Former Vice President Joe Biden was declared President-elect at 10:25 a.m. on Nov. 7, more than three days after polls closed on Nov. 3. California Senator Kamala Harris is first woman, and first woman of color, to be Vice President-Elect – on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.
Winning Pennsylvania gave the Biden/Harris ticket more than the 270 electoral votes needed. No winner has been declared yet in five states, but Mr. Biden is ahead in Arizona, Nevada and Georgia. President Donald Trump is leading in Alaska and North Carolina.
The latest count available shows 74,488, 579 votes for Biden/Harris and 70,337,214 votes for Trump/Pence.
In his first speech, Mr. Biden said, “I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted, proving once again, that democracy bears deep in the heart of America. 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. We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.”