Trump tries to overturn result as Biden nears record 80 million votes

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 20, 2020

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump rally as a supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden celebrates outside the State Capitol building after news media declared Biden to be the victor of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S., November 7, 2020.

Michigan's Republican House Speaker Lee Chatfield has said the person who wins the most votes will win the electoral votes of his state, where Trump trails by more than 150,000 votes. He's also called on the Trump administration to give Biden access to the intelligence briefings he needs to be fully prepared to lead the country on January 20, Inauguration Day.

And she said that Trump's refusal to accept the election result was a "terrible aberration" in the country's long history of peaceable transfer of power between presidents. The battle is centred in the states that sealed Biden's win. However, Americans do not elect their president based on national popular vote, but via a format called the Electoral College which apportions 538 electoral votes across every state.

Biden appears to have a 306-232 advantage in the Electoral College, where the voting is set for December 14. "It's going to take a little bit of time to turn away from what has been an inconsistent, incoherent personality-driven foreign policy". That recount would be done using scanners that read and tally the votes and would be paid for by the counties, Sterling said.

The Associated Press has not declared a victor in Georgia, where Biden led Trump by about 0.3 percentage points.

In Pennsylvania, the Trump campaign asked a judge to allow them to restore a claim they had dropped on Sunday that Republican observers were improperly blocked from watching the vote count.

Of the election result, he said: "The vast majority of people believe it's legitimate".

A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll published this week suggested the Trump campaign had succeeded in stirring doubt - however unfounded - about the presidential election. The survey found about half of Republicans think Trump "rightfully won" the election he lost.

Trump faces an uphill fight. But election officials across the country have said repeatedly there was no widespread fraud.

Legislators in MI and Pennsylvania have sought not to become involved. Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, the two Republican canvassers in Wayne County, said they only voted to certify the results after "hours of sustained pressure" and after getting promises that their concerns about the election would be investigated.

Trump campaign legal advisor Jenna Ellis attacked the outcome and pledged the campaign will "pursue all legal options".

The disputes at the commission had echoes of what happened in MI on Tuesday.

Each state must certify its result over the next few weeks, although the deadlines vary.

Palmer told Reuters in a text yesterday that Trump called her after she voted to certify the results.

"It's also unfortunately potentially unsafe", she said.

A handful of the cases are still pending, but judges have dismissed the rest, leaving Trump facing the prospect of becoming the third USA president in the past four decades to lose his reelection bid after a single term in the White House.

Hutchison said over the weekend that Biden would be the next president. "It is hard to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American President". "I can't tell you".

The President-elect said the incumbent President's refusal to concede the election "sends a frightful message about who we are as a country".

"There's a real desire for real partnership between the states and the federal government", Biden said.

Election officials and experts believe the Trump campaign has little chance of success.

Stubb said the conversation left him wondering what it would have been like had Trump's presidency never happened.

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