As Democrat Joe Biden inches close to victory after winning Michigan and Wisconsin, incumbent Republican President Donald Trump has moved ahead with his plan to mount a massive legal battle. Trump’s campaign on Wednesday filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, and demanded a recount in Wisconsin, claiming fraud. Also Read - 'Time To Turn Page' On Afghanistan: Obama Backs Biden's Decision To Withdraw Troops Till Sep 11
Trump’s campaign announced a lawsuit to try and suspend the vote count in Michigan, where it said its team was denied proper access to observe vote counting. Further, the campaign said it was also suing to halt the counting of votes in Pennsylvania after the president called overnight for Supreme Court intervention to exclude the processing of mail-in ballots after the close of polls, AFP reported. Also Read - President Joe Biden to Withdraw US Troops From Afghanistan by September 11
“We have filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted. We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access,” the campaign of Trump said in a statement, Reuters reported. Also Read - Cop Takes Care of Baby While Mother Casts Vote in Tamil Nadu, Heartfelt Picture Goes Viral
“In Pennsylvania, bad things are happening,” deputy campaign manager Justin Clark said in a statement. “Democrats are preparing to disenfranchise Republican votes and dilute them. President Trump is fighting with his team to put a stop to it,” he added.
Joe Biden is leading the race with 253 electoral votes while Trump has 213 electoral votes, as per an AP report. While results are still awaited in Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina and Nevada, Trump on Wednesday declared victory and accused the Democrats of trying to steal the election.
Meanwhile, the former vice president also expressed confidence after winning crucial states and said, “And now after a long night of counting, it’s clear that we’re winning enough states to reach (the) 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. I’m not here to declare that we’ve won. But I am here to report that when the count is finished we believe will be the winners.”
Replying to Trump’s allegations of vote fraud, he said, Every vote must be counted. No one’s going to take our democracy away for us, not now, not ever. America’s come too far, America’s fought too many battles, America has endured too much to ever let that happen.”