oe Biden has said it is “clear” he is on track to win the US presidency as he advances in key states.
The Democrat presidential candidate insisted “I’m not here to declare that we’ve won” but insisted he was on course to take key battlegrounds by bigger margins than Donald Trump did in 2016.
At a speech in Delaware on Wednesday evening, Mr Biden said: “It is clear we are winning enough states to reach 270 electoral votes”.
“I will govern as an American president,” He said. “There will be no red states and blue states when we win. Just the United States of America.”
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In Wisconsin, the first state he looks set to flip from red to blue, Mr Biden said he had won by 20,000 votes.
Michigan is another tight race that Mr Biden is projected to win. Here he claimed to be leading by 35,000 votes – a “substantially” larger margin than Mr Trump won it by in 2016.
“We the people will not be silenced. We the people will not be bullied,” Mr Biden said.
“We the people will not surrender.”
Mr Biden said it was time to “lower the temperature” following the campaign trail.
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“Once this election is finalised, and behind us, it will be time for us to do what we’ve always done as Americans,” he told the crowd in Delaware.
“To put the harsh rhetoric of the campaign behind us, to lower the temperature, to see each other again, to listen to one another, to hear each other again, to respect and care for one another.
“I know how deep and hard the opposing views are in our country on so many things. But I also know this as well.
“To make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies. We are not enemies.”
His remarks came as Mr Trump’s campaign manager vowed to “immediately” request a recount in Wisconsin due to “reports of irregularities”.
Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York, said “quite possibly” national legal action will be launched against the ballot checking process.
Counting continues across several other swing states, with the race to the White House still too close to call.
Mr Biden is ahead in Arizona and has already won 69.8 million votes nationwide, which is a record for a presidential candidate.
Mr Trump leads in Georgia, North Carolina and Nevada, and has had 66.8 million votes nationally. This is over three million more than he achieved last time.
In a bid to derail two potential losses, the Trump campaign has filed lawsuits to try and halt counting in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The campaign said it is calling for a temporary halt in the counting until it is given “meaningful access” in numerous locations and allowed to review ballots that already have been opened and processed.
Mr Trump is running slightly behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Michigan.
The campaign also said it would ask for a recount in Wisconsin, a state The Associated Press called for Mr Biden on Wednesday afternoon.
Campaign manager Bill Stepien cited “irregularities in several Wisconsin counties”.
The actions came as officials counted votes in several undecided states that are crucial to the outcome of the presidential election.
The former vice president’s campaign meanwhile welcomed the ongoing vote count and a Biden campaign lawyer said they are ready for any legal fight.
Michigan Democrats described the suit as a long-shot.