-As media reports put the former VP winning distance
With counting still ongoing in several battleground states in the US, several media reports have put former Vice President Joe Biden in a touching distance to the White House, as incumbent President Donald Trump file lawsuits to prevent counting in some battle ground state.
The UK independent newspaper reported Thursday that Mr. Biden was within touching distance to victory over Trump after flipping the key states of Michigan and Wisconsin with a retain lead in Arizona.
Fox News had earlier called the State of Arizona for with 11 Electoral Votes for former Vice President Biden. While other network still had the two men at 253 and 214, Fox News with its prediction puts Biden ahead at 264 Electoral College votes with Trump 214.
Several media reports also indicates that the main challenge to the White House now lies in Georgia and Pennsylvania, where officials have said they could declare a result as at Thursday. Victory for Mr Biden in either state would propel him into the White House.
Reports say a number of Trump’s supporters have begun protesting outside the vote count facility in Phoenix, some of them armed, after the incumbent president made baseless claims of electoral fraud in the hours after polling closed. In Detroit, they demanded the count be stopped.
Trump has begun legal action in an attempt to prevent the counting of legitimate votes in battleground states, but judges in Georgia and Pennsylvania on Thursday dismissed lawsuits aimed at stopping ballot counts.
But according to the BBC, both Trump and Biden are each confident of victory as the outcome hangs in the balance with both sides embroiled in a legal fight over votes.
The BBC reports that projected wins in the Rust Belt states of Michigan and Wisconsin have inched Mr Biden closer to victory.In a televised address, Trump declared victory and alleged voter fraud, while accusing his rivals of trying to “steal” the election.
In his televised address, Biden urges supporters to exercise some patience, but was confident that he was on course to be the next man in the White House.Meanwhile, according to the BBC, the overall turnout in Tuesday’s election is projected to be the highest in 120 years at 66.9%, according to the US Election Project.
Mr Biden had the support of 70.5 million voters, the most won by any presidential candidate ever. Mr Trump has pulled in 67.2 million votes, four million more than he gained in 2016.
In a related development, the CNN reported on Thursday that the Trump campaign had withdrawn its federal court challenge to 93 absentee ballots and says it will pursue in state court The network reported that Republican lawyers told a federal judge Thursday that they’d like to withdraw their request for a restraining over 93 ballots in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County that voters were allowed to cure before Election Day after their absentee ballot wouldn’t be accepted.
It further reported that a day before, the judge suggested the case was an attempt to disenfranchise voters and toss out the votes, though he did not rule.
The report indicated that the Republicans noted they have a hearing on a similar case they’ve brought in Pennsylvania state court scheduled for Friday.
“Due to the timing of these proceedings and the pendency of a hearing scheduled in the Commonwealth Court of the Pennsylvania at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 6, 2020, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Plaintiffs believe that a Temporary Restraining Order in this case will be ineffective in addressing the matters covered in their Motion and, therefore, withdraw their Motion without prejudice to their underlying Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and ask the Court to enter an appropriate order,” the Republicans’ court filing said.-Complied by New Dawn