Former vice president Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States of America, his campaign team has said.
Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, said this during a live press conference monitored by our correspondent on Thursday.
He also said “victory is imminent” for Biden, who has been projected to have 253 electoral votes.
Biden, 77, needs a total of 270 votes to capture the Electoral College that determines the White House winner and the magic figure was in reach with several states expected to announce their results on Thursday.
The current Electoral College tallies say otherwise with Biden on track to win Arizona and Nevada and possibly even pick off Georgia and Pennsylvania.
“We’re very confident, whatever happens with the counting and the timing, we will come out ahead.
“Let me be very clear, our data shows that Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States,” Dillon said.
Donald Trump is currently ahead in Georgia and Pennsylvania but Biden has been chipping away at his leads as the votes continue to be tallied – slowly in some states this year because of the huge volume of mail-in votes due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump had a roughly 18,000 vote lead in Georgia early Thursday with about 60,000 votes remaining to be counted, much of it from the heavily Democratic suburbs of Atlanta.
He was leading by about 122,000 votes in Pennsylvania with 91 percent of the vote counted but Biden has been narrowing the margin.