Joe Biden overtook President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania on Friday, but the process of counting votes slowed to a crawl as officials finished tallying the overwhelming majority of mail ballots and had only provisional ballots and other votes that are slower to process remaining. And with Biden holding only a razor-thin advantage in the evening, the counting process that had the presidential race hanging in the balance looked set to stretch into a fifth day without resolution.
“We don’t have a final declaration of victory yet. But the numbers tell us it’s clear…. We’re going to win this race,” Biden said in a short address from Wilmington just before 11 p.m., his first appearance on Friday. “We are going to win Pennsylvania…. We’re on track to over 300 electoral votes.”
The president did not speak publicly Friday, but his campaign issued a statement:
“This election is not over. The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final.”