Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States.
His running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, will become the first Black and Indian American woman to serve as vice president.
Biden’s projected win came early Friday morning after he overtook Trump in Pennsylvania, giving him the 20 additional electoral college votes pushing him over 270 and into the presidency.
He also is projected to take Nevada, Georgia, AND Arizona.
Decision Desk HQ projects that @JoeBiden has won Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral college votes for a total of 273.
Joe Biden has been elected the 46th President of the United States of America.
Race called at 11-06 08:50 AM EST
All Results: https://t.co/BgcQsEyt3j
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) November 6, 2020
The Democratic nominee is the projected winner in enough states to win 270 electoral votes. The state of Pennsylvania, which Hillary Clinton lost in 2016, was called for Biden in the early hours of November 6, clinching the electoral win in a tightly contested vote that drew historic turnout.
The victory comes as a massive relief to Biden’s supporters after an anxiety-ridden few days during which a record amount of mail-in ballots were tallied. It also serves as a promise — though certainly not a guarantee — that the high-octane drama of the Trump years might finally be coming to an end.
Trump, for his part, has signaled he may not go quietly, calling into question the legitimacy of the late-counted votes that arrived by mail in the states that clinched it for Biden.
For Biden and Harris, the victory marks the end of the campaign — but the beginning of an even more daunting challenge. Biden, who enters the White House as both the chief executive with the most experience in public service in US history and the oldest man to assume the presidency, will assume his duties amid a world-historic crisis, a pandemic that has already claimed more American lives than World War I, Korea, and Vietnam combined and has produced the highest unemployment rates since the Great Depression.
We’re beyond relieved Joe managed to pull it out — but we’re mentally preparing for the complete meltdown Trump will be having over these next few weeks.