Joe Biden has won the 2020 US election after securing the electoral votes in Pennsylvania, where he got the 20 electoral votes he needed to surpass a clear majority of 270.
According to the Associated Press, Joe Biden secured 284 electoral votes and his ticket to win the election after earning the popular vote in Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
Incumbent President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has 214 electoral votes.
Election officials in several states are still counting ballots and the race is tight in some states. However, with the electoral college system, a candidate can be projected as the winner of the election if they earn the popular majority in enough key states and acquire 270 electoral votes.
The day after the election, November 4, Joe Biden had a lead in electoral votes. He had 238 over Trump’s 213, according to the projections of most media outlets, as well as a 1.2% lead in the popular vote.
With Joe Biden’s victory, Kamala Harris will be the first woman and the first person of color to become vice president.
Harris is the fourth woman to be on a major party’s presidential ticket — after Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, Sarah Palin in 2008 and Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Harris is the first woman to be on a successful ticket. She will be sworn in as vice president in January.
Ballot counting continues in a number of key battleground states where the margins are razor thin.