Voters have chosen Joseph Biden as the 46th U.S. president.
The Democrat won after more than three days of vote-counting.
Some votes still have to be counted. But as of November 7, Biden had won more than 4 million votes more than Republican President Donald Trump.
Biden said it is time for the nation to set aside its differences.
“It’s time for America to unite. And to heal,” he said.
Winning may turn out to be the easy part for Biden. The U.S. is a deeply divided nation.
The most urgent issue is this year’s pandemic. Almost 10 million people in the U.S. have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. More than 236,000 people in the U.S. have died of it.
The virus has caused businesses to close. That has hurt the economy. Millions of jobs have been lost.
Biden was vice president for President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017. He was also a U.S. senator from Delaware for 36 years. He is 77 years old.
Biden’s vice president will be Kamala Harris. She is 56 years old. She is a U.S. senator from California. Harris becomes the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in the U.S. government.
Harris is also both the first Black person and the first Asian American person to serve as vice president. Her parents were immigrants from Jamaica and India.
Biden chose Harris during a time of deep racial problems in the U.S.
Biden and Harris will be sworn into office on January 20, 2021.
President Trump was impeached last year in the House of Representatives. The charges were abuse of power and obstructing Congress. The House said that he had tried to get a foreign nation to help his reelection campaign. The Senate found Trump not guilty of those charges.
Trump was able to name three Supreme Court justices during his term. The third was Amy Coney Barrett. She joined the court just last month.
Americans showed deep interest in the presidential race.
A record 103 million people voted early. They voted before Election Day by mail or at the polls.
The counting of votes is still going on in some states. But Biden had already gotten more than 74 million votes as of November 7. That is more than any presidential candidate in history. Trump had more than 70 million votes.
Voters also chose some members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Not all were up for reelection this year.
Democrats were likely to keep control of the House.
Republicans control the Senate now. It is not clear if they will keep control. The two senators from Georgia did not get enough votes to win their seats on November 3. Instead, they each will face one rival on January 5, 2021. It is possible the results could create a Senate of 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats.
If that happens, Harris would be able to break a tie during a vote.
SOURCES: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE WASHINGTON POST
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