Trump, the Republican incumbent, on early Wednesday claimed victory and vowed to take the fight to the
Democrat Biden, the former vice president, asked for patience as the vote counting continued and said he believed he ultimately would win.
Late vote counting gave Biden small leads in
Other states that have not been called include
The AP notes that vote tabulations routinely continue beyond
Federal law requires that presidential electors meet by
Trump suggested the counting should end and that he would fight for that outcome at the
"It's not my place or
He added: the election "ain't over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted."
Legal experts were dubious of Trump's declaration, according to the AP.
"I do not see a way that he could go directly to the Supreme Court to stop the counting of votes. There could be fights in specific states, and some of those could end up at the Supreme Court. But this is not the way things work," said
Trump has appointed three of the high court's nine justices including, most recently,
The race underscored divisions in America.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed nearly 233,000 people in the
That difference, however, created the uncertainty of which types of votes had been counted because it varied by state.
With the coronavirus now surging anew, voters ranked the pandemic and the economy as top concerns in the race between Trump and Biden, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate.
Voters were especially likely to call the public health crisis the nation's most important issue, with the economy following close behind. Fewer named health care, racism, law enforcement, immigration or climate change
The survey found that Trump's leadership loomed large in voters' decision-making. Nearly two-thirds of voters said their vote was about Trump -- either for him or against him.
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