US Election 2020: Joe Biden confident of victory as counting continues

L-R: Donald Trump and Joe Biden
L-R: Donald Trump and Joe Biden

JOE Biden told supporters “we’re going to win” and warned Americans against “partisan warfare” as he edges towards a White House win.

The Democrat boasted last night he was surging past Donald Trump with a “clear majority” in the race for the White House.

Biden told the rally in Delaware that he was on course for more than 300 Electoral College votes as the battle for Arizona and Pennsylvania drags on.

“We’re going to win this race,” he said as the tense count continued, citing how the Dems “rebuilt the blue wall that crumbled just four years ago.”

He also appealed for people to be more “civil with one another” as ugly scenes broke out across the country with protesters clashing and gun-wielding mobs storming vote counts.

The Democrat said: “We may be opponents, but we’re not enemies. We’re Americans.

“We don’t have any more time to waste on partisan warfare.”

Biden, who took to the podium alongside his running mate Kamala Harris, again urged Americans to be patient and acknowledged that “tensions can run high” during a tough election.

“Let the process work out as we count all the votes,” he said from the stage in Wilmington, shortly after 10.45pm local time. “Your vote will be counted.”

We may be opponents, but we’re not enemies. We’re Americans.
Joe Biden

Biden said he didn’t care how much people tried to hinder or stop the vote count as after Trump repeatedly made claims of voter fraud.

He resolved not to “fan the flames of conflict but to solve conflict” but to “leave the anger and demonization behind us.”

The former vice president said: “We’re certainly not going to agree on a lot of issues but at least we can agree to be civil with one another.

“My responsibility as president will be to represent the whole nation. And I want you to know that I’ll work as hard for those who voted against me as those that voted for me.

“That’s the job. That’s the job. It’s called the duty of care, for all Americans.”

But Trump accused his rival of “wrongfully” claiming the presidency on Friday evening.

The president also warned that his legal action against battleground states was “just beginning”.

Trump, who has been holed up in the White House all day, tweeted: “Joe Biden should not wrongfully claim the office of the President.

“I could make that claim also. Legal proceedings are just now beginning!”

He went on to cast more doubt on mail-in ballots, tweeting: “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!”

BIDEN HIS TIME

Biden seems increasingly certain of victory, but a final vote count is still not expected until days from now.

The Democrat faces a nail-biting wait as votes are counted in Pennsylvania – which could seal the White House for him – and Georgia announced a recount.

A win in the Keystone State would see Biden sail past the 270-threshold needed to win the electoral college and take the presidency.

Currently he is just 17 votes away from becoming the President-elect.

But a Supreme Court ruling last night ordered late mail-in ballots that arrived in Pennsylvania after election day be counted seperately – as Republicans hope to get them scrapped entirely.

And Philadelphia City Commissioner’s office said yesterday there are still an estimated 40,000 ballots yet to be counted.

Joe Biden should not wrongfully claim the office of the President… Legal proceedings are just now beginning!
Donald Trump

One official added: “it may take several days to complete the reporting of that.”

Trump on Wednesday alleged there was “tremendous corruption” surrounding mail-in ballots in a number of battleground states.

But yesterday Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney shot down the president’s claims of voter fraud.

He said: “While some, including the President, continue to spew baseless claims of fraud… what we have seen here in Philadelphia is democracy plain and simple.”

Flailing Trump has refused to admit he is beaten and is reportedly “planning a victory rally” this weekend.

‘RACE IS NOT OVER’

While his camp insist he still has a chance of winning the race to the White House.

Matt Morgan, the President’s general counsel, said: “This election is not over.

“The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final.

“Georgia is headed for a recount, where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail.

This election is not over. The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final.

Matt MorganTrump general counsel

Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Secretary of State, announced Friday: “Georgia still too close to call, but results will be very close, and there will be a recount. Promises transparency.”

Sources said Trump would refuse to concede – even if Biden was declared the winner – and his son Don Trump Jr urged him to “go to war” over the result.

But Andrew Bates, a senior member of Biden’s team, hit back: “As we said on July 19th, the American people will decide this election.

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

The former VP looks set to capture the 20 electoral votes from Pennsylvania, which would propel him into the White House, making him the 46th President of the United States.

Biden has fought back a deficit of nearly 1million votes in the Keystone State after a huge surge in mail-in ballots which Trump branded “fraudulent” and demanded counting be stopped.

A victory in PA would put the Democrat firmly over the 270 electoral college vote mark ending Trump’s explosive four-year tenure in the White House.

Just before 11pm ET on Friday, Biden led Trump by 28,833 votes in Pennsylvania, where 96 percent of the votes have been voted.

A recount in Pennsylvania will be automatically triggered if the margin of the final vote is 0.5 percent or less.

Biden was leading Trump by 4,020 votes in Georgia – where 99 percent of the votes bad been counted by 9pm – at 49.42 percent

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The President blamed a burst water piper for his trailing behind in the Peach state.

During a press conference last night, Trump said: “In Georgia a pipe burst in a faraway location totally unrelated to the location of what was happening, and they stopped counting for four hours, and a lot of things happened.”

 

US election
US election

Winning Georgia would give Biden 269 electoral votes – meaning he would effectively have a clear path to the Oval Office.

No Democrat has carried Georgia since 1992 when Bill Clinton flipped the state against George W Bush.

Biden could also win the election if he secures Georgia’s electoral votes while maintaining his current lead in Arizona.

The Associated Press and Fox News called The Grand Canyon State for Biden, where he is ahead of Trump by 29,861 votes at 49.72 percent to 48.8 percent.

A record number of Americans voted in this historic election as the country battles the Covid-19 pandemic.

Those voting in person joined 102 million citizens who voted early, a figure that represents 73 percent of the total turnout of the 2016 election.

A lot of the mail-in ballots that are still being counted have come from Democrat-leaning counties, which explains Biden’s gains since Tuesday.

NO FLY ZONE

Meanwhile, a no-fly zone was put into place on Election Day over the area of Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the temporary flight restrictions were put in place for special security reasons.

The rule is set until Saturday, November 7.

Another physical signs of Biden’s march to what appeared an inevitable victory is his bodyguard Secret Service detail was increased considerably.

An increase in security is a typical operation when someone is likely to become US President-elect.

As Biden waited for the keys to the White House at his home in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday, he declared he was doing everything possible to “protect” the election.

If you count the legal votes I easily win. If you count the illegal votes – they can try to steal the election from us.

Donald Trump

He tweeted: “The people will not be silenced, be bullied, or surrender. No one is going to take our democracy away from us. Not now, not ever.

“America has come too far, fought too many battles, and endured too much to let that happen.”

It comes after Trump accused Democrats of trying “steal” the election in an incredible speech from the White House last night.

Bitter Trump singled out mail-in ballots which he suggested were suspicious in being “overwhelmingly” for Biden.

The President told reporters: “If you count the legal votes I easily win. If you count the illegal votes –  they can try to steal the election from us.”

HOLDING A RECOUNT

Joe Biden has a slender lead over Donald Trump in the race to 270 electoral votes.

The Democrat has so far flipped three states that Trump won in 2016 – Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona.

But the President wants a recount of votes in Wisconsin and has filed lawsuits to stop vote counting in both Michigan and Pennsylvania.

The recount of votes can be complicated because the guidelines are set at state and sometimes local levels.

THE RULES

Wisconsin – a recount cannot be requested until election results are verified on December 1. State rules also dictate that a recount can only be requested by a candidate if the race is separated by a margin of one per cent or less.

Michigan – the state conducts an automatic recount if candidates are separated by a margin of 2,000 total votes or less.  To get a recount by request, a campaign must submit a petition over alleged fraud or counting errors within 48 hours.

Pennsylvania – the state only provides an automatic recount if the race is separated by a margin of 0.5 percent or less, or if election officials find irregularities in the results

Georgia – a candidate can request a recount if the margin is less than 0.5% and that request must be made within two day of the results being certified.

Trump vowed he would not allow unfounded “corruption to steal such an important election” or “silence” GOP voters after debunked voter fraud claims flooded social media.

“They did the mail in ballots where there’s tremendous corruption and fraud going on,” he raged. “I told everybody that these things would happen.”

“I’ve already decisively won,” Trump insisted, hours after Biden said he had “no doubt” he had won the nail-biting battle for the Oval Office.

Citing his victories in Florida, Ohio, Indiana, and Iowa, Trump declared that there was “no blue wave that they predicted” as he touted Republican gains in the House.

“Democrats are the party of the big donors, the big media, and big tech,” he told reporters, as the counting continued in key states like Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Arizona yesterday.

“The Republicans have become the party of the American worker,” Trump added, before slamming the “phony” media polling, which he claimed was “election interference in the truest sense of that word.”

Why is Trump taking his election battle to court

Trump has filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan.

He was demanding better access for Republican observers to locations where ballots are being counted.

A statement from the campaign said in Michigan that they haven’t been given “meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law.”

The Georgia lawsuit filed in Chatham County essentially asks a judge to ensure the state laws are being followed on absentee ballots

The Trump campaign also filed a lawsuit to intervene in a Pennsylvania case at the Supreme Court that deals with whether ballots received up to three days after the election can be counted.

A spokesman for Trump’s team said: “This is the most important election of our lifetime, and President Trump made clear our path forward last night: ensure the integrity of this election for the good of the nation.

“Bad things are happening in Pennsylvania. Democrats are scheming to disenfranchise and dilute Republican votes. President Trump and his team are fighting to put a stop to it.”

Separately in Nevada, GOP lawyers had already launched legal challenges involving absentee votes in Nevada, specifically contesting local decisions.

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