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As Biden nears victory, Trump lashes out with false fraud claims

PoliticsNov 05, 2020 07:30PM ET
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4/4 © Reuters. Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Biden speaks about 2020 the presidential election in Wilmington, Delaware 2/4

By Jeff Mason, Steve Holland and Trevor Hunnicutt

WASHINGTON/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - The U.S. presidency hinged on a dwindling set of uncounted votes in a handful of battleground states on Thursday, as Democrat Joe Biden inched closer to winning the White House while President Donald Trump escalated his unprecedented efforts to cast doubt on the election's integrity.

Biden, the former vice president, was chipping away at the Republican incumbent's leads in Pennsylvania and Georgia even as he maintained narrow advantages in Nevada and Arizona, moving closer to securing the 270 votes in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the winner.

In three of the four states, the margins between the two men had tightened since Wednesday, as results from counting centers trickled in and anxious Americans waited for clarity after an exhausting and deeply vitriolic election.

In Pennsylvania, Trump's lead had shrunk from 319,000 on Wednesday afternoon to 107,000 a day later, while his margin in Georgia fell from 68,000 to fewer than 10,000. Those numbers were expected to continue to move in Biden's favor, with many of the outstanding ballots from areas that typically vote Democratic, including the cities of Philadelphia and Atlanta.

Biden, meanwhile, saw his lead in Arizona contract from 93,000 to 68,000; he was ahead in Nevada by only 11,000 votes.

Most major television networks gave Biden a 253 to 214 lead in Electoral College votes, which are largely determined by state population, after he captured the crucial battleground states of Wisconsin and Michigan on Wednesday.

Biden would become the next president by winning Pennsylvania, or by winning two out of the trio of Georgia, Nevada and Arizona. Trump's likeliest path appeared narrower - he needed to hang onto Pennsylvania and Georgia while overtaking Biden in either Nevada or Arizona.

As demonstrators marched in several U.S. cities for a second straight day, the election lay in the hands of civil employees who were methodically counting hundreds of thousands of ballots, many of which were sent by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Final results in each state could take days. Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said on Thursday afternoon the state still had about 350,000 ballots yet to count but expected the vast majority to be tallied by Friday.

In Georgia, Gabriel Sterling, an election official, said there were still more than 47,000 ballots to be processed and it would "take time." Arizona, where there were at least 400,000 ballots remaining, and Nevada, which had 190,000 uncounted votes, were also expected to take days to complete their tallies.

'MESSY' DEMOCRACY

Trump, who has not been seen in public since falsely claiming victory late on election night, was due to speak from the White House on Thursday evening.

He earlier sent a series of Twitter posts that made baseless claims of fraud and calling for vote counting to cease. In a campaign statement sent in all capital letters, he said, "If you count the legal votes, I easily win the election! If you count the illegal and late votes, they can steal the election from us!"

His campaign, meanwhile, pursued a flurry of lawsuits in Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania, though judges in Georgia and Michigan quickly rejected the challenges. Legal experts said the cases had little chance of affecting the electoral outcome.

In remarks from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, Biden again expressed confidence he would win and urged patience as votes were tallied.

"Democracy's sometimes messy," Biden said. "It sometimes requires a little patience as well. But that patience has been rewarded now for more than 240 years in a system of governance that has been the envy of the world."

At stake is whether to give Trump and his "America First" policies four more years in office or turn to Biden, a figure on the national stage for a half century who promises to deliver steadiness at home and repair alliances overseas.

The close election underscored the nation's deep political divides, while the slow count of millions of mail-in ballots served as a reminder of the deadly pandemic that continues to upend American life.

Biden, if he prevails, will nevertheless have failed to deliver the sweeping repudiation to Trump that Democrats had hoped for, reflecting the deep support the president enjoys despite his tumultuous four years in office. Trump's influence on the Republican Party will remain strong, even if he ultimately loses a tight election.

The winner will face a pandemic that has killed more than 234,000 Americans and left millions more out of work, even as the country still grapples with the aftermath of months of unrest over race relations and police brutality.

Biden led Trump by more than 3.8 million in the national popular vote, though that plays no role in deciding the winner. Trump lost the popular vote by about 3 million to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, when he struck an upset victory by winning key states in the Electoral College.

He is trying to avoid becoming the first incumbent U.S. president to lose a re-election bid since fellow Republican George H.W. Bush in 1992.

Trump, who often relished legal battles during his turbulent business career, was at the White House working the phones and monitoring developments on television, two Trump advisers said. He has been talking to state governors as well as close friends and aides and dispatched some of his closest advisers out in the field to fight for him.

"He's very engaged, he's monitoring, talking to all the states," a Trump confidant said. "It doesn't look good but this guy wants to keep fighting. He's in a fighting mood right now. He's not melancholy or dejected. But the path is getting harder and harder."

Twitter and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) have flagged numerous posts from Trump since Election Day as misleading.

Trump's rhetoric had gained traction with his some supporters, however. A Facebook group called "Stop the Steal" pushing false claims of voter fraud quickly gained hundreds of thousands of members on Thursday before the social media giant took the page down, saying it had seen calls for violence.

Supporters of both candidates also held small-scale protests outside voting centers on Thursday, though the demonstrations were largely peaceful.

As Biden nears victory, Trump lashes out with false fraud claims
 

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Forex Harbingers
Forex Harbingers Nov 06, 2020 7:38AM ET
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#followthewatwrmark
Mauricio Acuña
Mauricio Acuña Nov 06, 2020 6:35AM ET
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Claims are totally justified legal observers not allowed to inspect the process, votes that came after election date are counted and should not be that is illegal in some states. Also verification of mail votes is basically null and every vote in the mail is for Biden. Also the fact that trump was winning and then at 4am in the morning started losing statistically speaking is super strange. Looks like Reuters is owned by the Chinese also shame.
robert morris
XcaliberTrading Nov 06, 2020 5:08AM ET
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I understand some here are never Trumpers and will defend the fraudulent activity that is occurring as right winged propaganda. I also understand that Trump supporters will not bend accept a illegitimate president that was planted in office in another coup attempt by Democrats. In my opinion, this election has fractured the nation more. Biden in office will only strengthen the unity of anti-corruption patriots. So if people are to assume that Biden will calm or heal this nation they would be wrong. For anyone to assume such a thing they would have to assume they can predict that conservative Trump loyalist are weak and will surrender. This election is the beginning of "A storm". A serious, and dangerous historical divide in the United States that will certainly last for decades to come. A divide that may lead to conflict and a permanent separation of states.
Jake Might
Jake Might Nov 06, 2020 4:03AM ET
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sit back and eat popcorn
mark johnson
mark johnson Nov 06, 2020 3:08AM ET
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So. Where are the false claims thst trump is making? Are we just to take Reuters wird thay they are fals or can Reuters provide proof. We could just aa easily say that Reuters is making false claims a out trumps truthful claims inless Reuters tells us HOW Trumps claims are false.
William Smith
William Smith Nov 06, 2020 12:07AM ET
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Sorry Reuters, but many reliable sources (much more reliable than you sorry excuses for journalists) say you are 100% wrong.
Musical Critic
Musical Critic Nov 06, 2020 12:04AM ET
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I think Trump will finally win
Jack Zhang
Jack_A Nov 06, 2020 12:04AM ET
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he will win jail
TL Chan
TL Chan Nov 05, 2020 11:11PM ET
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The US voting system is heavily corrupted by Democrats ! How could some state can wait for mail-in votes coming in late as 10 Nov 2020. Everyone know there are massive quantities of made-in-China fake green cards and driving licenses in US, fake postal chop is much easier and cheaper! Who can check to dig them all out. As a matter of fact, no one such fake thing got digged out, that is the scarry part, since it is impossible to be total non- existence of these fake stuff. The only reason is obvious, all these states in dispute are all Democrats territories, the corruption or power structure would not have allowed any decent people to dig out the truth and evidences, it is just too hard, when the corrupted side are so experienced and stone handedly controlled the vote counting machines !
Jeremy Thornton
Jeremy Thornton Nov 05, 2020 11:11PM ET
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Your conspiracy theories are not working anymore. Stay in your country and mind your own business.
Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel Nov 05, 2020 11:11PM ET
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Trump wanted to close the Mexican border. We should have close the border to asians. Unfortunately, Trump has the headquarters of the ICBC located in his tower in NY.
William Smith
William Smith Nov 05, 2020 11:07PM ET
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False claims? Haha Haha. You leftists in the MSM are doing your best to throttle the fraud it appears.
john andre
john andre Nov 05, 2020 10:47PM ET
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investing. com. what makes you the authority on impropriety concerning voter fraud.dems are noted for cheating
Stacy Starner
Stacy Starner Nov 05, 2020 10:47PM ET
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Exactly
Stacy Starner
Stacy Starner Nov 05, 2020 10:47PM ET
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Investing.com. There just as bad about talking smack
Musical Critic
Musical Critic Nov 05, 2020 10:30PM ET
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I'm pretty sure markets will give up all gains after final results!
Musical Critic
Musical Critic Nov 05, 2020 10:25PM ET
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Any thoughts on Biden's CHARACTER??
Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel Nov 05, 2020 10:25PM ET
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Biden may actually care about working people. Not giving tax breaks to the wealthy, that lead to stock buybacks, and increased pay to Ceos. Trump is responsible for the largest transfer of wealth profram in American history. Fact! Take a look at the debt clock also.
Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel Nov 05, 2020 10:25PM ET
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Program*
Jack Zhang
Jack_A Nov 05, 2020 10:24PM ET
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why do people vote a liar? just because he shouts louder?
Clinton Powell
Clinton Powell Nov 05, 2020 10:15PM ET
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How do they know they ate false before even the evidence or supposed evidence hasnt neen presented yet
Terence Williams
Terence Williams Nov 05, 2020 10:13PM ET
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I hope censoring is not part of your  agenda at Investing. That would be scary.
Terence Williams
Terence Williams Nov 05, 2020 10:11PM ET
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Well..why would Trump suspect the Democrats to doing anything  to get rid of him. They hate him..and would do anything. They having being trying for 4 years of constant attacks..with willing help of their media arms...So Trump is ****ed..and about 70 million supporters too. Fraud..maybe..maybe not..but honestly given the chance would you do anything in your power to get rid of a racist demagogue and all his racist supporters.. all 70 million of them...you would if you hate him...they do, and they will. It does scare me..the lack of trust in our institutions..if we lose that..well...
Alex Tudor
Alex Tudor Nov 05, 2020 9:35PM ET
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Who is the idot who wrote in the title of an article a statement like this , that somebody , anybody, makes false claims about something, omg, am i the only one who see it???
Thom Miller
Thom Miller Nov 05, 2020 9:35PM ET
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No, I “sees” it too. (Again! I rest my case....)
Thabo Benson
Thabo Benson Nov 05, 2020 9:35PM ET
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Thats how it is;
Thom Miller
Thom Miller Nov 05, 2020 9:27PM ET
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I’ve never been so embarrased to be an American after watching our lying, whining “leader” tonight. I think he needs to make a trip to Dallas just in front of the Book Depository Building....
Dan Pickens
Dan Pickens Nov 05, 2020 8:31PM ET
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Going back to Market Watch.
jemin An
jemin An Nov 05, 2020 8:31PM ET
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As a trader, I want victory of Trump, and Chaos, cause It will be the great chance for short. Biden, the old, looks like lose the power in his hand
Miyamoto Mushashi
Miyamoto Mushashi Nov 05, 2020 8:20PM ET
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Fraud wins ... America Is Doom
Tim Bailey
Tim Bailey Nov 05, 2020 6:31PM ET
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Yeah i could be president if 1000’s upon 1000’s of ballets are just dumping in without oversite allowed.. Biden can barely remember his name but somehow all liberals, every major social platform and mainstream media are completely oblivious.. looks and sounds like paid for fraud to me.. what happened to our great country? Answer: democratic party
Thom Miller
Thom Miller Nov 05, 2020 6:31PM ET
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Hey, Tim, are those “ballets” wearing tutus?
Dannie Strable
Dannie Strable Nov 05, 2020 6:31PM ET
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Listen to the guy who spells his name with an H
Lim Xy
Lim Xy Nov 05, 2020 6:29PM ET
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If trump wins, is a joke to the world.
Miyamoto Mushashi
Miyamoto Mushashi Nov 05, 2020 5:00PM ET
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Biden wins America is goner....
Sam Mojtabai
Sam Mojtabai Nov 05, 2020 4:46PM ET
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Yes! The man will save America
 
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