THE NEUTRAL ZONE
Pennsylvania goes to Joe Biden, and so does the presidency. The victory makes Biden, who will turn 78 in late November, the oldest elected president to the presidency. It also makes Sen. Kamala Harris the first woman of color — the first person, actually — and the first woman ever to become vice president.
“America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country,” Biden said in a statement. “The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me.”
Networks and the Associated Press called the race for Democratic candidate Biden at 9:30 MT, the same day he was first elected to the Senate in 1972. The former vice president had 273 Electoral College votes after winning Pennsylvania, surpassing the 270 needed to defeat President Donald Trump. Arizona, Nevada and Georgia were still counting, of course, but those states all favored Biden. Biden was leading the popular vote by more than 4 million and broke the record for the most votes earned in history with nearly 75 million by 10:15 a.m. MT. Barack Obama’s record was nearly 69.5 million. But just to show how many people turned out to vote, Trump also broke Obama’s record, with more than 70.2 million as of Saturday morning.
Trump said in a statement that the election “was far from over.” “We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: They don’t want the truth to be exposed.” Biden was expected to address the nation at 8 p.m. ET.
Networks showed people taking to the streets to celebrate in major cities such as Washington D.C., Philadelphia and and New York. Some of them were celebrating Biden, but others celebrated Harris, who made even more history than Biden. Harris, however, said the election “was about so much more than (Biden) or me.”
“It’s about the soul of America,” she said. “It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started.”
2020 Latest: Cheers in Delaware as Biden wins presidency – The Associated Press – 11/7/2020
People cheered and pumped their fists along the Wilmington, Delaware, waterfront as the news that the presidential race had been called for the state’s former senator arrived on their cellphones.
‘We are doing the impossible.’ Young women of color celebrate Kamala Harris’ rise to VP – Dallas News – 11/7/2020
Young girls and women of color can’t help but see themselves — and hope — in the country’s first female vice president. Harris, the daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother, has inspired many to engage in politics and even see themselves potentially running for office one day.
Biden Wins Pennsylvania, Surpassing 270 Electoral Votes to Beat Out Trump for the Presidency – National Review – 11/7/2020
Democrat Joe Biden has won the presidential election, the Associated Press projected on Saturday, after the former vice president captured a number of battleground states to pass the 270 electoral votes needed to deprive President Trump of a second term.
Can Joe Biden Make Politics Boring Again? – Politico – 11/7/2020
Former Vice President Biden ran on a detailed policy agenda, a long record of Washington service, and a poignant narrative of pain and endurance. But his central promise was more basic: to restore decency, civility, empathy and most of all stability to the White House, so Americans wouldn’t have to think about their president every day, or wake up worrying about his tweets.
She Did It – The Atlantic – 11/7/2020
When I interviewed Vice President–elect Kamala Harris last year at the Essence Festival, she had plenty of wisdom to share about the challenges a Black woman faces when pursuing national office.
The four-year nightmare that awaits Joe Biden – The Washington Post – 11/7/2020
Once inaugurated, President Biden will face either a Republican Senate or one that is barely Democratic — and most likely the former. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a master of obstruction, once again leads the opposition. Trump has spent four years expelling people of principle from the GOP ranks, leaving an increasingly shameless husk that spent 2020 obsessed with nonsense Hunter Biden scandals and embracing voter disenfranchisement as an explicit campaign strategy.