2020 US election results: Donald Trump falsely claims victory and fights against some key states: 10 points


US elections: Donald Trump spoke at a White House press conference.

New Delhi:
United States President Donald Trump falsely declared victory over Democratic rival Joe Biden early Wednesday, with millions of votes still not counting in a close race for the White House. Shortly after Biden said he was confident of his victory and warned that the counting “might take a while,” Trump appeared at the White House to claim the victory and said he would go to the Supreme Court. Americans were preparing for an extended period of security, and results from key states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan were still awaited.

  1. “We prepared to win this election. To be honest, we won this election,” Trump said at an extraordinary press conference at the White House at 2:30 am.

  2. “This is a serious fraud in our nation. We want the law to be properly applied. So we’re going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop,” said the president, who was monitoring the election results with members of his Family in the living room of the White House residence.

  3. The Biden campaign soon hit back, calling the president’s offer to stop the vote count as “outrageous” and “unprecedented”, saying his legal teams were ready to fight him in court.

  4. “The counting won’t stop. It will continue until every properly cast vote is counted,” said the Biden campaign.

  5. Polls have closed and voting halted across the country, but US state electoral laws require all votes to be counted and many states routinely take days to complete the counting of legal ballots. More votes were counted this year than in the past as people voted early by mail and in person due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  6. Trump has won the Florida, Ohio and Texas battlefields, ruining Biden’s hopes for a crucial early victory. Biden won Arizona and his hopes are on the so-called “blue wall” states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, which Trump sent to the White House in 2016.

  7. Trump was ahead in partial counts in all three states, and the Democratic postal ballot was pending. Winning these three states would be enough to give Biden an electoral college victory.

  8. “We believe we are on the right track to win this election,” said Biden in a speech in his Delaware hometown.

  9. Biden leads 224 to 213 over Trump in the battle for 270 electoral college votes.

  10. In tweets, Trump had accused the Democrats of “stealing the elections” without providing evidence. Shortly afterwards, Biden had said in his speech: “It is not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare the winner of this election. It is the place of the voters.”

(With contributions from Reuters and AFP)



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