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Possibly Crucial to Final Victory, Nevada May Not Have a Winner for Days

Ian Cook reports on the ongoing mayhem in Nevada as votes are still being counted and Republicans are suing the state on baseless claims of “illegal votes.” The mayhem may continue through next week.

Washoe County has been livestreaming their ballot counting process for the public. Yesterday’s stream ran for over 11 hours.

Eyes on Nevada

As promised, Nevada updated its tabulated vote counts at 9 a.m. this morning. Newly counted votes pushed Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump to nearly 12,000 votes. But Nevada’s updates are a slow trickle in a rapidly evolving national scene.

“Starting tomorrow through next Tuesday… we will continue to receive mail,” Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria said during a widely televised briefing at 10 a.m. These briefings will become a regular part of the news cycle until all ballots are accounted for, with a final deadline of Nov. 12.

Gloria said 51,000 votes will be counted today, but they will not be reported until shortly before tomorrow’s morning briefing.

All eyes seem to be on Nevada as the 2020 presidential closes in on the few remaining states awaiting final ballot counts. With Biden at 264 electoral college votes, if Arizona is still included in his win column, as initially reported, Nevada’s six votes would be just enough to push him to victory. Biden is leading by a full percentage point in the state.

It’s unlikely, however, that Americans will find out Nevada’s results until long after other contested states, like North Carolina and Georgia, and even Pennsylvania finish counting their ballots.

“We are anticipating to have the bulk of our mail ballots that have been received by Saturday or Sunday,” Gloria said. Pennsylvania secretary of state Kathy Boockvar, on the other hand, told CNN “we definitely could” call the race in Pennsylvania by Thursday night.

Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria on Fox News answering journalists’ questions during a morning briefing about the remaining ballots and the Trump campaign’s move to sue Nevada for “illegal votes.” The briefing was also livestreamed.

Republicans Sue Contentious States

In the backdrop of the race to count ballots is the Trump campaign’s looming lawsuit in four contentious states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, and most recently Nevada. The suit claims the states are counting “thousands” of “illegal votes” of individuals who are either not residents of their respective state or are deceased.

Neither the Trump campaign nor the Nevada Republican Party have offered any evidence to support these claims. Gloria said during the briefing he is “not aware of any improper ballots that are being processed.” If there were any, however, he affirmed they would be addressed and those who submitted them would be arrested.

Even so, the Trump campaign has made a figurative call to arms — though some supporters have come armed — to watch the ballot counting process in Reno, Las Vegas and elsewhere. Asked during a morning briefing about some of the protesters being armed, however, Gloria did not appear troubled.

“I can tell you that my wife and my mother are very concerned for me,” Gloria said. “But we have security here.”

The president’s tweets are now mostly being hidden, while retweets are being annotated.

A Portrait of a President Losing His Grip on the Country

In a written statement through his campaign this morning, the president wrote in all capital letters, “IF YOU COUNT THE ILLEGAL AND LATE VOTES, THEY CAN STEAL THE ELECTION FROM US!”

By speaking to his supporters through his campaign, Trump is circumventing social media platforms’ systems to place labels on his baseless claims. Twitter has labeled nearly every one of Trump’s tweets since Election Day as potentially “misleading about an election or other civic process.”

The president, close to losing an election he has consistently claimed would be fraught with voter fraud, seems to be merely following through with plans to question the legitimacy of the election process as it curves away from his favor. Early Election Day results looked positive for Trump, but mail-in ballots, overwhelmingly leaning for the Democratic Party, are continuing to move electoral votes toward Biden.

Trump’s grasp on Pennsylvania and Georgia are weakening. Many news organizations have already called Arizona for Biden. Ultimately, Nevada may be the deciding factor.

Reporting by Ian Cook for the Reynolds Sandbox

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