Kayleigh McEnany has just announced that President Trump claims a victory in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, which would give him 20 more electoral votes.
Shortly after McEnany shared her tweet claiming the state for Trump, Twitter added a label to the tweet saying that "Official sources may not have called the race when this was tweeted."
Trump also claimed Georgia and North Carolina as victories for his campaign, saying "We have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (which won’t allow legal observers) the State of Georgia, and the State of North Carolina, each one of which has a BIG Trump lead. Additionally, we hereby claim the State of Michigan if, in fact,....."
The Trump campaign gave a press conference in Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, and this, and their efforts to obtain recounts in other tightly contested states, was the topic of that conference.
Pennsylvania has been contested, and Governor Tom Wolf had assured Pennsylvanians that every vote would be counted. It was on November 3 that he told voters that they should not expect a final result from Pennsylvania until after election day.
There were allegations of confusion and discrepancies around Pennsylvania polling places, but it appears that the Trump campaign believes that everything has come clean in the wash and that he will carry the day.
The Trump campaign has said that they would be asking for recounts in Wisconsin and Michigan.
Decision Desk HQ predicts 214 electoral votes for Trump, and 237 for Biden.
Trump took home Pennsylvania in 2016, winning by a narrow margin. He was the first Republican presidential candidate to lead the state since 1988. Pennsylvania, which is primarily white, is made up of two major metropolises on either end—Philadelphia and Pittsburgh—with rural areas spread out in between. The suburbs and cities skew Democrat, while the rural middle leans Republican.
As for Trump's claims to Georgia, no Democratic presidential candidate has won the state of Georgia since 1992. Biden is hoping to become the first to do so after seven consecutive contests for the White House. The current tally, per AP, shows Trump leading Biden 50.1 percent to 48.7 percent. North Carolina shows a similar lead.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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