President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden were neck and neck at 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning as officials continued to count votes in nine states that could decide the outcome of the 2020 election.
The electoral vote tallies by Decision Desk HQ and The Associated Press showed Biden with a slight lead on Trump 225-213 and 226-214 respectively. Both services had not yet declared winners in nine states: Nevada, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Maine, and Alaska.
Trump was in the lead in six of the nine states: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alaska. In addition to keeping the lead in Nevada, Arizona, and Maine, Biden would need to recapture at least two of the states where Trump was in the lead.
In Georgia, Trump held a 2.6 point lead with 93 percent of the votes counted. The secretary of state has said that Georgia would have the result of the general election no later than Wednesday.
Two large counties in the state had problems counting ballots on Tuesday. A burst pipe in Fulton County delayed counting by two hours. Officials said they would continue tabulating ballots on Wednesday and Thursday.
Officials in Gwinnett County, meanwhile, told The Epoch Times there had been a problem with ballot-scanning software.
In a brief speech to supporters, Biden urged patience as votes continued to be counted. Trump asserted a big victory and suggested that malfeasance may be afoot.
“Your patience is commendable. We knew this was going to go long, but who knew we’re going to go into tomorrow morning, maybe even longer. But look, we feel good about where we are. We really do. I’m here to tell you tonight, we believe we’re on track to win this election,” Biden, 77, said from Wilmington, Delaware, with his wife standing by his side.
“Millions and millions of Americans voted for us,” Trump said. “A very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people and we won’t stand for it, we won’t stand for it.”
“We were getting ready for a big celebration. We were winning everything and all of a sudden it was just called off,” the president added.
The president said his campaign would be asking the Supreme Court to intervene.
In Pennsylvania, Trump held a 13.4 point lead with 64 percent of the votes counted. The state will continue counting mailed ballots it receives up to three days after the election as long as they are postmarked on Nov. 3. Trump has criticized the Supreme Court for refusing to block the law and suggested that the delays would increase the likelihood of fraud.
In North Carolina, Trump held a 1.4 percent lead with 94 percent of the votes counted. The state will continue counting postmarked mail ballots it receives as late as Nov. 12.
There is no deadline extension in place in Arizona, which Biden led by 5 points with 80 percent of the votes counted. The opposite is true in Nevada, which will accept mailed ballots until Nov. 10. Biden led the state by 2.7 points with 67 percent of the votes counted.
Results may come sooner from Michigan and Wisconsin, neither of which will count mailed ballots arriving after Election Day. Trump was up by 4.1 points in Wisconsin with 91 percent of the votes counted. The president led in Michigan by more than 8 points with 72 percent of the vote counted.
The delay in the results was widely expected due to the flood of mailed ballots triggered by changes to election rules stemming from the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. More than 65 million people voted by mail, according to the U.S. Elections Project.
From The Epoch Times