After four days of uncertainty, Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States. The decision was called by CNN and other major news outlets Saturday afternoon, marking the end of the week-long election.
While Biden was leading in a few swing states that were still counting votes, it was Pennsylvania that ultimately helped him reach and surpass the 270 Electoral College threshold needed to win the election.
While Biden won Pennsylvania by a razor thin margin of 0.5%, Trump only won the state by 0.72% in 2016, and only a slim majority was needed to win the state’s 20 electoral votes.
Shortly after Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania, the Associated Press announced that he had also won Nevada. If Biden continues to hold his leads in Arizona and Georgia, he will end up with 306 electoral votes in total.
Biden has also won the popular vote by more than 4 million votes so far. And with just under 75 million votes in all, he has broken the record for most votes received by any presidential candidate in American history.
The American people were not just voting for Biden, however. They were also voting for his running mate, Kamala Harris, who has made history as the first woman and first Black and South Asian person to be elected vice president.
Her win is not only a historic milestone for millions of women and people of color in the US, but it also opens up the door for more women of color to follow her lead.
Biden and Harris’s victory is largely being seen as a repudiation of Trump by marginalized voters, who have spent the last four years fighting against Trump’s normalization of open and unadulterated hatred and his devastating policy attacks.
Due to the efforts of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ voters, Trump is now the first president to lose his re-election bid since George H.W. Bush in 1992.
And while this victory did not come in the form of a landslide, at least where the Electoral College is concerned, it was just enough to achieve what is so rarely done: oust an incumbent president.
“I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris. In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America,” President-elect Biden said in a statement on Saturday.
“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.”