1. Wide, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris walk onto stage
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, Democratic Presidential nominee:
"Good afternoon folks. Senator Harris and I just completed a briefings on both COVID and the economic crisis facing this nation. And we're reminded again the severity of this pandemic. Cases are on the rise nationwide and we're nearing 240,000 deaths due to COVID and our hearts go out to each and every family has lost a loved one to this terrible disease. In America the vote is sacred. It's people of this nation express their will, and it is the will of the voters ... no one, not anything else, that chooses the president of the United States of America. So each ballot must be counted. And that's what we're going to see going through now. And that's how it should be. Democracy sometimes messy. It sometimes requires a little patience as well. But that patience has been rewarded now for more than 240 years with a system of governance, governance, and that's been the envy of the world. We continue to feel, Senate and I, we continue to feel very good about where things stand. We have no doubt that when the count is finished, Senator Harris and I will be declared the winners. So, I ask everyone to stay calm, all the people to stay calm. The process is working. The count is being completed and we'll know very soon. So, thank you all for your patience. But we've got to count the votes. God bless you all and may God protect our troops. Thank you so much. "
Democrat Joe Biden says he feels "very good" about the outcome of the presidential election and is telling his supporters to "stay calm" as votes continue to be counted.
Biden delivered brief remarks Thursday at a theater in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. He says, "It is the will of the voters — no one, not anyone else — who chooses the president of the United States of America."
President Donald Trump's campaign has pursued legal efforts to halt the vote counting in some states and is seeking a recount in Wisconsin.
Biden says that "the process is working" and "we'll know very soon" the outcome of the election. Biden and his top campaign officials have expressed confidence about the vote but have been careful to emphasize the need for every ballot to be counted.
Biden's running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, stood next to him as he spoke.
The Associated Press has not called the presidential race yet because neither Biden nor Trump has secured the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory. Several key states remain too early to call — Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina and Nevada.