Biden declared himself the winner on Saturday morning, after the Associated Press called the race in his favor. President Donald Trump has refused to acknowledge Biden’s claim, and accused the former vice president of winning by fraud.
Trump’s supporters have stuck by the embattled president, and showed up at state capitols across the country, demanding that state governments support Trump and “stop the steal.”
Trump’s hopes for victory hinge on the Supreme Court finding fraudulent and invalidating a swathe of ballots, and in recounts in states like Georgia and Wisconsin. Should these paths fail, Republican state legislators could opt to ignore the vote and send pro-Trump electors to Washington in December. The US Constitution does give state lawmakers the final say in appointing electors, but this last-ditch option hasn’t been used since 1876, when Democrats ceded 20 electoral votes to Republican Rutherford B. Hayes in exchange for a withdrawal of federal troops from the former Confederate States.