Democrat Joe Biden said he was going to win the US presidency as his lead grew over President Donald Trump in battleground states, although television networks held off from declaring him the victor as vote-counting continued. “The numbers tell us it’s a clear and convincing story: We’re going to win this race,” Biden said today. 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.
Here are the LIVE updates on US Presidential Elections 2020 Result:
Biden Vows Virus Action On “Day One” If Victorious
The United States reported record new coronavirus cases for the third day in a row, as Joe Biden vowed to act against the pandemic on “day one” if he wins the presidential election in the world’s worst-hit nation, reported news agency AFP. Global infections have surged past 49 million and Europe has become the new pandemic epicenter in recent weeks with more than 300,000 deaths — nearly a quarter of the global total. More than 127,000 new infections were reported in the US on Friday, the third straight day of record cases, as votes from the bitterly fought election were still being counted. No winner has been declared but Biden promised he would not waste time in addressing the pandemic if he is victorious. “I want everyone, everyone to know on day one we’re going to put our plan to control this virus into action,” the Democrat said.
“We’re Going To Win This Race,” Says Biden As Lead Over Trump Grows
Democrat Joe Biden said he was going to win the US presidency as his lead grew over President Donald Trump in battleground states, although television networks held off from declaring him the victor as vote-counting continued, reported news agency Reuters. “The numbers tell us it’s a clear and convincing story: We’re going to win this race,” Biden said today, adding that he and his running mate Kamala Harris were already meeting with experts as they prepare for the White House. Trump, 74, has been defiant as his chances of re-election fade. He has repeatedly made unfounded claims of fraud and his campaign is pursuing a series of lawsuits that legal experts say are unlikely to alter the election outcome. Americans have been waiting longer than in any presidential election since 2000 to learn the winner, with counting slowed by a record number of mail-in ballots. Biden, 77, has a 253-to-214 lead in the state-by-state Electoral College vote that determines the winner, according to Edison Research.
Republicans have for months been fighting a state decision to accept mail-in ballots postmarked by November 3 and arriving by Friday. Previously the deadline for acceptance was Election Day itself, news agency AFP reported.
Public health and economy are two areas that will remain under focus if Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are elected to office, the White House challenger said today. “While we’re waiting for the final results, I want people to know we are not waiting to get to work,” Biden said in an address to the nation from the campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware late on Friday night.
“More than 20 million people are on unemployment. Millions are worried about making rent and putting food on the table. Our economic plan will put a focus on a path to a strong recovery,” he said. The US central bank chief Jerome Powell on Friday said a full economic recovery is unlikely until people are confident that it’s safe to resume their normal activities, news agency PTI reported.
Supporters and critics of Trump are protesting as votes are counted.
Joe Biden’s lead grew inexorably in Pennsylvania, which would hand him the keys to the White House if he secures its 20 votes in the Electoral College that determines presidential races. By late Friday he had an advantage of almost 29,000 votes over Trump, although that was still within the narrow margin that would likely trigger a recount, news agency AFP reported.
“My responsibility as president will be to represent the whole nation,” Joe Biden said, drawing a stark contrast with Trump’s nearly four years of rule by provocation, news agency AFP reported.
As Trump keeps up attack, alleging that elections are rigged, Joe Biden, in his address to the nation, today said: “Look, we both know tensions are high. It can be high, especially after a tough election, like the one that we just had. But we have to remember that we have to remain calm and patient. Let the process work out, as we count all the votes. know, we will be proving again as we have for 244 years in this country, that democracy works, your vote will be counted.”
“I don’t care how hard people try to stop it, I will not let it happen. People will be hurt, but our journey is for the more perfect union, and it keeps moving on,” he said.
“In America we hold strong views and have strong disagreements, and that is okay,” the White House challenged said in his brief address.
“Strong disagreements are inevitable in a democracy. Strong disagreements are healthy as it is a sign of a vigourous debate of deeply-held views. We must remember that the purpose of our politics isn’t to total unrelenting, unending warfare… No, the purpose of our politics and the work of the nation isn’t to fan the flames of conflict, but to solve problems, to guarantee justice, to give everybody a fair shot, and to improve the lives of our people. We may be opponents, but we are not enemies, we are Americans,” he added.
“We may not agree on a lot of issues, but at least we can agree to be civil with one another. Let us put the anger and the demonisation behind us. It is time for us to come together as a nation to heal. It’s not going to be easy, but we have to try. My responsibility as President will be to represent the whole nation. And I want you all to know that I will work as hard for those who voted against me, as those who voted for me. That is the job. It is called the duty of care for all Americans,” Mr Biden asserted.
While Trump has been criticised massively for his handling of pandemic, Joe Biden today said: “On day one, we’re going to put our plan to control this virus into action.”
In a tweet, Joe Biden, after his address to the nation, wrote: “We are going to be the first Democrats to win Arizona in 24 years. We are going to be the first Democrats to win Georgia in 28 years. And we re-built the Blue Wall in the middle of the country that crumbled just four years ago.”
We are going to be the first Democrats to win Arizona in 24 years.
We are going to be the first Democrats to win Georgia in 28 years.
And we re-built the Blue Wall in the middle of the country that crumbled just four years ago.
– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020
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.