Speaking from his native Delaware on Friday night, Biden boasted about wiping out President Donald Trump’s initial advantage in several key battleground states over the last 24 hours.
“Just look at what has happened since yesterday. Twenty-four hours, we were behind in Georgia, now we’re ahead and we’re going to win that state,” he said. “Twenty-four hours ago, we were behind in Pennsylvania, and we are going to win Pennsylvania.”
We don’t have a final declaration of victory yet, but the numbers tell a clear and convincing story: we’re going to win this race
Trump enjoyed a healthy edge over the Democratic challenger in the both states shortly after the polls closed on Election Night. However, as mail-in ballots continued to be tallied, Biden chipped away at the president’s lead, eventually leaving him trailing behind.
Biden said he takes special pride in flipping Arizona and Georgia blue, saying that the Democratic party thus succeeded in “rebuilding the blue wall”.
We’ve rebuilt the blue wall in the middle of the country that crumbled just four years ago: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, the heartland of this nation.
The Democratic hopeful suggested that by securing more votes than any presidential candidate in US history – over 74 million as the current tally stands – he had been granted a “mandate” from the American people to take action on issues including “Covid, the economy, climate change [and] systemic racism.”
He warned that the pandemic is getting “more worrisome” by the day, pointing to soaring daily case numbers and nearly 240,000 US fatalities, but vowed to enact a plan to “control the virus” on “day one.”
Touting his imminent triumph in the contested vote, Biden echoed the rallying cry of his supporters to “count all the votes” that are still being processed. The Trump campaign has sued several states, including Georgia and Pennsylvania, alleging counting process irregularities.
“Your vote will be counted. I don’t care how hard people try to stop it, I will not let it happen,” he charged.
Shortly before Biden took to the stage, a US Supreme Court Justice in the Keystone State ruled that ballots that arrived after the election day deadline must be segregated and counted separately. The temporary order still might be challenged by Democrats, however.
Earlier on Friday, Trump urged his rival to “not wrongfully claim the office of the president,” adding that legal challenges from his campaign to contest the ballot-counting process in some states are “just now beginning.” The comments come amid a tight race in Arizona, which was called in Biden’s favor earlier this week but has the potential to flip red as votes from Trump-leaning districts continue to be counted.
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