Joe Biden has won the 2020 presidential election, the Associated Press projected Saturday, sending President Trump to a bitter defeat four years after he shocked the world by winning the White House with victory over Hillary Clinton. Biden is moving ahead with his plans to govern, while Trump is refusing to concede defeat. Yahoo News is providing complete coverage and instant updates on the transition in the blog below.
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The Associated Press called the presidential election for Joe Biden on Saturday after projecting he would win Pennsylvania. Kamala Harris, shattering racial and gender barriers, made history as first woman to be elected vice president.
President Trump is refusing to concede the race, making baseless claims that the election was stolen and vowing to fight the result in court.
The latest on key races
• Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona: The AP called Pennsylvania for Biden on Saturday, giving him more than the 270 electoral votes he needed to secure the presidency. Nevada was called for Biden shortly thereafter. The AP called Arizona for Biden around 2:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday.
• Georgia: Biden leads Trump more than 10,000 votes, and the secretary of state has already announced that there will be a recount.
• North Carolina: Trump has a lead, but this race remains too early to call.
Electoral vote count
A candidate needs at least 270 electoral votes — a majority of the 538 votes in the Electoral College — to become president of the United States. Here’s where the count currently stands:
Joe Biden: 290
Donald Trump: 214
COVID and the election
While the votes continue to be counted, the number of U.S. coronavirus cases continues to climb. More than 9.9 million have been infected so far in the U.S., and more than 237,00 have died.
Two days after Joe Biden was declared the winner in the presidential election, President Trump and his allies have vowed to keep on fighting, but his campaign team has already let go of some staff and isn’t extending others beyond this week, multiple sources told Yahoo News.
“They just laid off people,” a former Trump campaign adviser said Monday.
Another source familiar with the campaign told Yahoo News they were unaware of layoffs, but knew many staffers who were not being extended beyond this week and next.
“I’ve heard a lot of people have just one week left,” the source said, adding that those staffers were getting their “last paycheck.”
It’s standard operating procedure for presidential campaigns to let staff go after the election, particularly people involved in work like hosting live events, which are typically no longer needed once all the votes are cast. “Every campaign has a sell-by date, even successful ones,” a Republican source said.
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