WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Associated Press on Saturday, Nov. 7, called Pennsylvania and Nevada for Democrat Joe Biden, projecting he had surpassed the 270 Electoral College threshold needed to unseat Republican Donald Trump in the race for U.S. president.
The outcome of the presidential race was not immediately known on the night of the election, Nov. 3, and election workers in a number of battleground states have taken days to count an unprecedented number of mail-in absentee ballots.
The Associated Press declared the former vice president the winner of his birth state, Pennsylvania, at 11:25 a.m. Saturday as he held a 34,243-vote lead in the state’s vote count. The AP determined that the remaining ballots left to be counted would not allow Trump to catch up. At 12:13 p.m., the AP declared that Biden had won Nevada.
Biden, 77, was on track to win the national popular vote by nearly 5 million, the AP reported as of Nov. 10. With counting continuing in some states, Biden had already received more than 74 million votes as of Nov. 7, more than any presidential candidate in history, according to the AP.
Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate, becomes the first Black woman and the first person of South Asian descent to be elected vice president, becoming the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in U.S. government, the AP stated.
Biden and Harris gave a victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware, on the night of Nov. 7.
“For all those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple of times myself. But now, let’s give each other a chance,” Biden said. “To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans.”
Trump had not conceded the race as of Tuesday, Nov. 10, and many Republican Congressman had not acknowledged Biden’s win, saying they would wait for Trump’s legal challenges to run their course.
“Trump claims that he would have won were it not for ‘illegal’ votes counted in several states that he lost or where he is currently trailing,” the AP reported on Nov. 10. “But Trump and his allies haven’t offered any proof, and their legal challenges have largely been rejected by the courts.”
The AP had not yet called the presidential winner in North Carolina as of Nov. 10, as mail-in absentee ballots mailed by Election Day had until Nov. 12 to be received by elections offices. But according to the N.C. State Board of Elections, Trump led Biden in the Tar Heel State by 73,308 votes as of Nov. 10.