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November 18, 2020 at 12:40 PM EST

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Meadows says it’s uncertain whether there are enough votes to overturn election for Trump

By Mike DeBonis and Felicia Sonmez

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday that it remains undetermined whether there are “enough votes out there” to overturn the election in Trump’s favor, treading carefully even as the president has continued to make baseless accusations of widespread voter fraud.

Meadows made the remarks in an exchange with reporters after leaving the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Asked whether Trump should concede to Biden, Meadows replied, “Obviously, there’s still a number of lawsuits that remain, and a lot of contested audits” are underway.

The Trump campaign has filed legal challenges in several battleground states, and so far all those efforts largely have failed, with not a single vote being overturned.

Meadows added that he “personally” has some evidence of voter fraud but cautioned that it’s still unclear whether the results of the election may be overturned.

“I personally have some … in terms of people who have voted and are actually not qualified to vote,” he said Wednesday. “But … the real question continues to be, fundamentally: Are there enough votes out there to overturn the election? And, so, that determination has yet to be made.”