ECONOMYNEXT – Former US Vice President and Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States earlier this evening, as projected by CNN and other networks.
Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania assured him 20 electoral college votes that pushed him past the 270-vote threshold needed to secure the presidency. Pennsylvania was among key battleground states where the final vote count had yet to be officially revealed, leading to some uncertainty about the final outcome.
President-elect Biden took to Twitter to tell voter that he will be president for all Americans. The 2020 presidential election saw a tight race between the two candidates, with commentators both domestic and international taking note of the United States’ increasingly polarised electorate.
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
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris tweeted that this year’s election was about the soul of America.
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.pic.twitter.com/Bb9JZpggLN
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 7, 2020
Meanwhile, incumbent President Donald Trump has yet to acknowledge the widely reported projection, and at present it is unclear whether he will make a concession speech until the final result is officially announced.
At the time of writing, Trump’s latest tweet prior to CNN’s projection is an all-caps, unilateral declaration of victory that has been refuted by Twitter itself.