United States – Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election Saturday morning after nabbing a big win in Pennsylvania. For days, the country held its breath for results in several states, including Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.
The U.S. will also have its first female, Black, Asian American woman as its vice president—Kamala Harris.
On Election Day, it seemed Pennsylvania leaned red, but as mail-in ballots came in, the state teetered blue midweek. Finally, Biden secured 284 electoral votes as Pennsylvania was declared, surpassing the 270 needed to win the election. Shortly after, Nevada also announced a Biden victory, to a total of 290. The president-elect also won the popular vote, with 76,454,674 votes to Trump’s 71,553,100.
This is a win for Black voters in the U.S., especially those who organized in key battleground states. Stacey Abrams, a Georgian Democrat, narrowly lost her bid to be governor of the state in 2018. She then established Fair Fight, an organization that aims to reform the electoral process and curb voter suppression. Many credit Georgia’s flip to Biden this year to Abrams. Representative Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, was first to endorse Joe Biden back in February, ahead of the South Carolina primary.
Donald Trump refuted Biden’s win in a statement on Saturday. He said the election is “far from over.” The current president plans to prosecute a case in court, though he did not specify details. He concluded that Americans are “entitled to an honest election.”
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