WILMINGTON, Del. – Joseph R. Biden Jr stood on the cusp of his presidency on Saturday, taking the lead over President Trump in Pennsylvania and Georgia and building his lead in Nevada as he got closer to taking over securing 270 required electoral votes to claim the White House.
“We are going to win this race with the majority of the country behind us,” Mr. Biden said on Friday night recounting his total votes in major battlefield states and confident that the victory is inevitable. “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. “
Mr. Biden, who won the popular vote with more than four million votes on Friday night and won 253 electoral votes, led Mr. Trump in Pennsylvania by more than 28,800. If his lead holds – and is expected to be – 20 state electoral votes will take him above the threshold to win the election.
During his speech at an event center in Wilmington, Del., Mr. Biden stated that the “mission of action” is to start tackling problems including coronavirus, economy, climate change and systematic racism.
But he also urges patience and calm when the results come.
“We have to be calm, patient, for the process to go well as we count all the votes,” he said.
In Philadelphia, some Biden supporters started dancing in the streets outside the convention center, in front of a banner saying “Everyone has spoken.”
In Georgia, Mr. Biden’s leadership position was initially so narrow that state officials said the recount was inevitable. But by Friday night, it had grown to about 4,000 votes.
In Arizona, Mr. Biden maintained his lead as election officials continued to scrutinize tens of thousands of votes from Phoenix and its suburbs. His advantage was slightly reduced, but not as much as the Republicans had hoped.
In Nevada, Mr. Biden nearly doubled Friday’s lead with about 22,600 votes.
Mr. Biden’s call for the process to run contrary to the call of Mr. Trump, who took to the podium in the White House conference room on Thursday to wrongly declare that the election was fraudulent, like was part of a complicated coastal Democratic plan, the media, and Silicon Valley to deny him a second term.
As the backlog of votes dwindled, Mr. Trump was increasingly left with only legal challenges to fail while Mr. Biden was betting on steadily accumulating mail ballots to hold. he heads in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Biden began showing a man preparing to take on the presidency, meeting his economic and health advisers for a brief briefing on the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. Biden kept low for most of Friday. But outside the Westin hotel near his home in Wilmington, signs of celebration had begun – a final celebration would be delayed, once again, as Mr. Biden waited for the official race call. .
Thomas Kunish, 40, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., 100 miles, said he drove in to show his support to his five-year-old son, spending the night in the car. The last time he voted for George W. Bush, he said, was in 2000.
“It’s been interesting, the past four years,” said Mr. Kunish, who works in the defense industry, of Mr. Trump’s presidency. “Is there any hope that when he gets elected, things might change?” Instead, he said, the Trump administration was marked by “turmoil.” He and his son were hoping to see the fireworks on Friday night – this did not happen.
Mr. Biden’s team was hoping the former vice president would come up with one but instead, Mr. Biden spoke briefly to a small group of reporters on Friday night.
“I hope to talk to you tomorrow,” Mr. Biden said.