President Donald Trump’s path to re-election has been significantly shortened after the victories of former Vice President Joe Biden in Michigan and Wisconsin. Trump could, however, still achieve a second term in office.
On Wednesday evening the Associated Press reported that Biden 264, Trump 214 and Trump still have 60 votes available in five states. To win the White House, a candidate must win 270 votes, which means Trump’s way to retain the presidency requires victories in Georgia, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Alaska.
These five states have not yet been called for either of the two candidates. Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Alaska have tended to favor Trump since Wednesday night, although his lead in Pennsylvania is diminishing as the postal ballots are counted. If the final votes in these four states are in his favor, he will receive a total of 54 votes, bringing the President to 268 votes.
If Trump also wins Nevada, he will cross the 270 vote threshold and become president, according to the Associated Press.
However, if Biden wins Nevada, where he is half a point ahead of Trump, he will receive the six additional votes needed to reach 270.
Another path to victory that the president is pursuing is to recount the votes in Wisconsin. The Associated Press called the state on Wednesday for Biden, with about 20,000 votes more than Trump. On Wednesday, the Trump campaign issued a statement that it intended to request a recount because the President was “well within the threshold” of doing so. In Wisconsin, the threshold for a recount is 1 percent.
A fundraising email from the campaign encouraged its supporters to donate to the Emergency Wisconsin Recount Fund.
“We can no longer let the left go unchecked. There are too many irregularities and too much room for potential deception to give up now,” the e-mail said. “We must strike back, but we cannot do it without your help.
If there is a recount and it is in Trump’s favor, 10 votes from Biden’s column will be moved to Trump’s column, bringing the former vice president’s vote to 254 and Trump’s to 224.
The President’s campaign is also pushing back Fox News and Associated Press, who are calling for Arizona for Biden. Fox News called on Tuesday night, while the AP called the race on Wednesday afternoon. Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said if all legal votes were counted, Trump would win Arizona, a state where he is behind Biden with 92,000 votes, by 30,000 votes. A victory in Arizona would give Trump 11 votes, currently given to Biden.
While the Trump campaign remains publicly convinced of his ability to remain in office for a second term, Biden believes he has the election under control.
“After a long night of counting, it is clear that we are winning enough states to achieve the 270 votes needed for the presidency,” Biden said during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday night. “I am not here to explain that we won. But I am here to report: When the count is complete, we believe we will be the winners.
Nevada announced on Wednesday evening that the results would not be released until Thursday at noon Eastern Time. In addition, the counting of ballots in Pennsylvania could take several days, so even without the legal battles, it could take days for America to officially know who won the presidency.