Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has said that it was “clear and convincing” that he is going to win the closely-fought race for the White House against incumbent Republican President Donald Trump.
PTI have reported that Biden is on the cusp of being declared as the winner of the November 3 presidential elections, as the 77-year-old former US vice president was leading in the key battleground states of Pennsylvania and Georgia where counting of votes is continuing.
As of Friday night, Biden had 264 of the 538 electoral college votes. He requires another six electoral college votes to reach the magical number of 270, to be declared elected as the next US president.
Given that counting of votes has not concluded in some key battleground states, Biden refrained from declaring victory but exuded confidence that he will be the winner when final results are out.
“My fellow Americans, we don’t have a final declaration of victory yet, but the numbers tell a clear and convincing story: We are going to win this race,” Biden said in his address to the nation from his campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday night.
His running mate Senator Kamala Harris, 56, was also present at the podium during his remarks.
But she did not speak.
Reflecting on the progress made in the vote count in the states of Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada and Georgia in the last 24 hours, Biden asserted that he is on track for over 300 electoral college votes.
“And look at the national numbers: We’re going to win this race with a clear majority of the nation behind us. We’ve gotten over 74 million votes. That’s more votes than any presidential ticket has gotten in the history of the United States of America, and our vote total is still growing. We’re beating Donald Trump by over 4 million votes, and that margin is still growing as well,” he said.
“We are going to be the first Democrat to win Arizona in 24 years. We are going to be the first Democrat to win Georgia in 28 years. And we re-built the Blue Wall in the middle of the country that crumbled just four years ago. Pennsylvania. Michigan. Wisconsin. The heartland of this nation,” he said.
Trump, 74, has not yet conceded defeat. Infact, he went on to say that his Democratic rival should not wrongfully claim victory.