Biden Launches Transition Website as Trump Claims Victory in Key Battleground States

Both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are planning on occupying the White House come January 21.

A day after polls started closing, the presidential election is still too close to call, although Biden is within six points of victory, according to the Associated Press. Even if the former vice president reaches the 270 electoral college votes needed to win, lawsuits could prevent a winner from being declared for weeks, and at this point in the game both candidates are expecting to be declared the winner.

On Wednesday evening, the Biden campaign launched the Biden-Harris transition website. Utilizing the URL, it's a nod to Biden's platform as a candidate and touts a 71-word message:

"The American people will determine who will serve as the next president of the United States. Votes are still being counted in several states around the country. The crises facing the country are severe—from a pandemic to an economic recession, climate change to racial injustice—and the transition team will continue preparing at full speed so that the Biden‑Harris Administration can hit the ground running on Day One."

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, joined by vice presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris, speaks on Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware. The Biden campaign launched its transition website Wednesday even as President Donald Trump claimed early victory in key states. Drew Angerer/Getty

Earlier on Wednesday, Biden told reporters at a press conference in Wilmington, Delaware, that it's "clear that we're winning enough states to reach 270 electoral votes to win the presidency." Flanked by Senator Kamala Harris, his running mate, Biden said he wasn't declaring that his campaign won the election, but reported that when the count is finished, "we believe we will be the winners."

Newsweek reached out to the Biden and Trump campaigns for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Also on Wednesday, Trump posted on Twitter that he won the key battleground states of Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina. None of the three states have been called for one candidate or the other, but if Trump were to take those states, he'd be at 265 electoral votes.

Trump also wrote on Twitter that his campaign is claiming Michigan, "if in fact there was a large number of secretly dumped ballots as has been widely reported!"

The Associated Press called Michigan, a state with 16 electoral votes, for Biden on Wednesday evening, but the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit to allow them increased access to ballot counting. The campaign argued in the legal documents that they had a right under the Michigan Constitution and state election law to allow "challengers to observe the process."

The Trump campaign has also pushed for the Associated Press and Fox News to retract calling Arizona in favor of Biden, saying that it's irresponsible when all the ballots had yet to be counted. Fox News' decision desk chief Arnon Mishkin defended calling Arizona for Biden and said they "strongly believe" the call will stand.

Biden reiterated on Twitter that he was confident his campaign would be victorious, and after assuming the presidency, he said, it was time to "push the harsh rhetoric of the campaign behind us."