Joe Biden Elected 46th President of United States

Story posted November 7, 2020 in News, CommRadio by Jake Starr

Nearly four days after Election Day came to an end, Joe Biden has been projected as the 46th President of the United States. He defeats President Donald Trump in one of the most intense campaigns ever.

Just like it did with Trump in 2016, Pennsylvania put Biden over the top this year. Currently, the former vice president holds a 290-214 electoral college lead over Trump. Biden is outpacing Trump by over 4 million votes in the nationwide popular vote.

Biden flipped many key states that Trump won in 2016. Those included, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona. Georgia, another key Trump win in 2016, has not been called but is leaning Biden. Alaska and North Carolina also remain uncalled.

After winning against all odds in 2016, Trump will be the first one-term president since George H.W. Bush in 1992. Trump’s four years have been filled with controversy and push back from his opposition.

It remains to be seen where Trump goes from here. He has been pushing legal action against many of the closely contested states. But expectation is nothing will come of any of those actions from the Trump campaign. When the total count is done, Biden is expected to win by a significant margin in the Electoral College.

Biden’s campaign ran on a wide variety of things, including combating the coronavirus, rebuilding the economy, combating climate change and more. It remains to be seen where the incoming president-elect will start in enacting his campaign platform.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be the first female vice president in history and the first person of color to hold the position as well.

According to the Associated Press, President Trump does not plan to concede the election. He plans on bringing on more legal challenges. It remains to be seen where that situation goes from here.

Following the projection of Biden’s victory, the president-elect took to Twitter.

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

There has been no word from President Trump on social media yet, but expectation is that will soon change.

 

Jake Starr is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email jas7954@psu.edu.