Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Wednesday afternoon that he was not ready to declare his victory yet, as the vote count is still ongoing, but added that he was confident in his victory after the counting of ballots.
The Democratic presidential candidate said he is ahead of Donald Trump in the remaining wavering states, where the vote will determine the outcome of the election.
“After a long night of counting, it became clear that we were winning enough states to get the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidential election. I am not here to announce our victory. But I came here to declare: when the counting is over, we, in our opinion, will be the winners, ”Biden said.
Biden made the announcement at a press conference in Wilmington, Delaware, addressing reporters along with his race partner, California Senator Kamala Harris.
Joe Biden stressed that “every vote must be counted,” adding that “the people cannot be silenced.”
The 77-year-old former vice president believes he will win in the three Great Lakes states that could be key to Biden’s victory, noting that in Wisconsin he beat Trump by 20,000 votes.
“In Michigan, we are leading by more than 35,000 votes, and that number is growing – a much larger margin than President Trump won Michigan in 2016,” Biden said, adding that he was “very good.” to Pennsylvania.
Reuters, citing Edison Research, reports that at the time of counting 84% of ballots in Pennsylvania, Trump is still in the lead with 51.9% of voters, and Biden received 46.8% of the vote. However, Biden pointed out that the vast majority of the remaining uncounted ballots were mailed, and that, presumably, about 78% of Pennsylvania residents who mailed ballots voted Democrat.
According to the Associated Press, Biden’s behavior indicated that he considered himself the winner of the race: the Democratic candidate promised to appeal to political opponents, insisting that the presidency “is not a party institution in itself.”
Biden did not answer questions from the press. Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s headquarters have already filed lawsuits demanding ballot counts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, as ballots are still counted in both states.
At the moment, it is impossible to say unequivocally about the victory of one or another candidate, since now Trump and Biden are fighting over the last of the few remaining wavering states. Biden won elections in Wisconsin and Michigan, but the results for Pennsylvania and North Carolina have yet to be announced.
In Arizona, some analysts award the victory to Biden, others say that it is too early to draw such a conclusion.
The Associated Press has not yet named the alleged winner of the election. According to Fox News, Biden currently has 264 electoral votes, while President Donald Trump has 214 votes. In order to become president, you need to get 270 votes from the Electoral College.