All of America, and the world, have been following the slow counting of votes since Tuesday evening. If the former vice-president of Barack Obama appears on the verge of winning the White House race, no major American media has yet designated the winner.
After a day of suspense in his stronghold of Wilmington, Delaware, Joe Biden finally made only a very brief speech, for lack of result.
“My dear Americans, we still do not have a final declaration of a victory, but the figures offer a clear and convincing picture: we are going to win this election,” he said, his running mate Kamala Harris by his side.
The Democrat underlined the count’s progress in his favor over the past 24 hours, recalling that he had since passed Donald Trump in the counting still underway in the key states of Pennsylvania and Georgia.
“We are on track to win 300 voters,” said the candidate. That is well beyond the “magic number” of 270 electors – the majority of the electoral college – opening the White House doors.
Adopting a presidential tone, interrupted at the end of the evening by some sputtering, he again called on the Americans to be patient, after a very aggressive campaign.
“It’s time to come together,” he said. “We have to overcome the anger”.
Donald Trump has not spoken all day publicly. But he said in a tweet that Joe Biden should not claim the victory “illegitimately”. “I could claim it too. Legal proceedings are only just beginning! ”
Joe Biden, 77, is now in the lead in Pennsylvania, a key state that, with its 20 voters, could allow him to cross the finish line victorious.
He has nearly 29,000 votes in advance, but no American channel has taken the step to declare him the winner.
If he wins in this industrial state, he will become the 46th American president, regardless of the vote’s outcome elsewhere.
In a statement published in the middle of the day, Donald Trump adopted a toneless vehement than the day before, when he had mentioned a “stolen” election while remaining evasive about his intentions.
Recount in Georgia
In the early morning, the count in Georgia, which no Democrat has won since 1992, had shifted in favor of Joe Biden. But the margin is so “tight” that there will be a new vote count.
Therefore, the counter to arrive at the 270 grand voters remained blocked: 253 or 264 votes for Joe Biden, depending on whether or not the media attributed Arizona to him, and 214 for Donald Trump.
In Arizona, Donald Trump has benefited from the extended count.
He had moved closer to Joe Biden on Friday night, threatening to cause the Democrat to lose the 11 major voters that the AP agency and Fox News had attributed to him on election night, based on partial results and statistical models, a method usually safe.
Trump more isolated
Thursday, Donald Trump had once again shouted fraud, without adding new elements.
“If you count the legal votes, I win easily. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us, ”he said from the White House, in a tirade riddled with approximations and untruths.
His campaign team warned Friday that the election was “not over”, denouncing “the erroneous projections proclaiming the victory of Joe Biden”.
The 45th President of the United States has received support from Republican allies on these accusations of fraud. “I can tell you that the president is angry and I am angry, and the voters should be angry,” said Ted Cruz.
But others have tried to distance themselves from it.
“We haven’t heard of any evidence,” Chris Christie, ex-governor of New Jersey and ally of the president, responded on ABC, warning of the risk of fueling tensions.
Donald Trump “is wrong to say that the election was rigged, corrupted and stolen,” thundered Republican Senator Mitt Romney, the president’s usual critic.
In the first post-election night, Donald Trump had declared that he had won the ballot and that he would bring in the Supreme Court, remaining evasive on the reasons.
In fact, its lawyers have launched multiple legal actions at the state level.
Democrats believe the complaints to be unfounded, but these appeals could delay approval of the results by days or weeks.