US election results LIVE: Biden declares ‘we will win’ as FOUR states still in the balance
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KEY POINTS SO FAR
- Joe Biden makes short speech in early hours of Saturday declaring ‘we will win’
- Mr Biden is now leading in Pennsylvania, and is on the verge of the White House
- Mr Biden has also overhauled Mr Trump in the state of Georgia
- A National Security Airspace has been established over Mr Biden’s home in Delaware
- A furious Mr Trump has alleged, without providing evidence, he is the victim of mass electoral fraud
However, the former vice president and Democrat candidate stopped short of declaring victory. Thousands of votes are left to be counted – but if Mr Biden takes the two states, along with Arizona and Nevada, where he also leads, he will win 306 electoral college votes, easily enough to put him in the White House.
Mr Biden’s speech in his home state of Delaware was supposed to be a victory celebration, but he changed his approach because television networks and other election forecasters have not yet called the race in his favour.
He told supporters: “The numbers tell us it’s a clear and convincing story: We’re going to win this race.”
Mr Biden currently leads incumbent Mr Trump by 4.1 million votes nationwide out of a record 147 million cast, and said Americans had given him a mandate to tackle the pandemic, the struggling economy, climate change and systemic racism.
He added: “They made it clear they want the country to come together, not continue to pull apart.”
Mr Trump has remained defiant, alleging voter fraud without providing any evidence to back up his claims.
Republicans are seeking to raise $60 million to fund lawsuits challenging the results.
However, some in his camp described the legal effort as disorganised, and so far they have not been successful in the courts.
Mr Trump’s former adviser John Bolton, who was Mr Trump’s National Security Adviser until they parted ways acrimoniously, yesterday told Express.co.uk: “This is Donald Trump we are talking about, he is not going to go graciously.”
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Saturday, November 7
9am update: Massive turnout sees both candidates poll record figures
Both Joe Biden and Donald Trump have attracted more votes than any other candidates to have sought the office of President of the United States.
As of 9am, Mr Biden has 74,391,033 votes, while his Republican opponent has 70,206,299 with 92 percent of the votes counted.
8.45am update: Trump will NEVER concede and will need to be talked out of White House, says ex-adviser
Donald Trump will NEVER concede defeat to Joe Biden – and will need to be talked out of the White House by his relatives, his former National Security Adviser John Bolton has warned.
With Mr Biden on the threshold of the White House having taken the lead in the US states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona, Mr Trump is threatening multiple lawsuits, alleging voter fraud, without providing any evidence to back up his claims.
Mr Bolton worked for Mr Trump from April 2018 to June 2019 before he, like many others, found himself at odds with the billionaire businessman, either being fired or resigning, depending on the competing claims of Mr Trump and himself.
Mr Bolton said the incident was just par for the course for a man for whom the very concept of defeat is deeply repugnant.
He added: “I think his family will tell him to get out.
“I don’t think sitting there in the Oval Office refusing to leave is really on the table.”
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