Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon and said that he will not “declare that we won.”
But, “When the count is finished, we believe we will be the winner,” he said. “Yesterday democracy is the heartbeat of this nation … [it’s been] the heartbeat of this nation for two centuries,” Biden said. “It is their will who will determine who will be the president of the United States.”
Biden said that he won in Wisconsin, citing exit polls from news organizations. The former vice president also said that he would win in Michigan and claimed he would win in Pennsylvania.
Biden also said he won in Arizona, although state officials, including Gov. Doug Ducey, said it’s far too early to call the race for either candidate. Trump campaign officials said they believe the president could still win in Arizona.
But if Biden wins in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Arizona, he has enough to reach the 270 Electoral College threshold needed to be victorious.
“Every indications show” that he will win the popular vote in the United States, Biden said in the conference. “Indeed, Senator Harris and I are on track to win more” votes than “any ticket” ever, he added.
Biden also attempted to call for national unity in the midst of a “hard campaign” to “unite” and “heal,” while coming together as a nation.
“I know how deep and hard the opposing views are,” he added. ‘We have to stop treating our opponents as enemies … we are not enemies,” Biden said.
Biden, in a news conference with vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris, said that while he is campaigning as a Democrat, “I will govern as an American president.”
Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, said that Trump won in Pennsylvania, citing the number of ballots that have been counted.
The campaign also said there have been irregularities, while Stepien accused Democrats of “scheming to disenfranchise” voters.
“We know the Democrats are pushing to count late ballots,” the Trump campaign said. “Why are they pushing to count late ballots? Because we know and they know if we count all legal ballots, we win, the president wins.”
Trump’s campaign believes that by Friday, it will be clear that Trump has won, Stepien added. Stepien predicted that Arizona will eventually go to Trump and The Associated Press and Fox News will retract their call that the state will go to Joe Biden.
“Soon as Friday President Trump will be declared the winner,” Trump adviser Jason Miller said in the call.