PHILADEPHIA – It’s election eve in the U.S., where a record number of ballots have already been cast ahead of the final vote in Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s race to the White House.
All signs point to this election seeing the highest voter turnout in a century, with early voting numbers suggesting at least 93 million ballots have been cast so far.
The sheer number of votes could mean it will take longer than usual for election officials to process the historic surge in early and mail-in ballots.
Trump has spent months claiming without evidence that the votes would be ripe for fraud while refusing to guarantee that he would honor the election result. However, in the starkest terms yet, Trump on Sunday threatened litigation to stop the tabulation of ballots arriving after Election Day. As soon as polls closed in battlegrounds such as Pennsylvania, Trump said, “we’re going in with our lawyers.”
It was unclear precisely what Trump meant. There is already an appeal pending at the Supreme Court over the counting of absentee ballots in Pennsylvania that are received in the mail in the three days after the election.
Final push for votes
Trump is packing in the rallies, with five held on Sunday in five different states, ending after midnight in Florida, where the U.S. government’s leading COVID-19 expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, was a target.
“Fire Fauci, fire Fauci,” the crowd chanted, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on in the U.S.
“Don’t tell anybody but let me wait ’til a little bit after the election,” Trump responded.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left more than 231,000 Americans dead and forced millions out of their jobs.
Meanwhile, Biden dropped through battleground Pennsylvania this weekend, telling supporters it was “time for Donald Trump to pack his bags and go home.”
Monday, the last full day of a campaign that has laid bare their dramatically different visions for tackling the nation’s pressing problems and for the office of the presidency itself, is Turmp and Biden’s final chance to make their cases to voters in critical battleground states.
Both campaigns insist they have a pathway to victory, though Biden’s options for picking up the required 270 Electoral College votes are more plentiful. Trump is banking on a surge of enthusiasm from his most loyal supporters
And while the polls put Biden clearly in the lead by 10 points, many are still very skeptical, given what happened in the 2016 election that saw Hillary Clinton defeated by Trump.
Trump’s Monday itinerary puts him at another five rallies from North Carolina to Wisconsin. Biden will continue to devote much of his time to Pennsylvania, but also has plans to to dip into Ohio.