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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden spoke to supporters in Wilmington, Delaware late on Friday night as the continued counting of ballots showed him in a strong position to win the election.

Biden stopped short of declaring victory ahead of any major media organizations, while insisting that he was “going to win this race.” Biden had amassed more than 75 million votes as of Friday, leading President Donald Trump by around 4.5 million votes, according to The Cook Political Report. He was also on the verge of eclipsing the 270 Electoral College votes needed to secure the presidency.

The former vice president promised to “work as hard for those who voted against me as those who voted for me” in his speech, stressing unity amid a volatile political climate that has seen Trump and some of his supporters claim, without evidence, that Biden is benefiting from election fraud.

Here are Biden’s full remarks.

They’ve given us a mandate for action on COVID, the economy, climate change, systemic racism. They made it clear. They want the country to come together, not continue to pull apart. The people spoke, more than 74 million Americans, and they spoke loudly for our ticket. But while we’re waiting for final results, I want people to know we’re not waiting to get the work done and start the process. Yesterday, Senator Harris and I held meetings with groups of experts on public health and the economic crisis this country is facing.

The pandemic, as you also know, is getting more worrisome all across the country. Daily cases are skyrocketing. It is now believed that we could see as many as 200,000 cases in a single day. The death toll is approaching 240,000 lives loss to this virus. That’s 240,000 empty chairs and kitchen tables and dining room tables all across America. We’ll never be able to measure all that pain and the loss, the suffering that so many families have experienced. We know something about what it feels like lose someone. I want them to know they’re not alone. Our hearts break with you.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden addressed supporters in Delaware on Friday night.
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We want everyone, everyone you know on day one we’re going to put our plan in to control this virus into action. We can’t save any of the lives lost, any of those that have been lost, but we can save a lot of lives in the months ahead. Senator Harris and I also heard yesterday about how this recovery is slowing because of the failure to get the pandemic under control. More than 20 million people are on unemployment. Millions are worried about making rent and putting food on the table.

Our economic plan will put a focus on a path to a strong recovery. Look, we both know tensions are high, they can be high after a tough election. One like we’ve had. But we need to remember, we have to remain calm, patient, let the process work out as we count all the votes.

You know, we’re proving again what we’ve proved for 244 years in this country, democracy works. Your vote will be counted. I don’t care how hard people try to stop it. I will not let it happen. People will be heard. Our journey is toward a more perfect union. And it keeps moving on.

In America, we hold strong views, we have strong disagreements. And that’s okay. Strong disagreements are inevitable in a democracy and strong disagreements are healthy. They’re a sign of a vigorous debate, of deeply held views. We have to remember the purpose of our politics isn’t total unrelenting, unending warfare. No, the purpose of our politics, the work of the nation, isn’t to fan the flames of conflict but to solve problems, to guarantee justice, to give everybody a fair shot to improve the lives of our people.

We may be opponents. But we’re not enemies, we’re Americans. No matter who you voted for, I’m certain of one thing: the vast majority of the 150 million Americans who voted, they want to get the vitriol out of our politics. We are certainly not going to agree on a lot of issues, but at least we can agree to be civil with one another. We have to put the anger and the demonization behind us. It’s time for us to come together as a nation to heal. It’s not going to be easy. We have to try.

My responsibility as president we will be to represent the whole nation. And I want you to know that I’ll work as hard for those who voted against me as those who voted for me. That’s the job. That’s the job. It’s called the duty of care for all Americans.

We have serious problems to deal with. COVID, the economy, to racial justice and climate change. We don’t have any more time to waste on partisan warfare. You know, and more than that, we have such an incredible opportunity to build the future we want for our kids and our grandkids.

I’ve said many, many times I’ve never been more optimistic about the future this nation. There is no reason we can’t own the 21st century. We just need to remember who we are. This is the United States of America. There’s never been anything we’ve been unable to do, unable to accomplish, when we’ve done it together.

I hope to be talking to you tomorrow. I want to thank you all, and may God bless you. And may God protect our troops. Good night.

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