WASHINGTON D.C., Nov 6, 2020, CBS News. President Trump spoke Thursday evening in remarks coinciding with the beginning of network evening news broadcasts and both falsely claimed victory and baselessly accused his political enemies of stealing the election from him — despite the ongoing vote counting in five states. Legally cast voters are being counted now, and election officials still have votes to count in Georgia, Nevada, Arizona and Pennsylvania, CBS News reported.
“If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” the president falsely claimed. “If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us. If you count the votes that came in late, we’re looking at them very strongly.”
CBS News projects Biden has so far secured 253 electoral votes — just 17 shy of the 270 needed to win the presidency — and Mr. Trump has won 213 electoral votes.
The race now centers on Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, following projections on Wednesday that Biden will win Michigan and Wisconsin. Biden holds slim leads in Nevada and Arizona, both of which are still considered likely to go to Biden in CBS News’ estimation.
Results continue to trickle in from Arizona, and Maricopa County officials said they expected more votes to come in at 10 p.m. ET. As of Thursday night, Biden led by 46,257 votes in Arizona.
Biden expanded his lead in Nevada in new results from mostly Democratic counties, with his margin more than doubling since Wednesday. He has also cut into the president’s lead in Georgia, trailing by 665 votes on Thursday night.
At the same time, Mr. Trump has been looking beyond the ballot box to the nation’s courts in his efforts to hold on to the presidency, with his campaign filing a barrage of lawsuits in several battleground states as part of his quest to secure the 270 electoral votes he needs to win reelection.