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U.S. Election 2020: Biden to speak today as camp predicts PM victory

By Tim Darnell – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Stephanie Toone – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ArLuther Lee – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rich Barak – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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In an election year like no other, neither President Donald Trump nor Democrat Joe Biden have yet reached the 270 Electoral College vote threshold.

Late Wednesday morning, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon expected Biden to address the nation later in the day. “Joe Biden is on track to win this election, and he will be the next president of the United States … We believe we are on a clear path to victory by this afternoon.”

From the White House, the president continued to unleash a Twitter barrage, decrying Biden’s growing lead from mail-in ballots in Michigan.

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said if all legally counted cast ballots are counted, even by conservative estimates, Trump will win the election.

Biden’s campaign says it will fight any efforts by Trump’s campaign to go to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent ballots from being tabulated. In a statement sent before 4 a.m. Wednesday, O’Malley Dillon called Trump’s statement that he will “be going to the U.S. Supreme Court” and that he wants “all voting to stop” “outrageous, unprecedented and incorrect.”

O’Malley Dillon said the Biden campaign has “legal teams standing by ready to deploy to resist that effort.” And she said, “They will prevail.”

The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the presidential race. There are still hundreds of thousands of votes left to be counted, and the outcome hinges on a handful of uncalled battleground states.

Trump made a statement nearly two hours later from the East Room of the White House. He said it was “clear we have won Georgia,” although the state hadn’t been called yet while ballots were still being counted early Wednesday.

The president also mentioned going to the Supreme Court as he questioned how the process was being conducted in counting votes. He said: “We will win this, and as far as I’m concerned we already have won it.”