Democrat Joe Biden captured the U.S. presidency on Saturday, several major television networks said, as voters narrowly rebuffed Republican incumbent Donald Trump’s tumultuous leadership and embraced Biden’s promise to fight the coronavirus pandemic and fix the economy in a divided nation.
When the former vice president enters the White House on Jan. 20, the oldest person to assume the office at age 78, he likely will face a difficult task governing in a deeply polarized Washington, underscored by a record nationwide voter turnout in a fight to the finish.
His projected victory came after four days of nail-biting suspense over the outcome of Tuesday’s election, with the counting of votes in a handful of battleground states ongoing thanks to a flood of mail-in ballots.
Trudeau congratulates Joe Biden
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday congratulated Joe Biden on winning the White House, shortly after US media called the race for the Democrat over Donald Trump.
“I look forward to working with President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect (Kamala) Harris, their administration, and the United States Congress as we tackle the world’s greatest challenges together,” Trudeau said in a statement.
I’m confident Biden will unite America, says Rahul
Congratulations to President-elect @JoeBiden . I’m confident that he will unite America and provide it with a strong sense of direction, said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Twitter.
Biden pledges to be president ‘for all Americans’
Democrat Joe Biden on Saturday pledged to be a “president for all Americans,” after US networks projected he has defeated Republican incumbent Donald Trump in their bitterly contested election.
“The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not,” the 77-year-old former vice president said in a tweet.
“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” he said in a separate statement. “It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.”
Biden wins presidential race
Democrat Joe Biden defeats President Donald Trump to become 46th president of the United States. AP, NBC, CNN calling US election for Democrat Joe Biden. NBC projects Biden has won battleground state of Pennsylvania. In battleground state of Pennsylvania, with 96% of the estimated vote tallied so far, Trump has 49.1% and Biden has 49.6% of vote, says Edison Research.
Joe Biden, who turns 78 later this month, will also make history as the oldest person ever to assume the presidency in the United States.
Joe Biden is projected to win the US presidential election, according to NBC News, a watershed moment in a deeply divided nation that is facing multiple crises. Biden crossed 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania.
Biden was on track to win the national popular vote by more than 4 million, a margin that could grow as ballots continue to be counted.
Trump seized on delays in processing the vote in some states to falsely allege voter fraud and argue that his rival was trying to seize power — an extraordinary charge by a sitting president trying to sow doubt about a bedrock democratic process.
As the vote count played out, Biden tried to ease tensions and project an image of presidential leadership, hitting notes of unity that were seemingly aimed at cooling the temperature of a heated, divided nation.
Trump rages at ‘bad things’ in counting rooms
US President Donald Trump on Saturday repeated his allegations of electoral fraud by claiming without evidence that “bad things happened” inside the counting rooms and tens of thousands of votes were illegally received in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania.
Trump has repeatedly attempted to question the validity of vote counts in key swing states and made unfounded claims that the election is being “stolen” from him.
“Bad things took place during those hours where LEGAL TRANSPARENCY was viciously & crudely not allowed. Tractors blocked doors & windows were covered with thick cardboard so that observers could not see into the count rooms. BAD THINGS HAPPENED INSIDE. BIG CHANGES TOOK PLACE!” he said in a tweet.
Trump at Virginia club as vote counts continue
States are still counting votes in the presidential election, Democrat Joe Biden is on the verge of victory and President Donald Trump is at his Virginia golf club for the first time since the end of September.
Trump left the White House on Saturday morning and had on golf shoes, a windbreaker and a white hat.
The White House isn’t immediately responding to questions about the president’s possible golfing partners.
There were a few people with Biden flag banners outside the club entrance when Trump arrived.
Trump also has spent the morning tweeting about his unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud and illegal voting. Twitter hid four of the president’s tweets behind a warning label that they may contain disputed or misleading statements about the election.
Biden’s popular vote margin likely to expand
The all-important breakdown of electors remains in question, but one thing that can be said with confidence is that Biden will win the popular vote.
Biden had received 4.1 million more votes than Trump as of 9:48 a.m. New York time, a margin that is likely to expand as large Democratic-leaning states continue to count. For now, Biden’s 74.9 million votes and Trump’s 70.7 million mean they have each won more votes than any previous presidential candidate in history.
New York and California still have approximately one-fifth of the estimated votes left to tabulate, which could continue to expand Biden’s share of the popular vote. In California, Biden is so far garnering 64.7% of votes. In New York, he’s received 55.7%.
On day one we’re going to put our plan to control this virus, says Biden
The United States reported record new coronavirus cases for the third day in a row, as Joe Biden vowed to act against the pandemic on “day one” if he wins the presidential election in the world’s worst-hit nation.
Global infections have surged past 49 million and Europe has become the new pandemic epicenter in recent weeks with more than 300,000 deaths — nearly a quarter of the global total.
More than 127,000 new infections were reported in the US on Friday, the third straight day of record cases, as votes from the bitterly fought election were still being counted.
No winner has been declared but Biden promised he would not waste time in addressing the pandemic if he is victorious.
“I want everyone, everyone to know on day one we’re going to put our plan to control this virus into action,” the Democrat said.
- Biden-Harris start focusing on public health and economy
Confident of their victory in the US presidential election, Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris have begun working on the task ahead by focusing on two critical areas of public health and economy, both battered by the raging COVID-19 pandemic. “I want everyone to know that on Day One, we are going to put our plan to control this virus into action. That can’t save any of the lives that have been lost, but it will save a lot of lives in the months ahead,” the 77-year-old former US vice president said.
A day earlier, he and Harris held meetings with a group of experts on the public health and economic crises the country is facing.
“Senator Harris and I also heard yesterday about how the recovery is slowing because of the failure to get the pandemic under control,” he said.
- Trump, GOP say count the ‘legal’ votes
President Donald Trump and some of his Republican supporters are testing out a rallying cry for his uphill fight to reverse the lead that Joe Biden holds in key battleground states: count all “legal” votes.
The language is freighted with a clear implication, namely that Democrats want illegal votes counted, a claim for which there is no evidence.
But it underscores Trump’s strategic imperatives as Biden closes in on securing the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency, tactics that are rooted more in political messaging than legal precedent.
- Biden maintains lead as counting nears end
Biden maintained his lead as elections officials in four key states plowed through ballots Friday, but enough ballots remained outstanding that it was too soon to definitively call a win in any of the states.
With 264 electors, Biden remained just short of the 270 majority a candidate must have to win an election. His lead was tightest in Georgia, where he was separated from Trump by just 4,020 votes early Saturday, close enough that the race will likely be headed for a recount.
In Pennsylvania, his erstwhile home state, Biden’s lead was at 28,877 early Saturday, bolstered by results from Philadelphia that came in during the day. He also led in Nevada, where he was ahead of Trump by 22,657 votes early Saturday.
The former vice president spoke to the nation Friday night, predicting an official victory soon and saying he’s already begun work on dealing with the coronavirus, the economy and racial injustice. He said he’d probably speak again Saturday.
In Georgia, Democrat Biden’s lead further widens to 7,248 votes over Prez Trump as vote-count continues, Edison Research says.
- Biden ‘shouldn’t wrongfully claim’ Presidency, warns Trump
As Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden moves closer to White House, US President Donald Trump has warned his challenger, asking him not to “wrongfully claim” the White House. “Legal proceedings are just now beginning,” tweeted Trump.
- As the vote counting moved forward, United States reported record new coronavirus cases for the third day in a row. The leading Democrat candidate Joe Biden has vowed to act against the pandemic on “day one” if he wins the presidential election as US continues to be the world’s worst-hit nation.
- Democrat Joe Biden said he was going to win the U.S. presidency as his lead grew over President Donald Trump in battleground states, although television networks held off from declaring him the victor as officials continued to count votes.
- Democrat Joe Biden said he was going to win the U.S. presidency as his lead grew over President Donald Trump in battleground states, although television networks held off from declaring him the victor as officials continued to count votes. “The numbers tell us … it’s a clear and convincing story: We’re going to win this race,” Biden said late on Friday, adding that he and his running mate Kamala Harris were already meeting with experts as they prepare for the White House.