irresponsible and erroneous" request "by the state for Biden by Fox News and the Associated Press.
"Biden is relying on these states for his false claim to the White House, 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. 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.
Joe Biden remained a close favorite to win the presidency on Friday. Results in a number of important swing states are expected before the end of the day.
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 still have to be called.
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 Thursday, calling for calm and patience while the votes are counted. He insisted again that when the dust settles, he will have beaten Trump.
& # 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.
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 for Biden on election day Arizona, but others withheld as a series of mail-in votes are counted
Unlike other states where postal ballot papers 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
GEORGIA – 16 votes from the electoral colleges
Result expected Friday to count about 8,197 votes
49.4% BIDEN – 2,449,580
49.4% TRUMP – 2,448,484
Biden leads with 1,096 votes and 99% of the vote
NEVADA – 6 votes of the electoral college
Result expected Friday to count around 50,000 votes
49.4% BIDEN – 604,251
48.5% TRUMP – 592,813
Biden leads with 11,438 votes and 84% of the vote
“So I ask everyone to stay calm, all people to stay calm. The process works. The count is complete and we will know very soon. & # 39;
He also tweeted: “Nobody is going to 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 called out, "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, "Here we go again."
CNN was one of the few channels that aired the full President's 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 him on 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 given 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
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
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.
& # 39; 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 several battlefield states, talked more about the polls than his own campaign, calling them "fake" 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 there was no "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 fraud allegations. 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.
Trump's leadership in Pennsylvania is slipping, and Biden is sneaking up on him in Georgia, while Biden stays ahead in Nevada and Arizona. It only takes Biden Pennsylvania to win and gets him to 273 electoral college votes or Nevada and Arizona to get him to 270. In contrast, Trump would have to secure North Carolina, Arizona, and Pennsylvania to secure 271.
Trump had not been seen in more than 36 hours after appearing in the East Room of the White House at 2:30 am Wednesday morning to cheering fans in MAGA hats to claim he had "won".
But 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 presidential race – amid growing concerns about the long wait for results and concerns about public order.
& # 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, all people to stay calm. The process works. The count is complete and we will know very soon. & # 39;
In the same brief statement, the Democratic nominee 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 exactly 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 can see now, the media poll was an election nuisance in the truest sense of the word.
'Through strong 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
“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 run by Democrats in all cases, ”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
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 on 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
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 are gathering in Miami, Florida to protest what they have viewed as Camp Biden election fraud
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 counting and check 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 clearing of all late ballot papers.
It was filed after a Republican observer claimed to have seen mail-in ballot papers received after the 7:00 p.m. deadline.
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
The Trump campaign yesterday said it was embroiled in a case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding whether late postal ballots can be counted.
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar ruled that ballots arriving 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 Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar of unilaterally extending the deadline for mail-in voters who were missing their ID card 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 decided 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, who were then chased into a van and 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 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 responded to Biden's cues in Arizona and Nevada and his wins 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, ”said Biden. "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 expected to end their counts Thursday, but then expectations changed.
The exceptional focus on counting in individual states is unparalleled.
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 accessed by television networks and the Associated Press, and the count continued quietly in the background.
This time, however, the calls were not made as an unprecedented number of postal ballots sparked 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," campaign senior advisor Jason Miller told reporters on Thursday morning at a press conference.
The Biden campaign was similarly confident.
"Our data shows that 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 sue in the battlefield states where Joe Biden won. This is a sign that his team is not confident that the vote 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.
Wir haben den Senat behalten, obwohl wir doppelt so viele Sitze zu schützen hatten wie Demokraten. Und wirklich, und viel wettbewerbsfähigere Staaten, wir haben einen fantastischen Job beim Senat gemacht. Ich denke, wir sind sehr stolz auf das, was dort passiert ist.
Sie gaben mehr für Senatsrennen allein in South Carolina und Kentucky aus, zwei Rennen und Hunderte – Rennen und Hunderte Millionen Dollar gegen uns.
Gegner und Großspender waren Wall Street Banker und besondere Interessen.
Unsere Hauptspender waren Polizisten, Bauern und normale Bürger.
Zum ersten Mal haben wir null Rennen im Haus verloren.
Ich habe heute mit Kevin McCarthy gesprochen. Er sagte, er könne es nicht glauben. Wir haben neue Sitze gewonnen, viele weitere sind unterwegs.
Dies ist auch das Jahr der Republikanerin. Mehr republikanische Frauen wurden als jemals zuvor zum Kongress gewählt. Das ist eine großartige Leistung. Ich habe den größten Anteil nicht weißer Wähler aller Republikaner gewonnen, einschließlich der historischen Anzahl von Wählern aus Lateinamerika, Afroamerikanern, asiatischen Amerikanern und amerikanischen Ureinwohnern, den größten in unserer Geschichte.
Wir haben unsere Partei um 4 Millionen Wähler vergrößert, die größte Wahlbeteiligung in der Geschichte der republikanischen Partei.
Demokraten sind die Partei der großen Geber, der großen Medien, der großen Technologie, und die Republikaner sind zur Partei der amerikanischen Arbeiter geworden, und genau das ist passiert. Und wir sind auch die Partei der Inklusion. EIN
Wie jeder erkennt, war Medienumfrage eine Wahlbeeinträchtigung im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes durch starke Sonderinteressen. Diese wirklich falschen Umfragen – ich muss sie falsche Umfragen nennen, gefälschte Umfragen, die die Illusion von Dynamik für Mr. Biden erzeugen und die Fähigkeit der Republikaner, Spenden zu sammeln, verringern sollen.
Sie waren sogenannte Unterdrückungsumfragen. Das weiß jetzt jeder.
Um nur einige Beispiele hervorzuheben: Am Tag vor der Wahl hatte Quinnipiac, der bei jeder mir bekannten Gelegenheit falsch lag, Joe Biden in Florida um fünf Punkte verbessert. Und sie hatten 8,4 Punkte Rückstand und ich habe Florida leicht gewonnen. Ich habe Florida viel gewonnen. Davon abgesehen waren sie sehr genau.
Sie hatten ihn in Ohio um vier Punkte und um 12,2 Punkte. Und sie haben dort auch Ohio, den großen Bundesstaat Ohio, leicht gewonnen. Sie hatten Joe Biden 17 Punkte in Wisconsin, und es war im Grunde sogar. Sie waren um etwa 17 Punkte entfernt. Und das wussten sie. Sie waren keine dummen Leute. Sie wussten das, Unterdrückung.
Es gibt Staaten, die im Rennen des Präsidenten noch zu entscheiden sind. Der Wahlapparat dieses Staates wird in jedem Fall von Demokraten betrieben. Wir haben tatsächlich an allen wichtigen Orten viel gewonnen, und dann wurden unsere Zahlen auf wundersame Weise heimlich weggeschnitten, und sie erlaubten keine rechtlich zulässigen Beobachter.
Wir gingen in einigen Fällen vor Gericht und konnten die Beobachter einschalten. Sie wollten, dass sie 60, 70 Fuß entfernt, 100 Fuß entfernt beobachtet wurden.
Es gibt viele Rechtsstreitigkeiten. Es gibt eine enorme Menge an Rechtsstreitigkeiten, weil dieser Prozess unfair war. Und das habe ich vorhergesagt.
Ich habe lange über Mail-In-Voting gesprochen. Es hat unser System wirklich zerstört. Es ist ein korruptes System. Und es wird als korrupt gemacht, auch wenn wir von Natur aus nicht korrupt sind. Es ist zu einfach. Sie warten und warten und das sieht man in der Wahlnacht.
Wir waren in North Carolina mit einer enormen Anzahl von Stimmen vorne. Und wir sind immer noch viel voraus, aber nicht so viele, weil sie plötzlich Stimmzettel finden.
Es ist erstaunlich, wie einseitig diese Briefwahlzettel sind. Ich weiß, dass es zum Vorteil der Demokraten sein soll. In allen Fällen sind sie jedoch einseitig.
In Pennsylvania waren wir um 700.000 Stimmen gestiegen. Ich habe Pennsylvania viel gewonnen. Und das wird auf den Punkt gebracht, jetzt sind wir um 90.000 Stimmen aufgestiegen.
Sie werden immer wieder kommen und kommen und sie wollen nicht, dass wir Beobachter haben, obwohl wir ein Gerichtsverfahren gewonnen haben. Und sie sind ansprechend. Eigentlich sind sie ansprechend. Wir haben einen Fall gewonnen, den die Leute sehen sollen, und sie sind ansprechend. Das ist interessant. Ich frage mich, warum sie ansprechend sind.
Ebenso habe ich in Georgia viel gewonnen, mit einem Vorsprung von fast 300.000 Stimmen in der Wahlnacht in Georgia – und übrigens wurde ich beschnitten, und jetzt wird es zu einem Punkt kommen, an dem ich werde viel gewinnen, vielleicht sogar ein bisschen unten sein.
In Georgia platzte eine Pfeife, die absolut nichts mit dem Ort zu tun hatte, und sie hörten auf zu zählen, und es passierten viele Dinge. Der Wahlapparat in Georgien wird von Demokraten betrieben.
Wir hatten Margen von 300.000. Michigan, wir haben den Staat gewonnen. In Wisconsin haben wir uns ebenfalls fantastisch geschlagen. Und das wurde beschnitten. In every case, they got whittled down. We're on track to win Arizona. We only need to carry 55% of the remaining vote, 55% margins, and that's a margin that we've significantly exceeded, so we'll see what happens with that.
Our goal is to defend the integrity of the election. We will not allow the corruption to steal such an important election, or any election for that matter, and we can't allow silence of anybody to silence our voters and manufacture results.
I've been doing a lot of public things for a long time. I've never had anything that's been as inspirational by people calling, talking, sending things to us.
I've never seen such love and such affection and such spirit as I've seen for this. People know what happening and they've seen what's happening.
There are many instances, which will be reported very shortly. There is tremendous litigation going on. And this is a case where they are trying to steal an election. They are trying to rig an election. We can't let that happen.
They cannot be responsible for engineering the outcome of the presidential race.
In Pennsylvania, Democrats have gone to the state supreme court to try to ban our election observers very strongly. We won the case, but they're going forward. They don't want anybody watching them as they count the ballots. And I can't imagine why. There is no legitimate reason why they would not want to have people watching this process.
Because if it's straight, they should be proud of it. Instead, they are trying obviously to commit fraud. There's no question about that.
In Philadelphia, observers are kept far away, very far away. So far, that people are using binocular's.
There's been tremendous problems caused, paper on all of the windows so you can't see in, and the people that are banned are very unhappy and have become somewhat violent.
The 11th circuit ruled that in Georgia, the votes have been in by election day, that they should be in by election day, and they weren't. Votes are coming in after election day. And they had a ruling already that you have to have the votes in by election day. To the best of my knowledge, votes should be in by election day.
Democrats never believed they could win this election honestly. I really believed that. Tremendous corruption and fraud going on. That's why they mailed out tens of millions of unsolicited ballots without any verification measures whatsoever.
And I told everybody that these things would happen. Because I've seen it happen.
I've watched a lot of different elections before they decided to go with this big massive election with tens of millions of ballots going out to everybody, in many cases totally unsolicited.
This was unprecedented in American history. This was by design despite years of claiming to care about election security.
They refuse to require signatures, identities, or to make sure they are eligible or ineligible to vote. People are walking in, they have no idea. They are writing down things, doing a lot of bad things.We have a lot of information coming that you'll see, will shake even you people up.
The officials overseeing the counting in Pennsylvania, all part of a corrupt Democrat machine that you've written about for a long time. You've been writing about a corrupt democrat machine.
I went to school there. It hasn't changed. It's gotten worse.
In Pennsylvania, partisan democrats have allowed the ballots to be received three days after the election, and we think much more than that. And they are counting those without any identification whatsoever. So you don't have postmarks, you don't have identification.
There have been a number of disturbing irregularities across the nation.
Our campaign has been denied access to observe any counting in Detroit. Detroit is another place. And I wouldn't say the best reputation for election integrity.
Poll workers in Michigan were duplicating ballots. When our observers attempted to challenge the activity, they jumped in front of the volunteers to block their view so they couldn't see what they were doing. And it became a little bit dangerous.
One major hub for counting ballots in they covered up the windows with large pieces of cardboard. So they wanted to protect and block the counting area the final batch did not arrive until 4:00 in the morning. So they brought it in. And the batches came in and nobody knew where they came from. We've been denied access.
Counting was halted for hours and hours on election night with results with held from major democrat-run locations only to appear later and they all had the name Biden on them or just about all, which is a little strange.
I challenge Joe and Democrats to clarify that they only want legal votes. I think they should use legal votes.
We want every legal vote counted. We want openness and transparency. No secret count rooms. No mystery ballots, no illegal votes after election day.
You have election day and the laws are very strong on that. You have an election day. We want an honest election and an honest count. We want people working back there because it's a very important job.
That's the way this country will win.
We think there's going to be a lot of litigation because we have so much evidence and so much proof, but we think there will be a lot of litigation because we can't have an election stolen like this.
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
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
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 also using paper ballots for the first time in 20 years because they voted earlier this year that machine voting was not secretive 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
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 cannot be legally counted until 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
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)
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Biden takes the LEAD in Georgia: VP overtakes Trump by 917 votes as nailbiting race in crucial state goes down to the wire with 11,000 ballots left to count and both candidates on 49.4% of the vote
Joe Biden and Donald Trump are now neck and neck in Georgia, with the Democratic nominee ahead by 917 votes early Friday morning.
Biden is ahead by an ultra thin margin, after ballots trickled in from Clayton County, which is largely Democratic, according to CNN.
The latest figures puts both candidates in equal standing in terms of percentage points with each currently holding 49.4 per cent of the state vote.
There are now 11,000 votes that remain uncounted in the state across seven counties, in addition to the 8,900 overseas and military ballots that are due at 5pm.
At the moment there's still no telling which way Georgia will swing as 4,800 votes are still up for grabs in Gwinnett County, the state's second most populous county, where Hillary Clinton in 2016 became the first Democrat to win since 1976.
There are also about 1,145 ballots left count in Forsyth County, which is primarily Republican, 1,797 in Laurens County, 700 in Cobb, 444, in Floyd, and 456 in Taylor.
Trump's standing in Georgia has swiftly weakened in the last 24 hours, having been up 9,000 votes on Thursday morning and 18,000 on Wednesday night.
Biden could win the election with Georgia, which amounts to 16 electoral college points, if he holds on to his lead in Arizona.
The result in Arizona is not expected until Friday because there are still 285,000 votes left to count. About 200,000 of those will come from Maricopa County, where officials are expected to update the count by 11am.
Officials in both Arizona and Nevada – where only 51,000 need to be counted – say they need at least another day to get through them and get through them accurately, despite the fact that they've rattled through many, many more votes in the last few days alone.
In one Georgia county, there was a corrupt memory card on one scanner which meant 400 had to be recounted.
Officials in some counties are also using paper ballots for the first time in 20 years because they voted earlier this year that machine voting was not secretive enough. They are then scanning all of the paper votes which is an 'arduous' process, it was said on Thursday.
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 can't know how long the process will take. We hope to have clarity but "done" is a very relative term at this point.
'As we've been stating for weeks and months, it's going to take time. The effort here is to make sure everybody's legal vote is counted properly.
'The issue we have in Georgia is it's a close vote. There's other states that have more votes to count than we do but it's a wide margin so nobody cares,' Sterling said.
Why it is taking so long to reach a conclusion is a question that millions of frustrated Americans are asking and it's being heard around the world. There is no simple answer for it.
In some states, it's because the race is simply tighter than it was in the last election so is difficult for news and TV networks – who ordinarily call elections – to make a decisive projection.
Another reason is that there are more mail-in ballots this year than in elections gone by because of COVID-19.
They are taking longer to pour in and different states had different rules on when those could start being counted.
In any event, Trump is already contesting the results in several states. He says there has been voter fraud in Nevada, with people sending in ballots under dead residents' names, and from non-residents.
Biden leads at 49.4% in Nevada with 50,000 ballots left to count and the result expected later today
Joe Biden is now leading in Nevada by more than 11,000 votes as of Thursday night as President Donald Trump's campaign filed a federal lawsuit in the state, alleging that ineligible votes were cast in the Las Vegas area.
About 75 per cent of the Nevada votes are in and Biden is leading by 11,438 votes, which is only about 1 per cent, as of Thursday night, according to CNN.
But there are outstanding about 50,000 ballots left to be counted in the coming days. Under state law, they can still be accepted so long as they were postmarked by the November 3.
Trump narrowly lost Nevada in 2016 as the state has trended toward the Democrats in the past decade. The last Republican presidential contender to win the state was George W. Bush in 2004.
Nevada has delayed giving its election result, saying they need until at least tomorrow to count the remaining votes, as the country and the world wait in agony to find out who the next president will be.
Meanwhile, the Trump campaign's complaint filed in US District Court resurrected an effort abandoned just hours earlier in Nevada state court — a court order to stop the Clark County Registrar of Voters from using an optical scanning machine to process ballots and validate voter signatures.
Joe Biden is now leading in Nevada by more than 11,000 votes as of Thursday night as President Donald Trump's campaign filed a federal lawsuit in the state, alleging that ineligible votes were cast in the Las Vegas area. Trump supporters are seen demonstrating in Las Vegas on Thursday
The federal filing cites experiences of a woman who said Thursday she was turned away from voting in person because a mailed ballot had been cast with her signature and a political strategist TV commentator who said he was denied an opportunity to observe ballot counting late on election night.
Trump Nevada campaign co-chairman Adam Laxalt said the new filing 'highlights ongoing voter fraud and voter disenfranchisement in Clark County'.
State Attorney General Aaron Ford called it 'a Hail Mary' and 'another opportunity to undermine the confidence in this election' while ballots are still being counted.
Ford noted a federal judge dismissed in September an effort to block the state law that let mailed ballots go out to each of Nevada's more than 1.7 million active registered voters.
'When they can't stop you from voting, they try to stop your vote from counting,' he said.
If Biden claims Nevada today, he will win another 6 electoral college points, giving him 270 when factoring in the 11 that come from Arizona.
Arizona was called for him on Wednesday morning by Fox and the AP but with 450,000 votes still outstanding, it remains in play for Trump. If Biden loses Arizona, he has 259 electoral college votes. He'd need another 11 from either Georgia – which holds 16 – North Carolina – which holds 15 – or Pennsylvania – which holds 20 – to win.
It's unclear when North Carolina will announce, but it is expected to go to Trump as it did in 2016. The race in Nevada has been tight. For most of the morning, Biden led by only around 7,000 votes there.
Trump's team is crying fraud. They say they have 'evidence' that 'tens of thousands of votes' had been cast there fraudulently.
'We are confident that when all legal votes are tallied — and only legal votes are tallied — President Trump will win the state of Nevada,' Former Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell told Fox News on Thursday morning.
'The reality is transparency is not political. Ballots are not automatically legal votes until they're checked. We are not being able to check.
'There's a 30 day residency requirement in the state of Nevada. If you haven't been in the state for 30 days it is illegal to vote. We are filing this federal lawsuit to protect legal voters.
'It is unacceptable in this country to have illegal votes counted. That is what's happening in the state of Nevada,' Grenell claimed at a press conference.
Nevada law states that to be eligible to vote, a person has to have been a resident of the state for at least 30 days before the election.
That does not necessarily mean that they have to have been physically in the state for the 30 days preceding 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 under the names of deceased people.
Biden leads in Arizona with 50.1% of the vote but Trump narrows the gap to less than 47,000 votes
Katie Hobbs, Arizona's Secretary of State, said Arizona's won't be final until tomorrow night
Joe Biden's lead in Arizona has dropped to less than 47,000 votes after Donald Trump narrowed the gap following a dump of mail-in ballots on Thursday night.
Biden remains ahead in the battleground state but only by 46,257 or 50.1 per cent, compared to Trump's 48.5 per cent, after the president secured the majority vote in the most populous county, Maricopa.
The latest figures means Biden now leads by 1.5 percentage points, down from 2.4 points Thursday morning.
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said there are now 285,000 ballots that still need to be counted statewide, with 200,000 of those in Maricopa County. Officials are expected to update the count by 11am Friday.
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 holds 11 crucial electoral college votes which, when giving them to Biden now, poises him for the White House with 264 of the 270 that he needs. He would only need to win Nevada, Georgia, or North Carolina to claim victory if his Arizona lead holds.
Nevada holds 6 electoral college votes and will be announced at noon EST. Georgia holds 16 and will be announced later. Trump is ahead in Georgia by only 18,000 votes and there are still some 60,000 votes left to count. The count is expected to be completed there today.
If Biden loses Arizona to Trump, Trump goes from 214 electoral college votes to 225. He would then only need 42 additional electoral college votes from Georgia (16), North Carolina (15) and Pennsylvania (20) – all states in which he is leading – to claim victory, assuming he wins Alaska's three electoral college votes which he is all but guaranteed to.
The delay prolongs an already excruciating wait to find out who will be the next President for frustrated Americans and people all over the world who are now asking why it is taking so long to reach a conclusion.
There has been no simple answer so far. In some states it's because the margin is incredibly tight. In others, it's because mail-in ballots haven't yet arrived and can be counted for days yet. Official counts are never normally returned on election day or even in the immediate aftermath. The election is always called instead by a TV or news network based on analysis of possible outcomes.
But none are calling it this year, because the race in the remaining swing states has been so tight.
As the excruciating wait dragged on on Thursday morning, Katie Hobbs, Arizona's Secretary of State, said the process would simply take as long as it takes.
'There are just under 300,000 votes left to count in Maricopa County which is two thirds of the voting population. Statewide, just under 450,000 votes left to count so we're getting there, we have said from the beginning this take's time. We're going to focus on making sure every valid vote counts.
'I haven't gotten an estimate from Maricopa County about how long it's going to take them to get through the ballots. It's not looking like today – probably closer to tomorrow that we'll be looking at getting through those ballots,' she told Good Morning America.
At 5pm EST, she said the same number still had to be counted and that Maricopa County were only getting through 140,000 a day – that means it could take another two days.
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