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Joe Biden will become the next president of the United States after defeating Donald Trump in a vote count in the rocks after the November 3 election.
According to the latest forecasts, Joe Biden has won Pennsylvania’s key battlefield, driving it above the threshold of 270 colleges needed to establish the White House.
However, Trump’s campaign has shown that their candidate has no plans to back down.
The former vice president said it was time for America to “unite and heal.”
He said: “With the end of the campaign, it is time to leave the anger and harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation.”
Joe Biden said he was “honored and humble” to be elected, and said record turnout in the face of “unprecedented obstacles” showed that democracy was “beating deep in the heart of America.”
The result made Donald Trump the first term president since the 1990s.
Joe Biden’s candidate, Kamala Harris, will become the first woman vice president.
Joe Biden’s victory is based on unofficial results from states that have already completed the vote count and expected results from states such as Wisconsin, where the count continues.
His predicted victory in Pennsylvania led him to 273 votes in electoral colleges.
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The 2020 election saw the highest turnout since 1900. Joe Biden has won more than 74 million votes so far, the most for a US presidential candidate. Donald Trump has raised more than 70 million, the second largest in history.
Donald Trump falsely declared himself the winner of the election when the vote count was not completed. He has since claimed to have irregularities in the census, but has provided no evidence of electoral fraud.
Trump’s campaign filed a number of lawsuits in various states, and on Nov. 6, when Joe Biden appeared on the brink of victory, he said: “This election is not over.”
The election is being held as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise in the United States, with President Trump saying Biden’s presidency will lead to blockade and economic gloom. Joe Biden accused Donald Trump of not imposing enough measures to control the spread of Covid-19.
Now Joe Biden must return to the White House, where he served eight years as Vice President Barack Obama.
At age 78, Joe Biden will be the oldest president in American history.
The losing candidate usually backs down, but Donald Trump has vowed to challenge the election results on several fronts.
In response to the Pennsylvania results, Trump’s campaign issued a statement saying: “These elections are not over. Joe Biden’s false prediction as a winner is based on results in four countries that are far from final. “
The census will take place in Georgia, where margins are limited, and Donald Trump wants the same in Wisconsin. He also promised to take legal action before the Supreme Court, claiming it was fraud by voting without evidence.
If the election result is challenged, it will require legal teams to challenge it in state courts. State judges will then have to uphold the challenge and order a census, and Supreme Court judges may be asked to overturn a decision.
Meanwhile, votes in some states continue to be counted, and the results are never official until final verification, which takes place in each state in the weeks following the election.
This must be done before 538 voters from the Electoral College – which officially decides who will win the election – meet in their state capitals to vote on December 14th.
Voters’ votes usually reflect the popular vote in each country. In some countries, however, this is not a formal requirement.
The new president was officially sworn in on January 20th after a transitional period to give them time to appoint cabinet ministers and make plans.
The transfer of power takes place in a ceremony known as the inauguration, which takes place on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington.
After the ceremony, the new president heads to the White House to begin his four-year term.
Joe Biden has run for the White House twice before.
In 1988, he withdrew from the race after admitting to plagiarizing the speech of then-British Labor leader Neil Kinnock.
In 2008, he again tried to get the Democratic nomination before dropping out and joining Barack Obama’s ticket.
Joe Biden’s eight years as vice president allowed him to claim much of Barack Obama’s legacy, including the passage of the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare.