With independent outlets yet to declare victory, Biden urged Americans to keep calm, have faith in the system and stay patient while every vote is counted as he has each day since Election Day.
“I know watching these vote tallies on TV moves very slow, and as slow as it goes, it can be numbing,” Biden said. “But never forget, the tallies aren’t just numbers. They represent votes and voters. Men and women who exercised their fundamental right to have their voice heard.”
Biden stopped short of claiming victory, but did say “the numbers tell us it’s clear.”
“We’re going to win this race,” he said.
As of Friday afternoon, Biden had 253 of the 270 needed while Trump trailed with 214. Biden’s count includes Wisconsin, where ABC News is characterizing him as the apparent winner because the vote is very close and has not yet been certified.
For Biden to obtain a decisive win, he would need Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes or two of the following states: Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and North Carolina. For Trump to win, he would need to win Pennsylvania and three of the aforementioned battlegrounds — a long-shot scenario as he’s currently behind Biden in all of them but North Carolina.
Outside the White House, demonstrators gathered Friday to await the final results as Trump stayed behind closed doors and a cloud of uncertainty hung over the country as protesters gathered outside vote-counting centers in key states.
Despite sending a few tweets, Trump did not come before news cameras to reclaim the narrative with false claims about winning and ballot fraud as he did from the White House on Wednesday and Thursday.
Biden didn’t address Trump’s baseless claims of fraud Friday night, but did say the nation would need to come togethe