Joe Biden becomes 46th president-elect of the United States, news agencies project

Early this morning, Democratic candidate Biden reached 284 electoral college votes.

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Lacey Patrick, Ashley Grams, and Maria Weyne

This article was updated on Nov. 7 at 11:46 a.m. for clarification.

On Nov. 7, news networks projected the presidential race will be in favor of Joe Biden, making him the 46th president-elect of the United States, alongside the first woman of color, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Winning battleground state Pennsylvania by a razor-thin margin, Biden secured the presidency with 284 electoral college votes, defeating President Donald Trump by only 70 votes, according to the Guardian and The Associated Press

HISTORIC 3-DAY COUNT

Election night evolved into a historical 3-day endeavor, with Biden flipping four crucial states—Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania turned blue this morning by a mere 0.5%. Biden has the most popular votes in U.S. history, with over 70 million to his name. 

CONTESTING THE WIN

Although AP called the race in favor of the Biden-Harris campaign, Trump is pursuing legal charges against Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia. His campaign team is pushing for better access to onsite voting locations where ballots are being counted. Trump’s team is also asking for a recount in the state of Wisconsin.

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