By Grace Cavannaugh, Jessica Head & Dr. Ghislaine Lewis
After a contentious election season, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was declared the winner of the 2020 contest on Nov. 7.
The winner was first announced by CNN as they projected that Biden had won Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral college votes to put him over the 270 threshold with 273 votes.
According to the Associated Press, Biden currently has 290 electoral votes after winning Nevada and Arizona. Biden is also projected to win Georgia. President Donald J. Trump has secured 214 electoral votes including wins in Texas and Florida and is projected to win North Carolina.
The Associated Press has also reported that Biden won the popular vote with 75,405,598 votes to Trump’s 70,905,496.
The Biden team also included the historic election of the first female, person of color as vice president in Kamala Harris.
After four days of waiting on the projections, students at the University of Lynchburg are relieved that there has finally been an outcome.
Junior Michael Affo-Ashong said, “The election has been so consuming and distracting this past week, that was definitely a great thing to wake up to on Saturday,
While, senior Julia Melone said, “I’m thankful we didn’t and still aren’t folding to peer pressure and we’re staying true to democracy to have their vote heard. We ought to expect that bare minimum from our government.”
At publication time, President Donald Trump had not yet conceded.
Senior Amanda Linehan said, “I feel a sense of relief but a bi of reservation. I am unsure how Trump will react and how his supporters will respond. He has already tried to make this an illegitimate election and that can be dangerous. It’s also our duty to keep the Biden administration accountable and continue to fight for social justice and individual rights.”
President-Elect Biden will official become president on Jan. 20, 2021