By Dada Ahmed
Mr Joe Biden, the Democratic challenger to White House, has emerged the President of Unite Stares of America.
The Reporters, an online publication qouted NBC News which indicates that in the final results of the exercise released on Saturday in the US,Biden polled 284 votes to defeat the incumbent president and the Republican candidate in the election, Mr Donald Trump who scored 214 votes.
According to NBC News, Joe Biden became president-elect Saturday after winning the pivotal state of Pennsylvania, NBC News projected.
The media outfit further reports that the former vice president amassed 273 Electoral College votes after winning Pennsylvania’s 20 electors, surpassing the 270 needed to win the White House and defeat President Donald Trump.
It said: “Biden’s victory capped one of the longest and most tumultuous campaigns in modern history, in which he maintained an aggressive focus on Trump’s widely criticized handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. A majority of voters said rising coronavirus cases were a significant factor in their vote, according to early results from the NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters.
“Biden regularly criticized Trump as unfit for office and positioned his campaign as a “battle for the soul of America.” He promised from the outset of his run to heal and unite the country if he won, and made central to his closing message a pledge to represent both those who voted for him as well as those who didn’t when he got to the White House.
“As president, Biden will immediately be confronted with a bitterly divided nation in the throes of a pandemic that has already killed 236,000 Americans. Trump has exacerbated the split by minimizing the effects of the pandemic, and has not even said whether he would recognize the outcome of the election.
“He will also have to corral a fractious Democratic Party with unresolved tensions between its progressive and centrist wings.
“Biden, who turns 78 on Nov. 20 and will be the oldest incoming president in U.S. history, first ran for the nation’s highest office more than 30 years ago. A longtime moderate, he has stressed bipartisanship for decades, and his long Senate career was typified by his willingness to work across the aisle with Republican colleagues.
‘Heading into Saturday, Biden led Trump 253 to 214 in the projected Electoral College vote tally tracked by NBC News. Biden had higher vote totals in four key states — Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania. But all four remained rated by NBC News Decision Desk as too close to call.
“Biden will be sworn in as the 46th U.S. president on Jan. 20. Sen. Kamala Harris will become the first female, first Black and first Asian American vice president. In addition to the projected Electoral College vote, Biden also won the popular vote, and he set a record for winning the most votes of any candidate in U.S. history.
“Trump has repeatedly and falsely declared victory, including in multiple states where Biden is the projected winner. The president has also repeated unfounded conspiracy theories and tried to cast doubt on the integrity of the tabulation process.
“In a lengthy statement released after NBC News called the race, a defiant Trump said, “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.
“The simple fact is this election is far from over. 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,” he added.
Biden, who several media organisations,even outside the shores of USA had predicted to be next president of US, had been expressing confidence that he would win the election,since the end of polls on Tuesday and Americans
curiously waited for states to complete their tallies.
Source: BBC News.