Mr Biden’s remarks on the progress of the race on Friday night were his third in as many days since election day. . Campaign advisors also said they would be ready to name high-ranking officials in an expected administration within days if the race is advertised in their favor.
Mr Biden adopted an inclusive tone, calling on the country to end partisan warfare and “come together as a nation to heal.” He noticed the slow pace of the number of votes – “it can be numbing,” he said – and tried to reassure worried Americans who were waiting for the election winner, which has now been running for three days.
“We have to be calm and patient and let the process go while we count all the votes,” he said. “Democracy works, your vote is counted, I don’t care how hard people try to stop it, I won’t let them stop it.”
In Georgia, Mr. Biden took the lead overnight Thursday, thanks to a vote from Clayton County, a democratic area near Atlanta. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said the state was “too close to call” and predicted it was heading for a recount as Mr Biden’s lead was only about 4,000 votes out of five million votes.
If Mr Biden Georgia wins, it would be a big breakthrough for the Democratic Party in the Republican-dominated Deep South: Democrats rarely win top national races outside of Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia. No Democratic presidential candidate has promoted Georgia since 1992, when Bill Clinton narrowly won there.
Mr. Biden was up about 30,000 votes in Arizona after a new batch of ballots from Maricopa County, the state’s population center, helped Mr. Trump fill the gap of about 7,000 votes Friday night.
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said on CNN that 173,000 ballots remained to be counted nationwide, including 92,000 in Maricopa County.