Joe Biden projected to be 46th U.S. president


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On Saturday, Nov. 7, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were named the newest president and vice president of the U.S.

Michael Pearce, Editor-In-Chief

It took longer than usual, but after counting all mail-in and early ballots, Joe Biden was declared the 46th President of the U.S. by the Associated Press.

Biden’s victory came on the strength of the “blue wall” states: Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia also played a factor in Biden’s victory, flipping after days of counting ballots.

Michigan, which was a deciding factor in Donald Trump’s 2016 election, flipped in favor of Biden after all votes were counted.

In 2016, the 16 electoral votes for Michigan were decided by 0.2%, the closest margin in the entire election. This year, Michigan chose Joe Biden by a slim 2% margin. Michigan turning blue was fueled by a large turnout from Black voters.

Wisconsin, which also took multiple days to sort out, was Democratic since 1988 until Trump won by 0.8% in 2016. This 0.7% win in Wisconsin came on the heels of the Supreme Court not extending Wisconsin’s mail-in ballot deadline. Trump requested a recount of Wisconsin’s votes, since the final tally was within 1%.

Trump took Arizona in 2016 by 4%, which had voted Republican since 1952, excluding Bill Clinton’s win over Robert Dole in 1996, but voted for Biden by a 0.7% margin in this election.

Minnesota, another “blue wall” state, was a battleground state which Trump hoped to win to flip the election. The land of 10,000 lakes went to Biden and was called hours earlier than fellow Midwest states: Michigan and Wisconsin.

With the election of Biden, Kamala Harris will be the first woman, Black person and person of Indian descent to be vice president of the U.S.

Trump declared victory many times on Twitter and in prepared speeches, but after considering mail-in ballots, Biden was the winner. The popular vote margin was also in favor of Biden, with Biden receiving approximately four million more votes.

Before the Associated Press called the race, the Trump campaign sued multiple states to stop counting ballots, as well as protesting other states in which he was losing to continue counting.

Over the course of the five days in which it took to count ballots, Trump filed numerous lawsuits, alleging that the mail-in ballots were being improperly counted and Democrats were committing fraud.

“But we think there’ll be a lot of litigation because we can’t have an election stolen like this,” Trump said, according to the Associated Press.

Trump is the fifth president to lose as an incumbent, the first since George H.W. Bush in 1992.

However, no truth to those claims of fraud and false ballots exist.

“America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country,” Biden said on Twitter. “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. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me.”