Nov 4, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Biden, Trump speak out as race remains too close to call

Joe Biden addressed supporters at a drive-in rally in Delaware at 12:40 am ET on Wednesday morning, as the presidential race remained too close to call and ballots remained uncounted in critical swing states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

What they're saying: Biden said that his campaign believes they are "on track to win this election," but stressed that "it ain't over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted."

  • "Look, we could know the results as early as tomorrow morning. But it may take a little longer, as I've said all along," he continued.
  • "It's not my place or Donald Trump's place to declare who's won this election. That's the decision of the American people. But I'm optimistic about this outcome." 

The other side: President Trump quickly responded on Twitter, baselessly accusing Biden of trying to "steal" the election and claiming "a big WIN."

  • Within minutes, Twitter added a label to Trump's tweet that read: "Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process."
  • Trump added in a second tweet that he will be making a statement later Wednesday morning.

The bottom line: The dueling statements previewed what is likely to come: Trump could seek to declare himself the winner prematurely and stop mail-in ballots from being counted in states like Pennsylvania. The dispute could end up in court.

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