Monday, January 30, 2023

Biden will be 46: Networks, AP call race for former VP, but Trump said the election is ‘far from over’

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons)

National media outlets and the Associated Press Saturday morning have called the race for President of the United States for Joe Biden – with a projected win in Pennsylvania, moving Biden’s number of electoral votes pass 270.

Sen. Kamala Harris is poised to become the first Black, South Asian woman to become vice president.

Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker issued a statement shortly after the call, saying, in part, “I’m thrilled to see Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take the White House.”

The race in Virginia was called for Biden early in the evening Tuesday.

The 77-year-old former vice president also carried Arizona, Wisconsin and Michigan, flipping states that President Donald Trump won in 2016, according to the Associated Press.

“I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris,” Biden said in an emailed statement. “In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America.”

Trump is the first incumbent president to lose reelection since Republican George H.W. Bush in 1992.

The president’s legal team on Saturday had a news conference, saying they are set to file lawsuits as early as Monday.

And it appears a concession from the president at this point is not going to happen.

Trump, in a statement minutes after the call was made, said “the simple fact is this election is far from over.”

“Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor,” Trump said in the statement.

The president reiterated what his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told reporters during a news conference Saturday.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated,” Trump said.

“I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands,” the president concluded his statement.

Unofficial returns from the Virginia Department of Elections Saturday showed Biden with 2,358.128 (53.88%) and Trump with 1,937,178 (44.26%) — 2,565 of 2,585 precincts reporting.

In the Historic Triangle, Trump won only in York County.

Here are the local unofficial election results as of Saturday:

With three out of three precincts reporting in Williamsburg, Biden garnered 4,790 (69.59%) to Trump’s 1,953 (28.52%).

James City County with 20 of 20 precincts reporting – Biden 23,374 (51.43%); Trump 23,059 (46.73%).

York County with 14 out of 14 precincts – Biden, 17,410 (45.40%); Trump, 20,087 (52.38%).

John Mangalonzo
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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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