By Jessica Easthope
The 2020 historic race for the White House hangs in the balance. Late in the afternoon on Nov. 4, former Vice President Joe Biden addressed the American people, not yet declaring victory but sounding hopeful that he’s headed for the presidency.
“After a long night of counting it’s clear we’re winning enough states needed to win 270 electoral votes to win the presidency,” Biden said during a brief press conference.
Now, all eyes are on Pennsylvania, one of five states that stand in the way of an official victory for Biden or President Donald Trump who, through his attorney Rudy Giuliani, has filed a lawsuit citing election fraud in Philadelphia.
“This is a fraud on the American public,” President Trump said.
President Trump claimed victory in the early morning hours Wednesday, with millions of ballots still to be counted.
“This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election,” the President said.
Former Vice President Biden urged his supporters and the American people to be patient.
“We’re gonna have to be patient until the hard work of tallying votes is finished. And it ain’t over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted,” Biden said.
At of 6 p.m. EST, Biden is expected to secure a victory in Nevada, President Trump in Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Alaska. There are questions about Biden’s flip of Arizona as more ballots are being counted. The state has voted Republican in every presidential election — except one —since 1952.
Wednesday, President Trump called for a recount in Wisconsin and that could take days. Close to 100 million people voted early this election, both in person and by mail, taking election workers longer to count every vote.
“As I’ve said all along. It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to say who’s won this election. That’s the decision of the American people. Keep the faith, guys! We’re going to win this,” Biden said.
If elected, Joe Biden would be only the second Catholic president. He was able to secure New York State, and won by large margins in Brooklyn and Queens.
President Trump’s prediction for the election? It must go to the Supreme Court. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was re-elected in Kentucky, backed that.
“Going to court is the way we resolve uncertainty in our country, so no I’m not troubled at all by the president suggesting that because the other side’s already doing it too, and you can anticipate in close elections both sides will be lawyered up and we’ll end up in court,” Sen. McConnell said.
Also as of 6 p.m. EST Wednesday evening, Joe Biden has 264 electoral votes, President Trump has 214. 270 are needed to win.