Democratic nominee Joe Biden stopped short of declaring victory over President Donald Trump on Friday night, Nov. 6, but he claimed he received a “mandate” from American voters.
“We don’t have a final declaration of victory yet but the numbers tell us a clear and convincing story. We’re going to win this race,” Biden said in a speech in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.
What is becoming clearer each hour is that record numbers of Americans — from all races, faiths, regions — chose change over more of the same.
They have given us a mandate for action on COVID and the economy and climate change and systemic racism.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020
Biden apparently overtook President Trump’s leads in Georgia and Pennsylvania on Friday, which bolsters his chance to secure 270 Electoral College votes and the presidency. However, allegations about irregularities and voter fraud on behalf of the former vice president continue to grow in these crucial battleground states.
President Trump earlier in the day said Biden “should not wrongfully claim the office of the president,” as “legal proceedings are just now beginning!”
The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits alleging procedural violations and illegal voting in these states.
In Michigan’s Antrim County, an election-software issue had incorrectly tallied 6,000 Republicans votes as Democrats. After the glitch was fixed on Friday, President Trump won back the county by around 2,500 votes, according to Just The News.
During a press conference on Friday, Michigan GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox said, “47 counties [in Michigan] use this same software in the same capacity.”
In Pennsylvania, the United States Supreme Court issued an order late on Friday night directing election officials in the state to segregate mail-in ballots received after Election Day, marking the latest twist in a legal battle over the counting of mail-in ballots in the swing state.
Separately, a legal group in Pennsylvania, which is not associated with President Donald Trump’s campaign, has filed a lawsuit alleging that there are at least 21,000 dead people active on the state’s registered voter lists.
Allegations about voter fraud have also arisen in Nevada, prompting the Republican Party to send a criminal referral to the Justice Department on Thursday.
In Arizona, where the race was called early or Biden by Fox News and other mainstream media outlets, Biden’s lead narrowed on Friday as President Trump gained a greater percentage of votes from Mojave County and Navajo County, according to The Arizona Republic.
President Trump vowed to “never give up fighting” and use “every aspect of the law” to protect the U.S. election integrity.
“We believe the American people deserve to have full transparency into all vote counting and election certification, and that this is no longer about any single election,” Trump wrote in a statement. “This is about the integrity of our entire election process.”
“From the beginning we have said that all legal ballots must be counted and all illegal ballots should not be counted, yet we have met resistance to this basic principle by Democrats at every turn,” he continued. “We will pursue this process through every aspect of the law to guarantee that the American people have confidence in our government. I will never give up fighting for you and our nation.”