Donald Trump has been accused of undermining the legitimacy of the US election after claiming, without any evidence, that four key races are being manipulated against his Republican party.
Four days after the end of the polls, there will be two interim elections in Florida, one in Arizona and one in Georgia, in a flood of lawsuits, protests, partisan accusations and demands for re-counting.
The Florida dispute was reminiscent of the infamous hanging Chads in the 2000 State Report when the winner of the White House got stuck for weeks before the Supreme Court gave Republican George W. Bush victory over Democrat Al Gore.
Matthew Dowd, who worked on this Bush campaign, tweeted: "Not counting the votes in Florida in 2000 was a grave injustice that led many to question the legitimacy of the Bush election. Let us not repeat this wrongs this year in FL and AZ. Count all votes. "
When his leadership stalled in the Florida Senate, Governor Rick Scott filed suit against Democratic election supervisors in two districts, accusing them of violating electoral law and demanding access to records of their voting results.
"I will not sit idle while unethical liberals try to steal this election," Scott told reporters.
But also the campaign of the acting democratic Senator Bill Nelson submitted to the Federal Court an application for validity of signatures in provisional and absent ballot papers. The dispute has angered Trump, whose declaration of victory in midfield seems premature. He has given up any claim to stay above the fight.
He accused Democratic election officials in the two Florida districts of corruption and said that he sent lawyers to the highly democratic Broward County, where protesters from both sides took to the streets on Friday.
"Suddenly, they find voices out of nowhere," he told reporters in the White House. On Twitter he wrote "FRAUD!" In capital letters, with no evidence.
Late on Friday, Scott Nelson led with less than 15,000 votes (0.18%), while the Trump acolyte Ron DeSantis had shrunk to about 36,000 votes or 0.44% against Democrat Andrew Gillum, who is African-American. Both appeared for reading.
In Georgia, where Republican Brian Kemp narrowly marginalized the Governor's victory on Wednesday, African American Stacey Abrams has pledged to launch a lawsuit to ensure that all votes are counted. Kemp was the state's top election official.
Trump has tweeted that Kemp "drove a great race in Georgia – he won. It's time to move on! "Abrams' campaign said at least 30,823 ballots were not counted.
In Arizona, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has a slight lead over Republican Martha McSally. Trump tweeted, "Just outside – in Arizona, the SIGNATURES do NOT match. Wahlkorruption – call for a new election? We have to protect our democracy! Again there was no evidence.
Annie Karni, White House reporter on the Politico website, wrote in reply: "We get an indication of what Trump's reaction would have looked like if he had lost the election in 2016."
The Axios website added, "The president does more than any memorable official to question the election results."