Jen O’Malley Dillon, Joseph R. Biden’s campaign manager, said Thursday that President Trump is engaged in a “flailing” strategy to distract and sow doubt in the election results because he knows Mr. Biden will be the next president.
“Because he sees the same data we do and knows he is losing, Donald Trump continues to push a flailing strategy designed to prevent people’s votes from being counted,” Ms. O’Malley Dillon said at an election briefing.
She said the Trump team’s “meritless” legal challenges in various states are meant to “delay what is now inevitable: Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.”
Mr. Biden has eaten into Mr. Trump’s leads in the key states of Georgia and Pennsylvania.
He was also leading Mr. Trump narrowly in Arizona and Nevada, though Mr. Trump gained ground in Arizona overnight as some ballots from Maricopa County got added to the totals.
Ms. O’Malley Dillon said she feels “very, very good” about all four states but that Mr. Biden’s margins in Nevada and Arizona could well narrow or “bounce” around depending on the order in which the states announce the outstanding numbers.
“The story of Arizona is one where Joe Biden is going to win, but it’s going to take some time and patience with the counting,” she said, adding that the final count appears likely to slip at least into Friday.
Mr. Trump’s team has strongly disputed calls from The Associated Press and Fox News that Mr. Biden has won Arizona and expressed confidence that the president will eventually overtake the former vice president in the state.
Ms. O’Malley Dillon said Georgia is a “true toss-up” but that it’s leaning toward Mr. Biden at the moment.
“Stay patient and stay calm,” she said. “We are absolutely confident Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.”
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