Wilmington, Dell – Joseph R. Biden Jr. is on the cusp of the presidency in a. SaturdayAnd taking the reins of leadership over President Trump in Pennsylvania and Georgia and building on his advance in Nevada, where he was getting closer than ever to securing 270 electoral votes Necessary for They claim the White House.
“We will win this race with a clear majority of the nation behind us,” Biden said late Friday night, as he recounted his vote totals in the major states where the battle is fought and predicted victory was inevitable. We have rebuilt the “Blue Wall” in the center of the country that collapsed only four years ago. Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, the heart of this nation. “
Biden, who won the popular vote with more than four million votes Friday night and had already won 253 electoral votes, was ahead of Mr. Trump. In Pennsylvania, more than 28,800 votes. If his progress holds up – and is expected to – the state’s twenty votes will cross the election victory threshold.
In his statements at a juvenile center in Wilmington, Dell. Mr. Biden claimed a “mandate to act” to begin work on issues including the coronavirus, the economy, climate change and systemic racism.
But he also urged patience and calm as the results emerged.
“We have to be calm and patient and let the process go while we count all the votes,” he said.
In Philadelphia, some Biden supporters began dancing in the street outside the convention center, in front of a sign that read “People Have Talked.”
In Georgia, Biden’s leadership was so narrow at first that state officials said a recount was inevitable. But by Friday evening It grew to about 4,000 votes.
In ArizonaBiden maintained his lead as election officials continued to conduct tens of thousands of ballots from Phoenix and its environs. Its advantage has shrunk slightly, but not as much as the Republicans had hoped.
In NevadaBiden nearly doubled his lead on Friday to about 22,600 votes.
Mr. Biden’s call for the process to take place contrasted with Mr. Trump’s He took the podium at the White House Thursday’s briefing room to falsely claim that the election was riddled with fraud, as part of an elaborate coast-to-coast plot by Democrats, news media and Silicon Valley to deny him a second term.
As the number of votes slowly dwindled, Mr. Trump was only increasingly left behind Legal challenges To thwart the defeat, as Mr. Biden was betting on a constant accumulation of ballot papers through the mail to keep him at the top in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Biden had already begun projecting a picture of a man preparing to assume the mantle of the presidency, and meeting with his economic and health advisers to learn about Coronavirus pandemic.
Biden has been out of sight for most of Fridays. But outside the Westin near his home in Wilmington, signs of the celebration were in full swing – a celebration that would end up postponing again, as Biden was awaiting an official race call.
Thomas Konich, 40, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 100 miles away, said he drove to show support with his five-year-old son, and spent the night in the car. He said the last time he voted was for George W. Bush in 2000.
“For the past four years, it’s been very interesting,” said Konish, who works in the defense industry, of the Trump presidency. “There was hope when he was elected, maybe things will change?” Instead, he said, the Trump administration has been marked by “turmoil.” He and his son had hoped to see the fireworks on Friday night – which did not materialize.
The Biden team had hoped that the former vice president had cast A. His victory speech was prime time, but instead, Mr. Biden spoke briefly in front of a small group of reporters late Friday night.
“I hope to talk to you tomorrow,” said Mr. Biden.