The facts are, as of Monday, a full week after election day, Biden is behind President Donald Trump in the undisputed electoral count — Biden’s 226 to Trump’s 232 (assuming Trump wins North Carolina) — with a full 80 outstanding electoral votes in seven states still in a legal fog and unlikely to be determined much before the December 14 state deadlines to report the count to Congress.
Only the candidate with at least 270 actual electoral votes reported to Congress on that date will be declared the winner. Nothing more and nothing less. And it certainly won’t be “declared” by CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
So what can we say at this point about the outstanding 80 electoral votes in those seven states? What are the states in play and what are the ultimate likely outcomes?
The seven states still counting votes, or with recounts ordered, or audits forecast, or credible evidence of fraud or system “glitches” include:
- Georgia’s 16 electoral votes under a scheduled recount.
- Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes under a scheduled audit and a Supreme Court order.
- Michigan’s 16 electoral votes with statehouse subpoenas for election officials.
- Wisconsin’s 10 votes under a scheduled recount and statewide canvas.
- Nevada’s 6 votes chasing legal challenges for fraud and a Bill Barr DOJ investigation.
- Arizona’s 11 votes still counting and under scrutiny for voter irregularities.
- And Nebraska’s 1 electoral vote in their District 2 under investigation.
That’s 80 outstanding Electoral College votes for which no one can at this point reliably predict a final resolution. How can anyone possibly know the results of any investigation, audit or recount before they have begun?
This is even more interesting than Bush/Gore 2000, where only Floriduh’s votes were in dispute, and that only by Democrats (remember, in all subsequent recounts, even those sponsored by Lefty orgs like the New York Times, Bush still won Florida handily).
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