A projection of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is not accurate, President Donald Trump’s campaign said Friday.
Decision Desk HQ around 9 a.m. projected a Biden win in Pennsylvania. If Biden wins the state, he would win the presidency, based on the current projected results.
“This election is not over. The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final,” Matt Morgan, the Trump campaign’s general counsel, said in a statement.
“Georgia is headed for a recount, where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail. There were many irregularities in Pennsylvania, including having election officials prevent our volunteer legal observers from having meaningful access to vote counting locations. We prevailed in court on our challenge, but were deprived of valuable time and denied the transparency we are entitled to under state law,” he continued.
“In Nevada, there appear to be thousands of individuals who improperly cast mail ballots. Finally, the President is on course to win Arizona outright, despite the irresponsible and erroneous ‘calling’ of the state for Biden by Fox News and the Associated Press. Biden is relying on these states for his phony claim on the White House, but once the election is final, President Trump will be re-elected.”
In a statement to news outlets in response, Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said: “The American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”
The early projection of Arizona for Biden has, in particular, rankled the Trump campaign and other Republicans.
Fox News on election night projected Biden winning the southwestern state, even though hundreds of thousands of votes had not been counted yet. The Trump campaign later pointed out that the director of Fox’s decision desk is a Democrat who donated to Biden and voted for 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The Associated Press later joined Fox in its projection, but most other organizations have not called Arizona.
According to the Arizona secretary of state’s website, Biden is currently in the lead in the state by about 47,000 votes. Trump made up ground on Thursday night, receiving about 22,000 more votes than Biden in a dump from Maricopa County.
“We continue to feel confident about Arizona and we believe we have won there, though the counting has not been finished,” Jen O’Malley Dillon, Biden’s campaign manager, said in a Thursday briefing.
Trump has said that he believes he won Arizona and the Nevada Republican Party sent a criminal referral to Attorney General William Barr late Thursday alleging over 3,000 instances of voter fraud.
“We have not seen any indication of any kind of unusual or concerning activity there,” Bob Bauer, a lawyer for Biden’s campaign, said during the briefing. “There’d be no basis for the Department of Justice to become involved.”
Trump’s campaign has launched a flurry of lawsuits in battleground states this week. Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Friday the committee has legal teams on the ground in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania “to fight back against Democrat efforts to disenfranchise voters and ensure that every vote for President Trump and other Republicans is counted fairly and accurately as required by law.”
Both the president and Biden have asserted that with all the votes counted they will have won.
Neither Biden nor his campaign have declared victory on Friday.
“We said it in the primary. Nominate @JoeBiden and he will win back PA, MI, and WI. Keep breathing and count the votes,” Greg Schultz, a campaign manager for Biden’s campaign, said in a tweet.
Mike Gwin, a deputy rapid response director for the campaign, shared the GOP’s statement and said there is “no happy ending here.”