Friday, 06 November 2020 09:06

 

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The U.S. presidential election is in the final stretch, with former Vice President Joe Biden waiting for the last handful of Electoral College votes needed to reach 270.

With the results of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada reportedly imminent, the moment of truth looks to be fast approaching.

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey said he is confident Joe Biden will win the state, and that ballots still being counted from Philadelphia alone may decide it for the former vice president.  

Biden will "be able to overtake [Trump], especially when we get a much higher Philadelphia number," Casey said to CNN. "We've only seen with Philadelphia about maybe 70 or so percent of the vote counted. A lot's going to come in this morning. And when that comes in, that alone, just in Philadelphia, might be enough to have the margin go in Joe Biden's direction."

Casey said he predicts counties surrounding Philadelphia, including Montgomery, Bucks and Delaware, will also push Biden to a win.

        In Georgia, Joe Biden is trailing Donald Trump by 1,709 votes.

        In Pennsylvania, Biden is trailing by 22,576 votes. 

        In Arizona, Trump is trailing Biden by 47,052 votes.

President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday evening that the election is "rigged," that there will be a lot of litigation and that judges will ultimately decide. 

"If you count the legal votes, I easily win,"said Trump, adding that if "illegal votes" are counted, "can try to steal the election from us."

The Republican leader did not provide any evidence to back up any of his claims. It was the first time he addressed the nation since election night.

People across the US continue to wait for a projected winner in the divisive presidential contest, which pitted Trump against Democratic challenger Joe Biden and saw a historic voter turnout.

Trump is currently projected to have won 214 electoral votes, according to The Associated Press news agency, compared with 264 electoral votes for Biden.

The Trump campaign filed lawsuits this week demanding ballot counting be suspended in several states that are key to winning the White House, while also signalling its intent to demand a recount in Wisconsin. 

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, two duelling rallies of Biden and Trump supporters were held on Thursday afternoon outside a conference centre where election officials were counting ballots.

Echoing the candidates themselves, Trump’s backers want the count to be stopped, while Biden supporters are demanding that every vote be counted.

Earlier on Thursday, Biden urged people to remain calm as the ballot tabulation continues. "Each ballot must be counted," the former vice president said from Delaware.

"It is the will of the voters – no one, not anyone else – who chooses the president of the United States of America," Biden said.