[ti:US Election: Biden's Lead Grows, Trump Starts Legal Actions]
[00:00.04]The closely fought presidential race in the United States
[00:04.80]entered a new phase Wednesday as officials counted
[00:09.76]a record number of votes from 170 million Americans.
[00:16.92]Tuesday was Election Day.
[00:19.64]The campaign of Republican President Donald Trump
[00:24.04]said it has begun legal actions to halt ballot counting
[00:29.36]in the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.
[00:35.56]The campaign argues that it was blocked
[00:38.80]from "meaningful access" to vote counting sites in some states.
[00:46.08]The Trump campaign also said it would request a recount
[00:51.16]in the state of Wisconsin.
[00:54.60]The Associated Press, Voice of America,
[00:58.24]and several other news organizations
[01:01.44]have called Biden the winner of Wisconsin and Michigan.
[01:07.88]He is also ahead in the vote count in Nevada and Arizona.
[01:14.32]Trump is leading in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alaska.
[01:21.52]In 2016, Trump won the presidency over Hillary Clinton
[01:27.36]with victories in Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, and Pennsylvania.
[01:35.08]In the early morning hours, Trump declared that he had won the election.
[01:40.80]He called the voting process "a major fraud,"
[01:45.04]and said, "we will be going to the U.S. Supreme Court."
[01:50.76]On Twitter later, the president claimed himself the winner of voting
[01:56.80]in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina.
[02:02.32]Speaking from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said,
[02:08.00]"Now after a long night of counting,
[02:11.40]it's clear that we are winning enough states
[02:15.40]to reach 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
[02:22.28]I'm not here to declare that we have won," Biden said.
[02:27.20]"But I am here to report when the count is finished,
[02:31.44]we believe we will be the winners."
[02:35.16]Across the nation, Biden has received more than half
[02:39.68]of the votes that have been counted.
[02:43.00]He has more than 70 million votes,
[02:46.28]a record amount in American elections.
[02:50.80]Trump has about 67 million votes.
[02:54.92]More than 100 million voters sent their ballots
[03:00.04]through the mail or voted early,
[03:03.52]some did so as the result of new voting rules
[03:07.64]linked to the COVID health crisis.
[03:11.32]Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien told reporters,
[03:16.20]"If we count all legal ballots, we win."
[03:20.92]However, Biden's legal adviser Bob Bauer said,
[03:25.36]"We're going to defend this vote, the vote by which Joe Biden
[03:30.32]has been elected to the presidency."
[03:34.04]The last U.S. presidential election to be decided by legal action
[03:39.44]was the race in 2000 between Al Gore and George W. Bush.
[03:46.20]The U.S. Supreme Court stopped the recount by hand
[03:50.88]of ballots in the state of Florida.
[03:54.32]The action effectively awarded Florida's electoral vote
[03:59.00]to Bush and he won the election.
[04:03.20]Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg famously objected
[04:07.20]to the court's majority ruling at the time saying, "I dissent."
[04:13.72]Ginsberg died in September.
[04:16.44]Last month, Trump appointed Amy Coney Barrett,
[04:20.64]a conservative judge, to replace Ginsberg.
[04:25.24]The Republican-controlled Senate quickly confirmed her appointment
[04:29.88]just before Election Day.
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