How long could it take before we know who won the U.S. presidential election?
It’s not the first time an American election has remained too close to call well into the day after election day, and it’s looking highly unlikely that even by day’s end the winner will be declared. As of 6:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, four states are still sorting through uncounted mail ballots, with the votes counted so far showing a too-close-to-call result. Between them are 73 electoral votes, of which Trump needs 56 to secure a victory, while Biden needs to lock in 22.
GEORGIA: Results were initially expected on Wednesday but it’s looking like it could take more time. There are 16 electoral college votes up for grabs in this state.
NEVADA: Results are expected by Thursday. There are six electoral college votes up for grabs in this state.
PENNSYLVANIA: Results are expected by Friday. There are 20 electoral college votes up for grabs in this state.
NORTH CAROLINA: Results could take until Nov. 12 or beyond. There are 15 electoral college votes up for grabs in this state.
COURT CHALLENGES TO COME?
With so much at stake and already such a fractiously contested election, both Republican and Democratic legal teams are gearing up for a series of court battles that could drag out the final declaration of results well past when all votes are counted and reported.
Trump has already threatened to take the election to the U.S. Supreme Court, hinting he’s hopeful for a favourable outcome on account for the recently-secured Republican majority among its benches.
The U.S. Supreme Court ended up deciding the result of the presidential election, which led to Republican George W. Bush winning the presidency. In that instance the winner wasn’t clear for more than a month.
However, it’s not possible for Trump to take the matter directly to the top court in that country claiming overall election fraud.