AP calls Pennsylvania for Joe Biden
Appears to put Democrat over 270 Electoral College votes
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Associated Press has called the state of Pennsylvania in favor of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. That appears to give Biden more than the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the election. But the result has yet to be certified and faces a legal challenge.
President Donald Trump’s campaign had already filed a lawsuit, challenging the legitimacy of that state’s vote-counting process and claiming its observers did not have proper access to that process.
The AP called the race for the former vice president, who held a 34,243-vote lead, after it determined that the remaining ballots left to be counted would not allow President Trump to catch up. Mr. Biden held a 0.51 percentage point margin over the President late Saturday morning. Under Pennsylvania law, a recount is automatic when the margin between two candidates in a statewide race is less than 0.5 percentage points.
UPDATE 10:22 a.m.: In a statement issued after the AP and other news organizations called the Pennsylvania race, President Trump said in part, “Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots.”
The full statement reads:
“We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. In Pennsylvania, for example, our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.
“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots. This is the only way to ensure the public has full confidence in our election. It remains shocking that the Biden campaign refuses to agree with this basic principle and wants ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters. Only a party engaged in wrongdoing would unlawfully keep observers out of the count room – and then fight in court to block their access.
“So what is Biden hiding? I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.”