The New Paper

November 9, 2020

Biden declared winner of presidential election

Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election on Saturday by the Associated Press and major news outlets. Over 150M people voted in the historic election, with voter turnout expected to reach the highest point since 1908 once final counts are complete. While the decision to call the race is widely viewed as a strong indicator of the eventual outcome, the president will be formally elected by the Electoral College vote on December 14. Prior to that vote, state officials must certify election results and resolve any outstanding disputes (including ongoing legal challenges from the Trump campaign and any recounts). Here’s a full timeline of the Electoral College process from the National Archives.

More context: Biden served as a US Senator for 36 years before his eight-year tenure as Vice President in the Obama administration. His running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, served as California’s attorney general for six years before her election to the US Senate in 2016. Harris will become the first woman, first Black person, and first person of South Asian descent to serve as Vice President.

Extra: Meanwhile, Democrats remain favored to maintain control of the House, while control of the Senate is expected to remain undecided until a runoff election for both of Georgia’s Senate seats in January.

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