In his speech to the public on Wednesday, Joe Biden expressed optimism about the election results, even though the presidential race is still too close.
“After a long night of counting it is clear that we are winning enough states to get the 270 votes needed to win the presidency,” Biden said during a brief speech in Wilmington, Delaware. Next to the Democratic candidate was his vice candidate, Senator Kamala Harris.
He added: “I am not here to declare that we have won. But I am here to report: When the counting is complete, we believe we will be the winners.
On Wednesday afternoon, Biden had a narrow lead in the electoral college. After the Associated Press called Wisconsin for the former vice president, he had 248 votes on Trumps 214.
In fact, Biden broke the record for the most votes won by a presidential candidate in US history. By Wednesday, 4 p.m. ET, he had collected more than 70 million votes, breaking Barack Obama’s 2008 record of more than 69.4 million.
Biden celebrated the record turnout during his speech on Wednesday, saying that Americans “have once again proven that democracy is the heartbeat of this nation.
But the race is still too close to call, with millions of votes still to be counted in key swing states like Pennsylvania and Michigan. In the first mentioned states, more than 1 million ballots still had to be counted at 14:30.
In the meantime, the president’s election campaign has filed several lawsuits in important swing states to have the ballots counted.
In Michigan, Trump’s legal team filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to stop the counting of ballots there. In a statement, campaign manager Bill Stepien claimed that his team was denied access to the counting stations to observe the opening of the ballots. Biden is currently leading by a wafer-thin margin in the state of Wolverine.
The president’s campaign is also going to the Supreme Court to seek intervention in a pending case against a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that allowed the counting of ballots up to three days after election day.
In his remarks on Wednesday, Biden said that every count must be counted and stressed that the election will be decided by the people.
“We, the people, will not be silenced. We, the people, will not be bullied. We, the people, will not surrender,” he said, “we, the people, will not surrender. “My friends, I am confident that we will emerge victorious.”
The former vice president called for unity after the election and said it was important to “turn the temperature down” and come together as a nation.
“To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as enemies,” Biden said. “We are not enemies.”