At 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, with officials in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin determining no winner would be announced on Election Night, President Trump told supporters at the White House that Democrats were trying to steal the election.
“This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country,” he said. “We were getting ready to win the election. Frankly, we did win the election.”
Trump said his campaign will go to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“We want all voting to stop,” he said. “We don’t want them to find ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them to the list.”
The Supreme Court last month rejected a Republican request for a stay on a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that allows mailed ballots postmarked by Election Day to be count. The justices ruled 4-4 not to issue the stay, allowing the state to extend the deadline. Since that ruling, the vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been filled by Trump nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Trump said at the White House his lead in Pennsylvania is 690,000 votes, with 64% of the vote recorded and pro-Trump counties still to be counted.
He was leading in Michigan by almost 300,000 votes with 65% of the vote recorded. In Wisconsin, with 88% reported, the president led 51.2% to 47.3%.
Trump has won the key battlegrounds of Florida and Ohio. With 213 electoral votes, he would reach the needed 270 if he maintains his leads in Georgia (16), North Carolina (15), Pennsylvania (20) and either Michigan (16) or Wisconsin (10). Trump could lose Pennsylvania and still reach 270 if he won both Michigan and Wisconsin.
Biden has 227 votes and leads Arizona (11), a state Trump won in 2016, 51.9% to 46.8%, with 80% of the vote counted. Fox News called the state for Biden, but Trump insists his campaign still has “a lot of life there.”
At 12:45 a.m., as Biden took to a parking-lot stage to speak to supporters, Trump dispatched a tweet that Twitter immediately flagged with a warning to readers.
“We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election,” the president wrote. “We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!”
Twitter’s warning said, “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”
Prior to Election Day, establishment media predicted a landslide for Biden, with The Economist estimating the president’s chance of winning was 3% and Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight giving him a 10% chance.
But when Biden spoke to supporters in Wilmington, Delaware, both candidates saw a path to victory through the Rust Belt states.
“Your patience is commendable,” Biden said as car horns honked. “We knew this was going to go long, but who knew we were going to go maybe into tomorrow morning, maybe even longer?”
Biden insisted he’s on track to win.
“We knew because of the unprecedented early mail-in vote that it was going to take a while,” he said. “And it ain’t over until every vote, every ballot is counted.”
The Democrat said his campaign is “feeling good” about Michigan and Wisconsin, and thinks it will win Pennsylvania.
Trump won the battleground of Iowa by 7 points, while former vice president has taken Minnesota.
The president also has won Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and four of Nebraska’s five votes.
Biden, with 227 total votes, has won California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Illinois, Virginia, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia and three of Maine’s four votes.
Bloomberg reporter Saleha Mohsin said election officials in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania said they wouldn’t announce a winner on Election Night.
The Biden campaign believed Texas was in play, but the race has been called for Trump, who leads by nearly 6 points with 84% reporting.