The Attorney General of Pennsylvania Josh Shapiro, who is a Democrat, has sparked outrage after suggesting on Twitter that President Trump may have lost the ability to win the crucial swing state, with 20 electoral votes, more than 24 hours before the polls even close.
'If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose,' Shapiro wrote on Twitter on Monday evening. 'That's why he's working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process.'
'For the record, he's 0-6 against us in court,' the attorney general continued. 'We've protected voting rights. Now, ignore the noise—vote!'
The Attorney General of Pennsylvania Josh Shapiro, who is a Democrat, has sparked outrage after saying Trump 'may have already lost'
Shapiro suggested on Twitter that President Trump may have lost the ability to win the crucial swing state
The latest Pennsylvania polls suggests Democratic nominee Joe Biden has a narrow lead of just 2.9 percent over Trump.
Trump ended up winning Pennsylvania by the slimmest of margins in 2016 - 0.7 percent.
Social media users were outraged by Shapiro's comments suggested there was rank hypocrisy emanating from the legal figure.
'Suffice to say if a Republican Attorney General of a swing state took the position that it was impossible for Joe Biden to win a legitimate election in their state, the Democratic freakout would be *massive*,' Logan Dobson, a Republican pollster, wrote on Twitter.
Several people on social media called out the Attorney General's comments
There was plenty of outrage on Twitter upon learning of Attorney General Shapiro's comments
'It seems highly unethical for the top law enforcement officer in one of the most important states to call the election before Election Day. This guy is the AG!' Scott Jennings, a conservative contributor on CNN tweeted.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's comments come as President Donald Trump issued a dark election eve prediction about a Supreme Court ruling that could cost him votes in Pennsylvania – claiming it will lead to 'violence in the streets.'
The president made the claim in a tweet Monday, just hours before the first in-person election day votes were to be cast, after suffering a legal setback in the Keystone State days ago. He followed up with his most direct statement yet about taking legal action, saying his lawyers will be 'fighting.'
In a stunning public statement by a sitting president, Trump said the decision by the high court will 'induce violence in the streets.' The tweet came amid preparations at the White House and in Washington for potential blowback in the event of a contested election.
'The Supreme Court decision on voting in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous one,' President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday
'The Supreme Court decision on voting in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous one. It will allow rampant and unchecked cheating and will undermine our entire systems of laws. It will also induce violence in the streets,' Trump tweeted.
'Something must be done!' he added, without explanation.
His tweet came amid intense focus on Pennsylvania – a state that could put rival Joe Biden over the edge in securing the needed 270 electoral votes to capture the presidency, if he holds Hillary Clinton's states and recaptures midwest battlegrounds where he is leading in the polls.
At a rally in Wisconsin late Monday, Trump continued his attacks while urging his own supporters to vote in-person.
'Early is good. Ballot is not good,' he said. 'We got a very horrible, horrible ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States, he told supporters in Kenosha.
Twitter slapped a warning label on Trump's tweet after he wrote that a Supreme Court decision on Pennsylvania wiill 'induce violence'
He termed it 'a ruling that puts our country in danger, actually.'
'On Pennsylvania they have so much time to do this thing. Oh - let them put their votes in and give them plenty of time,' Trump said, using a sarcastic voice. 'You know we have a date it's called November third. We don't have a date that says many days later. We don't have a date that says you're allowed to go and start putting your vote in later and we can tabulate it later take your time.'
'There's danger that there's a lot of shenanigans that go on from that time forth,' he said.
'There's a lot of bad things that can happen with the streets. You're going to have a population that's going to be a very, very angry and you just can't do that,' Trump said.
'That is such a dangerous decision. That is such a disappointment when I heard that decision,' Trump said. He also called it a 'political decision,' and indicated some hesitation about attacking the court publicly, although he has done so on prior rulings against him.
'Maybe I shouldn't be speaking this way. I'm very disappointed on behalf of this country that a thing like this could happen,' he said.
He also indicated in his most direct terms he will be dispatching lawyers to the state, perhaps in hope of getting another chance at a ruling now that new Justice Amy Coney Barrett has joined the court.
'Hopefully their wisdom will prevail and they'll do something. And lawyers will be going in and they'll be fighting,' Trump said.
There have been some government preparations for potential violence – although none connected to a 4-4 deadlocked court decision that went against the president in Pennsylvania. Other decisions, including one in battleground Wisconsin, have gone Trump's way, while a Texas court ruled against conservative activists in Texas.
Federal officials were expected to reinstall a 'non-scalable' fence around the perimeter of the White House on Monday, and some commercial buildings nearby have boarded up windows.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is telling voters in his state it may take 'even a few days' to count their votes in a new public service-style ad – as the looming legal battle over the count there takes on a new PR dimension.
'These are unprecedented times. Because of the coronavirus, there were millions of votes cast by mail so it may take longer than usual to count every vote,' he says in a new ad for the nonpartisan group, The Voter Project.
'The folks in our election offices – your neighbors, family and friends are working hard ensuring every single vote is counted,' he says.
CNN reports it will air Election Day through the final count – after the Supreme Court ruled Pennsylvania can continue counting mail ballots for three days after Election Day.
'It may take longer than usual to count every vote,' Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is telling residents in an ad paid for by a nonprofit
'So it may take a little longer than we're used to, even a few days, but that's okay,' Wolf reassures, 'because it's critical that your vote is counted -- and it will be.'
President Donald Trump has repeatedly demand the nation learn the results of the election on the night of Election Day – even as states contend with a crush of mail-in ballots due to procedural changes and the coronavirus.
And he blasted the Supreme Court for refusing to revisit a 4-4 decision that allows county officials to count votes postmarked by Election Day for three days afterward.
'I think it was a terrible decision for our country. And I think it was a very dangerous decision for our country,' Trump on Sunday.
President Donald Trump is demanding a result on election night
Joe Biden has been campaigning repeatedly and leads in most polls there
A voter arrives to drop off he ballot during early voting in Allentown, Pennsylvania on October 29, 2020
These are a portion of the 200,000 mail-in and absentee ballots that have arrived at the Allegheny County Election Division that are kept in a secure area at the Elections warehouse in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020
'Because you're going to have one or two or three states, depending on how it ends up, where they're tabulating ballots and the rest of the world is waiting to find out. And I think there's great danger to it, and I think a lot of fraud and misuse can take place. I think it's a terrible decision by the Supreme Court. A terrible decision.'
'Now, I don't know if that's going to be changed, because we're going to go in night of, as soon as that election is over, we're going in with our lawyers,' Trump vowed.
'I don't think it's fair that we have to wait a long period of time after the election. Should've gotten their ballots in a long time before that. Could've gotten their ballots in a month ago. I think it's a ridiculous decision.'
Pennsylvania state law prohibits the counting to begin until Election Day.
Trump has repeatedly demanded that the nation get a result on the night Election Day.
'The Election should end on November 3rd., not weeks later!' he tweeted Friday.
Trump said at the White House last week: 'It would be very, very proper and very nice if a winner were declared on November 3rd, instead of counting ballots for two weeks, which is totally inappropriate, and I don't believe that that's by our laws,' he said.
Despite the legal saber rattling, there was not a single challenge to one of the 1.2 million ballots cast by mail in Philadelphia or its surrounding suburbs, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday, the deadline for making a challenge.
Pennsylvania is a critical state in both candidates' plans, although a Monmouth University poll put Biden ahead by a margin of 51 to 44 in Monday. Biden's average lead is 4 percentage points, and both candidates were stumping there on Monday.
It isn't just the crush of mail-in ballots that will contribute to a delayed result.
Seven Republican counties with a combined 150,000 votes won't begin counting until the day after Election Day, NBC News reported.
Trump has regularly gone after Wolf, as he did at a rally in the state last week.
'The governor counts the ballots,' Trump said, conflating him with county election officials who do count the votes in a process that lets both parties observe. 'This is the guy that's counting our ballots? It doesn't work. It doesn't work.'
In fact, county officials conduct the count.
Axios reported over the weekend that Trump plans to declare victory if he's 'ahead' in key states like Pennsylvania. Election experts are predicting a red 'mirage' in Pennsylvania and other states – where Trump appears to be up among the first votes to get counted (those cast on Election Day) while the Biden count comes in more slowly.
This would be the backdrop for any demand to challenge mail ballots or demand a stop to the count.Get ready for the most nail-biting election in history: Your hour-by-hour guide to what to expect as America decides between Donald Trump and Joe Biden
Election night 2020 is unlike any American has seen before - with the presidency in the balance, and a record number of votes being counted in the teeth of the COVID pandemic.
Once polls close, the potential for chaos and crisis only begins. Here is DailyMail.com's hour by hour guide to what to look out for as the U.S. passes its verdict on whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden should be in the White House, and who controls the Senate.
All times are EST.
First polls close in parts of Indiana and Kentucky.
All polls close in Georgia, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia. The remainder of Indiana and Kentucky's polls close. Florida polls except those in the Panhandle, which is in Central Time, close.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
EXIT POLLS: The first exit polls could come within minutes - but in a pandemic year, it is unclear how accurate they will be, with at least 93 million having voted early or by mail-in ballot. A huge turnout in Georgia could mean lines still outside polling places - a problem which has bedeviled it in recent elections.
All polls close in North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
NORTH CAROLINA - Trump WON IN 2016
First results will come within minutes - but they might be very small percentages of the total vote. North Carolina expects to have about 80 per cent of its votes counted on election night, starting with in-person early voting totals and mail-in ballots received by November 2. In the hours following polls closing, the state will report the in-person election day votes. The state does allow mail-in ballots to come in until November 12, so if it's close, it may take several days to announce a final result.
Polls in North Carolina have flipped repeatedly between Trump and Biden. Trump won the state in 2016. An Emerson poll that ended surveying on October 30 shows the candidates tied. The Real Clear Politics polling average has Trump a tiny .5 per cent ahead. The Senate race is equally close fought, with Republican Thom Tillis hoping to hang on but Democrat Cal Cunningham up 2.2% in recent averages despite admitting to sexting a woman who was not his wife.
Could it be the end: South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham is in the fight of his political life with Jamie Harrison
SOUTH CAROLINA - REPUBLICANS DEFENDING ONE SENATE SEAT
Not in play for the presidential election - but a closely-fought Senate race could end Republican Lindsey Graham's career and put Democrat Jaime Harrison in his place. Graham has been ahead in the three most recent polls by between three and six points but Harrison has out fundraised him by tens of millions of dollars and there has been too little polling to be sure that Graham is safely ahead. The state says it will start reporting from around
EXIT POLLS: Polls covering swing states of North Carolina and Ohio can be expected now. Biden's campaign believes it can flip Ohio, despite it having gone to Trump by 8.3% in 2016. Its Republican governor predicts an ultra-narrow Trump win.
All polls close in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C. Most polls close in Texas and Michigan. Central time polls close in Kansas, North and South Dakota. Remaining polls, those in Central Time in the Panhandle, close in Florida.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Must win: Barack Obama held a rally in Miami on Monday night in a push for Latino and black voters in the state
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The first official results are expected within minutes of the Panhandle's polls closing - and will give some indication how the perennial swing state has gone. Florida is used to processing large numbers of mail-in ballots. Early voting numbers will come out quickly as well. Those tallies will be followed by in-person voting. But officials believe they will still be counting into daylight on Wednesday.
Biden could have an early lead in that state and see it diminished as the night goes on. He has just a 1 point lead in the Real Clear Politics polling average in Trump's adopted home state. By 8.30PM there should be a significant proportion of Florida's results reported - so the state will at least indicate if one candidate or another can expect a blowout
OHIO - Trump WON IN 2016
First results could be announced as early as 8pm. Counties are required to announce the results of all absentee ballots received by Election Day and all early votes. They can then start counting ballots cast on election day and these will be updated through the night. The number of outstanding absentee ballots will be reported on election night, meaning number crunchers will be able to determine if there are enough outstanding ballots to sway the presidential race. Ballots marked postmarked November 2 can be counted until November 13 - so a clear result could take more than a week
Late-breaking polls in Ohio gave Trump a slim advantage in the state he won over Clinton in 2016, but that President Barack Obama and