Former Vice President Joe Biden has been projected to become the 46th president of the United States by Decision Desk HQ after reportedly overtaking President Donald Trump’s sizable lead in Pennsylvania Friday morning.
Heading into Thursday evening, President Trump continued to lead in Pennsylvania, though according to election officials, Biden continued eating into that tally as counting continued.
Early Friday, Biden allegedly overtook the president as ballot counters neared the end, leading Decision Desk HQ to make the call.
That said, the election may not be over — yet.
The Trump campaign has several outstanding legal challenges in battleground states challenging how ballots were counted, late ballots that were added after the Election Day cutoff, and other alleged irregularities, Fox News reported.
Suits have been filed in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada, though state courts have already rejected at least two challenges.
In Georgia, the campaign filed suit Wednesday, following Election Day on Tuesday, alleging that absentee ballots were received after the 7 p.m. cutoff, which is the state’s deadline.
The suit was filed after poll watcher Sean Pumphrey in Chatham County said he saw 53 ballots be accepted after the deadline. The suit states that this “dilutes lawful votes for Republican candidates.”
The suit asks that all late, illegitimate ballots be found and that none of them be counted in the general election. But a Chatham County judge tossed the suit because the poll watcher did not provide any proof the ballots arrived late.
In Michigan, the campaign filed suit against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson after its representatives were shut out and unable to observe counting in a state that the president appears to have lost by nearly three points.
The suit named Michigan voter Eric Ostergren as a “challenger” after he was “excluded from the counting board during the absent voter ballot review process.”
The campaign asked that vote counting in Michigan be halted until its observers can gain access to all opened ballots to ensure their legitimacy. But Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Cynthia Stephens dismissed the case Thursday afternoon, ruling that the secretary’s office isn’t involved in the counting process.
Also, Stephens did not accept Ostergren’s account because Benson’s office had not been given any specifics regarding the allegations.
Meanwhile, in Nevada, Trump campaign lawyers want the state Supreme Court to order a halt in the processing of some mail-in ballots in Clark County after alleged voter fraud was discovered.
Trump campaign officials said they have uncovered evidence of “illegal votes” that were supposedly cast in the name of dead people and non-residents of the state or county. In addition, the case — filed on Election Day — also seeks to have more observer access to ballot counting.
The campaign says that there are “tens of thousands” of ballots that were mailed to voters who were not eligible to vote and that officials have evidence to prove as much.
Jennifer Jacobs, a senior White House reporter for Bloomberg News, quoted Trump campaign senior counsel Matt Morgan, who said, “The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final.”
Trump campaign's Matt Morgan: "The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final."
Georgia is headed for a recount; "irregularities" in Pennsylvania and Nevada; Trump "on course to win Arizona outright," Morgan says. pic.twitter.com/duNEa9KG6H
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 6, 2020
He noted that there will be a recount in Georgia, there are “irregularities” in Pennsylvania and Nevada, and the president is “on course to win Arizona outright.”
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