Oma Seddiq
President Donald Trump attempted to "claim" victories in battleground states on Wednesday, though he cannot decide the election outcome. — Oma Seddiq, Politics Fellow at Business Insider
Trump is trying to claim the presidency by saying 'we hereby claim' key states but that is not how elections work
  • President Donald Trump attempted to "claim" victories in battleground states on Wednesday, though he cannot decide the election outcome.
  • "We have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," the president tweeted on Wednesday.
  • The only way to determine a winner is through electoral votes.
There is no legal weight to a candidate claiming victory, even if its the president. The only method to determine a winner is through electoral votes. States appoint a number of electors equal to the number of representatives they have in Congress to the Electoral College, a system that was devised in the 18th century by the founders of the United States. With the exception of Maine and Nebraska, every state appoints all of its electoral college votes to the candidate who wins the most votes.