DORAL, FL – After a long wait that started Tuesday, Nov. 3, on Election Day, the Democrat Joe Biden is now foreseen as the 46th president of the United States.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, the candidate won the state of Pennsylvania over his adversary, the Republican Donald Trump.
According to the Associated Press, Biden obtained 290 electoral votes (until Nov. 7, 9:00 p.m. update) as opposed to the 214 votes of Donald Trump. Both needed to reach 270 votes to win the White House.
Voters were waiting until Friday, November 6, for a final result pending vote counts on Nevada, Georgia, North Carolina, Alaska, Arizona, and Pennsylvania.
Up until then, the Democrat candidate had accumulated a total of 264 votes taking the lead in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Nevada but on Saturday it was announced Pennsylvania had finished counting votes, favoring Joe Biden. 20 electoral votes were at stake just in that state.
In Pennsylvania alone, 49.7% of votes and 3,350,884 vote count was won by the projected president against 49.1% of votes gained by Donald Trump and 3,313,529 vote count.
Biden has won 50.6% of the votes nationally for a total of 75,193,022 vote count against 47.7% of Donald Trump and 70,804,968 vote count, according to the Associated Press in its Saturday night update.
Kamala Harris is also about to make history as the first Black woman and Asian descent to become vice president, an achievement that comes as the U.S. faces a reckoning on racial justice.
Both Biden and Harris delivered each a speech Saturday night, Nov. 7, at Wilmington, Delaware, where they not only gave thanks to their voters, families, campaign staff and the tireless poll workers, but also spoke about unity, racial justice and, most of all, possibilities for all into the gigantic pot of people the United States is.
“I am proud of the coalition we put together, the broadest and most diverse in history. Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Progressives, moderates and conservatives. Young and old. Urban, suburban and rural. Gay, straight, transgender. White. Latino. Asian. Native American,” said the president-elect.
Biden mentioned in his speech everyone should go “as far as their dreams and God-given ability will take them”.
“You see, I believe in the possibility of this country. We’re always looking ahead. Ahead to an America that’s freer and more just. Ahead to an America that creates jobs with dignity and respect. Ahead to an America that cures disease — like cancer and Alzheimers. Ahead to an America that never leaves anyone behind. Ahead to an America that never gives up, never gives in. This is a great nation. And we are a good people. This is the United States of America,” he pointed out.
But one of the most important parts of his speech was when he announced he will name a group of scientists and experts on Monday, Nov. 9, to help build a plan against the coronavirus pandemic that will begin the first day of his presidency.
“That plan will be built on bedrock science. It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy and concern,” he said.
It is unclear whether or not president Trump would speak to the masses after the results showed. He could become the first incumbent president to lose reelection since Republican George H.W. Bush in 1992.
With counting continuing in some states such as Georgia and North Carolina, Biden had already received more than 74 million votes, more than any presidential candidate before him, reported the Associated Press.
Biden would have to lead in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic, an economic crisis and a highly divided country.