Joe Biden on cusp of becoming President as Trump mounts legal blitz

Washington: As we go went to print Thursday afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden was leading President Trump in popular vote by about 2.6 percentage point vote and in the Electoral College, he had banked 253 votes to Trump’s 213. Biden inched closer to  victory by holding the states won by Hillary Clinton in  2006 (except Nevada) and flipping Wisconsin and Michigan.

Now 4 States were still in play: Arizona (11 votes), Nevada (6), Georgia (16) and Pennsylvania (20). Significantly, Fox News-Wall Street Journal in coordination with the Associated Press had already declared Arizona for Biden. Other networks had not done that yet even though Biden maintained a steady lead of over 2 points. In Nevada too the Democratic nominee maintained a less than one point lead. If both go his way, he will be President on January 20. In Georgia and Pennsylvania too, he was chipping at Trump’s margin as Democrats are favored in mail-in votes. The other undecided battleground, North Carolina, is likely to go in Trump’s column.

The final results may take a day or several days in the still contested states before the determination is made who has won the Electoral College and the Presidency.

Trump’s chance for a second term has become very narrow. But as is his wont, the Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada and Georgia on grounds of vote count irregularities and violation of state laws, etc.

“We have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (which won’t allow legal observers), the State of Georgia and the State of North Carolina, each one of which has a BIG Trump lead. Additionally, we hereby claim the State of Michigan if, in fact … there was a large number of secretly dumped ballots as has been widely reported!” the President said in a series of tweets.

“Our lawyers have asked for ‘meaningful access’, but what good does that do? The damage has already been done to the integrity of our system, and to the Presidential Election itself. This is what should be discussed!” he said in another tweet.

Biden exuded confidence in winning the race. “Keep faith in the process and in each other. Together, we will win this,” he said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, both Biden and Trump campaigns have reached out to their respective support bases to raise funds for the legal battle.

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