Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States. According to CNN, NBC, Fox News, and the AP, he prevailed against incumbent Donald Trump in the state of Pennsylvania and thus obtained the required majority in the electorate.
The Key Role of the Keystone State
The state of Pennsylvania was decisive for Biden’s success. Biden was able to prevail against Trump and thus achieve the required majority in the electorate. While four states are still counting votes, Biden now has obtained 290 electoral votes, with 270 required for victory. Trump remains unchanged at 214 electoral votes.
In the days before the election, the signs were increasingly pointing to Biden’s victory. However, in states such as Pennsylvania, a neck-and-neck race transpired until the last votes were counted.
Biden: ‘I Will Be a President for All Americans’
In an initial response on Twitter, Biden said he was honored. “We have hard work ahead of us,” he wrote. “But I promise you, I will be a president for all Americans – whether you voted for me or not.”
In a separate statement, Biden said it was time to unite and heal the country. “Now that the campaign is over, it is time to leave the anger and harsh rhetoric behind and come together as a nation.” He went on to write, “We are the United States of America. And there is nothing we cannot do if we do it together.”
Trump’s Reaction to Biden’s Victory
Meanwhile, Trump is still not inclined to accept Biden’s victory. According to the president, no state has formally confirmed Biden as a winner. There will be recounts, primarily in the contested states, and his election campaign team has “submitted valid and lawful legal challenges, the president continued.
A recount of votes cast in Georgia is indeed conceivable, as Trump and Biden are less than 0.5 percentage points apart. In this case, the state’s electoral law requires a recount.
However, the state has yet to conclude the counting, and Biden’s lead is likely to increase, not decrease due to it.
Trump Team to Begin Taking Legal Action to Dispute Results
From Monday on, Trump’s campaign team will also start taking legal action against the counts.
Trump and his team complain above all that election observers were allegedly kept away from the counting room and that some illegal ballot papers were cast. Neither the president nor his team provided valid evidence for either allegation. The chances of success of his team’s lawsuits are accordingly low.
Biden Supporters Celebrate
Just seconds after several US media had declared Biden the winner of the election cheers broke out in many major cities across the country. On the streets of New York and Washington, people clapped and screamed with joy. Hundreds flocked to Times Square and Black Lives Matter Plaza to celebrate.
Congratulations to Biden quickly came from all over the world, such as Paris, Berlin, and London. The leaders of the EU also called for a closer transatlantic partnership. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Twitter on Saturday:
“The EU Commission is ready to intensify cooperation with the new government and the new Congress” to address challenges such as the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, digital transformation, Address security, and the multilateral system.
It is an election that will go down in history. Not only due to President’s Trump unprecedented conduct or because Joe Biden received the most votes of all time, but also because Senator Kamala Harris is now the first woman and black American to take over the office of vice president. In an initial reaction to the election victory, she promised the citizens that she would serve the country with Biden.
“This election is about so much more than Joe Biden and me. It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it,” she wrote on Twitter. “We have a lot of work to do. Let’s get started.”
The work for President-elect Biden has already started. According to media reports, he wants to present a council of experts to contain the coronavirus pandemic on Monday.
The establishment of the body before the announcement of the personnel election for the first cabinet positions underscores the importance Biden plans to give to the fight against the pandemic in his first year in office.