On Saturday morning, Joseph Biden Jr. was elected the 46th president of the United States. He will be joined in the White House by Sen. Kamala Harris, the first woman and person of color to serve as vice-president.
According to every major U.S. decision desk, Biden was projected to receive at least 273 electoral college votes at the time the race was called, while incumbent President Donald Trump was projected received 214. Though votes are still being counted and finalized in a handful of states, as of Saturday morning Biden received 74,488,579 votes while Trump received 70,337,214, according to the New York Times.
Shortly after the race was called, Biden changed his Twitter bio to “President-elect” and shared a message encouraging unity in the country whether people voted for him or not.
America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020
The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.
I will keep the faith that you have placed in me. pic.twitter.com/moA9qhmjn8
Harris also tweeted a video:
In Jackson, a group of roughly 80 people gathered on Saturday afternoon outside the state Capitol to wave Trump flags protest the vote count.
Read more about the presidential election from the Clarion Ledger here.
Vickie King contributed to this report.