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Media Projects Presidential Election Win for Joe Biden

Multiple media outlets have called the 2020 Presidential election for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden. California Senator Kamala Harris will become the first person of color and the first woman ever to hold the office of Vice President. Gov. Gavin Newsom will now be responsible for appointing a replacement for Harris in the Senate.

Major news outlets are projecting anywhere from 273 to 290 electoral votes for Biden. 270 are needed to win the presidency. Trump now has 214, but is likely to add North Carolina’s 15 votes to his side.

President Donald Trump continues to challenge the results of the election, floating baseless claims of vote fraud in news conferences and pursuing numerous ineffectual lawsuits in battleground states. President Trump received the news of Biden’s projected win while on his 209th golf outing since taking office four years ago. He released a three paragraph statement citing mandatory recounts in states with narrow margins between the vote counts and accusing Biden of prematurely claiming victory. Trump is the first president to fail in a re-election bid since George Bush lost to Bill Clinton in 1992.

Biden had already won the popular vote, setting a record for the total number of votes received in a presidential election. He released a statement that he was humbled by the trust the American people had placed in himself and Kamala Harris to lead the nation. “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.” Sen. Harris tweeted about the election “It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it.”

The Biden-Harris ticket outpolled the Trump-Pence re-election bid in Orange County.