President Donald Trump’s chances of winning re-election now rest on a long-shot and contradictory strategy — an attempt to stop vote counting in states where he thinks he’s ahead, while demanding the tallies continue, or be recounted, where he’s losing to Democrat Joe Biden.
The former vice president, meanwhile, says every legal vote, everywhere, should be counted.
Trump’s campaign dispatched a team to Arizona, where the race has been called by the Associated Press for Biden, to ensure that hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots are counted, according to people familiar with the matter.
The president has repeatedly claimed that voting by mail is rife with fraud. Yet in Arizona, his campaign manager Bill Stepien said, his team believes those ballots will favor him by up to a 70% margin and flip the state back to his column.
His campaign on Wednesday also asked for an official recount in Wisconsin, which Biden won by more than 20,000 votes. Recounts in previous Wisconsin elections haven’t turned up more than a few hundred erroneous ballots, the state’s Republican former governor, Scott Walker, observed in a tweet.
Trump’s campaign sued to stop counting or disqualify uncounted ballots in Pennsylvania, and has also sued to stop the count in Michigan, claiming elections officials didn’t give the campaign proper access to observe the tally.