• By The Financial District


Joe Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States today when Pennsylvania and Nevada delivered the electoral votes he needed to claim the White House. It came after days of counting votes and amid President Trump‘s pledge to continue his fight to overturn the results, the Los Angeles Times reported on November 7, 2020 (November 8, 2020 in Manila.) 

In a brief statement, Biden said he and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris of California were “honored and humbled” by their victory and renewed a call for unity. “With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” Biden said. Biden and Harris prepared to celebrate their victory tonight in Wilmington, Del., where the former vice president lives. 

By contrast, Trump tweeted, “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!” as he headed to his Virginia golf course in the morning. In Philadelphia, the president’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, held a news conference in a parking lot where he again alleged rampant vote fraud but provided no evidence. In the background, car horns could be heard honking in celebration of Biden’s victory. 

So far, Trump’s efforts in court have made little progress, with judges in several states dismissing challenges for lack of evidence. Recounts could prolong the partisan jockeying but are unlikely to affect Biden’s status as victor.