Joe Biden has won the 2020 presidential election, the Associated Press projected Saturday, sending President Trump to a bitter defeat four years after he shocked the world by winning the White House with victory over Hillary Clinton. Yahoo News is providing complete coverage, with live updates and reaction to Biden’s historic win.
Where things stand: Biden wins 2020 race
The Associated Press has called the presidential race for Joe Biden, who has reached 284 electoral votes. Sen. Kamala Harris will become the first female vice president in U.S. history.
The latest on key races:
• Pennsylvania: The Associated Press called the state for Biden on Saturday, giving the Democrat more than the 270 electoral votes he needed to secure the presidency.
• Arizona: The AP called Arizona for Biden around 2:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday.
• Nevada: At 12:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, the AP called the Silver State for Joe Biden.
• Georgia: Biden holds a tiny lead and the secretary of state has already announced that there will be a recount.
• North Carolina: Though Trump prematurely declared victory here early Wednesday, this race is too early to call.
Electoral vote count: A candidate needs at least 270 electoral votes — a majority of the 538 votes in the Electoral College — to become president of the United States. Here’s where the count stands:
Joe Biden: 290
Donald Trump: 214
COVID and the election:
While the votes continue to be counted, the number of U.S. coronavirus cases continues to climb. There were a record 122,000 cases reported Friday, adding to the total of more than 9.7 million who’ve been infected. More than 237,000 Americans have died so far this year.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has tested positive for COVID-19, multiple news outlets reported Friday night.
Yahoo News senior editor Jerry Adler reports:
Before his term was over, Donald Trump was already musing about adding his face to Mount Rushmore, augmenting his list of honors both real (a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, two Emmy nominations, 30 Time magazine covers) and imaginary (Michigan’s “Man of the Year”). The New York Times reported that he had asked South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem about the possibility, to which he responded with one of his characteristic, have-it-both-ways tweets: “Never suggested it although, based on all of the many things accomplished during the first 3 1/2 years, perhaps more than any other Presidency, sounds like a good idea to me!”
Being impeached and then denied a second term are poor recommendations for presidential immortality, and Trump is likely to go down in history more for his sullen, graceless exit than his accomplishments. A running theme during his tenure has been the way he undermined democracy with his baseless claims of election fraud, threatened the rule of law by threatening to arrest his rivals, cheapened the presidency with his crude tweets and clownish rallies, and used his hotels and resorts to loot the Treasury. His legacy will be a case study in how the long-standing norms of American democracy can be bent to accommodate the whims of an aspiring strongman with a major party and a national news network behind him. Read more.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron all congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on Twitter. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also congratulated Biden in a statement.