Joe Biden continues to express confidence he’ll win
Joe Biden. Image via AP.

'Sen. Harris and I will be declared the winners.'

With little or no clear change in the Presidential Election since he spoke 24 hours earlier, Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden expressed again Thursday that he expects to win the presidency when all the vote counting is finished.

“We continue to feel, the Senator and I, we continue to feel very good about where things stand” Biden said in brief remarks delivered in Wilmington, Delaware, with his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris at his side. “We have no doubt that when the count is finished, Sen. Harris and I will be declared the winners.”

Where things stand between Biden and President Donald Trump late Thursday afternoon:

Biden has secured either 253 or 264 Electoral College votes, depending on who’s doing the counting. There is some uncertainty remaining for Arizona, a state some some, but not all, have already called the election for Biden; and for Nevada, Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

Vote counting trends suggest Biden is likely to win Nevada, which would be enough to give him the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to win the presidency, assuming Arizona holds. He also has prospects to win Georgia and Pennsylvania, where vote counting appears to be trending toward Biden’s ability to overcome Trump’s current slim leads.

Pennsylvania could announce its results yet Thursday. Georgia officials said Thursday they do not expect to announce final results until next week.

Trump’s campaign is suing in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Michigan to try to stop vote counting, and has threatened to sue in Nevada.

Biden began remarks Thursday by expressing concern over the coronavirus pandemic.

“Sen. Harris and I just completed full briefings on both the COVID and economic crises facing the nation. We’re reminded again of the severity of this pandemic: Cases are on the rise nationwide, and we are nearing 240,000 deaths due to COVID,” Biden said. “My heart goes out to each and every family that has lost a loved one to this terrible disease.”

He urged that every vote be counted, and he asked the American people for patience as counting continues.

“In America, the vote is sacred. It’s how the people of this nation express their will. And it is the will of the voters, no one — and not anything else — that chooses the President of the United States,” he said. “So, each ballot must be counted and that’s what is going on now. And that’s how it should be.

“Democracy is sometimes messy, so sometimes it requires a little patience,” Biden continued. “But that patience has been rewarded now for more than 240 years with a system of governance that has been the envy of the world.”

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


  • Sonja Fitch

    November 5, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Why did Desantis and Rick Scott demand the counting stop of ballots!? When will. All of the ballots be counted? Why are there more provisional ballots from poor, black or immigrant communities? Recount !

  • jon

    November 5, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    No thanks Mafia Joe! We will pass! Trump will win, you will go to jail!

  • George

    November 6, 2020 at 2:36 am

    Hit the road Trump don’t come back no more. Trump will lose the election and all you Trump supporters who don’t like it, TOO BAD! There’s not a damn thing you can do about it. Leave the country and good riddance. Go to Russia or North Korea where you all be welcomed.

    Trump is evil, and a liar and a crook. He’s a wannabe dictator that has no respect for the law and democracy. He only cares about policies that benefit the rich. Large tax cuts for the rich and the the poor and working people don’t get a damn thing. He wants to take away Social Security and Medicare from seniors and disabled people and turn over the $2.79 trillion Social Security trust fund to Wall Street shysters to gamble with. He wants to take away affordable healthcare from Americans who have it and want to keep it. Trump will eventually go to jail in New York where he is already under investigation by the New York State and Manhattan. The Majority of voters hate Trump and majority rules!

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