President Donald Trump’s attempt to hold on to power seemed tougher than ever on Wednesday when Georgia election officials said a soon-to-be-calculated calculation was unlikely to change President-elect Joe Biden’s victory there.
Georgia is one of several states where Trump’s campaign runs counter to the election, so far without success. Election officials there said that conversion results to be announced on Thursday would not likely overthrow Biden’s 14,000-vote victory in the state. They also said the calculation would not provide evidence for Trump’s allegations of widespread unsupported fraud.
“He has been misinformed on that front,” Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voice system chief, told reporters.
Electoral officials in Wisconsin also said that a partial calculation requested by the Trump campaign would not reverse the Republican sitting loss in the state, which he won in 2016.
Trump himself has stayed out of the public eye while arousing his anger on Twitter. His election-related trials in Pennsylvania, Nevada and Michigan have had little success in the courtroom.
Trump’s refusal to allow the November 3 election blocks the smooth transition to a new administration and complicates Biden’s response to the coronavirus pandemic when he takes office on January 20.
Opinion polls show that Trump’s unfounded claims that the election has been “rigged” have a political advantage, with as many as half of Trump’s Republican colleagues believing them, according to a Reuters / Ipsos poll.
Arizona’s top election official, Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, said she was facing escalating threats of violence and blamed Trump for spreading misinformation to undermine confidence in the results.
The president hopes that a manual recalculation ordered by Georgia can erase Biden’s leadership there. The state’s highest election representative said it was unlikely.
“I do not think it will change the overall outcome at the end of the day,” Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, told CNN.
As of Wednesday morning, Biden’s lead over Trump had dropped to 12,781 votes, down from 14,156 previously, according to Sterling, the state’s voting system chief. Sterling said he expected the recalculation to be completed by midnight EST on Wednesday (0500 GMT on Thursday) and certified by the state on Friday.
In Wisconsin, the state Electoral Commission said it would monitor the calculations in two strongly Democratic counties – Milwaukee and Dane, which includes Madison – after the Trump campaign paid $ 3 million, less than the estimated $ 7.9 million cost for a state calculation.
Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell said a recalculation would begin on Friday and end within days. He said that the recalculation probably would not change the mood significantly. “Certainly nothing close to what would be required to change the results,” he said.
Biden won Wisconsin with more than 20,000 votes to lead Trump 49.5% to 48.8%.
In the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the election winner, Biden captured 306 votes against Trump’s 232. He won the popular vote by more than 5.8 million.
To remain in office, Trump would need to reverse the results in at least three large and near-competitive states to reach the threshold of 270 voting rights. It would be unparalleled.
Incorrect statement on Detroit
Trump is also challenging results in Michigan and falsely claims on Wednesday that the number of votes in Detroit had exceeded the number of residents. The largest city in the state is highly democratic.
“In Detroit, there are far more votes than people. Nothing can be done to cure the huge scam. I’m winning Michigan!” he tweeted.
City registers show that 250,138 votes were cast there in the presidential election. That’s a little more than a third of the city’s population, which according to the US Census Bureau is 670,031.
The state’s top election official said all counties, including Detroit’s Wayne County, had certified their speeches.
In Pennsylvania, the Trump campaign sought to reintroduce allegations of a lawsuit it dropped three days ago, claiming that Republican observers were not allowed to see the bill. Lawyers said they had lost claims due to incorrect communication.
Earlier in the day, the state Supreme Court said it would appeal in a separate case that challenged thousands of filing votes in Philadelphia.
Biden held a virtual meeting on Wednesday with frontline medical staff in Delaware who complained about a lack of personal protective equipment and COVID-19 testing for themselves.
He warned that the delay in declaring him the election winner could mean that “soon we will be behind with weeks or months that can put together the whole initiative” to distribute coronavirus vaccines when they become available.
The Office of Public Service, run by a Trump nominee, has not yet formally declared a winner. Biden’s team says it hinders coordination with the current working group on Coronavirus in the White House.
States are facing a December 8 deadline to certify election results in time for the official voting for the election school on December 14.
Congress is scheduled to count the vote on January 6, which is normally a formality. But Trump supporters in the Senate and House of Representatives may oppose the results of a final desperate attempt to deprive Biden of 270 votes and hand over the final decision to the House.
Election officials from both parties, across the United States, have said there is no evidence that votes have been manipulated, and a federal investigation concluded the same thing.