In what has been a gruelling week for both the democrats, the republicans and much of the world, former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden has finally surpassed the mark of 270 electoral votes in the US election by turning the state of Pennsylvania blue on Friday 6 November 2020.
CNN reported on Saturday that Biden had won the hotly contested state of Pennsylvania taking him past the magic mark of 270 electoral college votes and therefore making him the 46th president of the United States.
It was reported on Friday that Biden’s team was preparing for a stark reality; that should he win, he may have to fight for the legitimacy of his victory.
US STATES WON BY BIDEN
After days of vote counting and multiple calls for every single vote to be counted, Biden has won the state of Pennsylvania making him the overall winner of the US election for now.
The states that were being watched with beady eyes since election day were North Carolina, Nevada, Georgia and Pennsylvania.
At 17:44 SAST on Friday, Biden was leading in the state of Georgia by 49.39%. Trump was close behind with 49.37%. At the same time, Biden was leading in Pennsylvania [20 electoral votes] by 49.48% while Trump was hot on his heels with 49.38%.
Earlier, Biden had won the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware and Hawaii.
TRUMP THREATENS LEGAL ACTION
The Trump campaign warned of legal action earlier this week in an effort to halt vote-counting in Pennsylvania as well as Michigan. He also made claims of fraud and corruption within the electoral process.
According to the Washington Post, democrats were unfazed by the threats and said they were well-prepared to take on any lawsuits or appeals.
Biden campaign advisor Bob Bauer said; “We’re winning the election, we’ve won the election and we’re going to defend that election.”
As we know, the race to the White House is one of epic proportions and so a recount of the votes is not impossible. Should it be the case, the secretary in a certain state will “canvass” the ballots — a process that sees them add-up the totals again, reconcile any errors and then confirm all the valid votes.
The Independent, on Friday, reported that Georgia was heading for a recount as the race was “too close to call”.
“In a move that automatically put even greater attention on to the outstanding counts in Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona, the Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger said the race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden had reached the degree of closeness officials could not call the state, with its 16 electoral votes,” it said.
KAMALA HARRIS FOR VICE-PRESIDENT
A win for Biden is a win for Kamala Harris. In August, he took to Twitter announcing that he had chosen Harris as his running mate which means she will be the first black woman to be Vice President of the United States.
According to Britannica, Harris was born 20 October 1964, in Oakland, California. She was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat in 2016 and began her first term representing California in that body the following year. She was also the first Indian American to serve as a U.S. senator as well as the second African American woman. Harris previously was the state’s attorney general (2011–17).
Harris’s father, who was Jamaican, taught at Stanford University, and her mother, the daughter of an Indian diplomat, was a cancer researcher.