Both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden plan to occupy the White House on January 21.
One day after the polls closed, the presidential election is still too close to being held, although Biden is still six points away from victory, according to the Associated Press. Even if the former vice president achieves the 270 votes in the electoral college required to win, lawsuits could prevent a winner from being declared for weeks, and at this point in the game both candidates expect to be declared winners.
On Wednesday night, the Biden campaign launched the Biden-Harris transition website. It uses the URL BuildBackBetter.com to refer to Biden’s platform as a candidate and spread a 71-word message:
“The American people will determine who will be the next President of the United States. Votes are still being counted in several states of the country. The crises the country is facing are serious – from a pandemic to an economic recession, from climate change to racial injustice – and the transition team will continue to prepare at full speed so that the Biden Harris administration is fully operational on day one.
Early Wednesday, Biden told reporters at a press conference in Wilmington, Delaware, that “it is clear that we are winning enough states to get 270 votes to win the presidency. Flanked by Senator Kamala Harris, his nominee, Biden said he did not declare that his campaign had won the election, but reported that when the counting was over, “we believe we will be the winners.
Washington Newsday asked the Biden and Trump campaign for comments, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
Also on Wednesday, Trump posted on Twitter that he had won the major battlefield states of Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina. None of the three states were called for either candidate, but if Trump won these states he would have 265 votes.
Trump also wrote on Twitter that his campaign claimed Michigan for itself “if there were indeed a large number of secretly cast ballots, as has been widely reported!
The Associated Press called Michigan, a state with 16 votes, for Biden on Wednesday night, but the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit to give them better access to the vote count. The campaign argued in the legal documents that under the Michigan Constitution and the state’s electoral code, they had the right to “allow challengers to observe the process.
The Trump campaign also urged the Associated Press and Fox News to withdraw their calls in Arizona in favor of Biden, saying it would be irresponsible for all ballots to be counted. Arnon Mishkin, the head of Fox News’ decision division, defended Arizona’s call in favor of Biden and said they “firmly believe” that the call will stand.
Biden reiterated on Twitter that he was confident that his campaign would be victorious and that after taking over the presidency, it was time to “put the tough rhetoric of the campaign behind us”.