KEY POINTS

  • Biden is optimistic that he will win the White House
  • The Democratic challenger emphasized the importance of counting all the ballots
  • Trump's campaign has filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Georgia, Michigan and Nevada

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday that he has “no doubt” he will beat President Donald Trump and win the presidency once the vote count is completed. 

Speaking to reporters alongside running mate Senator Kamala Harris, Biden said he and his campaign team are optimistic that they will win the White House. He also emphasized that each ballot should be counted, as “that’s how it should be,” Fox News reported. 

“We continue to feel very good about where things stand. And we have no doubt that when the count is finished, Senator Harris and I will be the winners,” Biden said. 

“Each ballot must be counted and that’s what is going on now. And that’s how it should be. Democracy is sometimes messy, so sometimes it requires a little patience,” he added. 

His statement comes after President Trump’s reelection campaign vowed to continue filing lawsuits over ballot counts in battleground states where Biden is leading or projected to win. 

“All of the recent Biden claimed States will be legally challenged by us for Voter Fraud and State Election Fraud. Plenty of proof - just check out the Media. WE WILL WIN! America First!” Trump tweeted. 

The campaign filed an appeal in Philadelphia County on Wednesday, where they said observers were not allowed to watch the vote count. A judge had initially rejected the Trump campaign's request to closely observe poll workers. However, a Commonwealth Court judge later overturned the lower court ruling and said observers can stand six feet away from the vote-counting process, Forbes reported.  

The Trump campaign also filed a lawsuit in Philadelphia alleging that Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar illegally extended the mail-in voters' deadline for supplying any missing ID requirements. On Thursday evening, they filed a request to stop the vote count in the state. 

In Georgia, the Trump reelection campaign filed a lawsuit in Chatham County, where they asked that all ballots received after the state’s deadline on Election Day be compiled, stored and accounted for. The suit was dismissed due to a lack of evidence, ABC News reported.     

The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit in Michigan on Wednesday, where they asked that all vote counting be stopped until courts can permit campaign observers to watch the poll workers processing the ballots, ABC News reported. 

A judge in Michigan said she would deny the plea, and is expected to issue her formal ruling on Friday. 

On Thursday, the Trump campaign said it would file a lawsuit in Clark County over “mail-in ballot voter fraud.”

joe biden Joe Biden is pictured. Photo: AFP / ANGELA WEISS