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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President Donald Trump is requesting an immediate recount in Wisconsin, filing lawsuits in Michigan and is sending his personal attorney, former New York City mayor Rudy Guiliani, to Philadelphia, as the nation continues counting the votes in the 2020 presidential election.
In an election year like no other, neither Trump nor Democrat Joe Biden have yet reached the 270 Electoral College vote threshold. On Wednesday, both candidates began appealing for additional donations for the looming legal battles ahead.
Trump’s reelection campaign is scheduling a 3:30 press conference in Philadelphia. Guiliani said he is heading to Philadelphia because of alleged “massive cheating” in the vote count.
Early Wednesday afternoon, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said the campaign will “immediately” request a recount in the battleground state of Wisconsin, which the AP called for Biden at 2:17 p.m.
The Trump campaign has also filed a lawsuit in Michigan to stop the counting of ballots until the campaign is given “meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe opening of ballots.”
After the Trump recount announcement, Biden campaign adviser Bob Bauer, who earlier told reporters his candidate had won the election, said he believes Biden has won the Badger State.
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.”
Shortly before 11 a.m., Biden campaign advisor Bob Bauer told reporters “We’ve won the election. And we’re going to defend that election.”
From the White House, the president continued to unleash a Twitter barrage, alleging Biden votes are being found “all over the place.”
Stepien said earlier Wednesday morning that 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.
11:46 a.m. Michigan’s secretary of state said the state is waiting on 100,000 ballots before a statewide unofficial count will have been completed.
11:26 a.m. Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe tells NBC, “All of the ballots have indeed been counted. We’re not seeing that there’s any counties that haven’t posted their results on their websites.” NBC has Biden ahead by 20,697 votes.
10:27 a.m. Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon says Georgia is “currently a toss-up” and North Carolina is “probably leaning towards Trump.” They are projecting wins in Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.