RealClearPolitics (RPC) live results feed appeared to withdraw Joe Biden’s president-elect status Monday night and seemingly subtracted Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes from his total bringing the Democrat’s vote count down below the 270 threshold to 259.
Furthermore, leading to some confusion,
This is false. We never called Pennsylvania, and nothing has changed. https://t.co/YXZ1PjI7Ud
— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) November 10, 2020
The RCP “live results” confusion comes as votes continue to be counted and lawsuits fly.
As a result @realclearnews published a commentary that condemned the media for calling the winner of the presidential race too early.
“Under the contentious circumstances of this election, the traditional media’s decision to declare a victor before the official process had run its course has diminished the confidence of Trump voters in the announced result. Even if the declaration of a Biden victory is found to be accurate, the call was premature, and it will make the effort to unify our nation far more difficult.” Read more here.
RealClearPolitics based in Chicago, claims to be an independent, non-partisan political news media company. RCP is also a polling data aggregator.
Meanwhile, US Attorney General William Barr has authorized federal prosecutors across the U.S. to pursue “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities before the 2020 presidential election is certified. Leaders from China, Russia and Mexico have also declined to congratulate Joe Biden on a projected presidential victory until the vote is certified.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2020
On Monday afternoon, members of the Trump campaign announced two new lawsuits in Pennsylvania and Michigan, relying mostly on witnesses’ sworn statements from whistleblowers. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany asked the public for “patience” while the campaign investigates further.