In a televised statement from his home in Delaware early Wednesday morning, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said he believed he was on track to win the U.S. presidential election.
The final ballots for the presidential election were not immediately available on Tuesday evening as the states continued to count ballots by mail and in absentia. A final election result will be available later in November.
Biden called on Americans to be patient and wait for the election results.
“We knew this would take a long time, but who knew that we might wait tomorrow morning or even longer,” Biden said. “But you see, we have a good feeling about where we stand. We really do. I am here tonight to tell you that we believe we are on the right track to win this election.
“And it’s not over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted,” Biden added. “But we have a good feeling for where we stand.”
Biden expressed optimism that he would win battlefield states such as Pennsylvania and Georgia, although Biden said that Georgia was not a state that one would expect the campaign to go well.
“We could know the results tomorrow morning, but it could take a little longer,” Biden said. “As I have said all along, it is neither my job nor Donald Trump’s to explain who won this election. That is the decision of the American people. But I am optimistic about this outcome.
Trump should also address the American people on Wednesday, although a tweet indicated that his message might be somewhat different.
“We’re big on the upside,” Trump tweeted, “but they’re trying to steal the election. We will never let them do that. Once the polling stations close, no more votes can be cast!
Twitter described Trump’s tweet as potentially “misleading about an election or other civil process.
Trump pointed to the widespread use of postal ballots as a vehicle for massive electoral fraud. During a presidential debate in September, Trump called on his supporters to vote in person.
“When I see tens of thousands of ballots being rigged,” Trump said, “I cannot agree to that.
In swing states like Pennsylvania, the counting of ballots is not expected to be completed until the end of November. In Pennsylvania, the counting of votes is not expected to be completed until Friday at the earliest. In October, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed North Carolina election officials to extend the deadline for postal voting by 9 days after the election.