- Early Saturday afternoon, news broke that Joe Biden (opens in new tab) had officially won enough electoral college votes to take the presidency.
- Biden's victory (opens in new tab) in the election came as he was declared the winner in pivotal swing state Pennsylvania, earning him 20 additional electoral college votes and putting him over the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the race.
- Leaders around the world took to Twitter to share their reactions to Biden's win.
Joe Biden has officially been declared the victor (opens in new tab) in 2020 U.S. presidential election. On Saturday afternoon, news broke that Biden had won (opens in new tab) Pennsylvania. The pivotal swing state's 20 electoral college votes put Biden's total at 273 (opens in new tab), just over the 270 needed to win the election. Further wins on Saturday increased Biden's total electoral college tally to 290 (opens in new tab).
"It’s time for America to unite. And to heal," Biden said in a brief statement reacting to the news. "With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. There’s nothing we can’t do if we do it together."
Although Biden is on track to win the national popular vote by more than 4 million, according to the Associated Press (opens in new tab), Donald Trump has refused to concede the race and continues to threaten legal action to contest the election results.
Around the globe, however, world leaders have been reacting to the news and sharing messages of congratulations for Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, who made history (opens in new tab) as the first woman and first person of color to hold the office of vice president. Here are some of the messages world leaders have shared in response to Biden's win:
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Congratulations, @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. Our two countries are close friends, partners, and allies. We share a relationship that’s unique on the world stage. I’m really looking forward to working together and building on that with you both.November 7, 2020
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris pic.twitter.com/xrpE99W4c4November 7, 2020
French President Emmanuel Macron
Les Américains ont désigné leur Président. Félicitations @JoeBiden et @KamalaHarris ! Nous avons beaucoup à faire pour relever les défis d’aujourd’hui. Agissons ensemble !November 7, 2020
Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel
Chancellor #Merkel congratulates @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. #Election2020 pic.twitter.com/A9Vwy1XYARNovember 7, 2020
Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin
I want to congratulate the new President Elect of the USA @JoeBiden Joe Biden has been a true friend of this nation throughout his life and I look forward to working with him in the years ahead. I also look forward to welcoming him back home when the circumstances allow! 🇮🇪 🇺🇸November 7, 2020
Canadian Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole
Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. Canada and the U.S. have a historic alliance. Canada’s Conservatives will always work with the U.S. to advance our common values and close economic ties. 🇨🇦 🇺🇸November 7, 2020
Sadiq Kahn, the Mayor of London
Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris on your well-deserved win.London looks forward to working with you — it's time to get back to building bridges, not walls. 🇺🇸 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/oZoCDvtT9vNovember 7, 2020
Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris
Welcome back America! Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris for their election! While we are about to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement, this victory symbolizes our need to act together more than ever, in view of climate emergency. 🇺🇸#Election2020November 7, 2020
Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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