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US presidential election down to the wire

4th November 2020

Trump declares victory ‘as far as I’m concerned’, threatens Supreme Court action to stop vote count 

The US presidential election has resulted in the outcome nobody wanted as Joe Biden leads Donald Trump by a wafer-thin margin that is far from unassailable, with key states some way away from posting their final count.

As of 10am (GMT+1) Wednesday morning, Biden holds majorities in both the popular vote and in the all-important electoral college, but the election is expected to be decided by the millions of mail-in ballots used in this election as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the result, Trump delivered a speech from the White House where he said that “as far as I’m concerned, frankly, we’ve won”. He also denounced what he called “fraud on the American nation” and took to Twitter to allege that Democrats were “trying to steal the election”. He said he would be appealing to the Supreme Court to stop the vote count.

This represents the worst possible scenario feared by pundits around the world, with real concerns that Trump might not cede the election if Biden does eventually win.

Vice-President Mike Pence later attempted to clarify and smooth out Trump’s remarks, saying action would only be taken against real instances of fraud.

All eyes are now on Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, as they remain hotly contested battlegrounds with millions of mail-in votes still to be counted, while also having a substantial number of votes on the electoral college.

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US presidential election down to the wire