POTUS plans on declaring victory on Tuesday.

President Trump has told confidants he’ll declare victory on Tuesday night if it looks like he’s “ahead”. That’s even if the Electoral College outcome still hinges on large numbers of uncounted votes in key states like Pennsylvania. Trump has privately talked through this scenario in some detail in the last few weeks, describing plans to walk up to a podium on election night and declare he has won. For this to happen, his allies expect he would need to either win or have commanding leads in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Iowa, Arizona and Georgia.

The key words: commanding, premature. No respectable outlet will announce a winner in any of the battleground states unless certain. I could even see several refusing to broadcast any potential victory address of Trump’s until it’s clearer on who won and lost. POTUS is like a vampire – incapable of casting a shadow of doubt.

Michael L. Douglas @doctorpundit

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