In prime-time address, Biden touches on White House plans and says he’s certain of victory

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Joe Biden projected confidence Friday that he would win the presidential election, citing his lead in votes in key states like Pennsylvania.

The Associated Press has not yet declared a winner in the race between Biden and President Donald Trump because neither candidate has reached the 270 Electoral College votes needed to carry the White House.

Biden noted he has already won the most votes in history for any presidential candidate.

He said a record number of Americans “chose change over more of the same.”

He told the nation that the political parties may be opponents, but they are not enemies.

“Let’s put the anger and the demonization behind us,” he said.

The Democratic presidential nominee was on the cusp of victory as he opened narrow leads over Trump in Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris has appeared alongside Biden during public appearances in recent days but has not made any public comments herself on the state of the race.

The U.S. senator from California has been at a hotel in Wilmington, Delaware, with her family since Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Biden was spending Friday at home in Wilmington, Delaware.

He has urged the public to be patient as vote counting continues.

A stage set up since election night for a victory party outside the city’s convention center remained intact and has been secured for days by security personnel using high fencing and car barriers.

Biden campaign staffers who arrived in Wilmington for a victory party earlier in the week have been told to hold onto their hotel rooms until early next week.

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