Democratic House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to Democrats Wednesday that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will receive enough votes in the U.S. presidential election to carry the electoral college. In the meantime, a final vote count may not be available for several days, as postal ballots and ballot papers continue to be counted in some states.
On Wednesday the Associated Press reported that Biden received 264 votes for the 214 votes of President Donald Trump. A candidate must achieve 270 votes to be declared president. Six states have not yet reported a final election result. The Trump administration has promised to legally challenge the results in some states.
Pelosi said in her letter on Wednesday that Biden and his vice candidate Kamala Harris had “made it clear” that the Democratic ticket would have enough votes to win the presidency.
“Joe Biden’s election will be historic, driven by the votes of a record-breaking 70 million Americans – the most votes ever received by a presidential ticket in American history,” Pelosi wrote.
“We must remain patient while the votes are counted and the races are declared,” Pelosi continued, “and we must remain absolutely committed to ensuring that every American voter has a say in his or her democracy.
Despite Trump’s claim of victory and the threat of legal action during a press conference early Wednesday morning, some Republicans urged Americans to be patient as the vote count continued.
“Taking days to count legally cast votes is NOT fraud,” Republican Senator of Florida Marco Rubio twittered on Wednesday. “And legal challenges to votes cast after the legal voting deadline are NOT suppression”.
Taking days to count legally cast votes is NOT fraud
And legal challenges to votes cast after the statutory voting period are NOT suppression
– Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 4, 2020
Washington Newsday turned to the office of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for comment.
Trump’s re-election campaign has filed lawsuits in the contested states of Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan over its election counting practices. In a statement Wednesday, Trump’s campaign claimed it was “temporarily halting the count in Pennsylvania until there is meaningful transparency and the Republicans can ensure that all counts are accurate and lawful.
In Michigan, Trump’s campaign claimed in a statement that it had not been given “reasonable access to numerous counting sites and the counting process as guaranteed by Michigan law. The campaign has requested that the state vote count be stopped and that it be allowed to review the ballots that were “opened and counted when we did not have meaningful access.
In a Wednesday tweet, Trump questioned how helpful it was to have meaningful access to the polling stations.
“Our lawyers have asked for ‘meaningful access,’ but what good is it? Trump tweeted. The damage has already been done to the integrity of our system and the presidential election itself. This should be discussed!”
Our lawyers have asked for âmeaningful accessâ, but what good does that do? The integrity of our system and the presidential election itself has already been damaged. This should be discussed!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020.