Projected President-elect of the 2020 US Elections Joe Biden took the state of Georgia major US media projected, Saturday, cementing his term as the 46th President of the US.
The state of Georgia gave President-elect Joe Biden 360 total votes, way past the threshold of 270 Electoral college votes that was needed to claim the White House.
This is the first time the state voted a Democrat in the last 29-years, the BBC reported. Meanwhile, President Trump is projected to win North Carolina, where he has so-far reached 232 electoral college votes.
Although Biden is projected to win Georgia, a manual recount of the votes will be carried out, since both the candidates have very narrow margins, local media reports confirm.
Once votes of North Carolina and Georgia are called for, the 2020 US Presidential election comes to an end, awaiting the declaration of Congress to choose the President-elect.
Joe Biden already secured 270 electoral votes he needed to claim the White House by winning the states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
In just a few months, we will swear in a new president who is committed to getting the pandemic under control: Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris tweeted, shortly after Biden’s victory in Georgia.
Meanwhile, incumbent President Trump, who has refused to accept the election, did not concede. But in a White House media briefing Trump appeared to remotely acknowledge chances of conceding the victory.
Addressing the media from the White House in a Coronavirus Task Force Briefing, Trump said as far as his administration is concerned, there will be no national lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19.
“Whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration it will be. I guess time will tell,” Trump added, apparently warming up to the fact that the election was by far in Democrat Biden’s favor.
The pressure is growing on Mr.Trump, even from his inner Republican circles, to concede the victory, as the President showed no signs to do the same even up until Friday.
On the other hand, the delay in officially conceding the election has been unfavorable for the Biden administration to start the process of transfer of power, receive daily intelligence briefings Presidents-elect traditionally get, and other official transitions that are pending.
President Trump has a flurry of legal challenges currently ongoing in some key states, especially where the elections were not in favor. Several US courts dismissed lawsuits the President’s office wanted to file.
President Trump, who is one of the rare US Presidents who’ll be leaving office after the first term has been criticized for his response to the pandemic, which is reflected by the highest death toll from the virus in the US.
Mr. Trump in several interviews has implied the pandemic in the US is going, it is rounding off, which is not remotely factual.
The US also has the most number of COVID-19 cases in the world, more than any other nation at 10.75 million cases, and the count is skyrocketing nearly at Spring-outbreak pace.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have campaigned on bringing the pandemic under control and have vowed to spring into action immediately as soon as they’re elected into office.
“I am the president-elect, but will not be president until next year,” Biden tweeted, referring to January 20, 2021, when he’ll be traditionally sworn in as the 46th President.
“COVID-19 does not respect dates on the calendar, it is accelerating right now. Urgent action is needed today, now, by the current administration.”
Biden has shot several such tweets targeting the federal US government for their sloppy response to the pandemic.