Biden on cusp of presidency after gains in Pennsylvania

Associated Press, 2020.11.06

Trump remains in the White House residence as his campaign insists the election isn’t over.

A focus on Pennsylvania, where Biden led Trump by more than 9,000 votes, and Georgia, where Biden led by more than 1,500, comes as Americans enter a third full day after the election without knowing who will lead them for the next four years.

The prolonged process adds to the anxiety of a nation whose racial and cultural divides were inflamed during the heated campaign.

Trump is testing how far he can go in using the trappings of presidential power to undermine confidence in the vote.

He advances unsupported accusations of voter fraud to falsely argue that his rival is trying to seize power in an extraordinary effort by a sitting American president to sow doubt about the democratic process.

Biden is trying to ease tensions and project a more traditional image of presidential leadership.

“I ask everyone to stay calm. The process is working,” Biden says. “It is the will of the voters.”

Trump shows no sign of giving up and is back on Twitter at around 2:30 a.m., insisting the “U.S. Supreme Court should decide!”

Trump’s erroneous claims about the integrity of the election challenged Republicans now faced with the choice of whether to break with the president.

Trump spent months claiming without proof that voting by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud. Mail ballots from across the state are overwhelmingly breaking in Biden’s direction.

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