Biden: The 'only way' I'll lose is through 'chicanery' at polling places

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation Trump campaign eyes election night party at his sold-out DC hotel Harris blasts GOP for confirming Amy Coney Barrett: 'We won't forget this' MORE said only “chicanery” in the form of voter intimidation could prevent him from winning the presidential election, later adding that he would clarify the results of the election.

Appearing in Erie, Pa., Saturday, Biden told supporters to “make sure to vote because the only way we lose this is by the chicanery going on relative to polling places.”

Later in the day, Biden told reporters, “I understand one of the comments I made was taken a little out of context. I’m going to accept the outcome of this election period. I was referencing is the attempts that are made to try to influence and scare people from voting.”


The former vice president has frequently expressed concerns about the possibility of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE “stealing” the election, referencing his repeated attacks on the legitimacy of mail-in voting and his refusal to commit to acknowledging the election results.

This refusal has accompanied the likelihood that lower in-person turnout will lead to a count of Election Day ballots that does not reflect the final outcome. This has led to widespread anxiety about the possibility of a chaotic election process.

In late September, the New York Times editorial board called for a contingency plan for if the president declares himself the winner on election night.