Biden confident of victory | Daily News

Biden confident of victory

Democrat Joe Biden speaking in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday.
Democrat Joe Biden speaking in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday.

US: Democrat Joe Biden said Thursday he has “no doubt” he will defeat President Donald Trump and be declared winner of the US election, insisting that voters remain patient and that the result will be known “very soon”.

“We continue to feel very good about where things stand. We have no doubt that when the count is finished, Senator (Kamala) Harris and I will be declared the winners,” Biden told reporters in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.

Meanwhile, in Joe Biden’s hometown of Wilmington, residents anxiously check their phones for updates and run errands to keep themselves busy, as journalists twiddle their thumbs in hotel lobbies -- all waiting for the winner of the knife-edge presidential election to be announced.

“It’s exhausting. I’ve had maybe two hours of sleep since Tuesday,” says 55-year-old Zanthia Oliver, who has just been elected to a second term on Wilmington’s city council.

Biden supporter Oliver was trying to distract herself as the pain-staking process of counting votes drags on in five states, including the key battlegrounds of Pennsylvania and Georgia.

“I’m just running some errands, just trying to keep busy” she tells AFP, after depositing a check at a Bank of America downtown.

Oliver says she has been fielding calls throughout the night from friends wanting to know when the election is going to be called and if it is going to go the way of Wilmington’s favorite son.

A short distance away, outside the public library in the sleepy city of 70,000 people -- where Biden lived for more than three decades while he was a Senator before becoming Barack Obama’s Vice President -- 58-year-old Deon Backus is taking a philosophical approach.

“There ain’t nothing you can do apart from just hope for the best,” he tells AFP, adding that he has only been watching the television news on and off.

“I just watch 15 minutes here, 20 minutes there. I don’t get stressed out over it. My wife, she’s the one it’s driving crazy, not me,” adds the longshoreman.On the main shopping thoroughfare of Market Street, 38-year-old Jason Williams is refreshing the results on the MSNBC app on his phone.

“Every few minutes I’m looking at it,” says the maintenance technician.

“I’m a little anxious. I want to find out who’s gonna be the next President. I guess everybody is like in a frenzy.”A little over one mile away, at the Chase Center Riverfront, the home of Biden’s election headquarters, hundreds of media from around the globe wait for updates.

In between broadcasts from the venue’s parking lot, they pass time idly in the adjacent Westin hotel, anxious to know if Biden will become America’s 46th President.

- AFP