Joe Biden pleads with America to 'be patient' in wait for election results

STATES STILL IN PLAY

ARIZONA - 11 electoral college votes: Votes still being counted, deadline for result unclear

50.49% BIDEN

48.14%

Fox and the AP gave Arizona to Biden before dawn on Wednesday. On Wednesday afternoon, officials said that there were still 600,000 votes left to be counted which suggested that it could be put back in play. 

The AP is standing by its call, saying the outstanding votes are in Biden strongholds that will not flip back to .  

GEORGIA - 16 electoral colleges votes: Result expected sometime on Thursday

49.4%

49.2%  BIDEN

NEVADA - 6 electoral college votes: Result expected Friday

49.4% BIDEN 

48.5%   

NORTH CAROLINA - 15 electoral college votes: Result expected some time Thursday

50.09%

48.69% BIDEN

PENNSYLVANIA - 20 electoral college votes: Result expected Friday

50.72%  

48.5% BIDEN

 

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Joe Biden asked Americans to be patient and calm as they waited for the final ballots in the presidential race to be counted - amid mounting anxiety over the long wait for results, and concern about public order.

'Democracy is sometimes messy. It sometimes requires a little patience as well,' the former vice president said from the stage of Wilmington's Queen theater late Thursday afternoon.

'So I ask everyone to stay calm, all people to stay calm. The process is working. The count is being completed and we'll know very soon.'

In the same brief statement, the Democratic nominee assured supporters that he and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, would come out on top.

'We continue to feel, the senator and I, we continue to feel very good about where things stand,' Biden said. 'We have no doubt that when the count is finished Sen. Harris and I will be declared the winners.'

's lead in Pennsylvania is slipping and in Georgia too Biden is creeping up on him, while Biden remains ahead in Nevada and Arizona. Biden needs only Pennsylvania to win, taking him to 273 electoral college votes, or Nevada and Arizona, taking him to 270. In contrast would need to secure North Carolina, Arizona and Pennsylvania to secure 271. 

President Donald has responded to Biden's leads in Arizona and Nevada and his gains in Pennsylvania and Georgia on Twitter, often all in capitals. Several Tweets have been flagged by Twitter as misinformation. 

But he hasn't appeared in-person since his White House statement made after 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, when he claimed that he had won - a claim repudiated by members of his own party almost immediately.

Biden did not mention 's name Thursday.

But he did make a comment that was clearly aimed at and his campaign team's legal efforts to stall vote-counting and rhetorical efforts to call into question the legitimacy of the election.

'In America, the vote is sacred. It's how people of this nation express their will. And it is the will of the voters, no one, not anything else, that chooses the president of the United States of America,' Biden said. 'So each ballot must be counted.'

Earlier Thursday, Biden was at the Queen to participate in a COVID-19 and also an economic briefing. He also made an appearance at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware Wednesday, where he again told Americans they needed to wait – but that he would win.

The appearance in Delaware was clearly intended to cast Biden as presidential and paint a contrast to .

The plea for calm also spoke to increasing concerns about public order.

In Michigan, Arizona and Nevada, supporters, some of them armed have descended on counting locations.

And in New York there were arrests after a pro-Biden 'count every vote' protest descended into biolence. 

The president launched a furious tweet demanding that the count be stopped early Thursday morning then said his campaign would sue in any state where Joe Biden had already been declared a winner.

The election outcome now hinges on five states: Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

Nevada, Arizona and Georgia had expected to finish their counts Thursday but then changed expectations. 

The extraordinary focus on the counting in individual states is unprecedented. 

Address to America: Joe Biden appeared with running mate Kamala Harris at his side to plead for calm and patience over the vote count

Address to America: Joe Biden appeared with running mate Kamala Harris at his side to plead for calm and patience over the vote count

Public statement: 'We continue to feel, the senator and I, we continue to feel very good about where things stand,' Biden said. 'We have no doubt that when the count is finished Sen. Harris and I will be declared the winners.'

Public statement: 'We continue to feel, the senator and I, we continue to feel very good about where things stand,' Biden said. 'We have no doubt that when the count is finished Sen. Harris and I will be declared the winners.'

The wafer-thin margins in each state mean that every ballot now counts to the result. In a normal year, the states' results would have been called quickly by television networks and the Associated Press and the count gone on quietly in the background.

But this time, with unprecedented numbers of mail-in ballots fueling a record turnout, the calls were not made and instead it is official counts which regularly take days or even weeks to be completed, certified and declared which have become the focus of public attention. 

In each state:

Nevada: 63,000 ballots remain to be counted but late-arriving mail-in ballots are still arriving and will do until Tuesday November 10. And the result may not be known until Thursday November 12, officials said, when all provisional ballots will be resolved after going through a validation process.' Biden is ahead by 11,500 votes. Pennsylvania: Counting stopped then restarted in Philadelphia as 's campaign sued claiming they are not being allowed to watch the count, winning their case first. And in Pittsburgh, 35,000 votes cannot be legally counted until Friday. But the Secretary of State hinted that a result could come Thursday, suggesting  Arizona: The Secretary of State says counting of the 450,000 outstanding votes there will not be completed until Friday, stretching out the agonizing wait for an overall election result after a night of chaos which saw Biden's lead shrink considerably and put the state possibly back in play for Biden is ahead in Arizona but only by about 67,000 votes after his majority shrank overnight. Of the 450,000 remaining votes there, 300,000 are in Maricopa County where Biden holds a two point lead, and where he is expected to win.  Georgia: State is down to its final 50,000 ballots but has still to say when that will be completed. And Friday is the deadline  North Carolina: There is no indication of when the result will be finalized. 


The Associated Press has awarded Biden 264 electoral votes - including in Arizona, a state not all news organizations have called and that the campaign is arguing they can win when all votes are counted.

Nevada's six electoral votes would put Biden exactly at 270 in the AP's count - handing him the presidency. 

Nevada released another tranche of votes Thursday that expanded Biden's lead to 12,000. 

Georgia also released additional votes counts that resulted in 's lead going down to about 13,500 votes. The state has about 50,000 absentee ballots left to be counted - along with provisional ballots, military ballots, and votes from Americans living overseas.

, with 214 electoral votes, faces a much higher hurdle to 270. He would need to win all four remaining battleground states: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada. 

The campaign expressed confidence the president will get a second term in the White House.

'By end of tomorrow – Friday – it will be clear that President and Vice President Pence will serve another term in the White House,' campaign senior adviser Jason Miller told reporters in a press call on Thursday morning. 

The Biden campaign expressed similar confidence.

'Our data shows that Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States,' Dillon said. 

As the count dragged on, expressed confidence he will win the election but said his campaign will sue in the battleground states Joe Biden won, a sign his team is not confident the vote tallies will come out in his favor.

'All of the recent Biden claimed States will be legally challenged by us for Voter Fraud and State Election Fraud. Plenty of proof - just check out the Media. WE WILL WIN! America First!,' wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning. 

Additionally, has demanded the nation stop counting votes in the presidential election.

He also launched a barrage of litigation.

In Nevada, which could hand Biden the presidency should he win its six electoral votes, he claimed non-residents were being allowed to vote.

The campaign had a legal victory in Pennsylvania on Thursday when a judge ruled ballot observers can watch officials count ballots within six feet. Representatives of both campaigns were in the room to watch the counts but at a further distance because of the coronavirus. A county judge agreed with the campaign, but Democrats appealed to the state Supreme Court. 

The Biden campaign accused the team of using the court system to delay the inevitable. 

'What we're seeing on these legal suits are that they are meritless and nothing more than an attempt to distract and delay what is now inevitable – Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States,' campaign manager Jennifer O'Malley Dillon told reporters Thursday morning. 

'STOP THE COUNT!,' the president tweeted Thursday as state officials continued to make their way through the legally cast votes. has spent the past few days holed up in the White House, speaking to advisers about the race.

President Trump's campaign is taking action in Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia as Joe Biden approaches the 270 electoral votes he needs to win the presidency

President 's campaign is taking action in Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia as Joe Biden approaches the 270 electoral votes he needs to win the presidency

If state officials stop counting now and the election were called on the current tallies as the president seems to be demanding - Biden would win. The president needs to make up vote gaps in Arizona and Nevada in order to win the election - in other words he needs officials there to keep counting the ballots. 

later added this tweet: 'ANY VOTE THAT CAME IN AFTER ELECTION DAY WILL NOT BE COUNTED!'

The president was likely referring to Pennsylvania, where officials are counting any mail-in ballot received by Friday as long as it is post marked by Election Day. currently leads in the state but Biden is slowing making up ground as the mail-in votes are counted. More Democrats than Republicans used the mail-in voting option.

However he did not state the law as it exists. The state was in the process of counting ballots that did not come in after Election Day. And the change to allow ballots that come in for three days after was upheld by the state supreme court in a decision the U.S. Supreme Court let stand. The camp could try to challenge the post-election day ballots again later in the process. 

Twitter put a warning on several of the president's tweets. 

And the campaign released a statement from the president to clarify his tweets: '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!' 

The situation in Pittsburgh is complicated by about 30,000 outstanding ballots, where a vendor sent the wrong ballots to voters and had to reissue new ballots with the correct races. 

Poll workers now have to examine these ballots to make sure that people don't vote twice, or, if they sent in the wrong ballot, they didn't vote in races they aren't eligible for. 

They cannot legally be counted until Friday when Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh sits, swears in a special board to examine these ballots, as required by law.

 Biden has been closing the gap with in Pennsylvania as mail-in ballots are counted. 

And in Chatham County, Georgia, where Savannah is located, a judge ruled against the campaign's legal challenge to some absentee ballots. The judge declared officials took the proper precautions to ensure it was legal ballots that were counted.  's lead in Georgia fell to fewer than 20,000 votes as more vote totals were released.   

 

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Chaos hit the election count center in a crucial Arizona county on Wednesday night after a large group of Trump supporters gathered outside to protest, some carrying weapons as the chanted for the vote to continue

Chaos hit the election count center in a crucial Arizona county on Wednesday night after a large group of supporters gathered outside to protest, some carrying weapons as the chanted for the vote to continue

Trump campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski speaks outside the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, amid lawsuits by the campaign in the state

campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski speaks outside the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, amid lawsuits by the campaign in the state

NEVADA: President Trump supporters protest the Nevada vote in Clark County

NEVADA: President supporters protest the Nevada vote in Clark County

MICHIGAN: Supporters of President Donald Trump chant slogans as they gather outside the room where absentee ballots for the 2020 general election are being counted

MICHIGAN: Supporters of President Donald chant slogans as they gather outside the room where absentee ballots for the 2020 general election are being counted

Video from outside the count center showed the angered crowd as they shouted that the vote was being suppressed

Video from outside the count center showed the angered crowd as they shouted that the vote was being suppressed

As President offers unsubstantiated charges of election fraud, pro- demonstrators have showed up at vote counting centers in Nevada, Arizona, and Detroit demanding that all votes be counted.  

The results of the election remain unclear but Biden is inches towards victory as mail-in ballots are tallied.

has falsely claimed these votes are illegitimate because they are being counted after the election. The votes were legally cast before Election Day but the process to count mail-in ballots takes longer as they have to be checked against voter rolls to confirm it's a legal ballot from a registered voter – just as when someone who votes in person has to confirm their identity with a poll worker before receiving a ballot. 

In Arizona, after 62,000 votes in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, were added to the tally early Thursday morning, Biden led in the state by 68,400 votes, or less than three points. But faces a tough slog in making up the gap as most outstanding votes are from Democratic areas in the state: Pima, Coconino and Santa Cruz counties. 

More results from Arizona will be released Thursday evening. 

launched legal action in Michigan and Wisconsin on Wednesday - two states that have been awarded to Biden. While officials count ballots, tensions have flared across the country. 

In Arizona overnight, armed pro- protesters descended on a counting center in Maricopa County, after Biden's commanding 200,000-vote lead was slashed to just 68,000 as ballots continued being tallied.  

They faced off with police and security outside the counting center, chanting that every vote should be counted with the result in the balance. At least one person made it inside, forcing the center to close with staff locked in.   

Amid the ongoing uncertainty;

protesters descended on counting centers in both Michigan and Arizona - demanding that the vote count be stopped in the former state, and demanding it continue in the latter also launched a series of lawsuits to try and shift the result in his favor, while make unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud on Twitter In Wisconsin, is suing for a recount - which is expected to go ahead because the result is within 1 per cent of votes cast, but is not expected to overturn Biden's 20,000-vote margin In Michigan, he claims his poll observers have not been given proper access to the count, and is suing to have the count stopped until they are given access  Rudy Giuliani, 's personal lawyer, and 's son, Eric, held a rally in Pennsylvania as they spearheaded the president's legal action there  In Georgia, he alleges that a GOP poll observer witnessed 53 late absentee ballots added to a pile

Video footage from outside the Maricopa count center on Wednesday showed the angered crowd as they shouted and chanted that the vote was being suppressed and that the election was unfair. 

Some fumed about a rumor that was circulating from right-wing social media accounts throughout the day that claimed that the ballots of some supporters were being disregarded because they were filled out using a Sharpie. 

On Thursday morning, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said she didn't understand what the protesters were trying to achieve.  

'I don't  understand what these protesters are interested in. We're going to keep counting ballots.

'If they're supporting the president they should want us to continue counting. I just don't know what their goal is. 

'Absolutely they are not disrupting what we're doing,' she said during an interview with Good Morning America.

There is no evidence that any of the votes cast are not being counted in the county or in the state. 

Several members of the group AZ Patriots did successfully manage to make their way inside the building, one wearing a military vest, where they argued that the pens in the count had been changed to Sharpies, before they were kicked out of the building. 

Media crews were escorted from the center at around 12.30am and some staff were also escorted from the building at the end of their shifts as the shouts of the crowd grew louder. There have been no reports of violence although several members of the press claimed they were threatened. 

Inside, the count continued, with the center vowing that it would continue until the last update of the night. 

Meanwhile in Michigan,  protesters also surrounded an election center in Detroit where they called on the count to be stopped as the state was declared for Biden. 

Republicans have also filed a lawsuit in Michigan demanding that all vote counting stop because 's people weren't giving proper access to voting sites and couldn't oversee the counting process to ensure it was fair.

In Georgia, the lawsuit claims that a GOP poll observer witnessed 53 late absentee ballots added to a pile in Chatham County.

And in Wisconsin, the campaign is demanding a recount, despite Biden winning by more than 20,000 votes which represents around 0.6 percent of the vote. 

The figure falls within the state's recount rules which allows for anything within a one-point margin to qualify for a a recount. 

In Nevada, the  team is claiming there were 'tens of thousands' who voted in Nevada who are no longer state residents.

But a group including former Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell that announced the suit did not provide evidence of what would be a large-scale violation. 

 In Pennsylvania, where a result is unlikely before Friday, Rudy Giuliani - 's personal lawyer - and 's son, Eric, arrived to spearhead 'critical legal actions' in the state. 

The campaign has announced that it will wade into a case currently before the Supreme Court which challenges state law that allows for mail-in ballots that arrive up to three days after election day. 

Deputy Campaign Manager Justin Clark said the campaign will be suing to stop 'Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing' from GOP poll-watchers.

He claimed that Republican observers in Philadelphia were ordered to stand 25 meters away from counting staff, making it impossible to watch.

ARIZONA: The Maricopa County center in Phoenix was forced to close to the public, locking poll workers inside, when supporters of the president surrounded the building chanting 'count the vote'

ARIZONA: The Maricopa County center in Phoenix was forced to close to the public, locking poll workers inside, when supporters of the president surrounded the building chanting 'count the vote'

NEW YORK: Anti-Trump protesters kneel in the street in Manhattan in the wake of an uncertain election on November 3

NEW YORK: Anti- protesters kneel in the street in Manhattan in the wake of an uncertain election on November 3

MINNESOTA: Demonstrators take to the streets of Minneapolis for an anti-Trump rally in the wake of the election

MINNESOTA: Demonstrators take to the streets of Minneapolis for an anti- rally in the wake of the election

CALIFORNIA: A man raises his fist during a protest in Los Angeles as uncertainty continued over the result of the election

CALIFORNIA: A man raises his fist during a protest in Los Angeles as uncertainty continued over the result of the election

SEATTLE: A protester lights an American flag on fire during a demonstration in Seattle on Wednesday

SEATTLE: A protester lights an American flag on fire during a demonstration in Seattle on Wednesday 

ILLINOIS: Demonstrator Brittany Bysina holds a sign as demonstrators march through central Chicago on Wednesday night

ILLINOIS: Demonstrator Brittany Bysina holds a sign as demonstrators march through central Chicago on Wednesday night

PENNSYLVANIA: Demonstrators, including one carrying a Black Lives Matter flag, march past Independence Hall in Philadelphia to urge that all votes be counted on Wednesday

PENNSYLVANIA: Demonstrators, including one carrying a Black Lives Matter flag, march past Independence Hall in Philadelphia to urge that all votes be counted on Wednesday

Joe Biden on Wednesday afternoon all but claimed election victory as he said he was 'confident' he would win the White House after taking Michigan and Wisconsin. He is pictured with his running mate Kamala Harris by his side

Joe Biden on Wednesday afternoon all but claimed election victory as he said he was 'confident' he would win the White House after taking Michigan and Wisconsin. He is pictured with his running mate Kamala Harris by his side 

Donald Trump on Wednesday at 2.30am - the last time he was seen in public - declaring election victory despite many of the votes still being counted. He has vowed to go to the Supreme Court to challenge what he is calling a 'fraud' outcome so far

Donald on Wednesday at 2.30am - the last time he was seen in public - declaring election victory despite many of the votes still being counted. He has vowed to go to the Supreme Court to challenge what he is calling a 'fraud' outcome so far 

And like in Michigan, the campaign is suing to halt vote counting until 'meaningful transparency' is guaranteed.

has also accused Pennsylvania's Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar of unilaterally extending the deadline by which mail-in voters whose voter ID was missing to provide proof. 

In a press conference held in Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon Giuliani and Eric claimed the president won the state, despite roughly one million mail-in ballots still needing to be counted.

Like himself, neither man offered a legal argument for a win or proof of any voter fraud, but nonetheless made claims of cheating.

'They're trying to cheat, they're trying to cheat,' Eric said repeatedly of the Democrats.

Giuliani ranted for several minutes about mail-in ballots which he claimed - without proof - could be falsified.

'This is beyond anything I have ever seen before,' he said. 'Do you think we're stupid? Do you think we're fools?

'You know something, Democrats do think you're stupid,' Giuliani added. 'And they do think you're fools. That's why you get called 'deplorable' and 'chumps'.

U.S. President Trump supporters gather to protest the election results at the Maricopa County Elections Department office

U.S. President supporters gather to protest the election results at the Maricopa County Elections Department office

The protesters claimed that the election is unfair after debunked rumors spread from right-wing social media accounts

The protesters claimed that the election is unfair after debunked rumors spread from right-wing social media accounts 

Angered protesters descended on the center in Phoenix where the majority of the remaining votes are still to be counted

Angered protesters descended on the center in Phoenix where the majority of the remaining votes are still to be counted

The legal devices being used by Republicans to challenge election results

Michigan - stop votes being counted and review ballots

Called for Biden with 99 per cent of ballots counted 

Donald yesterday filed a lawsuit in the battleground state of Michigan seeking to halt vote-counting and review counted ballots.

Campaign manager Bill Stepien said Republicans had not been given 'meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process'.

He claims this violates state law.

Georgia - secure and account for late mail-in ballots

Too early to call. ahead by 0.5 points with 98 per cent of ballots counted 

President and the Georgia Republican Party have filed a lawsuit against election officials in Chatham County, asking a judge to order all late ballots be secured and accounted for. 

It was filed after a Republican observer claims to have witnessed mail-in ballots which arrived after the 7pm deadline added to a pile of lawful votes to be counted.

Sean Pumphry, a registered GOP poll-watcher, said he saw 53 unprocessed ballots added to processed ones. 

Wisconsin - recount the ballots

Called for Biden with 99 per cent of ballots counted 

The campaign last night announced it would demand a recount of ballots in Wisconsin after an ultra-tight race. 

Biden only edged a victory in the state, leading by just 0.53 per cent of the vote.

Wisconsin state law allows campaigns to pay for a recount if the margin of defeat is less than 1 per cent. 

Pennsylvania - multiple legal challenges

Won't know until Friday. Biden ahead by three points with 89 per cent of ballots counted

Supreme Court  

The campaign yesterday said it will wade into a case currently before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, over whether late mail-in ballots can be counted.

Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar ruled ballots that arrived up to three days late could be counted, which is currently being challenged by state Republicans.

's lawyers now plan to 'intervene' in this case.  

Stop counting until transparency guarantees 

Like in Georgia, he also said would be suing to stop 'Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing' from GOP poll-watchers.

He claimed that Republican observers in Philadelphia were ordered to stand 25 metres away from counting staff, making it impossible to watch.

And like in Michigan, the campaign is suing to halt vote counting until 'meaningful transparency' is guaranteed.

Voter ID challenge

has accused Pennsylvania's Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar of unilaterally extending the deadline by which mail-in voters whose voter ID was missing to provide proof.

Under state law, first-time mail-in and absentee voters must provide identification.

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'We're going to stick with this. We're going to win this election. We've actually won it. 

'It's just a matter of counting the votes fairly.'

Giuliani complained the mail-in ballots could have come from Mars or Canada – or could simply be one person who sent in 100,000 votes.

'Staff at the @maricopacounty Elections Department will continue our job, which is to administer elections in the second largest voting jurisdiction in the county,' the department tweeted. 

'We will release results again tonight as planned. We thank the @mcsoaz for doing their job, so we can do ours.' 

Among the protesters was local Congressman Paul Gosar who joined the crowd in complaining that votes were not being counted, blasting the Arizona Secretary of State as a 'joke' and praying, before demanding an update on the tally. 

'Some shady things are happening in Arizona...' he tweeted earlier in the day. 

Gosar made the claim after

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