It’s a waiting game as votes continue to be counted and Trump continues to cast doubt on the electoral process.
Donald Trump falsely claimed victory in the race for the presidency in the early hours of Wednesday morning, even as the election remained too close to call with millions of votes yet to be counted.
Addressing a crowd of supporters packed into a room at the White House despite the pandemic, Trump claimed victory in states that remain too close to call and peddled baseless claims of “fraud”.
The president also threatened to challenge the election results in the supreme court, even as his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, won the state of Arizona – a remarkable upset for Republicans in a state known as the birthplace of Trumpism.
From Stuff, last night,
“We were getting ready to win this election – frankly we did win this election,” he said, citing victories in some states that had yet to be decided. “So we’ll be going to the US Supreme Court, we want all the voting to stop, we don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them to the list.”
It’s just after midnight, Biden has 238 electoral college votes and Trump has 215. There are still seven states yet to be declared. Then there are the postal and early votes to count. Stuff’s chief political reporter, Henry Cooke, has some detailed projections on his twitter.
Edited above (weka 8.24am)
Catching up on this election with the morning coffee with the New York Times and the path to 270 archaic and arcane electoral college votes required.
It stands at 227 electoral college votes to Biden, 213 to Trump with 7 states still in contention.
Right now I think that Biden has about 264 electoral votes he can be confident on. Trump has 231. Pennsylvania (20), Georgia (16) and the exact balance in Nevada (6) still to work on.