Joe Biden is projected to win the state of Michigan, as he inches closer to victory over Donald Trump.
As vote counting rolled into its second day, the Vice President successfully flipped two key battleground states won by Trump in the 2016 election.
He was predicted to win both Wisconsin and Michigan – meaning a victory in either Pennsylvania or Nevada will give him the 270 electoral college votes he needs to be the next President of the United States.
The Trump claimed to have lodged a lawsuit in Michigan to halt the vote, complaining they did not have reasonable access to scrutinise votes as they were being counted.
And a large group of Trump supporters crowded outside a vote counting location in Detroit, demanding to be allowed inside.
Scenes were reminiscent of the “Brooks Brothers riot” – a demonstration outside a meeting of election officials in Miami Dade where demonstrators, many of them paid Republican operators, tried to shut down the election count in the knife-edge 2000 election.
Trump supporters trying to gain access chanted “stop the count” and “let us in” at the doors of the building, where some 900 volunteers were counting votes.
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.”
“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.”