Joe Biden is elected president

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President-elect Joe Biden

CAMBRIDGE — Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States. After a contentious campaign against incumbent President Donald Trump, multiple news organizations called the result in favor of the former vice president shortly before noon Saturday.

Mail-in voting had been underway for weeks. In-person voting ended Tuesday, and a days-long counting process began.
The nation endured days of the cliff-hanger waiting, with the count stalled as President-elect Biden led President Trump by 40 electoral college votes. Then in the late morning of Saturday, Pennsylvania’s election and 20 electoral votes were finally determined.

The result put President-elect Biden’s Electoral College tally at 273, 3 more than needed for a certain win in that institution. He leads in the popular vote by more than 4 million.
In a statement released by his campaign at noon, Mr. Biden said, “I will be president for all Americans, whether you voted for me or not.”
Shortly after the Pennsylvania result came in, Georgia was called for Mr. Biden as well. That addition put the Electoral College total at 290-214, with 74,857,880 votes for Mr. Biden, and 70,598,535 for Mr. Trump. The percentages were 50.6 percent to 47.7 percent in the early afternoon on Saturday.
His campaign announced that Mr. Biden would address the nation at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is the first Black and South Asian, as well as the first woman, to be elected to the Vice Presidency. She made a statement on social media shortly after the result became known, saying, “This election is about so much more than Joe Biden or me. It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work to do. Let’s get started.”
President Trump has disputed the result, claiming victory for himself and fraud in states where he did not prevail. He and his staff have stated that they will mount legal challenges in some states, which have already begun.
Gov. Hogan reacts
After the president’s Thursday press conference, in which he claimed victory before all votes had been counted, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, said, “There is no defense for the President’s comments tonight undermining our Democratic process. America is counting the votes, and we must respect the results as we always have before.”

“No election or person is more important than our Democracy,” Mr. Hogan said on Twitter.
After the election results were announced, Mr. Hogan said, “Congratulations to President-elect Biden. Everyone should want our president to succeed because we need our country to succeed. We have great challenges ahead of us as a country. Now more than ever, we need to come together as Americans.”

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to serve as President and Vice President of the United States:
“The American people have spoken, and they have overwhelmingly chosen Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to lead our nation. Joe has spent decades working to ensure every American gets a fair shot, and he has not once forgotten where he’s from and who he’s fighting for. Joe will bring that passion to the White House and will work to unite us and create positive change while fighting back against the health and economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kamala has been an ardent voice for justice and equality in the United States Senate and prior, and I know she will continue standing for these unmovable principles as she takes on the role of Vice President.

“Our country faces enormous challenges, but by electing this historic ticket, the American people will have two seasoned leaders at the helm, able and prepared to do the hard work required to lead us forward. I am proud to have worked closely with both Joe in the White House and Kamala in the Senate on a range of issues over the last several years. Together, I am committed to repairing the damage of the past four years, turning the page on the politics of hate and division, working to address the urgent needs of the American people, and ensuring a more equal and inclusive America. We must never rest in our pursuit of a more perfect union.”

Local results
Dorchester County voters backed Donald Trump for the second time, the county’s Board of Elections reported on Tuesday night.
The incumbent and his running mate Mike Pence beat Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, 7,804 to 5,295 for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, or 58.2 percent to 39.5 percent. These numbers and all those following include early voting, Election Day and mail votes, though not provisional ballots.
Early voting and mail ballots released late Tuesday evening had a slightly closer gap, with President Trump still in the lead, 5,399-4,142, or 55.6 percent to 42.6 percent.
Maryland went with Biden/Harris by a nearly 2-1 margin, 1,354,795-752,818, or 62.9%-34.9%.

National race
By noon on Wednesday, Biden was ahead in the popular vote, 69,866,826-67,233,023. Later, in some so-called battleground states, the president seemed to be making a strong play for re-election, at least in terms of the Electoral College total.
However, tallies continued to develop. With many Trump supporters having voted in person, while Biden’s backers often chose mail-ins — which were counted after the in-person votes — things slowly began shifting in Biden’s favor as the days of waiting went on.

Other parties
In Dorchester County:
Libertarians Jo Jorgensen and Jeremy Spike Cohen earned 143 votes, Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker of the Greens brought in 90, and Jerome Segal and John de Graaf of Bread and Roses received 39 votes.
Congress District 1
In Dorchester County:
Early and mail voting had Congressional District 1 Republican incumbent Andy Harris ahead of Democrat Mia Mason, 5,698-3,862, or 59.5 percent to 40.3 percent. With Election Day ballots added, Rep. Harris stood at 8,198-4,977, or 62.1% to 37.7%.
Rep. Harris won re-election, 212,118-103,888, or 67%-32.8%. There were 554 write-ins, or 0.2%

In Dorchester County:
Appellate Circuit 1 Brynja Booth received 9,029 votes to continue in office, versus 2,255 against.
Court of Special Appeals at Large E. Gregory Wells received 9,218, with 1,959 against.
Court of Special Appeals Christopher B. Kehoe received 9,097 for, 2,058 against.
Board of Education
District 1, Mike Diaz received 1,763, Phil Bramble 1,060
District 3, Susan Morgan 1,909, Philip W. Rice 863
District 5, Laura Layton 1,620, Voncia Molock 827
High participation
Participation was high throughout election season in Maryland, as record numbers of voters cast their ballots by mail, early in person, and on Tuesday, Election Day.

Lines were seen in Dorchester all week at the County Office Building, the only early voting polling place. A steady stream of citizens visited Tuesday’s sites at North and Cambridge-South Dorchester high schools, and the County Building.
Dorchester County’s tally of mail-in ballots indicated high involvement for Democrats, with 2,694 received by the State Board of Election, versus 1,185 for Republicans and 515 for Others. The total of mail-in ballots from Dorchester was 4,394.

This year’s contest between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump generated unique enthusiasm among voters. In mail-in balloting, the county’s Democrats led Republicans, 2,694 to 1,185, with 515 votes going to other candidates.
In 2016, Dorchester chose Trump over Clinton, 8,413 to 6,245, including all ballots. In 2016, Maryland chose Hillary Clinton by 1,667,928, to Donald Trump’s 943,169.

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