President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening declared victory in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.
He also said his campaign would “hereby claim the State of Michigan if, in fact there was a large number of secretly dumped ballots as has been widely reported!” Twitter placed a label under Trump’s post that votes may still need to be counted.
“We have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (which won’t allow legal observers) the State of Georgia, and the State of North Carolina, each one of which has a BIG Trump lead,” Trump wrote.
No news outlets or organizations have declared the states for Trump. Several organizations including Decision Desk and CNN have projected Democratic candidate Joe Biden to be the winner of Michigan.
Biden’s campaign hasn’t issued a response.
If Trump secures the four states, he would win reelection with 281 Electoral College votes. Trump’s campaign earlier in the day also expressed optimism over his chances in Arizona.
About an hour earlier, Biden held a news conference but did not declare victory. However, he asserted: “When the count is finished, we believe we will be the winner.”
Since Tuesday evening, ballot-counting efforts in Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania have gone slowly, although little has changed over the past several hours. Data shows Trump is still in the lead.
We have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (which won’t allow legal observers) the State of Georgia, and the State of North Carolina, each one of which has a BIG Trump lead. Additionally, we hereby claim the State of Michigan if, in fact,…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
Earlier in the day, Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, said the president won in Pennsylvania.
“We are confident on our pathway. We are confident on our math,” he said in a phone conference with reporters, accusing Democratic opponents of seeking to count ineligible ballots.
“We know the Democrats are pushing to count late ballots,” he said. “Why are they pushing to count late ballots? Because we know and they know if we count all legal ballots, we win, the president wins.”
The Trump 2020 campaign also filed a lawsuit in the state.
“In addition to the Trump Campaign’s motion to intervene in Pennsylvania Republican Party v. Boockvar, we are taking two additional critical legal actions today to ensure the integrity of Pennsylvania’s election,” the campaign said. “We are suing to stop Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing from our Republican poll observers—observers whose only job is to make sure every valid ballot is counted, and counted once. The eyes of the country are on Pennsylvania.”
The campaign filed a similar suit in Michigan. And in Wisconsin, the campaign has requested a recount.