WASHINGTON – Joe Biden will become the 46th President of the United States after a victory in the state where he was born put him over the 270 electoral votes needed to win.
The Associated Press projects Biden has won Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes and now has a total of 273 electoral votes.
Before becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, Biden served as vice president under former President Barack Obama. He is also Delaware’s longest-serving senator.
His victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots.
Throughout his campaign, Biden has argued that the “soul of the nation” is at stake, and has promised that he would seek to heal a country fractured by Trump’s presidency.
Biden is the first person to defeat an incumbent President since 1992.
The President elect is expected to address the nation tonight. Biden has issued a statement, saying he is “honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed” in him and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Here’s the full statement:
President Trump said in a statement from his campaign that Biden is “rushing to falsely pose as the winner,” and call the race “far from over.”
The statement says the campaign’s legal battle will begin Monday:
“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”
“I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands,” Trump says in the statement.
Trump is currently at his Virginia golf course.