The Trump campaign just declared victory in the hard-fought battle for swing state Pennsylvania, announcing in a statement that the declaration is “based on math,” not “gut or feel.”
Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes are thought to be one of the major keys to winning this election, but election officials in over half a dozen PA counties decided prior to election day that mail-in ballots wouldn’t be counted until after November 3, making it impossible to call the state for either candidate on election night.
However, now that the better part of a day has elapsed since the polls closed on Tuesday, the Trump campaign is confident that the president will take the state after all.
“We are declaring a victory in Pennsylvania. This is not based on gut or feel. This is based on math,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said on Wednesday.
Breitbart reported on Wednesday:
Currently, President Trump holds a margin of about 454,000 votes in Pennsylvania and 1.12 million votes are still outstanding. For Biden to win, the campaign estimated, he would need to win 78 percent of the remaining votes.
Stepien noted that there were still 170,000 votes in Philadelphia County, and 61,000 in Montgomery County, both of which favored Biden. But there were still a lot of votes coming from “Trump Country” areas of Pennsylvania such as York County, Butler County, and Blair County.
Pennsylvania isn’t the only contested state still counting votes after election day. Arizona, which Fox News prematurely called for Biden on Tuesday evening, still has hundreds of thousands of votes to count — many of which will come from Trump-supporting areas.
Senior Trump campaign adviser Bill Miller noted that while Trump is trailing Biden currently by 93,509 votes there are still an estimated 605,000 ballots left to count, leaving the state very much in play. Miller said that by his calculations, Trump need only win 57 percent of the remaining votes in Arizona to win the state.
Miller noted that Trump’s odds of winning North Carolina and Georgia are high, and that “by the end of this week, it will be clear to the entire nation that President Trump and Vice President Pence will be reelected for another four years.”