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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
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Democrat Joe Biden has been named the winner of the 2020 presidential election Saturday, days after Americans went to vote on Tuesday amidst a nearly unprecedented pandemic.

In the end, the counting of Pennsylvania’s ballots put Biden over the top with the Keystone State’s 20 electoral votes with a total for now of 273 to Donald Trump’s 214.

Still outstanding, and yet to be called for either candidate, were Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina and Nevada.

Alaska and North Carolina were expected to go to Trump, with the remaining states breaking for Biden. In the end, Biden’s anticipated to ultimately win the White House with 306 electoral votes, which is a bit ironic given that’s the exact number that Trump won with four years ago.

President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris both were expected to address the nation from Wilmington, Del., at 8 pm EST.

For now, Biden’s posted a brief statement on the homepage of his campaign website:

I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris.

In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America.

With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation.

It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.

We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.

Trump, for his part, not surprisingly, has not conceded.

When told that Biden had officially exceeded the necessary 270-vote threshold, reportedly Trump was in the middle of golfing at his course in Virginia.

“The simple fact is this election is far from over,” Trump said in a prepared statement. “Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.”

So far, however, Trump’s several legal challenges already launched this week in the courts have largely failed.

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