Donald Trump demands 'STOP THE COUNT!' as his campaign launches barrage of lawsuits with the latest in Nevada - but if he succeeded in freezing the results NOW Joe Biden would WIN

 President Donald Trump demanded the nation stop counting votes in the presidential election as his campaign launches a lawsuit in Nevada, which could hand Joe Biden the presidency should he win its six electoral votes.

Former Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell is holding a pres conference for the Trump campaign in Nevada later today where he will announce the lawsuit. 

The Nevada lawsuit matches legal action the Trump campaign is launching in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia as Biden approaches the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. In Wisconsin, a state called for Biden, the campaign has requested a recount. 

'STOP THE COUNT!,' the president tweeted Thursday morning. He has spent the past few days holed up in the White House, speaking to advisers about the race.

If state officials stop counting now and the election were called on the current tallies - Biden would win. The president needs to make up vote gaps in Arizona and Nevada in order to win the election - in other words he needs officials there to keep counting the ballots. 

Trump later added this tweet: 'ANY VOTE THAT CAME IN AFTER ELECTION DAY WILL NOT BE COUNTED!'

The president was likely referring to Pennsylvania, where officials are counting any mail-in ballot received by Friday as long as it is post marked by Election Day. Trump currently leads in the state but Biden is slowing making up ground as the mail-in votes are counted. More Democrats than Republicans used the mail-in voting option.

The Associated Press has awarded Biden 264 electoral votes - including in Arizona, a state not all news organizations have called and that the Trump campaign is arguing they can win when all votes are counted.

President Trump's campaign is taking action in Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia as Joe Biden approaches the 270 electoral votes he needs to win the presidency

President Trump's campaign is taking action in Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia as Joe Biden approaches the 270 electoral votes he needs to win the presidency

Nevada's six electoral votes would put Biden exactly at 270 in the AP's count - handing him the presidency. 

Nevada, where Biden leads by less than 8,000 votes, is expected to release another tranche of votes later Thursday. Georgia and Pennsylvania are also expected to release additional vote counts today. 

As President Trump offers unsubstantiated charges of election fraud, pro-Trump demonstrators have showed up at vote counting centers in Nevada, Arizona, and Detroit demanding that all votes be counted.  

The results of the election remain unclear but Biden is inches towards victory as mail-in ballots are tallied.

Trump has falsely claimed these votes are illegitimate because they are being counted after the election. The votes were legally cast before Election Day but the process to count mail-in ballots takes longer as they have to be checked against voter rolls to confirm it’s a legal ballot from a registered voter – just as when someone who votes in person has to confirm their identity with a poll worker before receiving a ballot.

In Arizona, after 62,000 votes in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, were added to the tally early Thursday morning, Biden led Trump in the state by 68,400 votes, or less than three points. But Trump faces a tough slog in making up the gap as most outstanding votes are from Democratic areas in the state: Pima, Coconino and Santa Cruz counties. 

Trump launched legal action in Michigan and Wisconsin, on Wednesday - two states that have been awarded to Biden.

The Trump campaign is also suing in Pennsylvania, where Biden is creeping toward victory. in an attempt to stop vote counting and reverse the results - which had been going his way until mail-in ballots were tallied. 

Trump has also launched legal action in Georgia, another state that showed him with an early lead but where Biden now hopes to win. Counting is also ongoing in North Carolina, with the outcome far from certain.  

While officials count ballots, tensions have flared across the country. 

In Arizona overnight, armed pro-Trump protesters descended on a counting center in Maricopa County, after Biden's commanding 200,000-vote lead was slashed to just 68,000 as ballots continued being tallied.  

They faced off with police and security outside the counting center, chanting that every vote should be counted with the result in the balance. At least one person made it inside, forcing the center to close with staff locked in.   

Chaos hit the election count center in a crucial Arizona county on Wednesday night after a large group of Trump supporters gathered outside to protest, some carrying weapons as the chanted for the vote to continue

Chaos hit the election count center in a crucial Arizona county on Wednesday night after a large group of Trump supporters gathered outside to protest, some carrying weapons as the chanted for the vote to continue

NEVADA: President Trump supporters protest the Nevada vote in Clark County

NEVADA: President Trump supporters protest the Nevada vote in Clark County

MICHIGAN: Supporters of President Donald Trump chant slogans as they gather outside the room where absentee ballots for the 2020 general election are being counted

MICHIGAN: Supporters of President Donald Trump chant slogans as they gather outside the room where absentee ballots for the 2020 general election are being counted

Video from outside the count center showed the angered crowd as they shouted that the vote was being suppressed

Video from outside the count center showed the angered crowd as they shouted that the vote was being suppressed

Amid the ongoing uncertainty;

  • Trump protesters descended on counting centers in both Michigan and Arizona - demanding that the vote count be stopped in the former state, and demanding it continue in the latter
  • Trump also launched a series of lawsuits to try and shift the result in his favor, while make unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud on Twitter
  • In Wisconsin, Trump is suing for a recount - which is expected to go ahead because the result is within 1 per cent of votes cast, but is not expected to overturn Biden's 20,000-vote margin
  • In Michigan, he claims his poll observers have not been given proper access to the count, and is suing to have the count stopped until they are given access
  • In Pennsylvania, Trump is claiming that the Senator has given Biden back-door votes to try to push him out
  • Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, and Trump's son, Eric, held a rally in Pennsylvania as they spearheaded the president's legal action there 
  • In Georgia, he alleges that a GOP poll observer witnessed 53 late absentee ballots added to a pile

Video footage from outside the Maricopa count center on Wednesday showed the angered crowd as they shouted and chanted that the vote was being suppressed and that the election was unfair. 

Some fumed about a rumor that was circulating from right-wing social media accounts throughout the day that claimed that the ballots of some Trump supporters were being disregarded because they were filled out using a Sharpie. 


On Thursday morning, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said she didn't understand what the protesters were trying to achieve.  

'I don't  understand what these protesters are interested in. We're going to keep counting ballots.

'If they're supporting the president they should want us to continue counting. I just don't know what their goal is. 

'Absolutely they are not disrupting what we're doing,' she said during an interview with Good Morning America.

There is no evidence that any of the votes cast are not being counted in the county or in the state. 

Several members of the group AZ Patriots did successfully manage to make their way inside the building, one wearing a military vest, where they argued that the pens in the count had been changed to Sharpies, before they were kicked out of the building. 

Media crews were escorted from the center at around 12.30am and some staff were also escorted from the building at the end of their shifts as the shouts of the crowd grew louder. There have been no reports of violence although several members of the press claimed they were threatened. 

Inside, the count continued, with the center vowing that it would continue until the last update of the night. 

Meanwhile in Michigan, Trump protesters also surrounded an election center in Detroit where they called on the count to be stopped as the state was declared for Biden. 

Republicans have also filed a lawsuit in Michigan demanding that all vote counting stop because Trump's people weren't giving proper access to voting sites and couldn't oversee the counting process to ensure it was fair.

In Georgia, the lawsuit claims that a GOP poll observer witnessed 53 late absentee ballots added to a pile in Chatham County while two additional actions in Pennsylvania claim a Senator there has given Biden back-door votes to try to push Trump out.

And in Wisconsin, the campaign is demanding a recount, despite Biden winning by more than 20,000 votes which represents around 0.6 percent of the vote. 

The figure falls within the state's recount rules which allows for anything within a one-point margin to qualify for a a recount. 

In Pennsylvania, where a result is unlikely before Friday, Rudy Giuliani - Trump's personal lawyer - and Trump's son, Eric, arrived to spearhead 'critical legal actions' in the state. 

The Trump campaign has announced that it will wade into a case currently before the Supreme Court which challenges state law that allows for mail-in ballots that arrive up to three days after election day. 

Deputy Trump Campaign Manager Justin Clark said the campaign will be suing to stop 'Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing' from GOP poll-watchers.

He claimed that Republican observers in Philadelphia were ordered to stand 25 meters away from counting staff, making it impossible to watch.

ARIZONA: The Maricopa County center in Phoenix was forced to close to the public, locking poll workers inside, when supporters of the president surrounded the building chanting 'count the vote'

ARIZONA: The Maricopa County center in Phoenix was forced to close to the public, locking poll workers inside, when supporters of the president surrounded the building chanting 'count the vote'


NEW YORK: Anti-Trump protesters kneel in the street in Manhattan in the wake of an uncertain election on November 3

NEW YORK: Anti-Trump protesters kneel in the street in Manhattan in the wake of an uncertain election on November 3

MINNESOTA: Demonstrators take to the streets of Minneapolis for an anti-Trump rally in the wake of the election

MINNESOTA: Demonstrators take to the streets of Minneapolis for an anti-Trump rally in the wake of the election

CALIFORNIA: A man raises his fist during a protest in Los Angeles as uncertainty continued over the result of the election

CALIFORNIA: A man raises his fist during a protest in Los Angeles as uncertainty continued over the result of the election

SEATTLE: A protester lights an American flag on fire during a demonstration in Seattle on Wednesday

SEATTLE: A protester lights an American flag on fire during a demonstration in Seattle on Wednesday 

ILLINOIS: Demonstrator Brittany Bysina holds a sign as demonstrators march through central Chicago on Wednesday night

ILLINOIS: Demonstrator Brittany Bysina holds a sign as demonstrators march through central Chicago on Wednesday night

PENNSYLVANIA: Demonstrators, including one carrying a Black Lives Matter flag, march past Independence Hall in Philadelphia to urge that all votes be counted on Wednesday

PENNSYLVANIA: Demonstrators, including one carrying a Black Lives Matter flag, march past Independence Hall in Philadelphia to urge that all votes be counted on Wednesday


Joe Biden on Wednesday afternoon all but claimed election victory as he said he was 'confident' he would win the White House after taking Michigan and Wisconsin. He is pictured with his running mate Kamala Harris by his side

Joe Biden on Wednesday afternoon all but claimed election victory as he said he was 'confident' he would win the White House after taking Michigan and Wisconsin. He is pictured with his running mate Kamala Harris by his side 

Donald Trump on Wednesday at 2.30am - the last time he was seen in public - declaring election victory despite many of the votes still being counted. He has vowed to go to the Supreme Court to challenge what he is calling a 'fraud' outcome so far

Donald Trump on Wednesday at 2.30am - the last time he was seen in public - declaring election victory despite many of the votes still being counted. He has vowed to go to the Supreme Court to challenge what he is calling a 'fraud' outcome so far 


And like in Michigan, the Trump campaign is suing to halt vote counting until 'meaningful transparency' is guaranteed.

Trump has also accused Pennsylvania's Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar of unilaterally extending the deadline by which mail-in voters whose voter ID was missing to provide proof. 

In a press conference held in Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon Giuliani and Eric claimed the president won the state, despite roughly one million mail-in ballots still needing to be counted.

Like Trump himself, neither man offered a legal argument for a win or proof of any voter fraud, but nonetheless made claims of cheating.

'They're trying to cheat, they're trying to cheat,' Eric Trump said repeatedly of the Democrats.

Giuliani ranted for several minutes about mail-in ballots which he claimed - without proof - could be falsified.

'This is beyond anything I have ever seen before,' he said. 'Do you think we're stupid? Do you think we're fools?

'You know something, Democrats do think you're stupid,' Giuliani added. 'And they do think you're fools. That's why you get called 'deplorable' and 'chumps'.


U.S. President Trump supporters gather to protest the election results at the Maricopa County Elections Department office

U.S. President Trump supporters gather to protest the election results at the Maricopa County Elections Department office

The protesters claimed that the election is unfair after debunked rumors spread from right-wing social media accounts

The protesters claimed that the election is unfair after debunked rumors spread from right-wing social media accounts 

Angered protesters descended on the center in Phoenix where the majority of the remaining votes are still to be counted

Angered protesters descended on the center in Phoenix where the majority of the remaining votes are still to be counted


'We're going to stick with this. We're going to win this election. We've actually won it. 

'It's just a matter of counting the votes fairly.'

Giuliani complained the mail-in ballots could have come from Mars or Canada – or could simply be one person who sent in 100,000 votes.

'Staff at the @maricopacounty Elections Department will continue our job, which is to administer elections in the second largest voting jurisdiction in the county,' the department tweeted. 

'We will release results again tonight as planned. We thank the @mcsoaz for doing their job, so we can do ours.' 

Among the protesters was local Congressman Paul Gosar who joined the crowd in complaining that votes were not being counted, blasting the Arizona Secretary of State as a 'joke' and praying, before demanding an update on the tally. 

'Some shady things are happening in Arizona...' he tweeted earlier in the day. 

Gosar made the claim after Fox News faced outrage for deciding to call the state's eleven electoral college seats for Biden before midnight on election night. The Associated Press has since also called a Biden victory but the New York Times and CNN are among the major news organization believing the race is still there for either candidate. 

On Wednesday night, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis railed against the decision to call Arizona and said that Fox should immediate rescind the decision.

'Trump is gaining in Arizona. There are probably 500,000…' DeSantis said during an interview with Fox. 'Here's my thing, if you're quick on the trigger, then be quick on the trigger for both sides and stand by it. With Trump, they never want to call the state. Biden, they will do it right away. It's inconsistent and unacceptable. Look, North Carolina should be called for the president, for sure. Arizona — Fox should rescind that call.' 

'We have to do this in a right way,' DeSantis continued. 'I thought it was really poor how it was done. Florida, we didn't even need the panhandle coming in. The president was up so much with the basis of Miami-Dade [county] early in mail voting that here was no way he would lose by Florida and won by 400,000 votes in the end.' 

FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver, who has himself been criticized for wildly inaccurate polling data, also said that Fox and the Associated Press should retracted the projection.  

The Arizona call from Fox was the first of the states that appeared to have flipped from red to blue, marking a major loss for the Trump campaign in this must-win state if it were accurate. 

Yet the Trump campaign has argued that the voting is not yet over, dismissing the call and predicting that the president will eventually win by some 30,000 votes once all ballots are counted. 

They have also said they are considering contesting the result but have not indicated what action they would take after calling for a recount in Wisconsin and filing lawsuits over vote counting in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia. 

'@FoxNews is a complete outlier in calling Arizona, and other media outlets should not follow suit,' fumed Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller on Tuesday night.  

'There are still 1M+ Election Day votes out there waiting to be counted - we pushed our people to vote on Election Day, but now Fox News is trying to invalidate their votes!

'We believe over 2/3 of those outstanding Election Day voters are going to be for Trump. Can't believe Fox was so anxious to pull the trigger here after taking so long to call Florida. Wow,' he continued. 

'Retract AZ!' added Republican National Committee spokesperson Liz Harrington. 

Arizona's governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, also pushed back at the Fox News result calling it 'far too early' to have declared Biden the winner in the early hours of Wednesday morning. 

'Election Day votes are not fully reported, and we haven't even started to count early ballots dropped off at the polls. In AZ, we protected Election Day. Let's count the votes—all the votes—before making declarations.' 


Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference on legal challenges to vote counting in Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoon after the president filed a lawsuit despite one million votes remaining uncounted

Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference on legal challenges to vote counting in Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoon after the president filed a lawsuit despite one million votes remaining uncounted

Trump's daughter-in-law Lara listens as Giuliani and her husband Eric speak Wednesday

Trump's daughter-in-law Lara listens as Giuliani and her husband Eric speak Wednesday

Giuliani claimed that Trump has won Pennsylvania despite votes still needing to be counted

Giuliani claimed that Trump has won Pennsylvania despite votes still needing to be counted


Trump himself was enraged by the call and rang Rupert Murdoch in a fury on Tuesday night, according to reports. 

A source told Vanity Fair that Trump phoned Murdoch, who owns Fox, 'to scream about the call and demand a retraction'.

The 89-year-old media mogul refused to order his staff to retract the Arizona call. 

Even within Fox, the Arizona announcement allegedly angered staff, Vanity Fair reports.  

'We called it long before MSNBC!' one outraged staffer on the opinion side told the magazine.

'We were so worried about being seen as pro-Trump that we bent over backwards.'

And on air, the hosts questioned the decision desk for the call. 

'The Trump campaign is, how shall I put this, livid about the fact that Arizona was called,' Fox White House correspondent John Roberts reported around 12:20am Wednesday morning. 

'Frankly, there have been public calls for Fox to pull back that call. I'll leave that to the decision desk, but that's what the Trump campaign is saying.' 

Yet those behind the decision have defended the call and maintained they were right to call the race for Biden when they did. 

'We're four standard deviations from being wrong,' Arnon Mishkin, director of the Fox News Decision Desk, said of the network's statistical model. 'And, I'm sorry, we're not wrong in this particular case.'

He also acknowledged that there were outstanding votes to be counted in the state but that they were mainly in areas in which Biden was performing well, according to Politico

'I'm sorry, the president is not going to be able to take over and win enough votes to eliminate that seven point lead' Mishkin added.  

President Donald Trump supporters gather to protest the election results at the Maricopa County Elections Department office

President Donald Trump supporters gather to protest the election results at the Maricopa County Elections Department office

At one point the group began to pray for the outcome of the election

At one point the group began to pray for the outcome of the election

As it stands, Biden needs both Arizona and Nevada to win the presidency

As it stands, Biden needs both Arizona and Nevada to win the presidency


Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt also defended the decision on-air stating that the remaining mail-in ballots would sway heavily in Biden's favor. ' 

The Associated Press stated they also made the call for this reasons. Trump took Arizona in 2016 by a margin of 3.5 percent. 

A Biden victory in the state would make him the first Democrat to win Arizona since Bill Clinton in 1996. 

Yet much of the Arizona result hangs on Maricopa County which Trump won the county four years ago, with 49 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton's 46 percent. 

Officials say that there are still between 428,000 and 446,000 ballots to count in the county, including 248,000 mail ballots that were returned in the last three days before the election. 

They also include between 160,000 and 180,000 mail ballots returned on Election Day and 18,000 provisional ballots, according to the Maricopa County Recorder's Office. 

Trump may contest the validity of the mail-in ballots as he has in other states. 

Trump took Arizona in 2016 by a margin of 3.5 percent. A Biden victory in the state would make him the first Democrat to win Arizona since Bill Clinton in 1996.    

Yet much of the Arizona result hangs on Maricopa County which Trump won the county four years ago, with 49 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton's 46 percent.  

 Officials say that there are still between 428,000 and 446,000 ballots to count in the county, including 248,000 mail ballots that were returned in the last three days before the election. 

They also include between 160,000 and 180,000 mail ballots returned on Election Day and 18,000 provisional ballots, according to the Maricopa County Recorder's Office. 

Trump may contest the validity of the mail-in ballots as he has in other states. 

On Tuesday, false stories were circulating among right-wing social media accounts that votes cast for Trump were not counted in Maricopa County because voters used Sharpie pens. 

Dubbed 'Sharpiegate' by conservatives on social media, the allegations could be used to try to undermine election results in the historically Republican state. 

County officials were trying to inform voters that Sharpies did not interfere with ballots. 

Yet, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of several voters Wednesday alleging that the use of a Sharpie permanent marker at polling places across the county disenfranchised voters.

Attorney Alexander Kolodin is representing an Arizona woman named as Laurie Aguilera by 12 News as well as ten other unidentified voters in the state. 

'Plaintiff completed her ballot with the provided Sharpie. While completing it, she noticed the ink was bleeding through,' the suit reads. It goes on to say that the machine failed to read Aguilera's ballot and those poll workers would not provide her with a second ballot nor a duplicate ballot when the ballot was not read. She believes her vote was not counted.

'I should just know that when I put my ballot into the machine and if I followed the instructions it gets counted, and it gets counted perfectly,' Kolodin said Wednesday night. 

Elsewhere, the Republican party themselves have filled lawsuits in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia and called for a recount in Wisconsin, claiming that fake mail-in ballots for Biden were being created in order to hand him the win. 

The claims of fraud led to protests in Detroit calling on the vote count to stop.  

Back in Arizona, it was also revealed earlier Wednesday that a data feed informing media organizations of the voting tally in the state was incorrectly showing that 98 percent of its votes had been counted for a period on Wednesday morning, casting further skepticism on the early calls. 

In fact, only 86 percent had been tallied at the time, leaving hundreds of thousands more votes still to be taken into account. 

Edison Research data incorrectly displayed the percentage of votes counted for a brief period before being rectified, according to The Hill.      

The error was noted by New York Times editor Patrick LaForge, whose publication has shown a Biden lead throughout Wednesday but do not believe that his victory is yet certain. 

'An error was found in the data feed from Edison Research (used by @nytimes and other news organizations) for Arizona results -- 86 percent of ballots have been counted, not 98 percent,' LaForge wrote.  

State officials have given no indication of when final results from Arizona will be available. 


Donald Trump demands 'STOP THE COUNT!' as his campaign launches barrage of lawsuits with the latest in Nevada - but if he succeeded in freezing the results NOW Joe Biden would WIN Donald Trump demands 'STOP THE COUNT!' as his campaign launches barrage of lawsuits with the latest in Nevada - but if he succeeded in freezing the results NOW Joe Biden would WIN Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 09:35 Rating: 5

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