Donald Trump has demanded a recount in Wisconsin, as projections suggest Joe Biden is set to win the crucial battleground state.
The state’s 10 electoral votes could be key to frontrunner Biden’s route to the White House as counting in the election enters its second day.
With 99% of precincts reporting, Biden was projected to be ahead by around 21,000 votes – less than the 1% threshold needed for candidates to request a recount.
But President Trump will have to wait for the recount to take place – the official process can only start ten days after votes in the state have been certified and audited.
In a statement, the Trump campaign baselessly claimed polling had been used as a “suppression tactic” and there had been “reports of irregularities” in several counties.
Campaign manager Bill Stephen said: “The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.”
President Trump won Wisconsin in 2016, beating Hillary Clinton by just under 23,000 votes.
Meanwhile, Michigan is expected to be projected within hours – with Joe Biden maintaining a lead in the state.
The former Vice President’s campaign believe he is on track to win key battleground states, and will win the election.
And his team say they have lawyers ready to go “within the hour” if Republicans try to block votes being counted in court.
In a briefing this morning, campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said: ” Joe Biden is on track to win this election and he will be the next President of the United States”
It comes after President Trump falsely claimed victory in the election, and said continued vote counting was “major fraud.”
In a speech at the White House, the President said: “We’ll be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop.
“We don’t want them to find any ballots at four o’clock in the morning and add them to the list.”
There was a huge increase in the number of postal ballots cast in this year’s election, to avoid long lines at polling stations during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It takes longer to count mail-in ballots – and polls show people who vote by post are much more likely to vote for Joe Biden.
President Trump has repeatedly claimed without evidence that postal ballots – used in vast numbers in this election due to the Covid-19 pandemic – are vulnerable to fraud.
In the closing days of the campaign, he became incensed by some states allowing postal votes to be counted that arrived up to three days after election day, as long as they were postmarked before polls closed.
Speaking to an election night party in the East Room of the White House, Trump said: “Millions and millions of people voted for us tonight and a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise those people and we won’t stand for that.”
He said: “This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country. we were getting ready to win this election, frankly we did win this election.
“So our goal now is to ensure the integrity for the good fo this nation. This is a fraud on this nation.”
He added: “We will win this and as far as I’m concerned we already have won it.”
Joe Biden called for patience from the American people as counting in the US election looked set to continue into a second day.
The frontrunner said his campaign was “on track to win this election.”
But he said the unprecedented level of early voting and mail in voting meant it would “take a while.”
Speaking at his campaign HQ in Delaware, Biden said: “We feel good about where we are. We really do.
“I’m here to tell you tonight we believe we’re on track to win this election. We knew because of the unprecedented early vote and mail in vote, it was going to take a while and we’d have to be patient…and it ain’t over til every vote is counted.
“But we feel good about where we are.”
He added: “We could know the results as early as tomorrow morning, but it may take a little longer.
“It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to decide the outcome of this election. That’s down to the American people.”