President Donald Trump has falsely declared he has won the US election and wants to take court action to stop the counting of votes.
In a speech starting after 2am on Wednesday in Washington DC, Trump accused the Democrats of postponing or tampering with the voter results, claiming a "fraud on the American nation" had been committed.
He vowed to ask the Supreme Court to weigh in on the inconclusive election.
The night ended with hundreds of thousands of votes still to be counted, and the outcome still unclear in key states he needs if he is to win against Democrat Joe Biden.
“We did win this election....so our goal now is to ensure the integrity for the good of this nation, this is a very big moment, this is a major fraud on our nation.
“We want the law to be used in a proper manner. So we'll be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop.
“We don't want them to find any ballots at 4:00 in the morning and add them to the list, OK?
He then repeated that as far as he is concerned, he has already won the election.
He also urged for all voting to stop and no more votes found to count. Voting ended hours ago.
CNN news host Jake Tapper said Trump’s speech was “undemocratic, false premature".
In a Tweet before his press conference, Trump claimed the Republicans are “up BIG” and accused the Democrats of trying to “STEAL the election”.
It was labelled as misleading by Twitter.
President Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, are in a tight battle for the White House.
Many of the battleground states have yet to be called, including Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Trump won Texas, Florida, Iowa and Ohio, while Biden carried New Hampshire and Minnesota.
It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. Biden currently has 220 electoral votes to Trump’s 213, according to AP’s tracker.
with AAP and AP
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