Trump said he remains for a second term
The incumbent US President Donald Trump congratulated his voters on winning the elections. He announced that he won in the states of Florida, Ohio, Texas, North Carolina and Georgia. He also noted that he is already winning in Pennsylvania, and stressed that he did not even expect to win in some states.
Trump said the GOP is already gearing up “for a big celebration.” He thanked his constituents, family members and colleagues. Separately, the president stressed that he is ready to go to the Supreme Court to resolve the issue of the election results in those states where “something went wrong” due to fraud.
Later, the president called the sudden loss of leadership in elections in a number of states very strange. According to him, his advantage “began to magically disappear when unexpected heaps of ballots were counted.”
Biden’s headquarters are also confident of victory
“We are winning the elections, we won the elections. And we will defend this election, ”said attorney Bob Bauer, an advisor to Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s headquarters.
Headquarters officials also said they expect their candidate to win in Michigan and Pennsylvania. “We believe we have already won a victory in Wisconsin,” they added. The politician’s headquarters manager Jen Dillon, in turn, did not rule out that Trump would demand a recount in Wisconsin.
The vote count has not yet been officially completed
It is too early to talk about an unambiguous victory for the current president. According to the latest data, neither Trump nor Biden received the required 270 (out of 538) electoral votes to win. As of 19:00 Moscow time, Trump as a whole is not even in the lead: he collected 213 electors, and Biden – 238. At the same time, in the states where the vote count is still ongoing, there is an equal struggle: the count goes to tenths of a percent.
Shortly before the start of the vote, it became known that Trump had bypassed Biden in polls in several states where a key struggle was unfolding. At the same time, in the country as a whole, the Democratic candidate before the start of voting was more than six percent ahead of the current leader. At the same time, experts believed that the gap might not be that big: Trump just actually has many “quiet” supporters who do not participate in polls.
If he loses, the 45th President of the United States will become the first head of state in 30 years who could not be re-elected for a second term: before that, this happened in 1992 with George W. Bush.
Summing up may take several weeks
The voting results are still only preliminary. This is primarily due to the changes that the coronavirus pandemic introduced to the process: this year, voting by mail was allowed.
According to the U.S. Elections Project, in general, the scale of early voting has reached an unprecedented scale: over 100 million Americans have cast their votes in person or by mail. This is more than 70 percent of all those who voted in 2016 and about 40 percent of those eligible to vote in general.
In some states, the counting of mailed ballots can take from a few days to several weeks. This means that it will probably not be possible to name the winner a few hours after the closure of the sites – as quickly as usual. At the same time, in the all-important Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, the processing of votes received by mail did not begin at all until November 3, which may further delay the process. In addition, some of the ballots will obviously not reach the election commissions in time, and the courts will decide their fate.
Because of all this, Twitter and Facebook have decided to specifically tag entries in which candidates will declare their victory before the official announcement of the results. Facebook has already pointed to Trump’s premature announcement.
It is worth noting that the US election system itself is complex and outdated: on election day, voters in every state, casting a vote for one of the candidates, actually vote not for him, but for the list of electors from the party that nominated him. And already the vote of these electors, held on the 41st day after the nationwide, finally identifies the new president.
There are currently 538 electors, and they are unevenly distributed across states. Each state has as many electors as it has seats in both houses of Congress. Moreover, in the Senate (upper house) there are always two representatives, and in the House of Representatives (lower) the number depends on the size of the state’s population. The result is that one elector in different states represents a different number of residents. This is what helped Trump win the 2016 election: his rival Hillary Clinton received almost three million more votes, but he won more electors.