US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is projected to win the 2020 election after he overtook President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, a state that has 20 electoral votes.
With most of the electorate resorting to mail-in voting and early voting due to the coronavirus pandemic, the counting of votes after the elections have created a host of controversies and interesting reactions from both members of the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
When the counting of votes started, incumbent Trump experienced some early leads in states who had delayed the counting of mail-in votes, a situation that gradually turned around as more early votes were added to the tally.
On the morning of Friday, November 6, 3 days after the voting, former vice president Joe Biden led on electoral votes with 253 as Donald Trump trailed with 213. The candidate who was vice president to Barack Obama also had over 4 million popular votes more than America’s president.
On Friday, Biden who had for the most of the counting trailed Trump in Pennsylvania overtook the US president putting him on the verge of becoming the next president of the US.
Having trailed by 600,000 votes in Pennsylvania, Joe Biden has now over 13,000 votes more than Trump in the state.
At the time of this report, Biden had 3,310,574 votes as Trump trailed with 3,297,096 representing 49.5% and 49.3% of the votes respectively.
Despite some more votes to count in Pennsylvania, Biden is expected to keep the lead based on data available since the counting of the mail-in ballots that has mostly favoured Obama’s vice president.
A projected win for Biden
Joe Biden strengthened his bid to become the next president of the United States of America after taking the lead in Pennsylvania, a state with 20 electoral votes. The 77-year-old who also leads in Georgia and Nevada has back-up options if the unlikeliest of events happen in Pennsylvania.
Reports indicate Biden is already preparing for a speech and could be soon but does not want to declare until it’s official. Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate will also become the first female Black and Indian vice president in America.