WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrat Joe Biden overtook President Donald Trump in vote tally in Pennsylvania and Georgia Friday morning, ending the presidency revolving around the results of tight state elections important battlefield.
Both races are still too early to call with votes still being counted. Neither candidate has achieved the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the White House, though Biden has the upper hand after eclipsing Trump in Wisconsin and Michigan, two key battlefield states of the Midwest. Biden leads Trump by nearly 6,000 votes in Pennsylvania and just over 1,000 votes in Georgia.
It may take a few more days for the vote count to end in some states, allowing a clear winner to emerge. With millions of votes yet to be tabled, Biden received more than 73 million votes nationwide, the most in history.
As Americans enter the third day after the election without knowing who is the winner, the anxiety about the outcome is growing. With the path to re-election seemingly narrowed, Trump is examining how far he can go in using the pitfalls of presidential power to undermine confidence in the vote.
On Thursday, he launched unsupported charges of voter fraud to argue that his opponent was trying to take power in an extraordinary attempt by a current US president to raise suspicions. about the democratic process.
“This is a case where when they are trying to steal an election, they are trying to staging an election,” Trump said from the podium of the White House conference room.
Biden spent Thursday trying to ease tensions and build a more traditional image of the presidential leadership. After taking part in a news conference about the coronavirus, he stated that “every vote must be counted.”
“I ask everyone to calm down. The process is working, ”Biden said. “That is the will of the voters. No one, not anyone else, chooses the president of the United States of America.
Trump showed no signs of giving up and was back on Twitter around 2:30 a.m. on Friday, insisting “The US Supreme Court should decide!”
Trump’s erroneous statements on election integrity have challenged Republicans now faced with the choice of whether to break up with a president who despite holding office He gets tough, but gets a towering approval rating from the senior GOP members. That’s especially true for those who are keeping an eye on their own presidential elections of 2024.
Maryland GOP Governor Larry Hogan, a hopeful potential president who regularly criticizes Trump, said bluntly: “There are no protective measures for tonight’s President’s comments undermining the Citizen process. our owner. America is counting the votes, and we must respect the results as we always have.
But others are rumored to be considering running their own White House for four years in association with the incumbent, including Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Who tweeted in support of the statement. Trump, writing, “If the last 24 hours have made anything clear, it is that we need new election laws NOW.”
Trump’s campaign has engaged in a series of legal actions to try to improve the Republican president’s chances, saying it would seek a recount in Wisconsin and file a lawsuit in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia.
Judges in Georgia and Michigan were quick to dismiss Trump’s election lawsuits there on Thursday, as Trump still holds a small advantage in Georgia – though Biden is winning against him as the votes continue to be checked. The same is true in Pennsylvania, where Trump’s lead has dropped to around 18,000 votes – and the race is expected to get tighter.
One reason is that election officials are not authorized to process mail ballots until Election Day under state law. It’s a form of voting that has leaned heavily in Biden’s favor after Trump spent months declaring without evidence that voting by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud.
Statewide mail ballots collapsed in the Biden’s direction. The final ballot count may not be clear for days as the use of mailed ballots, which take longer to process, has increased due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump’s campaign said it was confident the president would eventually win in Arizona, where the votes were still being counted, including in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous area. The AP declared Biden as the winner in Arizona and said Thursday that it is watching the vote count process unfold.
Sally Buzbee, executive editor of the AP said: “The AP news agency continues to monitor and analyze the results of counting votes from Arizona when they arrive. “We will follow up in any case.”
Trump’s campaign is facing legal challenges in a number of states, although he faces many. He would have to win lawsuits in many states to prevent the counting of votes, as many states were not published.
Some Trump group lawsuits only require campaign observers to have better access to the locations where the ballots are being processed and counted. A judge in Georgia dismissed the campaign’s complaint there less than 12 hours after it was filed. And a Michigan judge dismissed a Trump lawsuit over whether there are enough GOP challengers to have access to the processing of absentee ballots.
Biden’s attorney Bob Bauer said the lawsuits were “worthless” legally. Their sole purpose, he said, “is to give them the opportunity to make false statements about what’s going on in the electoral process.”
Weissert reports from Wilmington, Delaware. Associated Press writers Colleen Long and Alexandra Jaffe in Washington contributed to this report.