Days after Election Day, the Associated Press is officially projecting that former Vice President Joe Biden will update his title to Mr. President.
President-elect Biden’s projected victory was announced by several mainstream media news outlets on November 7 shortly before noon EST.
The clinching electoral votes came from Pennsylvania, pushing Biden over the 270 minimum. Nevada, Georgia, Alaska, and North Carolina have still not been officially called.
Biden released a statement, saying,
Kamala Harris also reacted to their projected win on Twitter.
Here’s who is projected to win each state so far:
Biden wins: Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, D.C., Colorado, Washington, Oregon, California, Minnesota, Hawaii, Pennsylvania
Trump wins: Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Indiana, Missouri, Texas, Florida, Kansas, Iowa, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Ohio
Split votes: Maine, Nebraska
President Trump released a statement in response: “We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. In Pennsylvania, for example, our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media."
“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots. This is the only way to ensure the public has full confidence in our election. It remains shocking that the Biden campaign refuses to agree with this basic principle and wants ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters. Only a party engaged in wrongdoing would unlawfully keep observers out of the count room – and then fight in court to block their access."
“So what is Biden hiding? I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands," the statement ends.
The Trump campaign filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia on November 4. (The cases in Georgia and in Michigan were thrown out the next day.) Trump also requested a recount in Wisconsin, and today Georgia said it plans to recount as well because of the slim election margin. Pennsylvania may also have an automatic recount per state rules because the margin of difference is so small.
The actual results of this controversial election won't be settled until after the electors vote on December 14, 2020 and Congress officially counts the certified electoral votes and declares the results on January 6, 2021.