Biden Becomes 46th President of the United States

by Xavier Branch

Nov. 9, 2020

Joseph R. Biden Jr. won the 2020 presidential election Saturday reaching 290 electoral college votes which surpasses the amount needed to win in 270 to secure his spot as the next president of the United States.

Biden, who turns 78 later this month, fulfilled his decades-long ambition in his third bid for the White House, becoming the oldest person elected president. While getting elected, Biden broke former president Barack Obama’s popular vote record with almost 75 million, the most ever cast for a presidential candidate.

Biden was able to win the popular vote and the electoral college vote in this year’s election. He was able to make people who did not vote in the last election feel like they should have voted and to bring that same energy towards the polls this year. Tiffany Watson, a 34-year-old Statesboro voter, spoke on how she did not vote in the last election.

“I came out to vote today, because I didn’t vote last time and look at what happened. So, I decided to come out and vote,“ said Watson.

This election makes Biden the 46th president of the United States as Donald J. Trump remains only a one term president after four years in the White House. A victory in Pennsylvania was able to secure the electoral college vote for the Democratic nominee, Biden. Across the nation, Biden supporters celebrated while Trump supporters gathered in disappointment.

41-year-old Statesboro voter Mary Evers gave her opinion on what she wanted to see in this year’s election.

“Personally, I do not like all of the disunity. I wanted to come out here and vote for some civility… I just think we are on the wrong course,” said Evers.

Many Americans felt some of those same sentiments regarding the way Trump had been running the country over the past four years. Trump losing this presidential election only furthers that point as the people now have someone new in line to lead the United States. 

Despite the election becoming official, President Trump and his campaign have vowed to continue to challenge the results in key states such as Georgia and Michigan. According to AP News, Judges have quickly dismissed these lawsuits from the campaign in both states.

22-year-old Statesboro voter, Embery Jenkins gave some of her reasons as to why this year’s election was so important for people to vote.

 

“I think it was important because I feel like our country is pretty divided between red and blue. Instead of voting for the rights of everyone in our country,” said Jenkins.

 

The topic of equality for everyone has been a premise that Biden and his campaign have continued to push towards the people, especially when it comes to healthcare. Biden has been promising to restore political normalcy and a spirit of national unity to confront the raging health and economic crises our country currently faces.

The COVID-19 virus has not stopped spreading itself across the United states even as the country elects a new president. The virus continues to gain cases every single day in many areas without any end in sight. The handling of the COVID-19 was one of the key factors voters were thinking about when they were completing their individual ballots.

Will Besh is a 20-year-old Statesboro voter that agreed with how the Trump administration handled the COVID-19 pandemic over the past months which was the main reason he voted for him. 

Trump had his opportunity to handle the pandemic the way his administration wanted to for the months leading up to the November election. Now the Biden administration will be able to implement their COVID-19 relief plan and move forward to keep the most people safe as possible.

Biden was able to receive more of the undecided votes for the Democratic party than Hilary Clinton was in the 2016 election. This is how he was able to give himself the next four years to conduct and shape in the image he and his administration would like to see.

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