Joe Biden has launched a transition website as he edges closer to ousting President Donald Trump from the White House.
The ‘Biden-Harris Transition’ site has gone live in the hours after the November 3 election, despite votes still being counted in what is a much tighter race than polls predicted.
And while the Republican incumbent leader quickly began sowing the seeds of doubt, insisting electoral fraud, Democrat Biden’s camp remains confident of a narrow victory.
The one-page site, using the URL buildbackbetter.com, emphasises the “American people will determine who will serve”, contrasting the signals coming from Trump, who is threatening court action, after wrongly suggesting counting mail-in ballots is illegal.
“The crises facing the country are severe — from a pandemic to an economic recession, climate change to racial injustice,” continues the Biden site.
“And the transition team will continue preparing at full speed so that the Biden-Harris Administration can hit the ground running on Day One,” it adds.
If the former Vice President and Senator and his running mate Kamala Harris win the election, they will inherit a country filled with unease and loathing.
Yet few people are better qualified to lay a hand of comfort on a troubled and angry nation.
The long-time public servant’s life is a story of political success and personal tragedy, having first been elected to the Senate nearly 50 years ago.
His personal grief – including losing his first wife and baby child in a car crash, as well as most recently son Beau – has shaped how he conducts himself in office and his ambitions for the country.
When he pitched his campaign around restoring the “soul of America” he was aiming directly at the extravagance and unpleasantness of Trump’s White House.
Following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, for example, the Democrat candidate called for the country to come together.
“For that’s what the presidency is: a duty of care — to all of us, not just our voters, not just our donors, but all of us,” he said.
But speaking of transitions, Biden also has to convince a new generation of Democrats he is the right man for the job going forward.
Many in the party were looking to see the torch of leadership handed to a new generation and saw the 77-year-old as a relic from the Clinton and Obama years.
The left has also criticised his links with Wall Street and reliance on big donors from New York and Silicon Valley.
His slips of the tongue and moments of absent-mindedness – he recently mistook Trump for George Bush in a speech – have also raised eyebrows.
There are some who believe junior US senator for California Harris, 56, will be the President in all but name if he wins.