Biden on cusp of election triumph after Wisconsin win but Trump demands recount

JOE Biden is on the cusp of election triumph after his Wisconsin win, but Donald Trump has demanded a recount.

Biden has also dramatically moved clear in Michigan, meaning he could seal the victory in the bitterly contested battle today.

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His campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon confidently claimed the seismic result was imminent, saying: “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."

Biden took the lead early Wednesday by flipping Michigan and Wisconsin, which had both showed leads for Trump on Election Day.

The Wisconsin win has seen Biden take the lead with 237 Electoral College votes to Trump's 213, according to CNN.

"All of the ballots have indeed been counted," Wisconsin Elections Commission Director Meagan Wolfe told NBC.

A tally from NBC showed Biden with a 0.7percent lead over Trump, claiming 49.5percent of votes compared to Trump's 48.8percent.

Biden held 20,697 more votes than the president in the battleground state.

As it was revealed that Wisconsin's ballots were all in, Trump's campaign manager, Bill Stepien, said in a statement they will immediately request a recount.

"Despite ridiculous public polling used as a voter suppression tactic, Wisconsin has been a razor thin race as we always knew it would be," Stepien said.

"There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results," he claimed.

"The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so."

In Michigan, meanwhile, Biden also held a slim lead over Trump.

A tally from CNN shows Biden in the lead to claim the state's 16 Electoral College votes, with 49.5percent of votes compared to Trump's 48.9percent.

However, the Trump campaign released a statement on Wednesday saying that it has "filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted."

The candidates battle for the state remains close, with Biden holding just 30,642 more votes than Trump.

O'Malley Dillon also slammed Donald Trump over comments that ballots should stop being counted – and said it would mean a surefire victory for the Democratic candidate.

"Let's be extremely clear about something. If Donald Trump got his wish and we stopped counting ballots right now, Vice President Joe Biden would be the next president of the United States," O'Malley Dillon said.

She later affirmed: "We are confident that Vice President Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.

As Biden pulled ahead in Wisconsin and Michigan on Wednesday, Trump claimed that his lead "magically disappeared in key states."

"Last night I was leading, often solidly, in many key States, in almost all instances Democrat run & controlled," Trump wrote in a tweet that was flagged by Twitter as misleading.

"Then, one by one, they started to magically disappear as surprise ballot dumps were counted. VERY STRANGE, and the 'pollsters' got it completely & historically wrong!"

Trump said in a later tweet as ballots continued to come in: "They are finding Biden votes all over the place — in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. So bad for our Country!"

Trump's campaign manager said on Wednesday he thinks Wisconsin is in "recount territory" – and added he's confident Trump will win Nevada and Pennsylvania.

Speaking to repoters on Wednesday, Biden's campaign manager, Bob Bauer also maintained that Biden will sweep a win.

"We're going to win the election. We've won the election. And we're going to defend that election," Bauer said.

O'Malley Dillon said Biden is expected to give a speech on Wednesday afternoon.

Although most day-of votes have been tallied, mail-in ballots in some states were just beginning to be counted on Wednesday – and it may be days before the final results for some states are in.

After software counting problems in Georgia, officials are still hoping for a result today – but it very well may not come until Thursday.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said at a press conference around 200,000 absentee ballots were left to be counted, along with 40,000 to 50,000 early votes.

This could very well mean that the state – which Trump currently is holding a lead in, according to the Associated Press – may flip to show Biden in the lead.

Pennsylvania, meanwhile, was working to count millions of mail-in ballots on Wednesday.

"We may not know the results even today, but the most important thing is that we have accurate results," Governor Tom Wolf said at a news conference.

In North Carolina, around 200,000 mail-in ballots had yet to be counted as of Wednesday.

Trump held a lead in the state, but no winner could be declared as many outlets said the difference was too close to call.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, millions more Americans cast their vote by mail compared to other election years.

This means there could be a sway in numbers in battleground states compared to what's been totaled thus far.

With Biden holding leads in Wisconsin and Michigan, the two states could be key to the Democratic candidate winning the election as he and Trump race to win a majority of 270 of the 538 Electoral College votes.

In a speech at the White House early Wednesday, Donald Trump claimed victory – despite there being millions of ballots yet to be counted.

"We were getting ready to win this election – frankly we did win this election," Trump claimed.

"So our goal now is to ensure the integrity for the good of this nation. This is a very big moment. This is a major fraud on our nation.

Trump has baselessly claimed that mail-in ballots will lead to widespread voter fraud – and been outspoken against tallying them after Election Day.

Trump even threatened legal action in Pennsylvania – a key battleground state – as a Supreme Court ruled that it would allow mail-in ballots to be counted for three days after November 3.

Biden and his campaign, however, have maintained that the American people – and not either candidate – decide who won the election.

As ballots continue to pour in, it could be a matter of days – or weeks – until the final results are known.

After the United States Postal Service failed to complete an order for Postmaster Generals to sweep facilities for lingering ballots on Tuesday, the agency announced Wednesday the search was finished.

“I can confirm that last night’s sweeps were completed as required,” USPS spokesman David Partenheimer said in an email, as reported by Bloomberg.

The sweep came after the USPS said on Tuesday that nearly 300,000 ballots were not delivered on-time because they "lacked a delivery scan."

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