Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. urged patience on Friday as the vote count continued, but he expressed confidence in the coming result. The numbers “tell us a clear and convincing story,” Mr. Biden said in brief remarks just before 11 p.m. “We’re going to win this race.”
“We’re proving again what we’ve proved for 244 years in this country: Democracy works. Your vote will be counted,” Mr. Biden said from the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. Citing his substantial popular vote lead over President Trump, Mr. Biden said that Americans had “given us a mandate for action” on issues like the coronavirus and the economy. “They made it clear they want the country to come together,” he added.
Mr. Biden sought to lower the temperature around the continuing vote count in several states: “We may be opponents, but we’re not enemies. We’re Americans,” he said. “We have to put the anger and the demonization behind us.” It wasn’t the victory speech Mr. Biden had hoped to deliver. But he hinted at one on Saturday, concluding, “I hope to be talking to you tomorrow.”