Joe Biden from Democrat moved closer to victory in the U.S. presidential race.
Today, November 5, 2020, the election officials tallied votes in the handful of states that will determine the outcome and protesters took to the streets.
But, Donald Trump alleged fraud, filed lawsuits, and he called for recounts in a race yet to be decided two days after polls closed.
About 200 of Trump’s supporters, some armed with rifles and handguns, gathered outside an election office in Phoenix, Arizona, following unsubstantiated rumors that votes were not being counted.
Anti-Trump protesters in other cities demanded that vote counting continue. Police arrested anti-Trump protesters in New York City and Portland, Oregon. Over 100 events are planned across the country between Wednesday and Saturday.
The presidential race was coming down to close contests in five states.
Biden, 77, held narrow leads in Nevada and Arizona. Edison Research gave Biden a 243 to 213 lead over Trump in Electoral College votes, which are largely based on a state’s population.
Other networks said Biden had won Wisconsin, which would give him another 10 votes. The magic number for the winning candidate is 270 votes.
Biden predicted victory on Wednesday and launched a website to begin the transition to a Democratic-controlled White House.