Joe Biden Elected President

Former US Vice President secures the votes to defeat Donald Trump


Edgar Torabyan, Staff Writer

In one of the most important elections in decades, Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden secured the presidency after winning 290 electoral votes to Donald Trump’s 214, as of now. These numbers will change as the votes for the state of Georgia are decided. Kamala Harris will make history, as she is now set to become the first woman Vice President in American history.

Biden announced his run for President on April 25, 2019. He got through all the Democratic debates, won the Democratic primaries, and got a lot of endorsements from Democrat senators, mayors, governors, and even some Republicans. He picked our California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate for Vice President, and he did fairly well during the two debates with Donald Trump. In the weeks before Election Day, Joe Biden raised so much money that Donald Trump had to pull ads from crucial swing states.

After days of counting the votes, Biden took the lead in Pennsylvania, which was the deciding state that put him over the 270 electoral votes necessary to secure the Presidency. LA County voted overwhelmingly for Biden, and the people here celebrated in various parts of LA, including Downtown, West Hollywood and Hollywood Blvd. 

In his victory speech, Biden said, “For all those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple times myself. But now, let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again.”

This year’s election turnout was especially high because of early voting. GUSD did their part in increasing voter turnout by encouraging people to vote. The JWPAC was actually one of many voting locations around LA County. And this brings us to the popular vote. Although Trump is very charismatic and gave good speeches throughout his campaign, Biden still received over 4 million more votes than him. 

Biden is set to assume office once Donald Trump’s term expires, which will be on January 20, 2021. Biden plans to work with both parties to bring the country back together, reform the criminal justice system, invest in covid-19 testing, raise the minimum wage, invest in green energy, reform the immigration system, and undo many of Trump’s policies.