Joe Biden has come another step closer to the White House in the US presidential election. The Democratic challenger to incumbent Donald Trump also took the lead in today’s count in the particularly hard-fought state of Georgia. A success in Georgia could lift the 77-year-old above the 270 voters needed to win a presidential election in the United States. The decision could be made this Friday.
So far Biden has managed to attract 253 voters. Trump currently has 214 voters. Should Biden actually win Georgia and his success in Arizona be confirmed, he would secure the 270 votes needed for an election victory. The news agency AP and the TV station Fox News had already awarded Arizona to the Democrat. Other media were still holding back.
Trump’s chances are dwindling
Trump’s chances for a second term of office are thus becoming increasingly slim. He should emerge as the winner in the counts in all the states still open – Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania. However, it did not look like that on Friday at noon (CET) according to the published election data.
However, by appearing at the White House, the incumbent president made it clear that he would not accept defeat under any circumstances. The 74-year-old presented himself as a victim of systematic electoral fraud – but without citing any evidence for his claims. Several U.S. television stations thereupon interrupted their live broadcast from the White House. Several stations subjected Trump’s allegations to a fact-check.
The race was still undecided more than 48 hours after the last polling stations in several states closed. One reason for this is the many voters who had chosen to vote by mail because of the Corona pandemic. In addition, by law, for example in the highly competitive Pennsylvania, nobody was allowed to count postal votes before election day. In view of the tight outcome, the US media hesitated to announce a winner of the presidential election.
- hp with reports from APA. Graphic: indiaexpress.com
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