Trump tries to claim victory, despite having not secured enough electoral votes, in early morning speech

Posted Nov 04, 2020

President Donald Trump claimed “we did win this election” in an early morning speech, even though neither he nor former Vice President Joe Biden reached the 270 electoral votes needed to secure Tuesday’s presidential election.

Biden earlier said he believed he was “on track” to win.

Trump went even further and claimed victory, saying that the ongoing count of mail-in ballots disenfranchised his voters.

“We were getting ready to win this election,” Trump said at the White House. “Frankly, we did win this election.”

Networks and news organizations said Wednesday morning that they are not calling the races in many key states because of the large number of uncounted ballots. The Associated Press was not calling the presidential race as of 3 a.m. because neither candidate has secured the 270 electoral college votes needed to claim victory.

As of 3 a.m., Biden held 236 electoral votes, based on states called by the Associated Press, as opposed to 213 electoral votes for Trump.

Biden earlier said any declaration of victory was premature.

“As I’ve said all along, it’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to say who won this election,” Biden said earlier in Wilmington.

In fact, Biden said, “We believe we’re on track to win this election.”

An unprecedented surge of absentee ballots, which tend to favor Democrats, had yet to be counted and threatened to erase Trump’s early lead in the states that will decide the election, most notably Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Trump touted his early lead among the counted votes in those three states and said continuing to count ballots that already had been cast was “a fraud on the American public.”

“We’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said. “We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4:00 in the morning and add them.”

Trump earlier tweeted that he was winning big but Democrats were trying to steal the election, causing Twitter to put a warning label on the message, saying it “might be misleading.”

No matter what the final results, it was clear that Trump outperformed the polls for a second straight election, closing the gap with Biden in the final days of the campaign.

Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin flipped to the Republicans in 2016 after backing the Democratic presidential candidate for more than two decades. Those states had not been called as of 3 a.m.

“it ain’t over until every ballot is counted, every ballot is counted," Biden said. “We’re feeling really good about Wisconsin and Michigan. And by the way it’s going to take time to count the votes but we’re going to win Pennsylvania.

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