Trump predicts victory but alleges Democrats trying to steal US election

Twitter quickly flagged Mr Donald Trump's tweet accusing theft.
Twitter quickly flagged Mr Donald Trump's tweet accusing theft.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Donald Trump early Wednesday (Nov 4) said he expected a "big win" and accused Democrats of trying to steal the election after rival Joe Biden also predicted victory.

"We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election," Mr Trump wrote on Twitter moments after Mr Biden told supporters he expected to win.

"We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed," said Mr Trump, who promised to speak more later.

Twitter, which has vowed to act against false information, quickly flagged and hid Mr Trump's tweet, saying "some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process."

In his tweet Trump said nothing to back up his charge of theft.

Mr Trump has long charged, with no evidence, that mail-in ballots are a way to cheat in the election.

Mail-in ballots, sent due to health concerns during the Covid-19 health crisis, are expected to favour Mr Biden and in some states were being counted later.

Mr Trump appeared to be responding to Mr Biden, who moments earlier told his supporters to be patient.

"We believe we are on track to win this election," Mr Biden said to honks of approval in his home state of Delaware.

"It ain't over till every vote is counted," he said.

"It's not my place or Donald Trump's place to say who won this election."

Mr Biden said he was confident at winning Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - all states carried by Mr Trump in 2016.

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