Politics

Biden and Trump campaigns both claim to be winning the election

Key Points
  • The campaigns for President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden each claimed Wednesday morning that they would win the presidential election, based on their expectations in states that have yet to be called.
  • Biden's campaign said that the Democratic nominee is on track to win the key battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and that if the vote counting ended as of the call, he would win the election.
  • "I want to share with all of you that Joe Biden is on track to win this election and he will be the next president of the United States," said Biden campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon.
  • The president's campaign manager, Bill Stepien, said, "We feel like the president is in a very, very, very good position this morning."
Joe Biden and Donald Trump
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The campaigns for President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden hosted dueling press calls Wednesday morning where each insisted their candidate would win the presidential election, based on anticipated vote counts in states that are crucial to an Electoral College victory.

"I want to share with all of you that Joe Biden is on track to win this election and he will be the next president of the United States," said Biden campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon.

Dillon explained that the Democratic nominee is on track to win the key battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Nevada, and that if the vote counting ended as of the call, he would win the election.

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Dillon, who offered a state-by-state breakdown of why the campaign is confident of a victory, said that Biden plans to make a public address later Wednesday afternoon.

But Trump's campaign, in its own press call, said the Republican incumbent will win those states, as well as Arizona and Nevada.

The president's campaign manager Bill Stepien said, "We feel like the president is in a very very, very good position this morning."

Trump campaign official Jason Miller said, "There are anywhere between 1.2 to 1.4.million ballots yet to be counted in Pennsylvania. We know there are upwards of 500,000 in Arizona. We know that there are outstanding ballots to be counted in Nevada's outlying Republican counties, and right now [Trump and Biden] are within 1% in Michigan and Wisconsin."

"But honing in specifically on Pennsylvania and Arizona. If all legally cast ballots are counted, the president will win," Miller said.

He added, "These are not just realistic estimates of vote shares that we expect the president to achieve, these are conservative estimates."

Election Day on Tuesday ended without a clear winner being declared in any of the states highlighted during the press calls.

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