US Election Results 2020 Live Updates: Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump and is projected to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, as per AP tally, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil.
His victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots. Biden crossed 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania.
Biden, 77, staked his candidacy less on any distinctive political ideology than on galvanizing a broad coalition of voters around the notion that Trump posed an existential threat to American democracy. The strategy proved effective, resulting in pivotal victories in Michigan and Wisconsin as well as Pennsylvania, onetime Democratic bastions that had flipped to Trump in 2016.
The high stakes election was held on November 3 against the backdrop of an unprecedented pandemic that has killed more than 2,30,000 Americans and wiped away millions of jobs. (An Expert Explains: Looking back and ahead in US elections — polls, courts, transition)
US Election 2020 Results Live Updates: Joe Biden has won the US presidential elections after he defeated President Donald Trump; He is projected to become the 46th US president. Read latest news and updates below
#BREAKING Trump says Biden ‘rushing to falsely pose’ as US election winner, after network projections pic.twitter.com/NjLnv64Wzz
— AFP news agency (@AFP) November 7, 2020
President Donald Trump is not conceding to President-elect Joe Biden, promising unspecified legal challenges seeking to overturn the outcome of the race for the White House.
Trump said in a statement that “our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”
Trump was at his Virginia golf course when the presidential race was called for Biden on Saturday. Biden clinched his victory with a win in Pennsylvania, the state where he was born.
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
Biden: ‘It’s time for America to unite’
President-elect Joe Biden has released a statement, thanking the American people for their support.
“I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris,” Biden said.
“In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America.”
Echoing the themes of his campaign, Biden called on Americans to unite in this time of crisis.
“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.
“It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.
“We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.”
Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden & Vice President-elect Kamala Harris!
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 7, 2020
Earlier Saturday, Trump left the White House for his Virginia golf club dressed in golf shoes, a windbreaker and a white hat as the results gradually expanded Biden’s lead in Pennsylvania. Trump repeated his unsupported allegations of election fraud and illegal voting on Twitter, but they were quickly flagged as potentially misleading by the social media platform.
One of his erroneous tweets: “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!”
Kamala Harris also made history as the first Black woman to become vice president, an achievement that comes as the US faces a reckoning on racial justice.
The California senator who is also the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency will become the highestranking woman ever to serve in government four years after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton
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. pic.twitter.com/moA9qhmjn8
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020
Here’s Fox News calling the election for Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/wIOJOv1fss
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) November 7, 2020
Bidens victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots.
Trump is the first incumbent president to lose reelection since Republican George HW Bush in 1992
Now that Joe Biden has won, it also makes Kamala Harris the first woman as well as the first person of colour to become vice president.
Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump and is projected to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, as per AP, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil.
His victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots. Biden crossed 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania. (AP)
JOE BIDEN DEFEATS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP
The Associated Press declares Joe Biden the winner of a grueling campaign for the American presidency. He will lead a polarized nation through a historic collision of health, economic and social crises. #APracecall pic.twitter.com/lInwqjX3PB
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 7, 2020
CNN projects the US presidency for Joe Biden
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 7, 2020
I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2020
My office has been putting out information for months about how election processes work in the state & all we do to ensure security & fairness. If you haven’t been paying attention, that’s on you, but don’t show up when you don’t like the result & scream fraud w/no evidence.
— Katie Hobbs (@katiehobbs) November 7, 2020
The United States set a record of more than 126,400 confirmed cases in a single day on Friday.
The seven-day rolling average of new daily cases in the US is approaching 100,000 for the first time according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Total US cases since the start of the pandemic are nearing 10 million and confirmed cases globally are approaching 50 million.
Worldwide infection numbers are also setting records. The world reached 400000 daily confirmed cases on Oct 15 500000 on Oct 26 and 600000 on Friday.
Lawyers Press Conference at Four Seasons, Philadelphia. 11:00 A.M.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2020
Evangelicals made up 23% of the 2020 vote and strongly favored Donald Trump, with about 8 in 10 backing him, according to AP VoteCast. Even if Trump loses, evangelicals touted their strong presence at the polls and the GOP’s success in down-ballot races. https://t.co/cXxijGj9LM
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 7, 2020
“Pennsylvania Democrats have gone to the state Supreme Court to try and ban our election observers. They don’t want anybody in there. They don’t want anybody watching them while they are counting the ballots” – Thursday night
THE FACTS: That’s false. He is wholly misrepresenting a court case in the state. No one tried to ban poll watchers representing each side in the election. Democrats did not try to stop Republican representatives from being able to observe the process. The main issue in the case was how close observers representing the parties could get to election workers who are processing mail-in ballots in Philadelphia. The Trump campaign sued to allow the observers to get closer than the guidelines had allowed. A court ruled in favor of that request