[ti:US Election: Biden's Lead Grows, Trump Starts Legal Actions] [by:www.houshang36.top] [00:00.00]更多听力请访问51VOA.COM [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. [04:32.84]I'm Caty Weaver. 更多听力请访问51VOA.COM www9778con