Biden wins the presidential race within the deeply divided United States
© Reuters. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks on election results in Wilmington, Delaware
By John Whitesides and Joseph Ax
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrat Joe Biden took over the U.S. presidency on Saturday, several major television networks said as voters narrowly rejected the tumultuous leadership of Republican incumbent Donald Trump and accepted Biden’s pledges to fight the coronavirus pandemic and the economy to repair in a divided nation.
Trump, who has repeatedly alleged electoral fraud, immediately accused Biden of “rushing to falsely claim to be the winner”.
“This election is far from over,” he said in a statement.
Biden’s planned victory came after four days of tense tension over the outcome of Tuesday’s election, with the vote count still going on in a handful of battlefield states thanks to a deluge of postal ballot papers.
When the news broke, cheers broke out in the halls of the hotel where Biden workers were staying and across the country.
“Worth every minute,” one Biden aide said as campaign staff in the lobby exchanged elbows and air hugs.
Cheers and applause could be heard in neighborhoods of Washington, DC. In one community, people appeared on balconies shouting, waving and beating pots. The noise wave increased as more people found out about the news. Some were in tears. Music began to play, “We are the Champions” boomed.
In Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, people clapped, honked, and honked for joy as news of Biden’s victory spread. Some residents danced and cheered on a building’s fire escape, while others said “Yes!” Screamed. when they passed.
The networks’ statement that Biden won was based on internal concerns within Trump’s team about future strategy and pressure on him to select a more professional legal team to pinpoint where they believe electoral fraud occurred and provide evidence to back it up.
A Trump loyalist said Trump was simply not ready to admit defeat, even though a recount would not give enough ballots to change the outcome. “There is a mathematical certainty that he will lose,” said the loyalist.
When Biden enters the White House on January 20, the oldest person to take office at the age of 78, he will likely face a difficult government role in a highly polarized Washington, brought about by a record nationwide turnout in a fight to the end is underlined.
The former vice president had a 273-214 lead in the state-by-state electoral college vote to determine the winner after winning Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes to put it above the 270 he did, according to Edison Research needed to secure the presidency.
In order to secure victory, Biden faced unprecedented challenges. This included Republican-led efforts to narrow the mail-in voting at a time when a record number of people should vote in the mail due to the pandemic that killed more than 235,000 people in the U.S.
Both sides identified the 2020 election as one of the most important in US history, as important as the votes received during the Civil War in the 1860s and the Great Depression in the 1930s.
For months officials on both sides have roused the specter of the United States not being able to hold a fair vote. However, in the end, voting in the elections had limited disruption as millions patiently lined up to vote. Thousands of election observers from both parties worked for four days to make sure the votes were counted.
The election drama will likely last weeks, if not months. 74-year-old Trump is denying the court vote, but legal experts said his challenges had little chance of affecting the outcome.
Biden’s victory was fueled by strong support from groups such as women, African Americans, white college graduates, and city dwellers. In the national number of votes, he was more than four million votes ahead of Trump.
Biden, who spent half a century in public life as a U.S. Senator and then Vice President under Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, is set to inherit a nation that is in danger because of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic slowdown it has brought, as well as disruptive protests against racism and police brutality is in an uproar.
Biden said his first priority will be developing a pandemic containment and recovery plan that promises to improve access to testing and, unlike Trump, heeded the advice of senior public health officials and scientists.
Biden has also pledged to restore a sense of normalcy to the White House after a presidency in which Trump praised authoritarian foreign leaders, despised long-standing global alliances, opposed white supremacists, and challenged the legitimacy of the U.S. electoral system.
Despite his victory, Biden will not have managed to deliver Trump the blanket rejection the Democrats had hoped for, reflecting the deep support the president enjoys despite his turbulent four-year tenure.
This could make Biden’s campaign promise to reverse important parts of Trump’s legacy difficult. These include sweeping Trump tax cuts that particularly benefited corporations and affluent, stubborn immigration policies, efforts to dismantle the 2010 Obamacare health bill, and Trump’s move away from international deals like the Paris Climate Agreement and the Iranian Nuclear Deal.
Should Republicans keep control of the US Senate, they would likely block large parts of its legislative agenda, including expanding health care and combating climate change. That prospect could depend on the outcome of four undecided Senate races, including two in Georgia.
Biden, who is slated to become the 46th US President, submitted unsuccessful applications for the presidency in 1988 and 2008. His companion, Senator Kamala Harris, will be the first woman, the first black American, and the first Asian American to serve as Vice President, the No. 2 Office of the country.
“TRYING TO STEAL A CHOICE”
For Trump, it was a troubling ending after an astounding political rise. The real estate developer who established a nationwide brand as a reality TV personality pissed off Democrat Hillary Clinton and won the presidency in his first election campaign in 2016. Four years later, he is the first US president to lose a re-election offer since Republican George HW Bush in 1992.
Despite his draconian immigration restrictions, Trump made surprising strides among Latino voters. He also won battlefield states like Florida, where his promise to prioritize the economy even if it increased the coronavirus threat seemed to have resonated.
In the end, however, Trump failed to expand his appeal beyond a committed core of white rural and working class voters who advocated right-wing populism and “America First” nationalism.
Before the election, Trump had refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost to Biden – and he stuck to that approach. He mistakenly declared victory long before the count was complete.
Before Biden’s projection of victory and Trump’s re-election chances diminished as more votes were counted, the president launched an extraordinary assault on the country’s democratic process from the White House on Thursday, falsely claiming the election had been stolen from him.
Offering no evidence, Trump attacked election workers and alleged fraud in the states where the results of a dwindling number of untold votes brought Biden closer to victory.
“This is a case where they are trying to steal an election,” Trump said on Thursday.
Urging patience as the votes were counted, Biden replied on Twitter, “Nobody will take our democracy away from us. Not now, never.”