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President Trump vows to keep up legal battle after Joe Biden is declared the winner.


President Trump might be vowing to battle ahead in his bid to turn the tide of the presidential election despite unanimous, major media organization calls naming former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. the winner.

But his legal campaign, already failing to gain traction in the courts, now has a new challenge in his other main arena, the political realm.

As passionate as Mr. Trump’s core of supporters may be, and as large as his popular vote was, it was millions smaller than that of Mr. Biden, whose vote share has already shattered records even as it continues to grow with the counting.

On Saturday, the Trump campaign released a statement from the president saying, “The simple fact is this election is far from over.” On Monday, the president said, “Our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”

The only modern historical antecedent to the moment is the 2000 recount, when Al Gore sought to stave off a winning result for George W. Bush in Florida that would decide the presidency.

Mr. Trump is now, effectively, in the role of Mr. Gore, only with fewer advantages than Mr. Gore had in his ultimately losing fight. Mr. Gore won the popular vote; Mr. Trump lost it decisively.

Mr. Gore faced a deficit in the hundreds of votes in Florida; Mr. Trump faces deficits in the thousands — in some cases, tens of thousands — in every state he is contesting.

The most devastating argument Mr. Bush had against Mr. Gore was that Mr. Gore was contesting a losing result — a fact his supporters hammered home with a merciless campaign to paint Mr. Gore as a “sore loser,’’ going so far as to print signs, stickers and T-shirts proclaiming the Democratic ticket of Mr. Gore and Senator Joseph Lieberman as “Sore-Loserman.”

Mr. Gore, at least, had one thing to rest his hopes on. After calling the Florida race for him and then Mr. Bush, the television networks and The Associated Press pulled Florida back into the undecided column and left it there as the fight played out in the courts, where Mr. Gore won several important rulings.

Mr. Trump had yet to score any substantive court wins before Saturday (a Supreme Court decision on Friday night in his favor simply reiterated pre-existing guidance from the Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar), as the network calls trickled in.

There is, of course, one important difference. Mr. Trump has a powerful media ecosystem at his back, one that amplifies his statements and claims, no matter how false, to millions. And Fox News, a fledgling network in 2000, is now the highest-rated news network in the nation, and its nighttime hosts are more solidly behind him than they have been behind any president in the network’s history.

On Fox on Saturday afternoon a member of Mr. Trump’s advisory legal team, Harmeet Dhillon, said the campaign would make several new legal filings on Monday. Some but not all, she said, would include new allegations of fraud, but she declined to go into specifics.

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