Joe Biden has been elected the fourty-sixth president of the United States of America, winning the election against incumbent President Donald Trump. After four days of waiting for the results of the election, Biden has secured more electoral college votes than Trump in the most anticipated elections of the year. Biden passed the margin of 270 electoral college votes and currently holds 290, which secured his win. On top of that, the number can increase even more when votes from Georgia, Alaska, and North Carolina are counted, all of which are still counting their votes. If Biden wins Georgia, where he already holds the majority, he will have 306 electoral votes, the exact same amount which Trump had in the 2016 elections.
Since the election day on Tuesday, Nov. 3, the battle was ongoing in several swing states - the states which have been won by both Democrats and Republicans in the past. Earlier polls projected that Biden was leading in Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, all of which voted for Trump in 2016. Firstly, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, it looked as though he had lost the race because he didn’t have the majority there, but after the mail-in ballots were counted, he won them all.
With this victory, Biden, who will turn 78 years of age in a couple of weeks, will become the oldest person to ever serve as the president of the U.S. He has competed in the presidential elections twice before (1988 and 2008). Biden served as the senator of Delaware from 1973 until 2009, when he became vice president under the Barack Obama administration.
Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, a daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, also made history by being chosen as the first-ever female vice president. In addition, she is of Black and Asian descent. Breaking records is nothing new for Harris who is currently the only Black woman in the U.S. Senate and is the second-ever Black female senator.
Due to the high amount of mail-in ballots that were cast this year because of the fear of coronavirus, Biden received more than 74 million votes which makes for the biggest number of votes a candidate has won in the history of U.S. presidential elections. In addition, Trump received a bit over 70 million votes, resulting in the largest voter turnout of any presidential election since 1908, when African Americans and women of any ethnicity were not allowed to vote.
Both Biden and Harris have changed their Twitter bios, now stating their new positions. While foreign leaders have begun congratulating them on their win, Biden has released a statement thanking the American people for their votes and support, as well as calling them to unite.
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