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The Associated Press (AP), along with ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and FOX News, called the US Presidential election for former Vice President Joe Biden Saturday morning, after Biden was deemed the winner of Pennsylvania at 11:25 AM.
Joe Biden, the Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump, surpassed the 270 electoral vote threshold with his win in Pennsylvania, claiming the white house and becoming the presumptive 46th president of the United States. According to the AP, Biden also carried Arizona, Wisconsin, and Michigan – all states that President Trump won in 2016. The AP also called Nevada for Biden Saturday, though many outlets have yet to do so, as of 1:30 PM CST.
Though Biden has been deemed the winner of the Presidential election over President Donald Trump, it’s important to note that the President’s campaign has filed multiple lawsuits in virtually every battleground state in the country, alleging voter fraud and voting irregularities. With president-elect Joe Biden not officially slated to take office until January 20, 2021, as the 20th amendment states he will do, the outcomes of these lawsuits will most likely be the most pressing indicators on which candidate will take office come January.
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Joe Biden, speaking Saturday morning, stated, “With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. We are the United States of America,” he wrote. “And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.”
In Biden’s remarks, no mention of President Donald Trump was made. President Trump has yet to concede the race, likely in wait of legal outcomes. Biden is expected to speak again later Saturday evening.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced on Twitter Saturday morning after hearing the news, stating that “this election is about so much more than Joe Biden and me.” Harris, who served as a Senator for California since 2017, is the first Woman ever elected to be President or Vice President, and furthermore makes history as the first Black, Asian elected Vice President of the United States.
President Trump, shortly before the results were announced, tweeted, “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!”
President Trump released a brief statement after news broke of Biden’s apparent win:
“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. The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots. This is the only way to ensure the public has full confidence in our election. I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.”
EDITOR: BRENT SMITH