Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden called for patience and unity in Friday night’s speech in Wilmington, Del., In which he predicted a convincing electoral college victory as he held the position lead over President Trump in key swing states.
“We don’t have a final win claim yet, but the numbers tell us a clear and convincing story: we’ll win this race,” Biden told a group of supporters. Social distancing is gathering on vehicles in a parking lot, predicting that he will end up with “more than 300 electoral votes”.
“I know it’s slow, slow watching these ballots on TV – and the slower it can be, it can be paralyzing. But never forget, numbers are not just numbers. They represent the votes and voters, and men and women exercise their basic right to hear their voices, ”Biden said.
“What is becoming clearer every hour is the record number of Americans of all races, creeds and religions chosen to change from similar things,”; he added. They have given us the mission to take action on COVID, the economy, climate change, systematic racism ”.
Biden said “we have to stay calm and patient as the process progresses as we count all the votes … Your votes will count, I don’t care people trying to stop it like that. Come on, I’m not going to let it happen. “
In an appeal for national unity, the Democratic candidate said, “we are not enemies, we are Americans … We must put our anger and evil behind us … We are not.” time to waste with partisan war. “
The former vice president said when the three days of counting the votes still did not yield an official victory. Trump’s campaign is suing in multiple states to suspend or revise potentially fraudulent tabulation policies.
His running partner, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) Joined him in the speech but didn’t give a speech, as originally planned if his victory had been to the major news outlets. declare. A planned fireworks display was also canceled.
Biden leads the way in current votes in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania. If the leaders were held, he would win the Electoral College in a decisive 306-232 vote.
Biden is ahead of Trump with 27,130 votes in Pennsylvania, 29,861 votes in Arizona, 22,657 votes in Nevada and 4,020 votes in Georgia.
In his statement, Biden said he and Harris were preparing to take office on January 20, and expressed sympathy for those who lost loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I want everyone to know that we are not waiting to get the job done and the startup has started the process. Yesterday, Senator Harris and I held meetings with expert groups on public health and the economic crisis this country is facing, ”he said.
However, the margins are thin on the battlefields and many votes are still counted. The Associated Press and major networks have not claimed a winner, although some smaller news outlets have predicted a Biden winner.
However, with the remaining swing states broken for him, Biden celebrated a clear victory.
“One of the things I’m particularly proud of is how well we have done across America,” he said. “And we will be the first Democrats to win in Arizona in 24 years. We will be the first Democrats to win in Georgia in 28 years. And we rebuilt the green wall in the middle of the country that collapsed just four years ago. Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, the centerpiece of this country. “
Trump warned Biden not to declare himself the winner, tweeting on Friday night, “Joe Biden should not make false statements about the presidential office. I can also make that request. Legal proceedings have just begun! “
The president declared in a challenging Thursday night press conference that “if you count the legal votes, I easily win.”
Trump’s adviser and 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said in an appearance on Fox News on Friday night that Trump has no plans to make concessions.
“I spoke with the president. He’s ready to fight until every small ballot is finally counted, ”says Lewandowski.