“Now, after a long night of counting, it’s clear we are winning enough states to reach 270 electoral votes needed to win the Presidency,” said Joe Biden today, the day after an as-yet unresolved election that saw a record breaking 150 million votes cast.
“I’m not here to declare that we’ve won, but I am here to report that when the count is finished we believe we will be the winners,” said the former VP added from Wilmington, Delaware with running mate Sen Kamala Harris by his side.
As Biden was speaking, CNN called Michigan for the former Vice President, moving him and Harris closer to a win over Donald Trump and Mike Pence. MSNBC and the Associated Press since have followed suit.
Just under two hours after a big win in Wisconsin, the ex-Veep stepped in front of the cameras and microphones for the second time in about 12 hours. Biden’s remarks come as the Trump campaign are trying to have vote counting halted in the Badger State and Pennsylvania. In the latter, the former Celebrity Apprentice host has just taken the matter to the Supreme Court. Trump made that move even as he actually has a lead so far in the state with around a million advance and mail-in ballots to be counted.
Though Biden’s speech was likely written before Trump’s motion hit SCOTUS, the potential President took aim at the very notion of halting the vote count.
“Now, every vote must be counted,” said Biden. “No one is going to take our democracy away from us, not now, not ever. America has come too far, America has fought too many battles, America has endured too much to ever let that happen.”
“We the people will not be silenced, we the people will not be bullied, we the people will not surrender,” proclaimed the candidate. “I’m confident, we will emerge victorious.”
Having topped more than 50% of the popular vote, Biden’s speech Wednesday afternoon finds the ex-VP with 248 electoral votes to Trump’s 214, according to the AP. Facing certain court battles all the way up to the SCOTUS on an unbelievably tense day, Biden is just 22 electoral votes short of victory. Frustrating for a nation not known for its patience, the 11th hour vote counting in battleground states was actually always expected by Biden campaign brass and the Trump team in a nearly evenly divided nation.
In addition to Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, and North Carolina have outstanding votes being tallied. The Keystone State ballots are anticipated to be finalized in the next 24 hours, according to Gov. Tom Wolf. As Biden noted today, just as the Jeff Zucker-run cable newser made its call, Michigan is also aiming to have its votes all wrapped up by end of day.
Having said that, as the candidate proudly noted in his remarks, if present trends continue, Joe Biden will top more than 70 million votes, more than any other Presidential candidate in American history.
Even if Biden does hit the magic number of 270 electoral votes and declares himself the winner, it’s doubtful Trump will be calling movers to the White House. Once the vote counting is done, the real lawsuits will begin.
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