The presidential race remained too close to call Wednesday morning as control of the White House hung in the balance, with all eyes on a handful of battleground states where Joe Biden appeared to be making gains against President Trump.
Current CBS News projections show Biden winning states responsible for 224 electoral votes, 46 votes shy of the 270 needed to win the White House. The president’s total, which includes large swing states like Florida and Ohio, stands at 213.
Five states remain toss-ups: Georgia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Elections officials in each state are urging voters to remain calm and allow all ballots to be counted.
Particularly in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, the number of legally cast, but yet-to-be-counted ballots was boosting Democrats’ hopes of overcoming deficits among voters who headed to the polls on Election Day. The influx of mail-in ballots spurred by the pandemic has helped Biden take a narrow lead in Michigan and Wisconsin as of Wednesday morning. Biden’s campaign manager said in a Wednesday morning briefing that the campaign expects to soon be declared the winner of both states as votes continue to be counted.
Shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, the president seized on his early favorable results in Florida, Ohio and elsewhere to falsely claimvictories in states that have not yet been decided while portraying the orderly counting of millions of legally cast votes as an illegitimate effort to steal the election. In an address to the nation from the White House, the president wrongly claimed he had won the election, and vowed to challenge the continued counting of legal ballots all the way to the Supreme Court.
“We want all voting to stop,” Mr. Trump said. “We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them to the list.”
Biden’s campaign called Mr. Trump’s remarks a “naked effort to take away the democratic rights of American citizens.”
Source: CBS News