Trump in “Shithole”, launches legal battle as Biden nears 270 electoral votes
London, Nov. 5, 2020 (AltAfrica)-American president Donald Trump is clearly in shithole after Vice president Joe Biden pull ahead massively nearing the magic 270 electoral votes that take him to the White House as America’s 46th president
Biden has broken Barack Obama’s vote record, as Trump challenges count in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania
The BBC projects Mr Biden won Michigan. US media forecast he took Wisconsin. No result has emerged in Pennsylvania.
Winning all three of these Rust Belt states would hand Mr Biden convincing victory.
Mr Biden has the edge in the race to accumulate the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. The Democrat has 243 votes, while the Republican has 214.
Mr Biden has a three-point advantage in the once reliably conservative sunbelt state with nearly 90% of votes counted, and CBS has categorised it as a “likely” win for the Democrat
If Mr Trump does lose Wisconsin (10 Electoral College votes), he must win Georgia (16 votes), North Carolina (15), Pennsylvania (20) and either Arizona (11) or Nevada (6) to prevail.
In the US election, voters decide state-level contests rather than a single, national one. Each US state gets a certain number of electoral college votes partly based on its population and there are a total of 538 up for grabs.
Mr Biden stopped short of declaring he had won, but said he was confident he was on course to defeat Donald Trump.
Overall turnout in Tuesday’s election was projected to be the highest in 120 years at 66.9%, found the US Election Project.
Mr Biden had the support of 70.5 million voters, the most won by any presidential candidate ever. Mr Trump has pulled in 67.2 million votes, four million more than he gained in 2016.
The bitter election race was dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, which hit a new record high of 103,000 daily cases in the US on Wednesday, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
On Wednesday afternoon, Mr Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware: “When the count is finished we believe we will be the winners.”
He added: “I will govern as an American president. The presidency itself is not a partisan institution.”
The Democratic challenger said he was feeling “very good” about Pennsylvania, although the campaign of Republican President Trump said it was “declaring victory” in the state on the count of “all legal ballots”.
Senior Trump campaign aide Jason Miller said: “By the end of this week it will be clear to the entire nation that President Trump and Vice-President Pence will be elected for another four years.”
Trump’s re-election campaign and the Georgia Republican Party have filed a lawsuit in Georgia seeking to force Chatham County to secure and account for ballots received after 7pm ET (midnight or 00:00 GMT) on Election Day.
The lawsuit brought against the Chatham County Board of Elections claims that Republican challengers had inadequate access to ballots received after 7pm on November 3.
The lawsuit further claims a “significant degree of confusion may still exist regarding whether ballots received after 7:00 P.M. can be legally counted in Georgia – and they cannot.”
Chatham County is home to Savannah, Georgia. Biden won the county with 57.7 percent to Trump’s 41 percent, according to Fox News.
Georgia, which is one of a handful of states not yet called by the AP, is the third state in which the Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit related to counting ballots in the tight presidential election.
Angry crowd chants ‘stop the count’ in Michigan
More than 100 people gathered at a vote-counting location in downtown Detroit on Wednesday, demanding that the counting of absentee ballots be stopped.
Los Angeles Times writer Seema Mehta tweeted a video showing the crowd chanting “stop the count”, which is expected to heavily favour Democrat Joe Biden.
Security officers at the TCF Center covered the windows of the counting location, where over 200 challengers – partisan observers who watch the counting of ballots – were already present, the Detroit Free Press newspaper reported.
“We are not allowing any more challengers in at this time,” the newspaper quoted an election official as telling more than two dozen people who arrived at 1pm (18:00 GMT) to monitor the count.
The Detroit Free Press said 227 Republican challengers, 268 Democrat challengers and 75 non-partisan challengers from rights and advocacy groups were present to monitor the count.