At 8:40 a.m. this morning Time Magazine called the 2020 presidential election for Democratic candidate Joe Biden, who has defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States.
Pivotal victories in Wisconsin, Michigan, and the tipping of the election in Pennsylvania have given Biden the presidency. Shortly after Time’s digital story went live on mobile devices, the Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal confirmed Biden’s victory. Biden crossed 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania.
The Associated Press had given Biden Arizona days ago, but other than Fox News, no other news organization had awarded those electoral votes. Between Arizona and the crucial 20 Pennsylvania elect, with more to come, it is likely Biden’s electoral win will top 300.
While all news media continue to note that the close Nevada and Georgia races remain uncalled, they expect them to go to Biden, while North Carolina will remain in the Republican column.
Biden’s victory positions him to lead a nation gripped by the historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil and comes after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes. That surge delayed the processing of some ballots, causing the past days of uncertainty.
Biden is also on track to win the national popular vote by more than 4 million votes. The historic vote total already tops more than 74 million votes, and that margin could grow as ballots continue to be counted.
In response to the news, the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo tweated, “Welcome back America!”
Biden, 77, staked his candidacy as no less than a battle for the soul of the nation. The win also brings another historic first; when Kamala Harris is sworn in, it will be the first time in history that a woman will fill the role of vice president of this nation.
Trump, who is reportedly golfing this morning at his New Jersey golf resort, has issued no comments and no concession speech has been announced.