WILMINGTON, Delaware – Joe Biden is sure he’s about to beat President Donald Trump. And he used his address on Friday to illustrate that, bragging about rebuilding the “green wall” from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin, about earning the most popular votes of any candidate. member in history and how he earned the top spot in states that the Democrats have not won in decades, such as Georgia and Arizona.
Biden’s remarks come after a long, slow day of counting the votes – and for him, successful -. Starting around 4:30 a.m., he took the lead in Georgia, which is now close to being prepared for a vote count. Four hours later, he took the lead in Pennsylvania, where Trump won in 2016. While everyone was celebrating on the streets, the former vice president begged the Americans to patiently wait for the outcome that the campaign advisers. I believe will come at any time.
“We don’t have a final victory statement yet,” Biden said at Chase Center, the hall complex in his hometown of Wilmington, which serves as his campaign headquarters this week. “But the numbers… tell us a clear and convincing story. We will win this race. “
Biden predicts he will pass 300 Electoral College votes – more than 270 needed to win – saying he will take office with “action mission on COVID, economy, climate change. , systematic racism ”.
On Friday morning, election analytics firm Decision Desk HQ called the race for Biden after a new election showed him a lead in Pennsylvania – a lead that many believe will only expand. when the state has finished counting votes. But most major news agencies have postponed, waiting for more prominent votes in Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona amid razor-thin margins.
All day, Biden’s aides linger in and around Chase Center, where an elaborate stage has been taking place since Tuesday, on standby. Before the likely speech Friday night, the campaign waited for more ballots – this time from Maricopa County in Arizona – but when the votes arrived around 9pm, the state was still too close to call. for most press agencies.
Plans for a winning rally in the outside parking lot were delayed for the fourth consecutive night as election officials continued to count votes. Earlier in the day, campaign officials told BuzzFeed News and others that Biden and Harris planned to speak Friday, at 8 p.m., with their spouses. That news comes amid the expectation that a Biden trend-following race is about to be called in and that the former vice president will be celebrating soon.
Instead it was another day for Biden that urged calm and patience.
Biden talks about watching dripping numbers on TV. “But never forget: Numbers are not just numbers. They represent the ballot and voters, men and women, who exercise a fundamental right to hear their voices.
Adjacent to the hall, in the Westin Hotel, several Biden staff and representatives, including Sen. Chris Coons and Sen. Cedric Richmond, lingered in the lobby, where election results were broadcast overnight. fourth in a row on a small television.
“Bob Casey just texted me,” Coons told reporters, referring to the US senator from Pennsylvania. “I don’t think we’re going to get a call out of Pennsylvania until tomorrow.”
“I haven’t spoken to the vice president directly,” said Coons. “I think the people around him are keeping calm and fit, respecting voters and respecting the process.”
According to his own description, Mr. Biden, 77 years old, is an institutionalist, looking to restore normal and confidence in the US government. The campaign indicated to reporters in Wilmington that Biden would not be ahead of the networks by claiming absolute victory.
But he also spent the second half of the week continuing with the business his campaign believes will be an inevitable transition for the Biden administration. On Thursday, he and his companion Kamala Harris attended a two-hour briefing in Wilmington, an economic meeting and another on the coronavirus pandemic, which is deep in its second wave. The three lethal have brought the total number of dead Americans to at least 236,000. Earlier that day, the campaign announced a conversion website, saying the taskforce preparing for a viable Biden administration would “continue to prepare at full speed” to be ready “on the first day. “.
Trump did not make a public appearance on Friday. “Joe Biden should not be asking for the wrong presidency. I can make that request too, ”he tweeted on Friday night.
The President had wrongly declared victory days earlier, late Tuesday night.
Biden has rarely mentioned Trump in his brief remarks since Tuesday, and has addressed the grievance of their campaign against each other only when expressing a desire to get past it. On Friday night, Biden gave a mark of victory speech: an olive branch for those who did not support him.
“We certainly won’t agree on many issues,” Biden said. “But at least we can agree it’s the people. We must put anger and evil behind us. The time has come for us to come together as a people and heal. It won’t be easy, but we have to try. “