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Biden nearing 270 votes; Trump launches lawsuits to stop counting

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Democratic US presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about results from the 2020 US presidential election during an appearance with Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris in Wilmington, Delaware, US, on November 4, 2020. (Photo by Reuters)

Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden is nearing 270 electoral votes after key victories in Michigan and Wisconsin, while President Donald Trump demanded a recount and threatened legal action.

Victories in those Midwestern states gave Biden a critical boost in the race to obtain the magic number of 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.

Trump had won both Michigan and Wisconsin in 2016. With the count still underway, he has falsely declared victory, accusing the Democrats of trying to steal the election and vowed to fight the states in court.

“It’s clear that we’re winning enough states to reach (the) 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency,” Biden said in his home state of Delaware.

“I’m not here to declare that we’ve won. But I am here to report that when the count is finished we believe we will be the winners.”

There are five states still left uncalled, including Pennsylvania, and key small state of Nevada – meaning both Trump and Biden still have a path to victory.

Biden has so far secured 264 electoral votes while Trump stands at 214.

If Biden were to win in Nevada, which has 6 electoral votes, he would in theory have the necessary 270.

Other closely contested states including Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina were still counting votes, leaving the national election outcome uncertain.

Trump’s campaign launched lawsuits in Michigan and Pennsylvania to stop vote counting and demanded a recount in Wisconsin.

Trump provided no evidence to back up his claim of voting fraud and did not explain how he would fight the results at the Supreme Court. US election experts say fraud is very rare.

In a tweet on Thursday, Trump claimed that, "The damage has already been done to the integrity of our system, and to the Presidential Election itself."  


Our lawyers have asked for “meaningful access”, but what good does that do? The damage has already been done to the integrity of our system, and to the Presidential Election itself. This is what should be discussed!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020


Voting concluded as scheduled on Tuesday night, but many states routinely take days to finish counting ballots.

There had been a surge in mail-in ballots nationally amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In the nationwide popular vote, Biden on Wednesday was comfortably ahead of Trump, with about 3 million more votes.


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