(CMR) Joseph R. Biden Jr. was elected president of the United States on Saturday, defeating President Trump thanks to a win in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Biden, 77, who will become the 46th president and the oldest man ever sworn into the office, secured the needed 270 votes from the Electoral College after Pennsylvania was called for him, though the race was far closer than many Democrats, Republicans and pollsters had expected.
The state’s 20 electoral votes vaulted Joe Biden past the 270-vote threshold needed to take the White House. He leads in Georgia, Arizona and Nevada. President Trump has vowed to file legal challenges.
The result also provided a history-making moment for President-elect Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris of California, who became the first woman, and first woman of color, on a winning presidential ticket.
This was Biden's third run for the White House — after unsuccessful bids in 1988 and 2008. He also spent eight years as President Barack Obama’s vice president. Biden finally attained a goal that he has dreamed of for decades, capping a career in national politics that began with a victory in a 1972 Senate race here in Delaware.
Trump's Chief of Staff was just diagnosed with COVID-19 as he also began firing people in his administration.
The Trump administration abruptly dumped the leaders of three agencies that oversee the nuclear weapons stockpile, electricity and natural gas regulation, and overseas aid during the past two days, drawing a rebuke from a prominent Republican senator for one of the decisions.
The firings were overshadowed by the prolonged drama of the presidential election.