WILMINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden voiced confidence that he would win the 2020 presidential race versus President Donald Trump. Biden also issued dire warnings about the coronavirus and promised to institute new pandemic measures on "day one" during a speech on Friday night in Delaware.
“We are going to win this race,” Biden said of his contest with Trump.
Biden stopped short of declaring victory but pointed to his leads in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia.
Trump led Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin on election night. Vote counts since then have favored Biden who now leads in those states.
“We are on track for over 300 votes, Electoral College votes,” Biden said.
Biden also pointed to his popular vote margin on Trump arguing it gives him a mandate on COVID-19, the economy, climate change and “systematic racism”.
There were some indications Biden and running mate U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, R-Calif., might declare victory tonight. But media outlets have not yet projected a win and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito ordered Pennsylvania election boards to segregate ballots that arrived after election day. The Alito order also sends the issue of late ballots to the full Supreme Court.
Trump and his supporters are also pointing to software problems in Michigan and potentially other states that might have switched votes in favor of Biden.
Trump said Friday night he was hopeful the Supreme Court and other legal challenges would tip the vote scales back in his favor. Trump has claimed voter fraud and that illegal ballots helped Biden to overcome election night deficits.
“I had such a big lead in all of these states late into election night, only to see the leads miraculously disappear as the days went by,” Trump said via Twitter before Biden’s speech. “Perhaps these leads will return as our legal proceedings move forward!”
Biden stressed that he wants all votes to get counted. He also issued warnings about COVID-19.
“Daily cases are skyrocketing,” Biden said of the rise in reported coronavirus cases.
Biden said the country could see as many 200,000 new cases daily. There were 126,000 new cases nationally on Friday, Nov. 6. by the COVID Tracking Project. That compares to 87,000 on Election Day, Nov. 3. That is a 45% increase in three days.
Biden said if elected he will put new COVID-19 measures into place. Biden criticized Trump’s handling of the virus. Trump argues Biden will shutter the economy again hurting jobs and small businesses.
“On day one, we are going to put our plan on the virus into action,” Biden said during his speech in Wilmington.
Maryland has also reported a rise in cases after Election Day.
The state reported 771 COVID cases on Election Day, Nov. 3. The state reported 1,541 new cases on Friday.
The rise has prompted Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican critic of Trump, to admonish residents to keep wearing masks and to call for more local enforcements — including from police — of mask and social distancing orders.