PAGE – Based on state-reported numbers, Tuesday’s election results became clear Saturday. Pennsylvania nudged the Biden-Harris ticket past the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
Update (11/13/2020): Biden's win in Arizona and Nevada have pushed Biden's projected electoral votes to 290. North Carolina and Georgia are still too close to call as of this writing.
Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., 77, and Kamala Devi Harris, 56, are set to begin their terms Jan. 20, 2021. Biden will be 78 when he assumes the reins, the oldest to take the office in history. Donald Trump was 70 when he took office in 2017, and Ronald Reagan was 69 when he began his second term in 1981.
One of Biden’s top priorities is to bring the country together again. He said, “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.”
In his victory speech Saturday night in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said, “Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end here and now.” He added, “For all those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple times myself. But now, let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again.”
The election is an historical landmark. Harris will be the first woman to hold the office of vice president as well as the first Black-Asian American. She is the daughter of immigrants. Her father came to the U.S. from Jamaica to study economics and her mother emigrated from India.
Another record was broken. Biden received more votes than any president in history, over 75 million votes. Trump received around 71 million votes. Barack Obama held the previous record with 69.5 million votes.
While many in the country are celebrating, the results aren’t official. Votes must be validated by the states and the Electoral College must cast their votes Dec. 14. Vote count is finalized when the results are certified Jan. 6, 2021 at 1 p.m.
According to a Nov. 7 statement from Trump, his campaign questions the votes and plans multiple legal challenges.
At press time, Biden leads in Arizona with about 96% of the votes reported. Arizona, until this election, was a Republican stronghold. Democrat Mark Kelly defeated Republican Martha McSally in the U.S. Senate race.
Kelly will join Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema representing Arizona in Washington. Tom O’Halleran holds on to his District 1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
All nine U.S. House incumbents retained their seats, five Democrats and four Republicans.
Coconino County had the largest voter turnout in history. This election had a record 80% voter turnout. The county voted decisively for Biden.
According to Indigenous Peoples Caucus press release, “The Native vote across Arizona was pivotal in electing Joe Biden and Mark Kelly and putting them over the top to win. And while the Navajo Nation came out overwhelmingly for Kelly and Biden, the collective power of all Arizona tribes clearly made a difference in helping to swing the election. As reported Thursday by the Navajo Times, the three counties that overlap with the Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation gave Biden 73,954 votes, and just 2,010 for Trump, a rate of 97% for Biden as opposed to 51% statewide.”