Biden's victory came after he crossed 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania.
Disclaimer: This is a developing story and the numbers reported in the article are subject to change.
Joe Biden has defeated Donald Trump in a historic election to become the new President-elect of the United States. Meanwhile, Biden's running mate Kamala Harris makes history as she becomes the first woman and Black person to be Vice President-elect of the United States. The Democratic Presidential nominee Biden, 77, flipped the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania to secure 273 electoral votes, crossing the required 270-mark, reported CNN. As an icing on the cake for Biden, it was the 20 electoral votes of Pennsylvania, the state he was born in, that carried him across the finish line of the closely contested election.
Upon winning the elections, Biden wrote, 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.
America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020
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. pic.twitter.com/moA9qhmjn8
Celebrating the victory, an elated Vice President-Elect Harris, wrote on Instagram, Joe Biden is a leader who can unify the American people, because he's spent his life fighting for the American people. And as president, he will build an America that lives up to our ideals. I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do everything it takes to make JoeBiden our next Commander-in-Chief.
The 2020 Presidential election took place as the country was grappling with issues such as the Coronavirus pandemic, racial inequality and injustice, police reform, climate change, and the economy among other things. The integrity of the elections was blighted by Trump's unfounded claims that mail-in votes were fraudulent and that Democrats were deliberately corrupting the electoral process.
While Trump, 74, led the former Vice President in key swing states on election day, the mail-in ballots that were counted in the following days helped Biden eventually edge the President. With Trump constantly attacking mail-in voting in the run-up to the elections, Republicans largely voted in-person. A record 100-million voters, primarily Democrats, took the mail-in ballot route due to the Coronavirus pandemic and this caused a huge backlog that caused the tallying of votes to be extended to 4 days. The 2020 Presidential election also witnessed the highest voter-turnout since 1908 when 65% of eligible Americans voted. It is estimated that 160 million votes have been cast in the current Presidential election, putting the eligible turnout at 67 percent. Joe Biden also broke the record as he received more votes for president than any other candidate in the history of U.S. elections. The former Vice President also surpassed his colleague Barack Obama's tally of 69,498,516 votes in the 2008 Presidential election, by Wednesday (November 4) afternoon. Trump's primary vote base was White men (58%) and women (55%). An overwhelming majority of young voters in the range 18-29 voted for Biden. A record 100 million-plus voters voted by mail this year on account of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Trump claimed premature victory, twice
Biden's win comes close on the heels of Trump claiming victory prematurely, and twice. Trump had claimed on Tuesday that he had won the elections, despite multiple crucial states not having finished counting. "We were getting ready to win this election, frankly, we did win this election,” said Trump from the White House on Tuesday as crucial states including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan were still counting, reported The Huffington Post. Biden, on his part, held a press conference, calling for all votes to be counted. "We the people will not be silenced. We the people will not be bullied. We the people will not surrender," said Biden, who was accompanied by his running mate Kamala Harris, from the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, reported CBS News.
In a bid to pause voting or push for a recount of votes, Trump's campaign had filed lawsuits in at least three states. The Trump campaign's attempts to pursue legal action against the election outcomes in Georgia and Michigan were dismissed by judges, reported Associated Press. On Thursday (November 5), Trump falsely claimed victory yet again. "If you count the legal votes I easily win," said Trump at a press conference. "If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us." CNN dismissed his claims and called it "the most dishonest speech during his Presidency." In fact, several top networks cut away from his speech because of his incessant lies.