Joe Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden pushed closer Thursday to the 270 Electoral College votes he needed to win the White House while President Donald Trump escalated his unproven accusations of voter fraud and promises of legal action.

States across the country were still counting ballots that were cast ahead of or on Election Day, and a handful of battlegrounds remained up for grabs. Trump tried to aggressively press his case in court, but with just a few key states in play, it was unclear whether the flurry of court action could have an impact on the trajectory of the race.

The president tossed off a series of tweets alleging, without evidence, electoral misconduct and pressing for vote counting to stop. In an all-caps official campaign statement, he wrongly equated the counting of ballots with improper voting.

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