Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden addressed the nation on Friday as his growing lead in the presidential election’s key battleground states appeared to have placed him on the path to victory.
JOE BIDEN: We're going to win this race with a clear majority of the nation behind us. We've gotten over 74 million votes. Let me repeat that, 74 million votes. That's more than any presidential ticket has ever gotten in the history the United States of America.
And our vote total is still growing. We're beating Donald Trump by over 4 million votes. That's a margin that's still growing as well.
One of the things I'm especially proud of is how well we've done across America. And we're going to be the first Democrat to win in Arizona in 24 years. We're going to be the first Democrat to win Georgia in 28 years. And we've rebuilt the Blue Wall, in the middle of the country, that crumbled just four years ago. Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin. The heartland of this nation.
I know watching these vote tallies on TV moves very slow, and as slow as it goes, it can be numbing. But never forget that tallies aren't just numbers. They represent votes and voters. Men and women who exercised their fundamental right to have their voice heard.
And what's becoming clearer each hour is that a record number of Americans of all races, faiths, religions chose change over more of the same. 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.