After four days of waiting since Election Day, it was announced on Nov. 7 around 11:30 a.m. that Democratic Party Presidential candidate Joe Biden and Vice President candidate Kamala Harris defeated President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the 2020 Presidential Election.
Biden beat Trump for the place of the 46th President of the United States after winning the swing state of Pennsylvania and securing the state’s 20 electoral votes. Biden ended up receiving a total of 284 electoral votes, while Trump received 214.
It was a close race, with Biden and Harris winning 7 out of 12 swing states: Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Nevada, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia. Trump and Pence won 5 swing states: North Carolina, Florida, Iowa, Ohio and Texas, according to the Associated Press.
Under Biden in office, he plans to focus on COVID-19 containment, affordable healthcare and economic recovery, according to Biden’s website. Biden plans to improve Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers on the frontlines during the pandemic.
We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, would like to remind everyone that whether or not the election results were in your favor, it is important for us to continue to stand together and support one another in the East Carolina and Greenville community.
Whether or not you are in favor of the results from the election, it is our duty to continue forward as a nation and strive for reform. Political activism should not come to a halt if those in positions of authority are not in your personal interest.
During his victory speech on Nov. 7, Biden said, “it’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric” and wants to unite the nation. Biden’s speech served as a reminder that despite political leanings, we must unite again and continue to work with one another.
As Harris is the vice president-elect, she would make history as the first Black woman and person of south Asian descent to occupy this position. The 2020 election marked an historical year as the country has seen more women, minorities and people in the LGBTQ community elected to political positions.