As America went to vote today and millions of votes remained uncounted in prime states where the presidential cross sword is expected to be cut-throat, US President Donald Trump declared victory saying he would approach the Supreme Court and ask for “all voting to stop”, alleging fraud in a speech from the White House on Wednesday.
While being nowhere near the 270 electoral college votes he needed to win, Trump said: “Frankly, we did win this election,”
Joe Biden, rival and Democratic nominee, was ahead with 225 votes to Trump’s 213 according to the Associated Press tracker, at the time this report was being typed.
Trump had picked up Florida, Iowa and Ohio among the ‘battleground states’ which he had won in 2016, and was leading in North Carolina.
He also held on to Texas and Georgia, the solidly Republican states that Democrats had hoped to win in later counting.
Also leading in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, the three Democratic states — the Blue Wall states — Trump had flipped in 2016 to win the presidency.
But his leads in these states were expected to change as large number of early votes — especially mail-in ballots — remained to be counted.
Michigan authorities have said they will not be’ ready to make an official announcement’ of the outcome till late Wednesday. Pennsylvania might also not have a result to announce until then.
Just as Biden had made an attempt to win for Georgia and Texas and failed, Trump had made a go for New Hampshire and Minnesota, both states won by Hillary Clinton in 2016. Biden won them both.
Jason Miller, a senior member of Trump’s re-election campaign, told reporters on a conference call earlier on Tuesday:
“We feel very, very good about our ground game, we feel very good about where we’re turning out.”