Joe Biden defeats Trump to become the 46th president of the United States
Democratic nominee Joe Biden has secured enough Electoral College votes to defeat Donald Trump after being declared the winner in the critical state of Pennsylvania.
According to the Associated Press election count, Biden has won 284 Electoral College votes – more than the 270 required to take the White House.
His vice presidential running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, made history by becoming the nation’s first female, Black, and Indian American vice president.
Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina, and Nevada are still counting ballots in their tight races.
With Biden’s victory, Trump becomes the 13th president to lose reelection and just the fourth to do so since the end of World War II.
Biden had led Trump in national and state polling for months, and though he ultimately won the race, polls in critical states significantly overstated his lead. Biden’s win came after two full days of ballot counting, which was delayed in many states because of a surge in mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden’s election is a rebuke of Trump’s presidency, which for the past nine months has been marred by the administration’s response to a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 230,000 Americans and resulted in an economic crisis. Biden’s win also happened against the backdrop of Trump’s attacks on the integrity of the election process, none of which have been supported by evidence or empirical data.