A newspaper editor and veteran political journalist from Nevada tweeted that he sees “no more way for Trump” in his state, as Democratic candidate Joe Biden continues to hold a leadership position in the surprise state of Swing.
Jon Ralston, editor of the non-partisan news website The Nevada Independent, began a long Twitter thread shortly after 12 noon ET Thursday, reporting on the current state of the vote count. All eyes are currently on Nevada as his six votes would solidify Biden’s claim to the presidency.
According to recent estimates, Biden leads President Donald Trump with about 11,000 votes in the state. On Thursday, reports arrived from Clark and Washoe Counties and several rural districts of the state.
Clark, who is home to the Democratic stronghold of Las Vegas, gave Biden the edge over Trump by two to one in the stack of ballots already reported on Thursday, according to MSNBC. The state still has about 63,000 ballots outstanding, Ralston wrote in his Tweet, most of which came from Clark. Sixty thousand provisional ballots are also still outstanding in the state, he wrote.
However, it is expected that the Democratic Party should benefit from the postal votes and “win them decisively”, while the provisional ballots have been divided equally between the Democratic and Republican Parties, he added. “I don’t see any more way for Trump here,” Ralston concluded his thread.
Biden currently leads NV by 11.4K.
The Dems are going to win these postal votes from election day and yesterday – 63,000. And they should win them decisively. That leaves 60,000 commissions, which were divided equally.
I don’t see any more way for Trump here.
– Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) November 5, 2020
Speaking on MSNBC on Thursday afternoon, Ralston reiterated that the remaining Clark County votes in the state were almost certainly going to speak for Biden, saying, “There’s no way Trump can take the lead from Biden. Instead, Biden’s lead is expected to be extended, Ralston said.
The editor also touched on the time it took state election officials to count the outstanding votes, as the race was essentially a postal vote. Ralston told MSNBC that the slow pace was “frustrating” for him, but he thought the officials were overwhelmed because there are usually no mailings in Nevada during the election.
The precincts were probably not properly staffed before election day and therefore not equipped for the massive influx of postal ballots, Ralston said. He speculated, however, that there would be considerable outside pressure, particularly on Clark County, to cast more votes on Thursday, as an immediate victory for Biden depends on the state.
The Trump campaign, for its part, has filed lawsuits in several states and repeated allegations of election fraud and other irregularities. In Nevada, Trump consultants announced that they will file a lawsuit alleging that up to 10,000 people voted fraudulently by mail.
“We strongly believe that there are many voters in this group of postal voters who are not real voters,” said former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt at a press conference Thursday morning.
“We are also confident that there are thousands of people whose votes have been counted who moved away from Clark County during the pandemic. Laxalt said and claimed that dead voters were also counted throughout the state and that some voters received up to 18 ballots in their homes.