Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has won the key electoral state of Pennsylvania, making him a theoretical and practical winner of the 2020 Presidential election, major US media reports.
Mr. Biden’s successful gig to the highest office in the nation comes after decades-long political career, and two unsuccessful attempts to win this race.
In 2008, Mr. Biden was elected Barrack Obama’s Vice President and now becomes the oldest man, at 77, to be elected as the President of the United States of America.
Pennsylvania, Mr. Biden’s birth-state fetched him the 270 electoral votes needed to win the 2020 US Presidency and even exceed the need, CNN, NBC, CBS News said in favor at 11:30 am (1630 GMT).
CNN confirms, Mr. Biden, who has been patiently waiting for major US media to project the win, was at his home in Delaware when he saw the news first.
“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.”– Mr. Joe Biden writes in a Tweet.
Mr. Biden is due to address the nation tonight, Eastern Standard Time, CNN reports. In a separate statement issued by Mr. Biden’s office, it read:
“I’m honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and Vice President-elect Harris.
“In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted, proving once again that democracy beats deep in the heart of America.
“With this campaign over, it is time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation.
“It is time for America to unite. And to heal.”
Mr. Biden is due to be sworn in as the 46th US President early next year, as per the constitution.
However, the question of power transition still remains uncertain given President Donald Trump’s extraordinary trial in deilegitimizing the electoral process, albeit without evidence.
The federal secret service has already started to strengthen the protection bubble around Biden who’ll now be identified as President-elect.
The results of the election is historic for a number of reasons. In decades this would be the first time Americans have voted an incumbent President out.
The last time it was George H. W. Bush in 1990 who was a one-time President of the great nation.
Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s Vice President, becomes the first woman to hold the second-most powerful office in the US, and the first Black-South Asian woman to hold the incumbent.
“The son of Scranton and the daughter of immigrants are headed to the white house. It is a sign of what can happen in this country. You can become anything you want to be,” CNN’s Jake Tapper said about Harris.
Kamala Harris in a Tweet wrote: “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.”
Biden winning Pennsylvania comes after days of frenzied vote-counting, especially made more chaotic by Mr. Trump’s repeated claims of vote fraud and maligned counting, sans evidence.
Mr. Biden, on the other hand, conveyed a centrist approach to politics and promoted calm. He promised to settle Washington after four utterly chaotic rules under the Trump Administration.
Mr. Trump had no immediate reaction to this verdict of the majority of US media. Just one-hour ago he tweeted: I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!,” which was again fact-checked by Twitter with a ‘misleading’ warning.
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