Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Sunday President Donald Trump will not “steal” the election amid reports he planned to declare a premature victory on election night if early counts show him ahead, despite a mountain of mail-in votes that may take days or weeks to count.

The comments come amid theWhite House’s ongoing efforts to undermine an unprecedented level of absentee voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Polls have shown the president lagging behind Biden for months, and both Trump and top Republicans have spent the same time filing lawsuits to invalidate many ballots while sowing discord about what they claim is widespread electoral fraud (such claims are false, and there is no evidence to back them up).

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