Democrat candidate, Joe Biden said he and his running mate, California Senator Kamala Harris, had “no doubt” that once the votes are counted the two “will be declared the winners.”
However, he said, “Keep calm. The process is working. The count is in progress. And we will find out very soon. ”
Biden’s comments in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday came after attending a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic and amid a spate of lawsuits and complaints from President Donald Trump’s campaign as the votes by mail are counted.
Biden has currently won 253 electoral votes, according to CNN projections. Winning Pennsylvania or two of the three states of Arizona, Georgia and Nevada would give him the presidency.
“Our data shows that Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States,” Jen O’Malley Dillon told reporters in a briefing Thursday morning. “Donald Trump continues to promote an aggressive strategy designed to prevent the vote count. ”
In the briefing, O’Malley Dillon traveled through each of the states where votes are still counted and the outcome is unclear.
She said she was “looking for that moment” on Thursday when additional results from Georgia and Pennsylvania – especially in Atlanta, Philadelphia and surrounding areas – push Biden past Trump, who holds small leads in both states.
O’Malley Dillon was optimistic about Pennsylvania, where she said Biden “would win by a considerable number of votes,” and said Georgia was “very, very close” but “at this point leaning towards Biden.
“We don’t really care which state leads us above the summit. We just want to keep going and make sure the counts are done, ”O’Malley Dillon said. “We know it’s going to take a little while and we’re supporting that, and we’re just going to be calm and be patient. ”
She said she believed Biden’s narrow runways in Arizona and Nevada could decrease during the day Thursday, as votes from rural areas pro-Trump added to their tally. But results from more urban areas that are more favorable to Biden should follow these, she said.
In Arizona, she said, Maricopa County (the home of Phoenix) will report the results late Thursday night and potentially again on Friday. Even more Biden-friendly Pima County does not plan to release more results until Friday.
“We will win by tens of thousands of votes but that margin will narrow” in Arizona, she said.
CNN hasn’t projected a winner in Alaska or North Carolina, but O’Malley Dillon hasn’t expressed confidence in either state.
Senior Biden campaign adviser Bob Bauer has criticized the prosecution of Trump’s campaign, saying they were part of a “wider disinformation campaign” and “political theater.”
“This is all meant to create a big cloud, that this is the hope of the Trump campaign that no one can see through,” Bauer said. “But it’s not a very thick cloud, it’s not hard to see what they’re doing. We see through. The courts too. And electoral officials too. “