Joe Biden, former vice president and graduate of the University of Delaware, has been declared the winner of the 2020 presidential race, defeating to the head of Republic and current president, Donald Triunfo.
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[Joe Biden, former Vice President]
and a graduate of the University of Delaware, he has been declared the winner of the 2020 presidential race, defeating the current president of the Republic, Donald Trump.
Biden will serve as the 46th President of the United States alongside California Senator Kamala Harris. Harris will be the first woman in the country and the first person of black and South Asian descent to serve as vice president.
The Associated Press (AP) called for the race at 11:25 a.m. Saturday morning after Biden was projected to win Pennsylvania. The 20 electoral votes of the state pushed him to exceed the 270 votes needed to claim the presidency. Since then, the AP has also called Arizona and Nevada in favor of Biden.
This announcement comes nearly five days after Election Day, as the nation waited for several states to finish counting mail ballots. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, states have increased early voting and mail-in options, resulting in nearly 60 million people opting to vote by mail.
Biden graduated from the University of Delaware in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a double major in history and political science. He served as a senator from Delaware for nearly 36 years, following his election in 1972. In 2008, he was elected vice president along with former President Barack Obama.
Biden and Harris delivered their remarks at the Chase Center on Riverfront in Wilmington, DE after the announcement.
“I sought this office to restore the soul of America, to rebuild the backbone of this nation, the middle class, and to make America once again respected around the world,” Biden said of his plans for the future.
Harris reinforced Biden's words, alluding to what awaits them both.
"The road will not be easy," Harris said. But the United States is ready. And also Joe and me. ”
This year he has set a record for voter turnout. Biden's victory has involved more votes cast than any other presidential candidate in history.