CBS News Projects Joe Biden has secured enough votesTo defeat President Trump and seize the White House after a bitter campaign that exposed deep divisions in the country.
Now, as President-elect, Biden took an insurmountable lead in Pennsylvania on Saturday morning, the fifth day of the vote count after Election Day. His victory in the Keystone States gave him 273 votes from states where a winner was predicted, surpassing the 270-vote majority required for victory.
“I am honored and humbled by the confidence the American people have shown in me and in Vice President-elect Harris,” Biden said in a statement. “In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. This proves once again that democracy is deep in the heart of America.”
Americans flooded the streets in cities like New York and Washington to celebrate victory. Large crowds gathered in Times Square and near the White House to loudly mark the defeat of Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump, who was on his Virginia golf course at the time of the race, immediately refused to acknowledge the win and vowed to continue to question the validity of legally cast ballots in several states. The Trump campaign has launched a series of legal proceedings to delay the vote count. However, this litigation has so far been unsuccessful.
Biden’s victory is aAs his companion, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will become the first woman and first black and Asian-American person to serve as vice president.
Find results for all races in the CBS News polling centerand updates of key states here: