US Democrat Joe Biden edged closer to winning the White House, expanding his narrow leads over President Donald Trump in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Georgia.
Trump remained defiant, vowing to press unfounded claims of fraud as a weary, anxious nation waited for clarity in an election that only intensified the country’s deep polarization.
He told Joe Biden not to “wrongfully claim” the White House as incomplete returns from the presidential election showed the Democrat close to an insurmountable lead. “Joe Biden should not wrongfully claim the office of the President. I could make that claim also. Legal proceedings are just now beginning!” Trump tweeted.
On the fourth day of vote counting, Joe Biden had a 253 to 214 lead in the state-by-state Electoral College vote that determines the winner, according to Edison Research. Securing Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes would put Biden over the 270 he needs to win the presidency after a political career stretching back nearly five decades.
Joe Biden would also win if he prevails in two of the three other key states where he was narrowly ahead on Friday: Georgia, Arizona and Nevada. Like Pennsylvania, all three were still processing ballots on Friday.
Nationwide, Joe Biden led Trump by 4.1 million votes out of a record 147 million cast.
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According to news agency Reuters, here’s the state-wise tally:
- In Georgia, Joe Biden led by a mere 3,962 votes
- In Pennsylvania, Biden’s lead jumped to 27,130 votes with 96% of the vote tallied, Edison Research said
- His margin in Nevada jumped to 22,657 with 93% of the tally completed
Joe Biden had planned a victory speech for Friday night, anticipating that the race would be called in his favor, according to staffers, news agency Reuters reported. However, with the vote counting dragging on, staffers and allies said he would give a scaled-back speech
“You will likely hear an update on the race in which he’ll convey his confidence in the system, his optimism about the ultimate outcome and his determination to lead a responsible path forward rather than some pronouncement that might make all of us feel better and allow us to go to sleep sooner,” said Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, a Biden ally.
US Election Result 2020: Joe Biden Expands Lead Over Trump
White House challenger Joe Biden moved closer to victory as he expanded his lead over President Donald Trump in battleground states, but television networks held off from declaring him the victor as officials continued to count votes, news agency Reuters reported.
About 40,000 ballots were delivered nationwide on Thursday, a lawyer said Friday on behalf of the US Postal Service (USPS) as it continues to conduct court-ordered twice-daily sweeps before various state deadlines to receive ballots, news agency Reuters reported.
The Republicans’ request to immediately halt the counting of ballots arriving after Election Day in Pennsylvania has been turned down by the Supreme Court. US Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito, referring the challenge to the full court for a ruling on Saturday, ordered Pennsylvania in the meantime to continue keeping the late-arriving ballots separate, affirming a decision already made by the state’s top elections official, news agency AFP reported.
Donald Trump kept up his attack as counting for the US elections entered the fourth day, quoting an American lawyer – Matthew Whitaker – in a tweet. “We need an explanation as to how these numbers have been running up for the last two or three days.” Matthew Whitaker”- the tweet read
Coronavirus will remain a key challenge for the next president of the United States. The United States has set a third straight daily record for new Covid-19 infections, notching more than 127,000 cases, John Hopkins University reported Friday, news agency AFP reported.As of Friday evening, the US — the worst hit country in the world in terms of deaths and total cases — had more than 236,000 coronavirus-related fatalities and 9.7 million known infections.
Securing Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes would put Biden over the 270 he needs to win the presidency after a political career stretching back nearly five decades.
As Biden’s lead grew in Pennsylvania, hundreds of Democrats gathered outside Philadelphia’s downtown vote-counting site, wearing yellow shirts reading “Count Every Vote”, news agency Reuters reported. Two men were charged with gun offenses after being arrested near the center, which has become a focal point for protests
Republican leader Mitt Romney blasted out at Trump over the claim that elections are “rigged”. In a post on social media, he wrote: “The President is within his rights to request recounts, to call for investigation of alleged voting irregularities where evidence exists, and to exhaust legal remedies-doing these things is consistent with our election process. He is wrong to say that the election was rigged, corrupt and stolen-doing so damages the cause of freedom here and around the world, weakens the institutions that lie at the foundation of the Republic, and recklessly inflames destructive and dangerous passions.”
– Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 6, 2020
– Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 6, 2020
I had such a big lead in all of these states late into election night, only to see the leads miraculously disappear as the days went by. Perhaps these leads will return as our legal proceedings move forward!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2020
In the big prize of Pennsylvania, Joe Biden’s lead inexorably grew as final batches of ballots were added up. By late Friday he had an advantage of almost 20,000 votes over Trump, although that was still within the narrow margin that would likely require a recount.
Should Biden, 77, be confirmed to have won Pennsylvania, he will automatically cross the threshold for winning the presidency.
Trump says Biden “should not wrongfully claim” presidency
US President Donald Trump told challenger Joe Biden not to “wrongfully claim” the White House as incomplete returns from the presidential election showed the Democrat close to an insurmountable lead.
“Joe Biden should not wrongfully claim the office of the President. I could make that claim also. Legal proceedings are just now beginning!” Trump tweeted.
Trump himself has repeatedly claimed that he won Tuesday’s election, despite vote counts pointing strongly to him being made a one-term president.