It’s still unclear when US final elections results will be in

By BBC On Fri, 6 Nov, 2020 09:16 | 2 mins read
The Mandela Foundationsaid: “we do not believe that leaders who conduct themselves in the way Mr. Trump does are in a position to offer authoritative commentary on (Mandela’s) life and work.” [PHOTO | FILE]
US President Donald Trump. [PHOTO | FILE]

The uncertainty goes on. Three days after the election, votes are still being counted, lawsuits are flying and the country remains in a state of flux.

It is still too early to project the winner in a number of key states, where Donald Trump and Joe Biden are neck and neck. All eyes are on Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada.

Looking downcast, and without taking questions from reporters, the president held a news conference at the White House, to again claim, without providing any evidence, that he was a victim of electoral fraud.

Postal votes, which are still being tallied in large numbers, are favouring Joe Biden, with the former vice-president edging slightly ahead in some of the crucial counts.

There’s been no acknowledgement from Mr Trump that the reason his rival is picking up many of these votes, is that he encouraged Republican voters to cast their ballots in person, on election day, while Mr Biden, because of the coronavirus pandemic, urged his supporters to vote by post.

The president has threatened to take his case to the Supreme Court. In a tweet, Joe Biden wrote that his campaign had assembled “the largest election protection effort in history to fight back.” Earlier, he urged Americans to be patient, as they wait for a result.

It’s still unclear when a final result will be in, but Donald Trump’s path to victory, based on the electoral college system of votes, is narrow. America remains on tenterhooks with many nervous that any legal fallout from the election could drag on for weeks.

White House hails ‘great victories’ in congressional race

While the presidential race remains unclear, the White House has been hailing “great victories” in the congressional election.

Spokesman Judd Deere said that President Trump had “defied all expectation” and, as of this moment, not one Republican member of the House of Representatives had lost their seat.

The Democrats had high hopes of regaining control of the Senate and increasing their majority in the House. But results so far suggest there has been little change in the make-up of the Senate and the Democrats will have a reduced majority in the House.

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