Joe Biden once again said he is confident of victory as he gets closer to beating Donald Trump after Tuesday’s US presidential election.
The Democrat challenger now has 253 of the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House under the US state-of-state voting system.
Mr. Biden also led the vote count in the battlefields of Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Arizona.
A Biden victory will send Mr. Trump out of office in January after four years.
What did Biden say?
“We are going to win this race,” Mr. Biden told supporters in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday night, showing an increasingly confident tone as election ballots showed he led. head. He was joined by his running partner, California Sen. Kamala Harris.
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He said he was on track to win more than 300 Electoral College votes and pointed out that more people voted for his campaign – more than 74 million people – than any other US presidential candidate on the calendar. history.
The Americans have given him the task of tackling the coronavirus pandemic, the struggling economy, climate change and systemic racism, Biden said.
Democrats – presenting themselves as candidates for solidarity after a campaign of fierce struggle – say it is time to “let go of the power of our politics” and “civilian together”.
“We can be rivals but we are not enemies, we are Americans,” said Mr. Biden, who did not mention his Republican rival, Mr. Trump, said.
Mr. Biden’s arrival was originally planned as a winning speech, but instead, he opted to give a general update on the race situation as US TV networks cautiously announced. Your father is a winner.
Democrats have said he hopes to meet the Americans again on Saturday.
‘An organized speech rather than a winning speech’
Joe Biden gave an organized speech rather than a victory speech, but he did hit on all the familiar topics that would surely be the highlight if and when he gave his national front as president-elect.
He’s been so consistent throughout the campaign – that’s part of his appeal in these turbulent times. He hailed the election results so far as a broad mandate for change, even though they were not the resounding rejection of President Trump that Democrats had hoped for. Once again, he portrayed himself as a leader of confidence in America who could unify a deeply divided country – he said “the purpose of politics is not non-stop war” .
In the same breath, he nodded with his own impatience for an outcome and presented a completely false statement by President Trump about voter fraud. Viewing the ballots, he said, was “slow and numb,” but they represented people “who exercised a fundamental right to hear their voice.”
There is no sign Trump plans to give in
Mr. Biden – who ran for the White House twice in 1988 and 2008, but was unsuccessful – will be the oldest president ever to take office at the age of 78.
If he is declared the winner this weekend, his team is expected to begin the transition on Monday.
The Secret Service sent reinforcements to Delaware to consolidate Biden’s security details. The Federal Aviation Administration has restricted flights in Wilmington’s airspace.
However, there is no indication that Trump will yield to his opponents in the short term.
“Joe Biden shouldn’t misrepresent the presidency,” he tweeted on Friday afternoon. “I can also make that request. The legal proceedings are just beginning!”
Mr. Trump made unfounded statements about election fraud, prompting some Republicans to speak out that rhetoric should be reduced.
What’s the mood inside the White House?
According to White House officials on Friday, President Trump was angry and frustrated that many of his allies did not rally on his side on television or on the street.
He watched television, made phone calls to the campaign offices on the ground, and split his time between the Oval Office and the residence.
Some aides were not present for work and the White House was described as “very empty” in a gloomy mood.
Adding to the bad news, it was announced Friday night that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, 61, tested positive for coronavirus.
That development comes the day that daily US traffic from viruses hits a new record of more than 125,000.
The President has indicated to senior advisers that he will overcome legal challenges to achieve results, although there is still no firm strategy for such litigation.
A senior adviser outside of the president described his mood on Friday as “somewhere between moodiness and hope”. The source added that Mr. Trump “is the last person who thinks he can win in 2016”, even though his top aides told him he would.
What is the current state of the race?
Mr. Biden is ahead of Mr. Trump more than 4 million votes out of 145 million votes. But the results of the US presidential election are determined on a state-by-state basis in the Electoral College, and the election takes place much closer to the important battlefields.
Mr. Biden has 253 Electoral College votes, while Trump has 214. To win the White House, a candidate needs 270.
In Pennsylvania, where Mr. Biden was born, he led nearly 29,000 votes, with a rate of 99%. If he wins that state with 20 votes from the Electoral College, he will win the election.
The State of Rust Belt voted for Democrats on six consecutive White House races before turning to Trump in 2016.
In Georgia, Mr. Biden currently leads with more than 4,000 votes, and 99% of the votes have been counted. Georgia Secretary said there will be a recount because the difference is too small.
Georgia (16 electoral votes) is a Republican tradition and has not been victorious in the presidential race by Democrats since 1992.
Mr. Biden leads with more than 22,000 votes in Nevada (six electoral votes) and less than 30,000 votes in Arizona (11 electoral votes).
Mr. Trump took the lead in North Carolina (15 electoral votes) with more than 76,000 votes.