Updated 5:15 p.m. Saturday: Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump in the race for the United States presidency. And, in just a matter of hours, he will claim his victory in his address to the nation.
Biden was named the presidential elect Saturday morning after Pennsylvania’s ballot count put Biden ahead with 3,345,724 votes, or 49.6% over President Trump’s 3,311,310 votes, or 49.1%, according to ABC News.
Overall, Biden now has 279 electoral votes and 74,523,535 votes, as of yet. President Trump has 214 electoral votes, or 70,356,821 votes, according to ABC. These numbers can change as more ballots are counted.
Pennsylvania was called by media outlets for Biden after it was determined that the remaining ballots left to be counted would not allow Trump to catch up. The Associated Press already declared Biden the winner in both Michigan and Wisconsin.
Biden said in a statement Saturday to ABC News, “I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris. In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America. With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It’s time for America to unite. And to heal. We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.”
As of around 5:15 p.m. Saturday, ABC News reported that Biden is leading Georgia by 7,547 votes, which is reportedly in the margin that is needed for a candidate to request a recount of ballots.
However, a recount cannot be officially requested until the results are certified, ABC reports. The deadline for the state to certify the election is set for Nov. 20.
Biden’s lead has increased in Arizona, as new numbers have been received from Apache and Coconino Counties.
Biden’s lead is now up to 21,188 votes, according to ABC News. He leads at 49.5% and Trump resides at 48.9% There are still an estimated 12,199 early ballots waiting for signature verifications, an estimated 45,507 provisional ballots that need processed and an estimated 61,472 ballots waiting for tabulation, ABC reports.
Some Republicans have already taken to social media to express their congratulations to Biden and Harris on their election win.
62nd Governor of the State of Maryland Larry Hogan said he, among many others, want Biden and Harris to succeed in their new roles.
Former Governor and U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) said both Biden and Harris are “people of good will and admirable character.”
Biden and his wife, Jill, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff will appear at a drive-in rally outside the convention center in Wilmington, Delaware, to deliver an address to the nation.