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Democrat candidate Biden appeals for national unity


Joe Biden addresses his supporters at the Chase Centre in Wilmington, Delaware. Angela Weiss/ AFP

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Democrat Joe Biden has appealed to all Americans to turn the page on divisions as he was going to win the US presidency as his lead grew over President Donald Trump in battleground states.

Biden repeated that he believed he would win but said he would wait for the process to complete, although television networks held off from declaring him the victor as officials continued to count votes.

Joe-Biden---Kamala-HarrisJoe Biden and Kamala Harris walk off stage after Joe Biden delivered remarks at the Chase Center in Wilmington.

"We must put the anger — and the demonisation — behind us. It's time for us to come together as a nation and heal," Biden said in his home city of Wilmington, Delaware accompanied by his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris.

"The numbers tell us ... it's a clear and convincing story: We're going to win this race," Biden said late on Friday, adding that he and his running mate Kamala were already meeting with experts as they prepare for the White House.


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White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has COVID-19

Biden spoke as US media began reporting that White House chief-of-staff Mark Meadows, 61, had contracted the virus — underscoring the criticism directed at the president for months over his administration’s handling of the crisis.

Joe-Biden-Donald-Trump-is-Over-PartyPeople dance as they attend what organizers call the “Donald Trump is Over Party,” in Washington Square Park in New York.

Meadows first tested positive on Wednesday, a day after the election, according to The New York Times.

Biden said he and Harris had already been meeting experts on how to control the “skyrocketing” cases of Covid-19, which has claimed more than 230,000 lives in the United States, more than in any other country.

“I want everyone to know that on Day One, we are going to put our plan to control this virus into action, Biden said.

“That can’t save any of the lives that have been lost, but it will save a lot of lives in the months ahead.”

Trump-supportersTrump supporters gather for a demonstration outside the TCF center in Detroit, Michigan.

Edging toward win

After Biden’s campaign said he would address the nation, speculation grew that he would make a formal declaration of victory but he appeared to be waiting for confirmation of an unassailable lead and said he would speak again Saturday.

Biden’s lead grew inexorably in Pennsylvania, which would hand him the keys to the White House if he secures its 20 votes in the Electoral College that determines presidential races.

By late Friday he had an advantage of almost 29,000 votes over Trump, although that was still within the narrow margin that would likely trigger a recount.

Biden was also ahead in Arizona and Georgia — two states that have not voted for Democrats in the 21st century — as well as Nevada, while Trump held a slim lead in North Carolina.

Trump-supporters-1Trump supporters protest outside Clark County Election Department where ballots are counted in North Las Vegas.

Georgia said it was ordering a recount due to the narrow margin and the southern state will also have runoff races in January for both its Senate seats, which will likely determine if Democrats wrest control of the upper chamber and give Biden a wider path to legislative victories.

Trump has several times prematurely named himself the winner, refusing to accept the data showing Biden headed for victory.

In his latest broadside, he warned on Twitter that “Joe Biden should not wrongfully claim the office of the President. I could make that claim also.”

Joe-Biden--City-HallPolice in riot gear line up outside City Hall in Los Angeles as the entire nation awaits the result of the presidential election.

Trump’s campaign has filed lawsuits around the country alleging fraud but made little headway, with no evidence produced to back up supposed ballot tampering or other significant incidents.

Pennsylvania Republicans made a last-ditch pitch for emergency intervention by the US Supreme Court to halt vote counting in the state as late ballots went to Biden.

Justice Samuel Alito, considered a conservative, declined to order an immediate halt but said the full court would consider the challenge on Saturday.

He ordered Pennsylvania to keep late-arriving ballots separate, affirming a policy already put in place by state election authorities.

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