The margins are exceedingly tight with both Donald Trump and Joe Biden trading wins in battleground states across the United States. Millions of votes are yet to be tallied given the overwhelming number of people who voted early through mail-in-ballots.
Democratic candidate Joe Biden is inching towards a victory in the US presidential election. With 264 projected Electoral College votes, Biden needs just six more to win the race to the White House. He is predicted to win the key states of Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin, according to the Associated Press (AP). He also has an edge in Nevada, which will give him six more votes to cross the finish line, but the results are unlikely to come until the weekend.
US President Donald Trump, who is leading the states of Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Georgia, currently has 214 electoral votes, according to AP’s projected tally. However, Biden is narrowing the gap in Georgia and Pennsylvania.
In an early morning press conference on Wednesday, Trump accused Biden campaign fraud and vowed to move the US Supreme Court over the results. Despite the criticism, Trump’s campaign went ahead to confirm it would formally request a Wisconsin recount, citing “irregularities in several Wisconsin counties.” It also filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania and Michigan before the projections were made, laying the groundwork for contesting the outcome in these key battleground states.
Both candidates spent months pressing different visions for the nation’s future after the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic hit, to which people responded in huge numbers. More than 100 million people casting votes ahead of Election Day.
Millions of votes are yet to be tallied given the overwhelming number of people who voted early through mail-in-ballots due to the pandemic. Mail-in-ballots favour Biden, who spent months repeatedly telling his supporters to vote in advance, while Trump encouraged voters to vote on Election Day.
Source: The Indian Express
Edited by: Manvika Adlakha