Joe Biden is projected to become the 46th President of the U.S. after results on Saturday suggest that he is set to achieve victory in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and therefore secure at least 270 electoral votes needed to become president.
With Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, Biden has reached 273 electoral votes and hopes that he would also add more from Georgia, Nevada and Arizona where he leads the race.
President-elect Joe Biden has issued a statement, saying he is “honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed” in him and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” the statement added.
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. pic.twitter.com/moA9qhmjn8
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020
Before becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, Biden served as vice president under former President Barack Obama. He is also Delaware’s longest-serving senator.
Throughout his campaign, Biden has argued that the “soul of the nation” is at stake, and has promised that he would seek to heal a country fractured by Trump’s presidency.
Kamala Harris will be the United States’ next vice president. She will be the first woman to hold the office. She will also be the nation’s first Black and South Asian vice president.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 7, 2020
Harris, who has represented California in the Senate since 2017, is the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, and she grew up attending a Black Baptist church and a Hindu temple.
She was the first Indian-American and second Black woman to serve as a senator.
Trump remains defiant
Moments after networks called the presidential race for Joe Biden, President Trump said in a statement from his campaign that Biden is “rushing to falsely pose as the winner,” and call the race “far from over.”
The statement says the campaign’s legal battle will begin Monday:
“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.
“I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands,” Trump says in the statement.