Even two days after polls closed across the nation, officials still seemed to have a long way to go before a formal winner of the presidential race could be declared.
President Donald Trump’s campaign is continuing to fight for every vote, and his campaign signaled that it is pursuing a recount in the state of Arizona as part of that effort, as reported by The Hill.
“Voter suppression tactic”
The latest election challenge came as the Trump campaign also requested a recount in Wisconsin after that state had been called for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien acknowledged that “Wisconsin has been a razor-thin race as we always knew that it would be,” blaming “ridiculous public polling” for serving as “a voter suppression tactic” ahead of this week’s election.
“There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results,” he added. “The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.”
That “razor-thin” margin is roughly 20,000, which might put a recount within the realm of possibility. Former GOP Gov. Scott Walker, however, noted that it would present a “high hurdle” for Trump to overcome in his pursuit of actually winning the state’s electoral votes.
After recount in 2011 race for WI Supreme Court, there was a swing of 300 votes. After recount in 2016 Presidential race in WI, @realDonaldTrump numbers went up by 131.
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) November 4, 2020
“Absentee ballots from a back room”
Fox News Channel was among the outlets giving Biden 264 of the 270 electoral votes needed to claim victory. Of course, that includes granting a win for the Democratic in Arizona, where ballots are still being counted.
In fact, the state appears to still be up for grabs as hundreds of thousands of ballots remain uncounted and some analysts forecast they would favor the incumbent.
The Trump campaign has reportedly put together an expert legal team to pursue challenges to electoral rules and returns in a number of key states, including Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
In Georgia, the president’s team “alleges that a Republican observer watched a poll worker take unprocessed absentee ballots from a back room and mix them into processed absentee ballots waiting to be tabulated,” according to reports.
If Biden is ultimately declared the winner in both Wisconsin and Michigan, the president’s path to a second term would need to include wins in Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, and either Arizona or Nevada.