The US election was plunged into chaos early Wednesday as President Donald Trump prematurely declared victory and sought Supreme Court intervention to stop vote- counting — even as his Democratic rival Joe Biden voiced confidence in his own chances .
In a divisive election cast under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 230 , 000 lives in the United States , Trump appeared to have avoided a Democratic wave predicted by some polls but he still needs key states to secure another four- year term .
Shattering norms in the world’ s most powerful democracy , Trump alleged “ major fraud” as he held an upbeat rally inside the White House’ s ceremonial East Room .
“ We did win this election , ” Trump told cheering supporters , few of them wearing masks to protect from Covid – 19 . “ This is a fraud on the American public . ”
The Republican tycoon said he would go to the Supreme Court because “ we want all voting to stop. ”
Voting had already ended by the time Trump took the podium after 2 am ( 0700 GMT ) but Trump appeared to be calling for the court to stop counting.
Trump has railed for months against mail – in ballots, charging without evidence that they could be fraudulent , as some 100 million Americans voted ahead of Election Day amid the health crisis .
The Biden campaign soon hit back , calling the president ’ s bid to stop vote counting “ outrageous ” and “ unprecedented, ” and saying its legal teams were ready to fight him in the courts if need be .
“ The counting will not stop. It will continue until every duly cast vote is counted, ” it vowed .
Biden had earlier warned that vote counting would take a while as he greeted his own backers , who honked from cars at a socially distanced rally in his home state of Delaware .
“ We believe we ’ re on track to win this election, ” the 77 – year – old former vice president said . “ Keep the faith , guys , we ’ re going to win this . ”
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Biden ’ s remarks clearly unnerved Trump who immediately tweeted his claims of victory and fraud , leading Twitter to flag his comments as part of its effort against election disinformation .
Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania , which is proving to be the vital prize , said that one million mailed- in ballots remained to be counted and promised that all counties would work “ tirelessly” to complete them.