Election 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden Becomes President-Elect of the United States


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Results of the Electoral Votes for the 2020 Presidential Election (AP)

Harry Graham, News Editor

On November 7, Joe Biden became President-Elect of the United States, as projected by most major news outlets, such as NBC, CNN, Fox, and Associated Press. Despite claims made by President Trump and many of his allies of widespread voter fraud, Biden was called to win the presidency on Saturday, November 7, 2020 as Pennsylvania was projected into his column.

Election Day officially took place on November 3, though, with results coming in throughout the week. Traditionally, a winner can be declared the night of the election or by the next day. And the loser concedes. However, the widespread use of mail-in ballots delayed election results for four full days in some states as the counting continued.

According to the Associated Press, and others, Biden won crucial battleground states, such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, and is on track to take Georgia. Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, known to democrats as the “Blue Wall”, were taken by Trump in 2016, and were part of the reason why he won the presidency.

Not only has Biden built back the “Blue Wall”, but he has also taken Arizona and likely Georgia, two traditionally republican states; but, with changing demographics in both of these states, they will likely continue as swing states in the future.

Kamala Harris, now Vice President-elect, will be the first woman, African-American, and Asian-American to ever serve as Vice President of the United States. In the victory speech Harris gave on Saturday, she said, “When she [Harris’ mother] came here from India at the age of 19, maybe she didn’t quite imagine this moment. But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible. So, I’m thinking about her and about the generations of women — Black women.”

Biden also delivered a victory speech on Saturday, following Election Day, saying, “My fellow Americans, the people of this nation have spoken. They have delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory.” 

Trump has yet to concede the election to Biden on the grounds of alleged voter fraud. On Saturday, Trump tweeted “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!” But this announcement was quickly flagged as misinformation.

As Twitter flagged several of Trump’s posts, Trump’s fraud claims continue to be disputed and would require indisputable evidence in order to pass through the court. 

That being said, Biden has built up leads off tens of thousands of votes in these key swing states: a 20,000 vote lead in Wisconsin, a 45,000 vote lead in Pennsylvania, and a 10,000 vote lead in Georgia, according to Associated Press.

Trump contested the results and his campaign has filed several lawsuits. These lawsuits have not made it very far in the courts. Most have been dismissed. As of November 13, Trump’s campaign was still contesting results in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Arizona, according to a USA Today report.

According to Bloomberg.com, in an updated article published on November 13, Biden has 290 Electoral votes to Trump’s 217.  And Trump has not yet conceded the election.