Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump, elected 46th President of the USA

Written by on November 7, 2020

Kamala Harris will make history and become the first woman to serve as the Vice President of the United States.

Democrat Joe Biden became the projected winner of the US presidential election by major television networks on November, 7, 2020. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Democrat Joe Biden became the projected winner of the US presidential election by major television networks on November, 7, 2020.

(photo credit: REUTERS)

WASHINGTON  – Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States, all major networks projected on Saturday. The former Vice President is expected to win Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, as well as Nevada’s six electoral votes, which will put him above the 270 threshold, as counting is still underway, and four states remain too close to call.

Kamala Harris will make history and become the first woman to serve as the Vice President of the United States.

It will be the first time since 1992 that a sitting President loses his reelection campaign.

Biden tweeted on Saturday: “America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me.”

“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” Biden said in an additional statement.

The announcement comes as President Donald Trump signaled he does not intend to concede and will challenge the results in a few key swing states. The Trump campaign released a statement on Saturday, saying that the election is “far from over.”

“We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed,” the Trump campaign said. “The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.”

The campaign also emphasized that the legal battle is still underway. “Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated,” the statement reads.

On Saturday morning, before networks called the race, the President tweeted: “I won the election by a lot!”

Biden was able to flip Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, three states that President Trump won in 2016, in addition to keeping all the states that Hillary Clinton won in the last election. He is currently leading in Arizona, a state that no Democrat has won since 1996. Fox News and AP projected that Biden will carry Arizona, but other networks have yet to do so. Biden is also leading in Georgia, a state that no Democrat has won since 1992, but the race is still too close to call.

The Democrats were on the verge of securing a majority in the House of Representatives on Saturday, although Republicans flipped eight seats, to the disappointment of Democrats that hoped for a “blue wave.” The Senate’s future remained unclear on Saturday, as two Senate races were too close to call, and Georgia is projected to head for a double runoff in January.

According to a report in the New York Times, Biden is ramping up transition planning, as some potential White House aids could be named as early as next week.

Biden, 77, previously served as Vice President during the Obama administration, between 2009 and 2017, and as a Senator of Delaware from 1973 to 2009.  It was the third time that Biden ran for President. After two unsuccessful bids in 1988 and 2008, Biden was able to clinch the Democratic nomination shortly after Super Tuesday, when many of his opponents withdrew from the race and endorsed him.

The presidential race in 2020 will be remembered for a record-shattering turnout amid a global pandemic that shifted voting patterns from in-person to mail-in and early voting. Nearly 75 million Americans cast their ballot for Biden – the most in US history – and over 70 million voted for Trump – some eight million people more than the 62.9 million who voted for the Republican candidate in 2016.

The massive influx of mail-in voting caused significant delays to the counting process. It took four days for major news outlets to call the race, as millions of votes are still outstanding, and at least three states are yet to be called.

Former President Barack Obama released a statement saying he “could not be prouder” to congratulate the President-elect and the Vice President-elect.

“In this election, under circumstances never experienced, Americans turned out in numbers never seen,” he said. “We’re fortunate that Joe’s got what it takes to be President and already carries himself that way. Because when he walks into the White House in January, he’ll face a series of extraordinary challenges no incoming President ever has — a raging pandemic, an unequal economy and justice system, a democracy at risk, and a climate in peril.”

Senator Mitt Romney, a former Republican Presidential candidate, was among the first Republican officials to congratulate Biden. “Ann and I extend our congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris,” he tweeted. “We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God may bless them in the days and years ahead.”

World leaders congratulated Biden on Saturday, shortly after news outlets called the race. Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, tweeted: “The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, tweeted: “Our two countries are close friends, partners, and allies. We share a relationship that’s unique on the world stage. I’m really looking forward to working together and building on that with you both.”

The President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, congratulated the President-elect and called to strengthen the strategic bilateral relations between Egypt and the United States.

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi congratulated Biden for a “spectacular victory.”

“As the VP, your contribution to strengthening Indo-US relations was critical and invaluable,” Modi tweeted. “I look forward to working closely together once again to take India-US relations to greater heights.”

Emanuel Macron, President of France, said in a statement: “We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”

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