AP, CNN Call Wisconsin for Joe Biden

November 4, 2020 Updated: November 4, 2020

The Associated Press on Wednesday afternoon called the race for Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden, following an announcement from the state elections agency saying that all votes have been cast in the election.

Data currently shows that Biden has an approximately 21,000-vote lead over President Donald Trump in the battleground state, which has 11 Electoral College votes.

CNN also projected that Biden would win the state.

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe earlier in the day that all ballots have been counted, although her agency said that it “won’t start getting official numbers from county clerks” until next week.

“We’re not seeing that there’s any counties that haven’t posted their results on their websites,” Wolfe added, according to NBC.

President Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, said they will request a recount of the state.

“Despite ridiculous public polling used as a voter suppression tactic, Wisconsin has been a razor-thin race as we always knew that it would be,” he said after Wolfe made her comment. “There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results. The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.”

In Wisconsin, the trailing candidate can request a recount if a race is within 1 percentage point.

Trump, in an early morning news conference, suggested that he will challenge some of the vote tallies in the Supreme Court.

Biden, at around midnight, told supporters that he is “on track to win this election.”

“Be patient—it ain’t over until every vote is counted—every ballot is counted,” Biden said from Delaware, his home state. “But we’re feeling good, we’re feeling good about where we are.”

A Biden win in Wisconsin would significantly limit Trump’s path to a second term in office, though the outcome remained in doubt with Michigan and as well as in closely contested states such as Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and North Carolina, which are still counting votes.

Biden campaign manager Jennifer O’Malley Dillon told reporters the former vice president was on track to win the election, while senior legal adviser Bob Bauer said there were no grounds for Trump to invalidate lawfully cast ballots.

“We’re going to defend this vote, the vote by which Joe Biden has been elected to the presidency,” said Bauer, adding that the campaign’s legal team was prepared for any challenge.

“If we count all legal ballots, we win,” Stepien said, setting the stage for the post-election litigation over ballot counting.

Reuters contributed to this report.