Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday called on the nation to be patient with the vote count, saying he is confident of winning as he moves away from President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, the state that could make him the 46th president of the United States.
In the latest round of results from Keystone, Biden widened his lead over Trump to 28,833, meaning that the president's already subtle hopes of catching up are rapidly diminishing. Trump cannot win a second term without Pennsylvania, and if Biden gets his 20 votes in the election, he cannot be stopped.
Biden didn't declare victory when he spoke to the people on Friday night, but he said he was confident of the coming victory.
"The numbers tell a clear and compelling story. We will win this race," Biden said.
He added, "We are going to win this race with a clear majority of the nation behind us," he added.
Biden showed confidence in the race and also wanted to present the image of a new administration ready to begin. He said he would launch the pandemic plan from day one in the Oval Office and pledged to quickly adopt an economic plan to accelerate recovery.
Noting the political tensions caused by the election, Biden said, "We must remain calm, patient, let the process unfold while we count all the votes.
Biden's comments came at a quieter time, before the upheavals of the trump card years, when, he said, it was time to vent anger and demonize the guerilla sentiment that politics would be about justice and improving the lives of all Americans.
The former vice president is also stretching his leadership positions in Nevada and Georgia, although all states are still too close to the call. He leads Trump by more than 22,000 votes in Nevada and is ahead of 4,000 in Georgia. The vote count in Pennsylvania will be complicated by the tens of thousands of ballots and many others that require extra caution for reasons such as damage, legibility, signature problems or other defects.
The President cannot get 270 votes in an election without winning both Pennsylvania and Georgia, and at least one of the other prominent states. Biden can get to the top by defeating Pennsylvania alone or by taking Nevada and Arizona. The challenger is currently leading the president from 253 to 213 votes in the election, CNN reports.
Trump cuts the lead of a Democrat in Arizona, who has fallen to less than 30,000 votes by 94%, but it is unclear whether his margin is wide enough to outperform his opponent with 235,000 votes still to be counted.
Biden planned to address the American people during prime time on Friday night for what he hoped would be a victory speech, but it was not immediately clear if the event would take place in Wilmington, Delaware, if the election had not yet been called. The vice presidential candidate, Senator Kamala Harris of California, is also expected to make a speech.
The Trump did not appear in public after his disgruntled and lying press conference at the White House Thursday, and as a battle of wills between the president and Camp Biden for an election finale. Trump tweeted that Biden should not "improperly claim" the presidency and promised a trial to try to keep his job. But so far Trump's campaign has offered conspiracy theories and allegations, but little concrete evidence to support his claims of election corruption.
Biden holds a leadership position in traditionally Republican Georgia.
The former vice president's amazing strength in Georgia is due to the huge turnout of black voters in Fulton County and other Atlanta suburbs, Trump's weariness of Georgia's rapidly growing suburbs, which have become increasingly young and diverse in recent years, and his hard work over a decade to improve the state's democratic record.
"Today, Georgia is still too close to call. Of the approximately 5 million votes cast, we will have an advantage of several thousand," Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said at a press conference on Friday, adding that "Georgia will have such a small advantage.
There is no automatic recalculation in Georgia, but a candidate can demand a recalculation after certifying the results of the vote if the results are within 0.5%.
Trump General Counsel Matt Morgan said in a statement last Friday, "Georgia is on the way to a recount where we are confident we will find ballots collected incorrectly and where President Trump will ultimately win.
Since Bill Clinton in 1992, no Democratic presidential candidate has won. Clinton barely beat former President George W. Bush in that state, in part because he and Bush competed in a three-way race that included independent presidential candidate Ross Perot.
Trump refused to withdraw...
As the drama unfolded across the country, the President's allies made legal claims and conspiracy theories, while Trump tweeted, "Stop the Count!
On Thursday night, Trump sent a message that he had no intention of leaving power without a fight if he finally lost the election. The speech from the White House conference room, in which Trump falsely claimed that votes cast before and during the election, but counted after Election Day, were illegal, could be one of the most dangerous presidential statements in U.S. history.
The president also made ridiculous claims that his campaign curtains were drawn on election night because Democratic officials continue to find ballots when in fact the vote count has been reduced, because in many states, election officials counted email ballots that favored Democrats after an election day vote that tended to favor Republicans.
A Republican senator from Utah, Mitt Romney, tweeted Friday that Trump's comments on voter fraud "hurt the cause of freedom here and around the world," going further than the rest of the Republican Senate conference, where some senior Republicans continued to argue Trump's unfounded claims of voter fraud.
During the president's speech Thursday night, the daily count of new coronavirus infections in the U.S. reached 114,876, the worst daily count in history, reflecting how Trump's political obsessions led him to neglect a crisis that killed more than 235,000 Americans.
The road to 270.
It has long been known that Biden would benefit from a late surge in absentee voting, which was preferred by the Democrats in the pandemic. The President spent months campaigning to falsify ballots because they were prone to fraud, one reason why Republican voters were much less likely to use them.
Trump can't find a way to get to 270 votes without Georgia and Pennsylvania, so his chances for re-election will depend on developments in the two states in the coming days.
In Arizona, several trenches in Marikopa County, which includes Phoenix, have narrowed Biden's list to just under 40,000 votes, with Trump's team insisting that the president will eventually win and maintain his hopes of a 270-vote lead.
If Biden leads in Arizona and Nevada, he will get 270 votes and become the next president, no matter what happens in Pennsylvania and Georgia.
CNN Biden's projects will receive at least three of four votes in Maine, plus Wisconsin, Michigan, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Minnesota, California, Oregon, Virginia and Washington state, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington, and one of five ballots in Nebraska. Nebraska and the State of Maine award two votes to their state winners and divide the remaining votes by congressional district.
Trump's projects will win Montana, Texas, Iowa, Idaho, Ohio, Mississippi, Missouri, Kansas, Utah, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, North Dakota, Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia and Tennessee, as well as four of Nebraska's five votes.
The story was first published on CNN.com: "Biden calls on the nation to unite and projects confidence as its leader in Pennsylvania expands.
Former Vice President Joe Biden asked the nation on Friday to be patient in recounting the votes, saying he was confident of winning while moving further away from President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, the state that could make him the 46th president of the United States.