Democrat candidate Joe Biden, in a statement in Wilmington, Delaware, said it is clear he is winning enough states to take the 270 delegates necessary in the Electoral College to become president.
“My friends, I am confident that we will emerge victorious,” Biden said.
Biden noted he has won in Wisconsin, is ahead in the count in Michigan with a growing margin and said he is confident about prevailing in Pennsylvania. Biden emphasised that he and vice-presidential running mate Kamala Harris have also won the popular vote nationwide.
“Only three campaigns have defeated an incumbent president” in US history, Biden said, noting “This is a major achievement.”
Biden stopped short of declaring victory, saying the continuing counts of mail-in ballots must be completed. “Every vote must be counted. Nobody’s going to take our democracy away from us,” Biden said. “We the people will not be silenced.”
Biden also called for a “lowering the temperature” and “putting of harsh rhetoric” of the campaign “behind us”.
He struck a conciliatory note, urging Americans “to come together as a nation”, reports Al Jazeera.