WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrat Joe Biden was on the verge of winning the presidency on Friday as he took a narrow stance on President Donald Trump in key battlegrounds in Georgia and Pennsylvania.
Those people put Biden in a strong position to capture the 270 electoral college votes needed to carry the White House. The winner will lead a country facing a historic set of challenges, including an epidemic and deep political polarization.
Trump stayed at the White House on Friday morning as his campaign insisted that the election was not over. Biden was at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, with the vote counting continuing.
Focused on Pennsylvania, where Biden led Trump by more than 9,000 votes, and Georgia, where Biden led by more than 1,500, entered a third full day after the election as Americans, without knowing it. Who will lead them for the next four years. The long-running process added to the concern of a nation whose racial and cultural divisions were instigated during a heated campaign.
With his passage of reelection appearing too narrow, Trump was testing how far they could go in the use of presidential power to reduce confidence in the vote.
On Thursday, he falsely argued inefficient allegations of voter fraud that his opponent was trying to seize power in an extraordinary attempt by the US president to sow doubts about the democratic process.
From the podium of the White House briefing room, Trump said, “This is a case when they are trying to steal an election, they are trying to rig an election.”
Biden on Thursday tried to ease tensions and create a more traditional image of the president’s leadership. After attending the coronovirus briefing, he announced that “each ballot should be counted.”
“I told everyone to be calm. The process is working, ”said Biden. “This is the will of the voters. No one, no one else who elects the President of the United States. “
Trump showed no signs of giving up and came back to Twitter around 2:30 a.m. on Friday, “America’s Supreme Court Must Decide!”
Republicans challenged Trump’s inaccurate claims about the integrity of the election now had to choose whether a breakup with a president could, although his grip on his office was tightened, from the GOP’s rank and file members Sky-high approval rating received. . This was especially true for those who are eyeing their own presidential runs in 2024.
Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan, a potential presidential hopeful who has often criticized Trump, disproportionately said: “There is no defense tonight for the president’s comments to ease our Democratic process. America is counting votes, and we should respect the results as we always have. “
But those who are rumored to be considering running their own White House in four years have associated themselves with the encounter, including Sen. Josh Hawkley, R-Mo, who supported Trump’s claims Tweeted that, “If the last 24 hours have made anything clear, it is that we now need new election integrity laws.”
Trump’s campaign was engaged in a flurry of legal activity to try to improve Republican presidential opportunities, saying it would file a comeback in Wisconsin and lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia.
Judges in Georgia and Michigan on Thursday quickly dismissed the Trump campaign lawsuits.
In Pennsylvania, officials were not permitted under state law to process mail-in ballots until Election Day. This is a form of voting that has been heavily skewed in Biden’s favor after Trump claimed for months without any evidence that voting by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud.
Mail ballots from across the state were crumbling heavily under Biden’s direction. A final vote may not be clear for the total number of days because the use of mail-in ballots, which take longer to process, has increased as a result of the coronovirus epidemic.
The Trump campaign said it was confident the president would eventually win in Arizona, where votes are still being counted, including Maricopa County, the state’s most populous region. The AP declared Biden the winner in Arizona and said on Thursday it was monitoring the vote count as it moved forward.
“The Associated Press continues to view and analyze vote count results from Arizona,” said AP executive editor Sally Buzbee. “We will follow the facts in all cases.”
Trump’s campaign was filing legal challenges in several states, though he faced long odds. It would have to win multiple lawsuits in many states to prevent counting of votes, as more than one state was undeclared.
Some lawsuits on the Trump team only demand better access for campaign observers to places where ballots are being processed and counted. A judge in Georgia dismissed the campaign’s trial less than 12 hours after it was filed. A Michigan judge dismissed Trump’s lawsuit over whether enough GOP challengers had access to deal with absentee ballots
Biden attorney Bob Bauer said the suits were legally “meritless”. Their sole purpose, he said “is to create an opportunity for them to give a false message about what is happening in the electoral process.”
Weisser from Wilmington, Delaware, reported. Writers Coleen Long and Alexandra Jaffe of the Associated Press in Washington contributed to this report.