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The US media “officially announced” Biden’s election and the media “wrongly judged” what to do?

After the media announces the results, the state votes may still be disputed. The real “official announcement” will have to wait until January 6 next year before it is officially announced by the Congress.

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On November 7, local time, the Associated Press, Fox News, The New York Times, CNN, NBC and other US media announced that the Democratic presidential candidate Biden has won more than 270 electoral votes and won the 2020 presidential election. . After that, the media referred to Biden as the “President-elect” (President-elect), and Biden also changed his Twitter certification to “President-elect.”

In addition, multinational leaders around the world issued a statement congratulating Biden and his vice president partner Harris on winning the election. Biden then delivered a national speech in Delaware, saying that the American people gave him a “complete and convincing victory.”

▲Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his wife hug on the speech stage in Wilmington, Delaware. Associated Press screenshot

However, Trump, the current president and Republican presidential candidate, issued a statement that refused to recognize this result, saying that “the president is determined by legitimate votes, not the news media.”

In fact, as of November 8, Beijing time, many states in the United States are still counting votes, and the counting rate of some key swing states is only about 90%. Why can media organizations predict the results of the general election in advance? How does the media agency make a decision? Is their announcement considered an “official announcement”?


How does the media determine the outcome?

In fact, the U.S. elections are counted by the states themselves, and there is no unified organization to summarize the election results. It is precisely because the public pays close attention to the general election information that most media organizations will collect state vote count data in real time, follow up the live vote count situation on their respective websites, and make decisions about state ownership based on the data prediction results.

On November 7, local time, when the mainstream media judged that Biden was elected president, the major media judged that Biden had received very different electoral votes. Fox News said that Biden received 290 electoral votes; The New York Times and The Washington Post said that Biden received 279 votes. Why are there discrepancies in the data of various media? How do the various media determine whether the states are “blue” or “red”?

▲The voting result determined by Fox News. Screenshot of Fox website

▲The ballot result judged by The New York Times. Screenshot of the New York Times website

In fact, in each year’s general election, the statistical votes given by major media organizations vary. This is because the media in the United States have different databases. The media first collect real-time polls, total votes, post-voting polls and other data from polling stations in various states, and then use different models to predict uncalculated votes. It is inferred from the prediction whether the behind candidates can win the majority with the uncounted votes. Once it is judged that the lagging candidate is unable to recover, even if the state’s vote count has not ended, the media will immediately predict the state’s ownership.

In the 2020 presidential election, CNN, NBC, ABC, and CBS adopted the National Election Reporting Corps (multiple American media). The formed coalition provides data from post-voting polls for the U.S. election, while Fox News uses data from the Associated Press. The Associated Press previously stated that in order to ensure the accuracy of the published data, in the 2020 presidential election, it launched an information collection network composed of more than 4,000 local special reporters from 50 states to collect data from county to county. .

Various media organizations said they made their judgments based on rigorous data. John Lapinski, director of the NBC News election team, said, “NBC will only declare a candidate to win if it is at least 99.5% convinced. If the data is too close, we will not easily draw conclusions.” Fox News Said that in order to obtain all the data covering voters who voted in advance, voters who voted on election day, and voters who mailed ballots, they conducted telephone and online voting a few days before the election. Politico said that it will only announce the winner if the Associated Press or the three major television stations (ABC, CBS, NBC) have announced the winner.

Among many media organizations, the Associated Press’s statistical results are considered more authoritative and credible. The Associated Press has a history of counting votes for more than 170 years. In the 2016 presidential election, the Associated Press published an accuracy rate of 99.8% for all election results, and an accuracy rate of 100% for the president and Congress. That year was also the first announcement by the Associated Press that Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States.


Is there any case of wrong judgment in the media?

In order to gain the upper hand, most media organizations will determine the results in advance before all the results of the counting are calculated. Even though various media emphasized that they were cautious in making judgments, they still cannot avoid “wrong judgments”.

According to a report by the Telusa News in Utah, the Republican presidential candidate Thomas Dewey faced the then U.S. president and Democratic presidential candidate Truman in the 1948 presidential election. At that time, due to the strike of printing workers, the deadline for newspaper printing had to be advanced. The editor-in-chief of “Chicago Tribune” Maloney announced in the newspaper that Dewey had won. In the end, Truman succeeded in a “turnover” between California and Illinois with a gap of less than 1%, achieving re-election.

▲In 1948, Truman took the “Chicago Tribune” newspaper that misjudged Dewey’s victory. Picture from the Associated Press

The same was true in the 1960 election, when Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy competed with Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon. On the night of election day, CBS and ABC respectively announced Nixon’s victory. In the end, Kennedy defeated Nixon, who won 219 electoral votes with 303 electoral votes, and was elected president.

The 2000 presidential election was even more tortuous. On election day, NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN all predicted that Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore would win Florida. Gore even called the Republican candidate George W. Bush, asking him to admit defeat. However, shortly after the TV station made its prediction, the TV stations withdrew their prediction results because the vote gap was too close, and in the early morning of the next day, they sentenced Florida to Bush Jr. What ensued was a protracted legal battle surrounding Florida’s vote counting. In the end, the Supreme Court decided that Bush Jr. was elected president.


Is the media announcement considered an “official announcement”?

The results announced by the media organizations are based on the analysis of state data. Although from historical data, the results determined by the U.S. media are basically in line with the final results, but there are certain differences from the real “official announcements.”

According to the New York Times, each presidential election consists of two stages: the first is the state vote counting stage, and the second is the electoral college vote counting stage conducted by Congress in January of the following year. The final official election result needs to wait until the states have determined the result of the state’s vote count, and then count the electoral college votes.

According to Reuters, according to federal law, states must resolve ballot disputes and confirm state winners before December 8. According to the electoral college voting system, if this date is exceeded, Congress will no longer accept the state’s voting results.

Subsequently, members of the Electoral College will meet on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, and this year it will be on December 14. The electoral college members voted for the presidential candidate and voted for the vice presidential candidate, winning a majority of 538 electoral votes, that is, 270 or more presidential candidates were elected president. States usually require electors to swear an oath to guarantee that they will vote for candidates from his party.

On January 6, 2021, the Congress will meet at 1 p.m. local time to formally count the electoral votes and announce the winner. If there is a dispute about the electoral college votes in a certain state, it needs to be submitted in writing by the congressman, and the House of Representatives and the Senate will decide on the dispute respectively. Finally, the Vice President, accompanied by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, will formally announce who will be the next President. If no candidate obtains more than 270 electoral votes, it will be decided by the House of Representatives.

In other words, after the media announces the results, the state votes may still be controversial. The real “official announcement” result will have to wait until January 6 next year before the Congress officially announces it. On January 20, the winning presidential candidate and his running partner will be sworn in as President and Vice President at the US Capitol.



After Biden announced his victory

The biggest problem facing Trump is to leave the White House willingly

The vote counting for the US general election has not yet ended, but the result of the general election is clear. While Biden announced his victory, Trump refused to declare defeat and did not congratulate Biden on his election.

What needs to be seen is that behind Biden’s victory is the rapidly changing American sentiment, and even the constantly tearing United States. From Biden’s announcement of victory to the final vote of the Electoral College, Trump’s announcement of defeat to leaving the White House, the United States has entered a very sensitive power transition stage.

In theory, there are still two presidents, one elected president, and another president who is in office and does not admit defeat. Biden vowed to be the president of all Americans, but this election is like an X-ray examination of American people’s sentiments. We can see very clear red-blue opposition and the solidification and drift of election geographic space.

Biden’s victory in the election is difficult and long

Biden’s victory did not come easily. This is something the Democratic Party, mainstream American polling agencies and media did not expect.

The polls before the election showed that Biden was fully ahead. Some people expected to see the “blue frenzy” on the election night after the election, but this did not actually happen. The red and blue camps present a very clear opposition. The Democratic Party has a general confrontation between the Chu River and the Han boundary between the blue positions on the east and west coasts and the central red state.

It is the battlefield states in the Lake District that ultimately determine whether Biden can be elected, such as Wisconsin and Michigan. Prior to this, Trump not only won Ohio, Iowa, and Florida, but the gap between Arizona and Biden has been narrowing. Central America has become the basic Republican party.

Biden trot all the way to the podium: The people gave me a convincing victory

Under such circumstances, even hardcore Democrats will doubt whether the Democratic Party understands the American election or the sentiments of the people. The electoral geography is complex and changeable. How easy is it for Biden to become the president of all Americans?

Because the vote gap is less than one percentage point, Trump’s team of lawyers have requested recounts in many states. In other words, the US election is not only difficult to measure, but also requires multiple measurements. A large part of this is because Trump is an anomaly in American electoral politics. Some polling experts say that there are not enough data on Trump, so it is difficult to accurately predict the outcome of the election.

Voter emotions have profoundly affected this U.S. election

In this general election, we have seen that the theoretical loopholes in the American electoral system have become a reality test. The United States is not directly elected president, but an electoral system. The election battle between Trump and Biden has begun before the vote. Both parties have disputes over voting rules, especially the legality of mail voting and post-election vote counting rules.

Large-scale voting, especially mailed ballots, is also a great pressure on the American election machinery. Behind this is not the maturity of American politics. On the contrary, it is the mood of the voters that makes the turnout rate hit a record high.

In this general election, both sides used their emotions to win more votes for themselves. Trump is a master of emotion control and mobilized Americans’ sense of fear, while the Biden team used the anxiety of the middle class and above. .

During the counting of votes, the competition between the two parties did not stop. The Trump campaign asked to stop counting votes after Election Night, and Biden launched a “count every vote” campaign.

So the focus of this election is on the vote of voters, especially the vote of swing states. But this is actually different from the American electoral system.

The reason why the American constitutionalists designed the electoral system was to prevent the tyranny of the majority or the politics of passion, but this time we saw the influence of passion on American politics, and even formed two diametrically opposed “political worlds” based on emotions.

Biden gave a victory speech and his Twitter certification was renamed “President-elect”, but the election is not over yet. Now it’s just that the vote counting of each state has entered the final stage, and the next step is the voting by the Electoral College.

The problem and challenge Biden faces is that Trump has not announced his defeat, and the game and competition after the election continue. Under normal election conditions, the general election is over after the count of votes in each state. The remaining links are basically procedural and ceremonial.

But this year’s general election is very different. Both procedures and ceremonies have become the focus of fierce competition. How to achieve a smooth transfer of power allows Trump to leave the White House peacefully despite his unwillingness. It is after Biden’s election. The first challenge.

Biden has the desire to set things right and bring American politics back on track, but the America he faces is already very different from the America he is familiar with and expects. Both Trump’s election in 2016 and Biden’s difficult victory show that American people’s sentiments have changed drastically. What Biden urgently needs to do is to recuperate and bridge the divisions of people’s sentiments.

Biden issued a victory declaration, to “cure America” and to shout out Trump supporters!

[Global Network Express reporter Wu Yuanchun, Cui Yan, Zuo Tian] At about 8 pm Eastern Time on the 7th (9 am Beijing time on the 8th), Biden and Harris addressed the nation in Wilmington, Delaware. According to CNN, Harris first delivered a victory speech as Vice President-elect, and then Biden made a speech as President-elect.

According to the Guardian, Harris said in his speech: “Our people have the ability to build a better future. When our democracy appears on the ballots in this election, the soul of America is at a point of success or failure, and the world is in Look, you ushered in a new day for America.”

Subsequently, Biden took the stage as the newly-elected president and addressed the nation. Biden first said: “Everyone, the people of this country have spoken”, “They gave us a complete victory, a convincing victory.”

According to CNN, he added: “We won the most votes for president-elect in the history of this country. 74 million.”

He went on to express his surprise at the celebrations held across the United States, and described it as “a day filled with joy and hope that will bring new faith to tomorrow.” “Your trust and confidence in me will make me humble and humble.” Biden said.

“I promise to become a president who seeks unity instead of division,” Biden said. According to the Guardian, Biden also told Trump supporters that he understood their “disappointment.” He has been “lost” before. But now, “Let us give each other a chance.”

According to “USA Today”, Biden also quoted the words from the “Bible” in his speech: “Now, it is time to heal America.”

He said: “The Bible tells us that everything has a process, there is a moment of construction, a moment of harvest, a moment of sowing, and a moment of healing. Now, it is time to heal America.”

At the end of the speech, Biden quoted Trump’s inauguration speech as a conclusion. He said: “Let the terrible era of demonization in the United States end now and here.”

Biden said that the Democrats and Republicans can decide to cooperate. “If we can decide not to cooperate, then we can decide to cooperate,” he said. “I believe that this is part of the authorization of the American people, and they call on us to cooperate.”

The British “Guardian” reported that the crowd was wearing masks, waving flags and light sticks, and cheering loudly when the president-elect and vice president-elect spoke.

“48 years ago today, Joe Biden won the Senate seat for the first time in Delaware. After 48 years, he will enter the White House.” CNN anchor Sainz mentioned in the program. According to CNN, in 1972, 29-year-old Biden was elected to the US Senate.

CNN quoted Biden’s advisers as saying that the core message of Biden’s speech is to unite the United States and promise to become the president of all Americans. The consultants said that the subject of his speech was something he had learned from the last important speeches of his campaign.

China and India hold the eighth round of military commander-level talks: to ensure restraint in the frontline forces of both sides

The WeChat public account “Released by the Ministry of National Defense” issued a joint press release on the eighth round of the commander-level talks between the Chinese and Indian armed forces on November 8.

On November 6, the Chinese and Indian armed forces held the eighth round of military commander-level talks in Chushule. The two sides continue to have a candid, in-depth and constructive exchange of views on promoting the disengagement of the area of the line of actual control on the western section of the China-India border. The two sides agreed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries to ensure that the front-line forces of both sides maintain restraint and avoid misunderstanding and misjudgment. The two sides agreed to continue to maintain communication through military and diplomatic channels, and on the basis of this meeting, further advance the resolution of other issues and jointly maintain peace and tranquility in the border area. The two sides agreed to hold the next round of talks in the near future.





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Final Cook Political Report projection picks Democrats to keep House, gain 10 or more seats

Democrats are poised to retain and expand their House majority, The Cook Political Report predicts just a day ahead of the 2020 election.

Cook issued its final House race predictions for the 2020 election on Monday, and all eight of its ratings changes moved in Democrats’ favor. That leaves Democrats safely in expansion territory, with Republicans at high risk of losing twice as many seats as Democrats.

In all, Cook predicts Democrats will add between 10–15 seats to their 34-seat majority, though as few as 5 and as many as 20 could swing. Just eight Democratic House seats are considered tossups with a 50/50 chance of being lost, while 17 Republican and one Independent (formerly Republican) seats are considered tossups.

Cook also predicts Democratic nominee Joe Biden will capture the 270 electoral votes he needs to win the election, while nine Republican Senate seats either lean Democratic or are considered tossups.

From legal battles to voter intimidation, a short guide to what could go wrong on election night

If the polls are correct and Democrat Joe Biden retains his lead both nationally and in key swing states, there’s a chance we have a relatively early night on Tuesday, which is Election Day.

Alternatively, however, the race could be very close, with the winner not known to the public for days or even weeks.

For this reason, it would be wise to prepare for the many things that can go wrong on election night, from concerns over voter intimidation and ballot security to issues with the Postal Service. Due to the pandemic and the extraordinary growth of early and mail voting, the country finds itself in an unprecedented situation this election, meaning that we could be in for a number of surprises.

In particular, one thing to watch for is whether Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — the “Rust Belt Trio” of states that handed President Trump his 2016 victory — once again are the states where the election is decided.

If the election comes down to Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, then it’s almost a certainty that we won’t know the winner on election night. Each state’s Republican legislature refused to allow mail ballots to be opened and processed the way they are in most states: as they arrive or at least a week before Election Day.

Michigan allowed one day in advance for ballot processing. Wisconsin and Pennsylvania both did not, so mail ballots can’t even begin to be counted until Election Day, when many clerks will be busy actually running the election.

These three states are going to have clerks working in shifts around the clock to try to get all their mail ballots counted, and they have said they hope to be done by Friday, Nov. 6. But if neither Biden nor Trump has the necessary 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidency, and all three of these states are close, we could be waiting at least several days to find out the winner.

A portion of mail-in and absentee ballots that have arrived at the Allegheny County Election Division are kept in a secure area at the Elections warehouse in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Mail-in and absentee ballots in a secure area at the election warehouse in Pittsburgh on Oct. 29. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

If the race comes down to these states, the focus will be almost entirely on the counting of mail and absentee ballots.

Partisan lawyers would monitor the counting of these ballots, and the concern is that Republicans might challenge so many ballots that the process slows down to such an extent that it drags out beyond Nov. 6 and even into December. Something like this has happened in living memory, when the razor-thin margin between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush in Florida led to recounts, protests and eventually the intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court, which essentially handed the election to Bush by ending the recount after weeks of legally wrangling.

In terms of legal challenges, Republican attorney Ben Ginsberg — who helped lead the party’s election law efforts for the last 20 years but recently retired and has spoken out against Trump’s attempts to undermine confidence in the election — said they would play out in state courts, at least at first.

“There is no national election law governing the time, place and manner of elections, so I think it goes to states and their courts except in the most extreme conditions,” Ginsberg said on C-SPAN.

But as a legal battle plays out, there are a few concerns. One is social unrest. Trump has already repeatedly made false claims about cheating and a “rigged” election. There’s little reason to expect him to act differently after the election as these votes are counted. The only question is what impact this might have.

Would his supporters take to the streets? Would they surround vote counting centers? Would that spark counterprotests?

Alternatively, in the event of a Trump victory — particularly one that is helped along by the courts — will progressives rise up in the cities, many of which are still recovering from this summer’s riots?

The scenarios here are not encouraging, especially if the sitting president — instead of seeking to calm matters and prevent violence — is actually inciting, encouraging and increasing the unrest.

Orlando Bacallao carries a banner featuring President Donald Trump outside of an early voting location at the John F. Kennedy Library, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Hialeah, Fla. (Lynne Sladky/AP)
Orlando Bacallao carries a banner featuring President Trump outside of an early voting location at the John F. Kennedy Library on Oct. 27 in Hialeah, Fla. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

Second, a lengthy delay would put pressure on the state to certify its slate of electors to the Electoral College before the Dec. 8 “safe harbor” deadline. The Electoral College meets on Dec. 14, and disputes over who will fill the 538 elector positions must be resolved — under federal law — a week earlier. This is the deadline that helped lead to the end of the Florida recount in 2000.

Third, if the count is close enough, and there is unrest in the streets, then Republicans who control the state legislatures in all three of these states could argue that the process needs to be cut short and appoint electors to the Electoral College themselves who support Trump. This would essentially short-circuit and override the process of counting all the votes.

This is an extreme scenario, but the reason people are taking it seriously is that two Republican leaders in Pennsylvania — state party chairman Lawrence Tabas and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman — were quoted talking about this possibility in September. They have since distanced themselves from this idea. But in terms of planning for unexpected twists, this cat is now out of the bag.

If legislatures bypass the voters and appoint electors of their own choosing, the governor of each state could also appoint a slate of electors; something similar to this happened in the 1960 election, when Hawaii’s governor attempted to send his own electors to Congress in the midst of a recount in the state. In that election, however, Democrat John F. Kennedy had already won the Electoral College, meaning the Hawaii results could not have decided the election.

Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin all have Democratic governors, so it’s likely that if this happened, those electors would be loyal to Biden.

The dispute would then move to Congress. The Senate receives the Electoral College results by a deadline of Dec. 23. New members of Congress are sworn in on Jan. 3, and the issue would be taken up on the first day of the new Congress, Jan. 6.

At this point, it’s hard to know what would happen. Control of the Senate would be crucial, so if Democrats won a majority of Senate seats in the Nov. 3 election, that would likely mean Biden would be awarded the presidency.

But if Republicans don’t lose control of the Senate, America will be in uncharted waters if the election reaches Congress under such circumstances.

Cindy McCain Reveals ‘The Final Straw’ With Trump That Led To Biden Endorsement

Cindy McCain, the widow of 2008 Republican presidential candidate and longtime Arizona Sen. John McCain, said on Sunday that one specific incident was “the final straw” for her with President Donald Trump.

McCain, who has since endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, told “60 Minutes” it was Trump’s disrespect for those who had served in the military.

“For me, the final straw was the, you know, ‘They’re losers and suckers,’” she said, referring to an Atlantic report that Trump had used the epithets to describe fallen soldiers. The report was later confirmed by other news agencies.

McCain said:

“You know, I’m the mother of two veterans and a wife of a veteran, and my father was a veteran. They were not losers and suckers by any chance. It angered me a great deal. It angered me. And so I thought, you know, I can either sit here and be angry or I can do something.”

McCain also spoke about her late husband’s friendship with Biden in a video shown during the Democratic National Convention in August. She formally endorsed Biden about a month later.

Trump says he’s sending in his lawyers as soon as the election ends to review swing state votes

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he’s sending in his lawyers as soon as the election ends Tuesday, his latest attack on the legitimacy of this week’s unprecedented vote count.

After landing in North Carolina on Sunday evening, Trump was asked about a report published Sunday in Axios that said he could try to prematurely declare victory on Election Day. Trump denied that he would do so, but he lamented Supreme Court rulings that allowed for Pennsylvania and North Carolina to count absentee ballots that are postmarked before Election Day but arrive shortly after Tuesday.

“I think it was a terrible decision for our country. And I think it was a very dangerous decision for our country,” Trump said. “Because you’re going to have one or two or three states, depending on how it ends up, where they’re tabulating ballots and the rest of the world is waiting to find out. And I think there’s great danger to it, and I think a lot of fraud and misuse can take place. I think it’s a terrible decision by the Supreme Court. A terrible decision.”

Trump’s claims of widespread fraud connected to mail-in voting have been repeatedly debunked.

“Now, I don’t know if that’s going to be changed, because we’re going to go in night of, as soon as that election is over, we’re going in with our lawyers,” Trump continued, adding: “I don’t think it’s fair that we have to wait a long period of time after the election. Should’ve gotten their ballots in a long time before that. Could’ve gotten their ballots in a month ago. I think it’s a ridiculous decision.”

Pennsylvania and North Carolina are two of the most hotly contested swing states. In Pennsylvania specifically, election officials aren’t allowed to ready the ballots for tabulation ahead of polls’ closing — a process known as “pre-canvassing” — that would help speed up the counting process.

Earlier Sunday, at a rally in Dubuque, Iowa, Trump sought to discredit absentee ballots as election officials in some states have cautioned that it may take days to complete the count.

“We should know the result of the election by the evening of November 3rd,” Trump said.

With early voting setting records as states have expanded the ability to use it, nearly 100 million people have already cast their ballots. Polls show Democratic nominee Joe Biden with a large lead among early voters in key states, while Trump maintains a significant advantage among those who have yet to vote.

The candidates spent Sunday making their final pitches to voters ahead of Tuesday’s election. Trump made stops in Michigan, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Biden, meanwhile, held multiple events in Philadelphia as he seeks to win Pennsylvania.

Asked in Philadelphia about the Axios report, Biden shot back, “The president’s not going to steal this election.”

Trump and his allies have in recent days amplified rhetoric calling into question the legitimacy of Tuesday’s vote. On ABC News’ “This Week,” Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller baselessly claimed Sunday that Democrats will seek to “steal” the election back from Trump if he holds a lead in some key swing states Tuesday.

Election officials from both parties have tried to reassure voters about the legitimacy of the count, which they said could last for days as mailed-in ballots trickle in. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, responded to Trump’s Election Day legal threat in a tweet noting that the Trump campaign has lost three voting-related lawsuits against the state.

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, the Republican nominee for governor, called Miller’s comment “garbage.”

“Hey guys, please ignore this type of garbage,” he tweeted. “The truth is that elections are never decided on election night. … It really doesn’t matter who is ahead on election night, it only matters when every eligible vote is counted and each county canvasses and certifies the vote totals.”

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, said “it is going to take time to count” the firehose of absentee ballots.

“It’s more important that we get a count that’s accurate than a count that is fast,” she said.

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that voters should “ignore the hype” around what will happen with the ballots.

“Just get your ballots in today,” she said.

Trump began his Sunday spree in Michigan, where he held a midday rally in snowy Washington Township and played the greatest hits of his campaign as temperatures dropped to 29 degrees with the wind chill. In Iowa, he also highlighted the weather, lamenting the windy conditions.

Trump went through his usual rally set list, blasting Democratic policy proposals, criticizing Biden’s fitness and assailing so-called cancel culture.

Trump attacked Biden as “agitated” and “angry” because “he’s losing,” even though Biden leads in most national and swing state polling.

Speaking Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia, Biden referred to how close Pennsylvania was in 2016, when Trump won by just about 44,000 votes.

“So every single vote matters,” Biden said. “The power to change this country is literally in your hands.”

“I don’t care how hard Donald Trump tries, there’s nothing he can do to stop this country from voting,” he said, saying it is “time for Donald Trump to pack his bags and go home.”

Biden criticized Trump’s handling of the pandemic and race relations, saying, “It’s time to breathe some life back into this nation.”

“We’re tired of the tweets, the anger, the hate, the irresponsibility,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Biden ripped into Trump at his last rally of the day, calling him a “virus” and pushing for Pennsylvanians who have yet to return their absentee ballots to do so immediately.

“I’ll never wave the white flag,” Biden said of Trump’s pandemic response. “We’re going to beat this virus. We’re going to get it under control. To beat the virus, we first have to beat Donald Trump. He’s the virus.”

During his first rally, Trump also referred to an incident over the weekend when a group of Trump supporters surrounded a Biden campaign bus with their vehicles in Texas. Video showed two cars colliding, and the Biden campaign said the pro-Trump trucks tried to run the bus off the road as it traveled from San Antonio to Austin.

“You see the way our people, they — you know, they were protecting his bus yesterday,” Trump said. “Because they’re nice. So his bus — they had hundreds of cars, Trump, Trump, Trump and the American flag. You see Trump and the American flag. Do you ever notice when you see the other side — I don’t even see much of the other side.”

Biden responded to the incident later Sunday afternoon during an event with Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa. Biden noted that Trump promoted a video of the episode in a tweet praising his supporters.

“Folks, that’s not who we are,” he said. “We are so much better than this. We’re so much better than this. It’s not who we are.”

In Michigan, Trump repeatedly complained about how cold he was, saying he hadn’t brought the proper coat for the event. He said the rally amounted to “a contest to see whether or not we can all stand it.”

Trump later claimed that Biden would tap Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., to oversee U.S. immigration, and he asked why the Justice Department wasn’t investigating Omar and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

Trump also bashed Democratic governors for their efforts to contain the coronavirus, including Whitmer.