The Wait Is Over: Joe Biden Is Declared the President-Elect

Kelsey Garcia
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WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - AUGUST 20: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivers his acceptance speech on the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center on August 20, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. The convention, which was once expected to draw 50,000 people to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is now taking place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - AUGUST 20: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivers his acceptance speech on the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center on August 20, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. The convention, which was once expected to draw 50,000 people to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is now taking place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

After a tense race, Joe Biden has been declared president-elect of the United States. Kamala Harris has now made history, as she'll become the nation's first woman vice president. In securing Pennsylvania on Nov. 7, the former vice president surpassed 270 electoral votes, defeating incumbent Donald Trump. With 73 million votes so far, Biden won the popular vote and broke the record for the most number of votes cast for a presidential candidate - a record previously set by his own 2008 running mate, former President Barack Obama.

Voters have anxiously awaited results in the four days after Election Day on Nov. 3, as battleground states cautiously counted their remaining mail-in ballots, which had significantly increased this election cycle because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Though the race was a nail-biter, Biden appeared confident in recent days. He told his supporters in a speech on the evening of Nov. 3: "I'm here to tell you tonight, we believe we're on track to win this election. We knew because of the unprecedented early vote and the mail-in vote, it was going to take a while. We're going to have to be patient until the hard work of tallying of the votes is finished. It ain't over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted."

Trump is expected request recounts in states where the margin was less than one percent and seek legal action, despite no evidence pointing to widespread election impropriety. The presumed one-term president also spread unfounded conspiracy theories about corruption among the electoral voting system in a White House press briefing on the evening of Nov. 5. Several major networks cut away from the speech due to its many falsehoods.