Former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a prime-time speech Friday night as he nears an obvious win in the 2020 presidential election against incumbent Donald Trump. He and his fellow runner Sen. Kamala Harris appeared before the nation from Wilmington, Delaware; You can watch a live stream of the above event via Bloomberg QuickTake: Now.
“We don’t have a final declaration of victory yet,” said Biden at the opening. “But the numbers… tell us a clear and compelling story. We’ll win this race … with a clear majority and the nation behind us. “
Again, by the time he spoke – and despite another spike in his total in Pennsylvania – Biden had not yet officially passed the 270-vote threshold required to win the presidency, but current voting numbers in several states appear to be increasing to be in his favor. Early Friday morning, Biden took the lead in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which, with his 20 votes, would be the decisive victory for him. At press time, Biden has 253 votes, Trump has 214 votes, and several states – including Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina – are still too close to be called.
If Biden is elected, Harris will become the first female vice president of the United States and also the first black person to be elected to the vice presidency.
One of the hallmarks of the 2020 presidential election was of course the record number of postal ballot papers due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns about / government restrictions on personal voting. With each state in control of its table layout for mail-in ballots, Trump used his rallies and other appearances to ponder the validity of these results. In a televised statement Thursday, he continued to make unsubstantiated claims of election fraud and illegal voting, which, among other things, frustrated several cable news presenters.
On the live stream, press PLAY at the top to see Biden’s full speech.