Joe Biden has won the 2020 presidential election, the Associated Press projected Saturday, sending President Trump to a bitter defeat four years after he shocked the world by winning the White House with victory over Hillary Clinton. Yahoo News is providing complete coverage, with live updates and reaction to Biden’s historic win.
Biden defeats Trump to become 46th president, AP projects
Kamala Harris makes history as first woman vice president
How Biden will govern — if he can govern at all
Trump lost — so what happens to the GOP?
Where things stand: Biden wins 2020 race
The Associated Press called the presidential race for Joe Biden, who has reached 290 electoral votes. Sen. Kamala Harris will become the first female vice president in U.S. history.
The latest on key races:
• Pennsylvania: The Associated Press called the state for Biden on Saturday, giving the Democrat more than the 270 electoral votes he needed to secure the presidency.
• Arizona: The AP called Arizona for Biden around 2:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday.
• Nevada: At 12:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, the AP called the Silver State for Joe Biden.
• Georgia: Biden holds a tiny lead and the secretary of state has already announced that there will be a recount.
• North Carolina: Though Trump prematurely declared victory here early Wednesday, this race is too early to call.
Electoral vote count: A candidate needs at least 270 electoral votes — a majority of the 538 votes in the Electoral College — to become president of the United States. Here’s where the count stands:
Joe Biden: 290
Donald Trump: 214
COVID and the election:
While the votes continue to be counted, the number of U.S. coronavirus cases continues to climb. There were a record 122,000 cases reported Friday, adding to the total of more than 9.7 million who’ve been infected. More than 237,000 Americans have died so far this year.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has tested positive for COVID-19, multiple news outlets reported Friday night.
Romney: A ‘graceful departure’ is not in Trump’s nature
Yahoo News managing editor Colin Campbell reports:
Mitt Romney knows something about losing a presidential race: He’s lost twice before, in the GOP primary in 2008, and four years later as the Republican nominee.
As the country and world wait to see how President Trump reacts to his loss in the 2020 contest, Romney says they shouldn’t expect him to adapt the typical posture of a defeated candidate: a rueful concession of a hard-fought battle, thanks offered for the efforts of his campaign staff, a pledge to work with the winner on behalf of the nation.
“I would prefer to see the world watching a more graceful departure, but that’s just not in the nature of the man,” the Utah senator said Sunday in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Read more.
President Trump walks to his motorcade on the South Lawn of the White House on Nov. 8. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
Israeli PM thanks Trump, congratulates Biden
In back-to-back tweets early Sunday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and thanked President Trump “for the friendship you have shown the state of Israel and me personally.” Netanyahu, who has shared close ties with Trump throughout his presidency, delivered well-wishes to Biden and Harris hours after many other world leaders had made public statements following the announcement that Trump’s Democratic opponent would become the 46th President of the United States.
Trump yet to acknowledge Biden win
President Trump, a typically prolific tweeter during major events, declined to post any social media missives directly reacting to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory speech Saturday night.
On Sunday morning, the president took to Twitter, where he still did not acknowledge that his opponent would become the 46th President of the United States. Instead, Trump sent a series of tweets, the first of which he attributed to law professor Jonathan Turley, who testified as an anti-impeachment witness during the Judiciary Committee hearings almost a year ago. The tweets sought to highlight allegations of voter fraud, declaring that the election was still in the “tabulation stage” of the process. (Trump himself had falsely declared victory in states that were still too close to call last week.)
“…what concerns me is that we had over a hundred million mail-in ballot in cites like Philladelphia [sic] and Detroit with a long series of election problems (to put it mildly),” the tweets said in part, though there is no persuasive evidence that any fraudulent activity occurred. He also reiterated his baseless claim that “this was a stolen election” in subsequent tweets quoting former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Trump’s campaign also issued a statement Saturday morning from president, who insisted Biden had not won the race that all major news outlets have determined that the Democrat had, in fact, won.
GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski congratulates Biden and Harris
Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in a tweet late Saturday night, saying she will “work with them to do what is right for Alaska.” Few top Republicans have sent public statements of support since Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election on Saturday. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, who was the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, was the first Republican senator to congratulate Biden and Harris.
Joe Biden, now president-elect, declares it is ‘time to heal in America’
Yahoo News’ David Knowles, Brittany Shepherd and Hunter Walker report:
In his first speech as president-elect on Saturday, Joe Biden said he hoped to unify the nation after an especially bitter campaign with President Trump, who has so far refused to concede defeat in the race.
“Folks, the people of this nation have spoken,” said Biden on an outdoor stage at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del., as a crowd of people, many of them watching from inside their cars, honked and cheered approval. “They’ve delivered us a clear victory, a convincing victory, a victory for we the people. We won with the most votes ever cast on a presidential ticket in the history of the nation, 74 million!”
Biden repeatedly sought to reinforce his message during the campaign that he would seek to be a president to all Americans, regardless of whether they had voted for him.
Biden pledges to be the kind of president who ‘only sees the United States’
Via USA TODAY
President-elect Joe Biden gave his acceptance speech Saturday night, capping the most bitterly fought election in modern U.S. history and promising to unite a divided nation that faces monumental challenges.
Biden, introduced by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, jogged to the stage wearing a mask as Bruce Springsteen played in the sound system.
“Hello, my fellow Americans,” he said, addressing the nation for the first time since he was declared winner of the race for president. “And the people who brought me to the dance, Delawareans.
“Folks, the people of this nation have spoken,” Biden said. “They’ve delivered a clear victory, a convincing victory, a victory for we the people. We won with the most votes ever cast for a president in the history of the nation — 74 million.”
He said he’s “humbled by the trust and confidence” that the voters showed in him and vowed to work for the whole country, not just for one party.
Biden lead in Georgia now exceeds 9,000
Officials in the state said Friday they planned to hold a recount, but President-elect Joe Biden’s margin continues to increase, past the point where the result is likely to swing without a major tabulation error. If he were to win Georgia’s 16 electoral votes, he would reach 306, the same number Trump won four years ago.