The Democratic nominee Joe Biden is projected to win the 2020 presidential election as of early Friday, after taking a lead in the State of Pennsylvania.
Biden has just taken a slim lead of 5,587 votes in Pennsylvania, as officials continue counting votes.
Earlier on Friday, the former Vice President overturn incumbent Donald Trump’s lead in Geogia.
If he holds onto this lead in the two States as he is projected two, he will go over the threshold of 270 electoral votes, making him the next President of the United States
The 77-year-old former vice president addressed the nation while the counts were underway, expressing confidence in the outcome of the race and insisting that all votes should and would be counted. Meanwhile, the president and his allies falsely claimed that Trump had won the election.
The Trump campaign filed lawsuits in Michigan, Georgia, and Pennsylvania in an effort to halt the states’ vote counts, and it called for a recount in Wisconsin. While a candidate has the legal right to request a recount, Trump does not have the authority to unilaterally demand that legally cast ballots be discounted.
Biden’s election is a rebuke of Trump’s presidency, which for the past nine months has been marred by the administration’s response to a COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 230,000 Americans and resulted in an economic crisis. Biden’s win also happened against the backdrop of Trump’s attacks on the integrity of the election process, none of which have been supported by evidence or empirical data.
Biden ran as an elder statesman with moderate politics who could restore Obama’s legacy, stabilize a country reeling from several crises, and rebuild the US’s relationships with foreign allies.
He and Harris are poised to mend much of President Barack Obama’s legacy, which was fractured by Trump’s term. They are expected to push through a set of major progressive policy priorities, including green infrastructure and expanded healthcare.