After five days of ballot counting, Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election by mainstream news outlets.
Currently sitting at 279 electoral votes according to CNN and New York Times, though the Associated Press has posted 290 electoral votes, Joe Biden has defeated incumbent Donald Trump by a large margin.
Biden’s framing of Donald Trump as a threat to American Democracy has succeeded in swaying the American people. His campaign largely revolved around getting Trump out of office.
Donald Trump campaign responded to the news to with promises to pursue legal action: “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.” There is no evidence of voting fraud.
Biden also responded to the news on Twitter this morning with a note of appreciation to his supporters.
Historical Significance of Biden’s Win
Kamala Harris makes US history by becoming the First Woman, First Black and First South Asian Vice President-Elect
At the age of 77, Biden is the oldest person elected into office.
Donald Trump is the first sitting president to not be re-elected since Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush in 1992. Other incumbent presidents who were not successful in their re-election campaigns include: Jimmy Carter, Gerald Herbert Hoover and William Taft.
Donald Trump was the first president to run in a general election after an impeachment and acquittal.
Many are expressing feelings of relief at the news of Trump’s loss with hashtags like #ItsOver and #ByeByeTrump trending on Twitter.
It remains uncertain what Biden’s historic win will mean for Canadians. Biden has Promised to get COVID-19 under control, which could mean that the travel-ban between the U.S. and Canada will get lifted sooner than anticipated. As long as the border is closed, the economic relationship between the U.S and Canada will remain precarious.
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