Biden responds to report Trump plans to declare premature victory: He's 'not going to steal this election'

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Joe Biden might bring 'unity' – to the Middle East Biden shouldn't let defeating cancer take a backseat to COVID MORE on Sunday responded to a report that President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE will declare victory early on election night if he has a lead, saying Trump "is not going to steal this election."

"My response is the president is not going to steal this election," Biden told reporters before leaving an event for Rep. Brendan Boyle's (D-Pa.) reelection campaign in Philadelphia. 

Biden's comments came after Axios reported earlier Sunday that Trump told a number of people close to him that he intends to declare victory prematurely if early returns favor him — despite the likelihood that several battleground states could hinge on mail-in ballots counted after Election Day. 


Trump and Biden campaigned in Pennsylvania this weekend, with Trump holding four rallies in the Keystone State on Saturday and Biden headlining a number of events on Sunday. The Democratic nominee is also set to spend all of Monday campaigning in the battleground state. 

Pennsylvania's early count is likely to favor Trump because of state laws against counting mail-in ballots before Election Day. However, that margin is expected to narrow. 

Numerous polls show Biden leading the president in Pennsylvania. The RealClearPolitics average shows Biden leading Trump by 4 points in the state. 

Trump won the state by roughly a point in 2016, contributing to what was widely considered a surprise victory.