“We have a high degree of confidence in maintaining our margin of victory [from the 2016 election.] In fact, we are declaring a victory in Pennsylvania. This is not based on gut or feel. This is based on math,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien told reporters during a press call Wednesday afternoon.
“We feel very, very positive that the president and vice president will again deliver a victory in Pennsylvania. In fact, we have a high degree of certainty that the margin won’t be close,” he continued.
Stepien made the remarks after announcing that the campaign had filed a lawsuit to halt the counting of ballots in Michigan and demanded a recount in Wisconsin.
After making the call, the commander in chief’s son, Eric Trump, tweeted out, “We have won Pennsylvania!”
The comments from both came shortly before the Democratic presidential nominee expressed confidence in his standing in the state.
Speaking to reporters from his home state of Delaware Wednesday afternoon with his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), at his side, Biden made the remarks after delivering a speech about unity.
“After a long night of counting, it’s clear that we’re winning enough states to win 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. I’m not here to declare that we won, but I am here to report that when the count is finished we believe we will be the winners,” he remarked.
“I feel very good about Pennsylvania. Virtually all of the remaining ballots to be counted were cast by mail and we’ve been winning 78 percent of the votes by mail in Pennsylvania.”
Earlier Wednesday, Biden’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon was similarly optimistic about their standing on a call with reporters.
“I want to share with all of you that Joe Biden is on track to win this election and he will be the next president of the United States,” O’Malley Dillon said on the call, “We believe we are on a clear path to victory by this afternoon. We expect that the vice president will have leads in states that put him over 270 electoral votes.”
Currently, Pennsylvania is neck-and-neck between the two major party candidates. The state expects to have “the overwhelming majority” of ballots counted by Friday, though the wait could go on longer.
The state has a final deadline to certify the election results of Nov. 23, though election officials are not expected to require nearly that much time.
As Democrats wait for the results to come in from the must-win battleground, the Biden campaign wasted no time fundraising for the legal battles ahead, warning that, “The fight is not over” in an email to supporters Wednesday.
“Your donation right now is absolutely critical to electing Joe, Kamala, and Democrats across the country, and we’re counting on a surge of donations to fund all that we need to accomplish,” the email read, adding that a contribution would benefit the “Biden Fight Fund.”