Joe Biden Wins Presidential Election

Cameron Arcand, Viewpoint Editor

Major news outlets have projected that former Vice President Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States. Biden declared victory Nov. 7 in Wilmington, Del. shortly after Pennsylvania flipped blue early that morning.

“Let us be the nation that we know we can. A nation united, a nation strengthened. A nation healed. The United States of America, ladies and gentlemen, there’s never, never been anything we’ve tried we’ve not been able to do,” Biden said in his victory speech later that evening.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is also set to make history as the first female vice president and the first woman of color to serve in the office. Her husband Doug Emhoff is projected to be the first second gentleman.

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities,” Harris said. 

President Donald Trump has refused to concede the election and is filing lawsuits in several battleground states such as Pennsylvania and Michigan. Most of the cases have been thrown out of court, as there is no current evidence of widespread voter fraud. 

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a statement about the integrity of the election on Nov. 12.

“[This] election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result,” the agency said. “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised.” 

The statement prompted the firing the of DHS official security Christopher Krebs by Trump via tweet on Wednesday Nov. 18. 

Originally the transition process was on hold by the Trump administration until Nov. 23, when the General Services Administration authorized funds for Biden’s team.

The electoral college will formally decide the president-elect and vice president-elect on Dec. 14, and Biden and Harris are set to take office on Jan. 20, 2021.