Bush v. Gore II looks unlikely

With Joe Biden closing in on 270 electoral votes, the Trump marketing campaign filed a flurry of ballot-related lawsuits that authorized consultants say are unlikely to provide a Bush v. Gore sequel.

The state of play: Biden will win Wisconsin and Michigan, the AP projected. Biden can clear 270 electoral votes by hanging on in Nevada and Arizona — or profitable Pennsylvania.

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Biden sought to painting himself as president-elect and healer-in-chief in an afternoon speech that included nod to Barack Obama, Trump and swing voters, Axios’ Margaret Talev says.

  • Biden stated that “energy cannot be taken or asserted” and he would not let People be “bullied,” including, “Each vote have to be counted.”
  • “I am not right here to declare that we have gained,” he stated. “However I’m right here to report that when the depend is completed, we imagine we would be the winners.”

Biden in contrast his margins to Trump’s slim 2016 margins, famous how uncommon it’s to beat an incumbent, and famous the Biden-Harris ticket is on observe to eclipse the favored vote totals of any ticket in U.S. historical past.

  • People should cease treating political opponents as enemies, he stated. “We’re not enemies. … I’ll govern as an American president.”

Between the strains: Consultants say they merely don’t but see robust automobiles rising for a situation the place Supreme Court docket justices resolve the subsequent president, though it’s too early to succeed in agency conclusions whereas votes are nonetheless being counted, Axios’ Sam Baker and Stef Kight report.

  • In Georgia, the Trump marketing campaign stated on Wednesday night that it had filed a lawsuit to require counties “to separate any and all late-arriving ballots from all legally solid ballots,” alleging that 53 late absentee ballots had been illegally accepted. The margin in Georgia is among the many narrowest of any excellent state.
  • In Wisconsin, the Trump marketing campaign has already stated it intends to hunt a recount. The state’s 2016 recount ended up solely altering 131 votes. Biden’s present margin is greater than 20,000 votes.
  • In Michigan, the marketing campaign is suing for entry to vote-counting operations, and to cease the counting till then. They’re submitting an analogous swimsuit in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, the largest controversy is the state’s choice to depend mail-in ballots that had been mailed by Nov. 3, however arrived later. A problem to that extension is already pending on the Supreme Court docket.

  • 4 conservative Supreme Court docket justices have already expressed deep misgivings about prolonged poll deadlines, and the courtroom might take up a problem to Pennsylvania’s extension at any time.
  • However that’s solely prone to occur, consultants stated, if these late-arriving votes are the tipping level in Pennsylvania — and if Pennsylvania is the tipping level nationwide.
  • Whereas the general variety of mail-in ballots this 12 months is large, the variety of late-arriving mail-in ballots is believed to be fairly small.

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