WASHINGTON D.C., Nov 7, 2020, CNBC. Democratic candidate Joe Biden delivered remarks Friday night in which he sought to convince an anxious American public that he will prevail in the U.S. presidential race as vote counting continues, and he sought to claim a national mandate to address the many crises facing the nation, CNBC reported.
“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 told television viewers from Wilmington, Delaware with his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris at his side.
Biden has an expanding lead in the swing states of Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada. He also leads in Arizona, though his margin there is shrinking. The former vice president has multiple paths to victory with 253 electoral votes currently in his column, according to NBC News projections. Simply winning Pennsylvania would be enough to put him over the 270 vote threshold needed to become president.
“We are going to be first democrat to win in Arizona in 24 years,” Biden said. “We are going to be the first Democrat to win in Georgia in 28 years; and we’ve rebuilt the blue wall in the middle of the country that crumbled just four years ago: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan — the heartland of this country.”
Biden noted that more than 74 million Americans voted for him even as the ballot counting continues. The former vice president said voters gave him a mandate to fight the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism among other issues, and help reconcile a nation bitterly divided.
“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 exercise their fundamental right to have their voice heard.”
“And what’s becoming clear each hour is that a record number of Americans of all races, faiths and religions chose change over more of the same,” the former vice president continued. “They’ve given us a mandate for action on Covid, the economy, climate change, systemic racism. They’ve made it clear they want the country to come together, not continue to pull apart.”
Here’s where Biden and Trump stand in those states as they each seek 270 electoral votes to win, according to NBC News projections:
Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes): Biden leads by 28,833 votes with 96% of the expected vote in
Georgia (16 electoral votes): Biden leads by 7,248 votes with 99% of the expected vote in
Arizona (11 electoral votes): Biden leads by 29,861 votes with 97% of the expected vote in
Nevada (6 electoral votes): Biden leads by 22,657 votes with 93% of the expected vote in
North Carolina (15 electoral votes): Trump leads by 76,515 votes with 98% of the expected vote in
Alaska (3 electoral votes): Trump leads by 51,382 votes with 56% of the expected vote in