Mr Trump did not have a clear upper hand, but the lingering tension, at least initially, was a victory for the President, who was in danger of being excluded from the competition if one of the great, historically Republican states of The Southeast had defected to Mr. Biden . This was still possible in North Carolina or Georgia, where the number of votes was narrowly divided.
In Georgia, in the greater Atlanta area, there appeared to be a large number of uncounted ballot papers, and those votes were expected to solidly match Mr. Biden. In some rural counties of the state, Mr Biden slightly exceeded the margins of Stacey Abrams, a Democrat who lost a governor race two years ago by about 55,000 votes.
Vote counting was slow in some battlefield states on Tuesday night due to the level of turnout, a backlog of postal ballot papers received in the mail, and scattered problems with processing votes. And every state has handled the counting and approval of its ballots differently.
Ohio, for example, released the results of all of its postal ballot papers after the polls were completed – so the state appears to be leaning toward Mr. Biden until more votes were cast on election day. Similarly, Michigan published its election day in the first few hours after the polls were completed, which made it seem like Mr Trump had a huge advantage in a hotly contested state.
Much of the uncertainty surrounding the elections arose from the inconsistent or inconsistent state-level policies that were hastily put in place to enable voting in the context of a public health disaster. In a number of states, including Pennsylvania and Michigan, local Republican officials blocked efforts by the Democrats to simplify the counting of ballots cast before election day and increased the possibility of a lengthy count on some of the major battlefields – the very event Mr Trump protested on Wednesday morning.
Democrats feared that, in some cases, a Supreme Court dominated by Conservative judges could ultimately narrow the counting of votes in a way that would support Mr Trump, a possibility the president addressed in his remarks.
Despite fears of a possible collapse of the voting process before election day, there were no prominent reports of technological failures or chaos in the elections, nor any indications of significant unrest in the middle of the evening. The slower-counting states still had the potential for significant uncertainty, but none of the numerous doomsday scenarios related to the logistics of the voting appeared to be materializing.