Joe Biden will become the next President of the United States.
Kamala Harris will become the next Vice President of the United States.
That was the inevitable conclusion reached this morning by the Associated Press and television networks in the United States after a long election results vigil that began at the end of voting and continued through Friday night, seventy-two hours after Election Day had ended. Having assessed that Biden’s lead in Pennsylvania was secure, media “decision desk teams” called the Keystone State for his campaign. That put Biden (and Harris) at over 270 Electoral College votes.
“I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris,” said President-elect Joe Biden.
“In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America. 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.”
At the time that CNN declared Biden the winner, longtime Biden advisor Liz Allen walked by and cheered, the reporter stationed with the Biden campaign reported.
At Biden’s staging headquarters in Wilmington (the Westin Hotel), there was jubilation. Minutes before CNN decided to call the race for Biden, Valerie Biden Owens walked out of the lobby and said. “It’s wonderful. It’s a wonderful thing for us but it’s a better thing for America.”
Campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon then walked through the lobby in a white Biden t‑shirt. She had been on a run and her mother called to tell her about CNN’s call for Biden, she said, while entering an elevator.
“Ecstatic — a great day for this county,” she said when asked how she felt.
Biden and Harris won by reassembling the “blue wall” of Great Lakes states that Hillary Clinton narrowly lost to Trump four years ago. They recaptured Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania while keeping Minnesota in the Democratic column. (Illinois, also a Great Lakes State, was always expected to be blue.)
On Election Night, tallies showed Trump ahead in Pennsylvania, but only because the Keystone State had not been able to start processing its mail-in ballots due to the Republican Legislature’s refusal to change a law preventing elections officials from getting started on putting them through their systems.
As the state’s populous counties worked through their backlog, it became clear that Biden was on track to take the lead. And he did. While his lead in Pennsylvania is not enormous, he’s expected to be outside of the margin for a recount when all ballots have been added to the state’s tally.
Nevada, Georgia, North Carolina, and Alaska remain uncalled by the AP and television networks. Arizona has been called by Fox and the AP for Biden.
If Biden wins Nevada and Georgia, he would have over three hundred electoral votes at the end of the December meeting of the Electoral College.
North Carolina and Alaska are likely to end up in Trump’s column.
Trump was able to keep hold of other swing states, like Florida and Ohio, that went Republican after previously voting for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.
But it wasn’t enough. By fiercely contesting the Great Lakes region, the Southwest, and the South, Democrats put new states into play while simultaneously working to win back the three northern states that slipped away from Hillary Clinton in 2016 and sealed her fate.
Biden’s victory is one of the most important events in the history of the United States of America. It is a sorely needed repudiation of neofascism and corruption.
It is rare that an incumbent president is booted out of office.
In fact, the last time this happened was in 1992, when Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush. Before that, Jimmy Carter, Herbert Hoover, and Howard Taft lost reelection to challengers. (Incumbent Gerald Ford also was defeated in 1976, though he had never been elected to begin with.)
H.W. Bush and Taft were done in, in part, by the presence of minor party candidates on the ballot who attracted a significant share of the vote.
Biden did not have an H. Ross Perot or Teddy Roosevelt figure around helping to siphon votes away from the incumbent. But he didn’t need that dynamic to prevail. Though his opponent proved to be a turnout machine, Biden was able to assemble an even bigger coalition of voters, the biggest ever seen in history.
It’s a coalition that just might deliver him states that not even Barack Obama won, which would be an incredible accomplishment.
NPI extends its warmest congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Though we do not endorse candidates at NPI, we are happy to see voters choose the Democratic ticket to govern this country. Another four years of Trump would have had unimaginable consequences for the country. Fortunately, the people have chosen to put America on a better path.