Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Biden’s campaign manager, projected optimism about the former vice president’s chances of winning the White House, telling reporters in a briefing that the campaign believes Biden is “on a clear path to victory,” even as five battleground states are characterized as toss-ups by CBS New and votes are still being counted.
“Joe Biden is on track to win this election, and he will be the next president of the United States,” O’Malley Dillon said.
O’Malley Dillon said the Biden campaign believes the former vice president will have clear leads in states that would put him over 270 electoral votes by this afternoon, and expects Biden to emerge victorious in Wisconsin, Nevada, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
“We just need any three or four of those states above to get us to 270, so we think that this is already a foregone conclusion,” she said.
CBS News estimates the presidential races in Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are toss-ups. Arizona, meanwhile is likely for Biden, while Nevada is likely for Biden.
“The American people get to pick their president. The president does not get to pick the people whose votes get counted,” O’Malley Dillon said. “But let’s be extremely clear about something — if Donald Trump got his wish and we stopped counting ballots right now, Vice President Joe Biden would be the next president of the United States.”
Bob Bauer, a Biden campaign adviser, rejected Mr. Trump’s threat to take a dispute over the presidential election to the Supreme Court.
“If you go to the Supreme Court today, drive around the building, you will not see Donald Trump and you will not see his lawyers,” Bauer said. “He’s not going to the Supreme Court of the United States to get the voting to stop. And if at some point, filing once again these specious claims rejected by court after court, if at some point he arrives before the Supreme Court with a novel proposition that ballots that were lawfully cast by eligible voters but not yet counted by the time Donald Trump wanted them counted, that somehow they don’t count anymore, he will be in for one of the most embarrassing defeats a president has suffered before the highest court of the land.”
O’Malley Dillon said the Biden camp has not heard from the Trump campaign, but said the American people can expect to hear from the former vice president today.