October 23, 2020 - Biden does to Wilmington, Delaware to talk about his plan to combat Covid 19. Photo credit: Adam Schultz / Biden for President

Joe Biden named president-elect, Kamala Harris becomes first woman, and woman-of-color vice-president

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Pennsylvania pushes Biden to votes needed to become president-elect. Harris makes history as the first woman to occupy the second most powerful position of the world.

Early on Saturday, Pennsylvania’s elections board reported that Joe Biden narily beat Donald Trump. Biden received 3,348,780 to Trump’s 3,311,966 votes. The edge gave Biden the 20 electoral votes needed to make it over the 270 to win the title as 46th President of the United States.

Biden tweeted:

America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.

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.

Kamala Harris posted, “@JoeBiden and I are ready to get to work on behalf of the American people.”

The announcement of Biden’s win came after four tense days of waiting on the voting count of several battleground states. Of the 13 swing states, Biden nabbed Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio early. As the votes tallied, slowly a blue wall was built when Michigan and Wisconsin flipped to blue. With Pennsylvania still counting, the Associated Press says that Biden is mathematically so far ahead that he is likely to win the popular vote.

| Watch: Presidential results update: Georgia’s on my mind while votes are still being counted

Though votes are still being counted in Nevada, Arizona and Georgia, Biden leads those states too. Trump did win Florida and Texas.

October 23, 2020 – Kamala Harris on campaign stomp making remarks at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Photo credit: Lawrence Jackson / Biden for President

The key voters in the swing states, again were the large contingency of Black voters (women 91%; and men 80%) who voted in metropolises such as Madison, Kenosha, and Milwaukee in Wisconsin. In Michigan it was Detroit, while in Georgia, areas such as Atlanta, Savannah, Athens and Macon.

Biden’s win is historical, as it occurred in the middle of a pandemic which has spurred a housing and economic crisis. Added, there have been significant disruptions in the mail system. Nonetheless, 100 million people cast early votes while tens of millions voted on election day making this a historical voter participation.

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