Biden edges closer to victory

Michael Stokes

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The race to the White House remains too close to call – as ballots continue to be counted in several swing states, even though the indications show that Biden is closer to the final victory. 

Democratic challenger Joe Biden says it is clear he is winning enough states to take the US presidency, despite key results still outstanding. Biden sounded positive about the outcome even before projections showed him winning Michigan and had confirmed that “When the count is finished we believe we will be the winners.” 

The final result will come down to the official results in key, undeclared battleground states: Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. 

Donald Trump so far is projected to win 23 states, including Texas, Ohio and Florida, having outperformed pollsters’ predictions. However the president alleges fraud, without offering evidence, and says he will launch a Supreme Court challenge. 

In the meantime the Trump campaign launches legal bids to stop the counts in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia and Michigan. Earlier, Biden’s campaign called President Trump’s statement of having ‘won the election’ and his attempt to halt counting as outrageous adding that “the counting will not stop”. 

The overall turnout is projected to be the highest in 120 years at 66.9%, and we might not have a result for days.

This election had several records broken. Democratic candidate Joe Biden had won 70 million votes by Tuesday night, which already makes it the most number of votes garnered by any presidential candidate in US history – and that’s before all the votes had been counted.

In fact Biden had broken Barack Obama’s record of 69,498,516 which was set in the 2008 election. Trump had won more than 66,000,000 votes as of Wednesday evening.

More than 100 million people voted by post ahead of polling day in this election – a new record after many said they were reluctant to vote in person because of COVID-19. The country is now on course to surpass 150 million votes for the first time in history.