Joe Biden has crossed the 270-point threshold to win the US presidential election, putting him on course to become the 46th president of the United States. With the victory, Kamala Harris will also be the first woman of mixed race to serve as vice-president.
November 7, 2020 | AtoZ Markets – America has chosen Democrat Joe Biden as its 46th president. Joe Biden has crossed the 270-point threshold to win the US presidential election, putting him on course to become the 46th president of the United States.
Joe Biden wins presidency with victory in Pennsylvania
Biden won the presidency by clinching Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes, after several days of painstaking vote-counting following record turnout across the country. The win in Pennsylvania, which the Associated Press called at 11.25am ET on Saturday with 99% of the votes counted, took Biden’s electoral college vote to 284, surpassing the 270 needed to win the White House.
“In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted, proving once again that democracy beats deep in the heart of America,” Biden said in a statement after the result was called on Saturday, exactly 48 years after he was first elected to the US Senate.
“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It’s time for America to unite and to heal.”
Trump still in denial as Biden wins
Donald Trump has refused to concede the election. His campaign released a statement, saying: “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.”
Biden’s victory was celebrated by millions of Americans across the country as a repudiation of a president who shattered democratic norms and stoked racial and cultural grievance. Cheers, honking, and dancing erupted in major cities, including the nation’s capital, where Biden will be sworn into office on 20 January.
However, the nation’s deep divisions were laid bare as pro-Trump protesters continued to claim that the election had been stolen from a president who millions still view as a defender of “law and order” at home and of “America first” abroad.
With turnout projected to reach its highest point in a century, a fearful and anxious nation elected a candidate who promised to govern not as a Democrat but as an “American president” and vowed to be a unifying force after four years of upheaval.
Kamala Harris makes history as first woman of color elected US vice-president
Biden’s victory is a, as his running mate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, will be the first woman and person of color to serve as vice president.
Shortly after the race was called, Harris tweeted a statement and video. “This election is about so much more than Joe Biden or me,” she said. “It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started.”
This election is about so much more than @JoeBiden or me. It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started.pic.twitter.com/Bb9JZpggLN— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 7, 2020
Harris, a former California senator who is of Indian and Jamaican heritage, will also be the first woman of mixed race to serve as vice-president. If she became president she would be the first female president, and the second biracial president in American history, after Barack Obama.
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