Democrat Presidential candidate Joe Biden lead the majority vote in the battleground state of Arizona, further cementing his projected win in the White House as incumbent President Donald Trump searches loopholes to acclaim a second-term at the office.
The Edison Research, NBC News has projected on Thursday President-elect Joe Biden will take the key state of Arizona which will give Biden 290 Electoral College votes all-total, whereas he needed 270 votes to claim the presidency, Reuters reported.
The 11 electoral votes Arizona will give Biden reflects the first time the state favored a Democratic since 1996. In 2015 Trump won the state against Hillary Clinton.
Two states of North Carolina and Georgia are yet to be called and are currently in a status of ‘too close to call,’ as both the candidates fare shoulder-to-shoulder in counting.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump, who has filed a sea of lawsuits particularly in key states he lost to Biden, is struggling to overturn the November 3 election results that major US Media projected was in Biden’s favor.
Trump has refused to concede the election results, has not co-operated with the transfer of power, and is relentlessly influencing senior Republican politicians to delegitimize the election results whereas States have reported no foul-play.
The incumbent administration has blocked Biden’s team from several key pre-office traditions which Biden said will not stop him from doing his work.
The 2020 elections were historic as it took place amid a once-in-a-century pandemic. It was also remarkable for a US President’s tsunami of unsubstantiated tweets that Trump has shot since voting polls were closed.
He demonized the widespread use of mail-in ballots as the cause of fraud and has supported several conspiracy theories from fringe-groups.
Several US senior leaders and other foreign leaders are pressing the Republicans to pursue Trump into conceding the election results. They argue, not conceding after a projected win is jeopardizing the American democracy.
“The continued assertions of electoral fraud by the President and some senior members of the Administration and of the Republican Party, offered as yet without any compelling evidence, convey a lack of respect for the integrity and independence of the democratic and legal institutions of the United States,” the 16-member human rights advocacy group founded by Nelson Mandela said in a statement to NBC News.
Former US President Barack Obama said he was worried about the fact other Republicans “who clearly know better” about the election results are still supporting Trump’s baseless voter’s fraud accusations.
“It is one more step in delegitimizing, not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally. And that’s a dangerous path,” President Obama was quoted as saying.
At least 10 lawsuits have been turned down by the US courts across the nation. But several other legal procedures filed to overturn the election results are continuing.
Legal experts opine Trump’s efforts to weaponize legal procedures to falsely overturn the vote will have little impact.
Meanwhile, a coalition of federal election officials has blatantly refuted Trump’s widespread voter’s fraud accusation saying the 2020 US Election is the most secure in American history.
“Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double-checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result,” the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council said in a statement.
“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”
Hours ago on Thursday, Trump tweeted baffling conspiracy theories (one in all-caps) where Michigan’s state GOP Chair is claiming that software was used to switch thousands of voting machines from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.
Twitter fact-checked Trump’s Tweet saying ‘official sources called this election differently.’
“Must see Sean Hannity takedown of the horrible, inaccurate and anything but secure Dominion Voting System which is used in States where tens of thousands of votes were stolen from us and given to Biden,” Trump tweeted, which too was fact-checked by Twitter.
The Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council which includes Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has refuted this claim in the statement saying there was no machine manipulation.
On Thursday a handful of Republican Senators said the Trump administration must allow Biden to receive the daily intelligence briefing, that Presidents-elects are traditionally allowed to do so that they learn more about the threats facing the country before taking office.
Although Republicans have so-far refused to accept Biden’s win, the acknowledgment that he should get the daily intelligence briefing shows Republicans implicitly acknowledge Biden’s eventual White House occupancy.