WASHINGTON: Democrat Joe Biden edged closer to winning the White House on Friday (Nov 6), expanding his narrow leads over President Donald Trump in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Georgia even as Republicans sought to raise US$60 million to fund claims challenging the outcomes.
Trump stayed defiant, vowing to press unproven claims of fraud as a weary, nervous country awaited clearness in an election that only heightened the country’s deep polarisation.
He likewise holds a narrow lead in Nevada, which with its 6 electoral votes would protect him 270 votes in overall.
Nationwide, Biden led Trump by 4.1 million votes out of a record 147 million cast.
Nevertheless, his lead was much smaller in those four contested states: Simply 83,038 votes out of more than 16 million cast. In Georgia, he led by a simple 3,962 votes.
As Biden inched closer to victory, he was anticipated to deal with the nation on Friday night, according to 2 people acquainted with his strategies. That might be a success speech, given that his assistants say Biden appears on the cusp of winning.
Meanwhile, Trump showed little sign he was ready to concede, making clear in a declaration on Friday he would continue to press his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud.
” From the start we have stated that all legal tallies need to be counted and all illegal ballots must not be counted, yet we have met resistance to this basic concept by Democrats at every turn,” he stated in a declaration released by his campaign.
” We will pursue this process through every element of the law to ensure that the American people believe in our government,” Trump said.
The statement came a day after Trump levelled a remarkable attack on the democratic process by a sitting president, appearing at the White House on Thursday evening to wrongly declare the election was being “taken” from him.
In both Pennsylvania and Georgia, Biden surpassed Trump on the strength of