Trump pushes bogus fraud allegations as vote count moves away from him

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"What a sad night for the United States of America to hear their president say that, to falsely accuse people of trying to steal the election, to try to attack democracy in that way with this feast of falsehoods", he said.

"We don't know that right now, and for the President to go out there and claim that without any evidence of that is risky", Santorum said. For months, Trump sowed doubt in the mail-in vote process.

His comments came as GOP Sen.

USA media outlets haven't declared a victor for the presidential election as races in several battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Arizona, are neck and neck and remain too close to call.

"With very few exceptions, North Carolina's numbers are not going to move until November 12 or 13", North Carolina State Board of Elections Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell said Wednesday.

The ballots left to be counted are provisional ballots, with some leftover mail-in ballots.

He claimed without evidence that election officials in states such as Pennsylvania were "trying obviously to commit fraud" and keeping observers from overseeing the tabulation process. Taking a different approach than Trump, he said that in America, the vote is sacred.

Trump appeared subdued as he read prepared remarks and the major television networks quickly cut away from his news conference. Statewide recounts in Wisconsin have historically changed the vote tally by only a few hundred votes; Biden led by more than 20,000 ballots out of almost 3.3 million counted. "Beyond that, I don't have anything to say", McConnell said. "I think Republicans will likely want to give him a day or two to, you know, sort of make his arguments". Trump said in another tweet.

Earlier, the Trump campaign rushed attorneys to Pennsylvania and other states where Biden is closing the gap, filing lawsuits aimed at stopping the vote count - just as Trump had demanded with his one-line tweet Thursday morning: "Stop the count!".

"So everyone who's listening, do not be quiet, do not be silent about this".

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"We continue to feel very good about where things stand". "Join together and let's stop this".

For 40 hours, President Donald Trump fumed in private and tweeted his grievances in all caps. One of the signatories, Greg Brower, a former United States attorney for Nevada, also served during the Trump administration's early years as the FBI's assistant director for congressional affairs.

A judge in Georgia dismissed a lawsuit filed by the president's campaign that accused elections officials of mishandling absentee ballots.

"There's tremendous amount of litigation generally because of how unfair this process was", Trump said earlier this week.

Biden, who is within touching distance of the 270 vote mark, has registered a record 71.5 million votes and has said he will win enough states to become president. Others privately acknowledged the chances of Trump winning are now slim and were contemplating their next career steps. "It's always taken time to count votes".

As votes continued to be counted in the state and President Donald Trump's once-large edge there dropped, Biden made brief remarks urging patience and calm.

"No Republican elected official will stand behind that statement", Santorum said at CNN's special election coverage.

Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican who did not seek reelection, called Trump's comments about corruption "dangerous" and "wrong".

Beyond the rhetoric, Trump's complaints were specifically targeting the integrity of the huge number of ballots mailed in, rather than cast in person on Election Day.

While Biden was close Thursday to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House, it was unclear when a national victor would be determined after a long, bitter campaign dominated by the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on Americans and the national economy.

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