United States: Joe Biden Snatches Historic Victory in an Epic Poll Full of Suspense, Trump Heads to the Courts
The die is cast, the sleepless nights and anxiety and waiting to know who the next President of the United States would be has now ended. The mainstream media in the United States of America have finally called the race in favour of Democrat Joe Biden, former Vice President and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris.
Provisional projections give the Former Vice President a total of 273 Electoral College votes, three above the 270-threshold required to secure the White House. The weeklong puzzle was put to an end after the Democrat secured a convincing win in Pennsylvania, one of the key swing states with a huge Electoral Vote Prize, as many as twenty. His lead in the State had grown insurmountable after Former Vice President Biden came from behind to overcome a huge 665,000 vote deficit amassed by opponent, incumbent President Donald Trump.
At the time the race was called, Former Vice President Biden was still leading the race in other key states like Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada. The race was also yet to be called in North Carolina where counting was still ongoing. After netting the 20 Electoral College Votes in Pennsylvania, the outcome of the counting and perhaps recounting in those remaining states has become almost inconsequential.
Thus, Former Vice President, Biden becomes the 46th President of the United States of America. He beat incumbent President Trump who was vying for a second term in office. President Trump becomes the second US President in recent times, after George Bush Senior to be a one-term President. He is expected to stay in office, however, until January 20, 2021, when President-Elect Biden will be inaugurated as President.
In a tweet after the race was called, President-Elect Biden said: “America, I’m honoured 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”.
President-Elect Joe Biden and Running Mate, Kamala Harris
Reacting earlier, Vice President-Elect, Senator Kamala Harris tweeted: “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”.
News of Former Vice President Biden’s victory has been greeted with massive celebrations in the streets of Washington DC, as thousands of people flooded the streets near the White House chanting “Give us back our White House”. The euphoria has mainly gone on peacefully with people wagging the US flag and singing patriotic songs in honour of one of the greatest nations and most nations of the World.
In a swift message of congratulations, British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson tweeted: “Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States and to Kamala Harris on her historic achievement. The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security”.
In the Biden-win, comes the making of history, as his Running mate, Senator Harris becomes the first-ever woman in the history of the United States to hold the Office of Vice President. More so, because Senator Harris is a woman of colour, born to a Blackman and Indian Woman. Her election is expected to give hope to not only the women in the United States but most especially to young Black girls that every dream is attainable in the country.
While the world continues to watch closely developments in the United States as the day grows old, two former Democratic presidents have tweeting accolades to President-Elect, Joe Biden.
Former President Barack Obama said: “I could not be prouder to congratulate our next President, Joe Biden, and our next First Lady, Jill Biden, also couldn’t be prouder to congratulate Kamala Harris and Doug Emroff for Kamala’s groundbreaking election as our next Vice President”.
His message was no different from that of another former White House Occupant, Bill Clinton tweeted “America has spoken, and democracy has won. Now we have a President-Elect who will serve all of us and bring us all together. Congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on your momentous victory”!
Incumbent President Trump heading to the Courts to Contest the Vote (C) AP News
Incumbent President, Trump has in the meantime signalled that the battle for the White House is far from over. He has decided to continue the race in the courts, even as several of his lawsuits have thus far known mixed fortunes. He tweeted: “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”.
President Trump travelled to spend Saturday, November 7 afternoon at one of his numerous gulf courses, located in Virginia.
President-Elect Joe Biden goes down in history as the first to amass the most votes in an election for president. He picked well over 74 million votes as at Saturday, November 7, 2020.