President Donald Trump on Saturday declined to concede the election and promised lawsuits to challenge initial results, despite major media outlets projecting that former Vice President Joe Biden has secured enough electoral votes to win the White House.
“The simple fact is this election is far from over,” Trump said in a prepared statement. “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.“
It was the first official statement from the Trump campaign, coming shortly after the Associated Press and major networks including Fox News called the election for Biden. The written statement, released while Trump was golfing at his club in Virginia, blamed the media for aiding Biden and offered unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud.
“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 statement continued.
States generally officially certify results within weeks of the vote-count finishing. The Trump campaign has already filed — and lost — multiple lawsuits alleging voting violations in several states.
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