A victory for Democratic candidate Joe Biden in North Carolina has “no mathematical possibility” in the state, the leader of the Republican Party stressed during a press conference on Thursday.
Trump Victory – which includes the Republican National Committee, the Trump Campaign and the North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) – put together the 8-minute event, which took place before the Mecklenburg State Election Committee. NCGOP Chairman Michael Whatley conveyed confidence and assured supporters that President Donald Trump would continue to carry the state.
Trump leads Biden in North Carolina with about 77,000 votes, according to Associated Press. But the race is not yet decided, and it will probably not be completed before November 12 or 13. There are an estimated 110,000 to 112,000 absentee ballots and about 40,000 provisional ballots that have yet to be counted.
Whatley expressed his frustration with the North Carolina State Election Commission (NCSBE) on Thursday, but remained confident that Trump will be declared the winner of North Carolina once the outstanding votes are counted.
“We now know… given these numbers and the 77,000 vote margin that Donald Trump has, we know that there is no mathematical way to overcome this advantage and declare the state Joe Biden unless there is massive electoral fraud,” Whatley said.
The speech resembled a well-known speech made by the Trump campaign in the days following the November 3 election. The presidency is still hanging in the balance as neither Biden nor Trump have received the 270 votes needed to win the White House. Among the other states where margins are too small to be considered as such are Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
Whatley criticized the NCSBE for allegedly “refusing” to release the numbers of the pending provisional and absentee ballots that would confirm the president’s victory. The panel is led by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper’s administration, and officials “want to make sure that North Carolina remains in the undecided column in the national press and its national coverage,” Whatley said.
Members of Trump’s team have filed complaints of election fraud and other irregularities in Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania. While the campaign in North Carolina has yet to file suit, Whatley assured presidential supporters that the Republican Party would send observers to observe “all openings” of the provisional and absentee ballots remaining in the state.
“We have lawyers on the ground in all 100 of our districts,” Whatley said. “We will make sure that the Elections Committee operates transparently and we are 100 percent certain that when they do, they will be … they will declare that Donald Trump has supported the state.
An estimated 110,000 to 112,000 absentee ballots have yet to be counted, but Whatley claimed that “a large proportion of those who voted on election day”. If this were true, these absentee ballots would be declared invalid. The NCSBE knows this number, Whatley insisted, and should be able to deduct it from the total to report a “real number” of votes.
The NCSBE has also said that about 40,000 provisional ballots must be counted. Election officials have released 26,000 of these names, and over 16,000 of them “were not even registered to vote,” Whatley said, resulting in a collective gasp from the crowd, most of which consisted of Trump supporters.
There were no widespread reports of fraud in North Carolina. Washington Newsday contacted the NCSBE to comment, but did not listen back in time for release.
Ninety-four percent of North Carolina residents have already cast their votes, according to the AP. Whatley said the Republican Party wants election officials to continue counting the remaining votes, but again insisted that the NCSBE currently has more information that should be made available to voters, such as the number of people who submitted absentee ballots but went to the polls on election day.
Official results may not be released in the state until November 12 or 13, when all absentee ballots are received and counted in each district, NCSBE Director Karen Brinson Bell said.
But if the board gives an “exact number,” the outstanding votes will be less than the margin that Trump Bi