Joe Biden declares ‘we will be the winners’ after taking leads in swing states

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday afternoon all but declared victory as some key swing states were declared for him, even as President Trump’s campaign filed lawsuits in others.

“After a long night of counting it is clear that we’re winning enough states to reach 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. I’m not here to declare that we we’ve won. But I am here to report that when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners,” Biden said in a six-minute speech in Wilmington, Del. with running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) standing nearby.

“With all of the votes counted, we have won Wisconsin by 20,000 votes, virtually the same margin of President Trump won as state, four years ago. In Michigan. We lead by over 35,000 votes, and it is growing, a substantially bigger margin that President Trump won Michigan in 2016… and I feel very good about Pennsylvania. Virtually all of the remaining ballots to be counted were cast by mail, and we’ve been winning 78 percent of votes cast by mail.”

He added: “We’ve flipped Arizona and the 2nd district of Nebraska.”

“Only three presidential campaigns in the past have defeated an incumbent president. When it’s finished, God willing, we will be the fourth,” Biden said.

When he wins, Biden said in an attempt at a unifying message, “There will be no blue states and red states when we win, just the United States of America

The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit Wednesday to halt ballot-counting in Michigan, which was called for Biden by CNN and NBC shortly after he spoke. Biden holds a 61,235-vote lead with 99 percent of results reporting there, and said it would do the same in Pennsylvania, where Trump has an advantage of about 330,000 votes with the Associated Press saying 85 percent of ballots are counted.

The Trump campaign also is seeking to intervene in an existing lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Supreme Court allowing mail-in ballots to be counted if they are returned by Friday, even without legible postmarks.

Trump’s campaign also declared it will seek a recount in Wisconsin, where the AP declared Biden the victor with a 20,517-vote lead.

Taking aim at the Trump campaign lawsuits, Biden said: “Now every vote must be counted. No one is going to take our democracy away from us, not now, not ever. America has come too far. America’s fought too many battles, America’s endured too much to ever let that happen. We the people will not be silenced. We the people will not be bullied. We the people will not surrender.”

Trump defiantly declared himself the likely election winner in an early-morning speech in the White House East Room, as the counting of absentee ballots began to tilt the results toward Biden in key states. Frankly, we did win this election,” Trump said, vowing to ask the Supreme Court to issue a ruling to order “all voting to stop.”

To get a ballot dispute to the Supreme Court, lower state or federal courts first must rule on a dispute brought by either Trump’s or Biden’s campaign.

Biden’s campaign also essentially declared victory before the dust cleared.

Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon told reporters on a Wednesday morning call, “Joe Biden is on track to win this election and he will be the next president of the United States.”

The president’s path to re-election appeared increasingly bleak Wednesday, but his surrogates claimed he still has a path forward, potentially by flipping Nevada and Arizona, where Biden leads with most of the vote counted. The AP and Fox News called Arizona for Biden. The Democrat is ahead by fewer than 8,000 votes in Nevada with an estimated 75 percent of ballots counted.

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