BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF
After a hard-fought election, Joe Biden, 77, will become the 46th president of the United States.
On Saturday, he picked up enough electoral college votes from Pennsylvania and Nevada to keep President Donald Trump from a second term.
Senator Kamala Harris, 56, of California, will become the first woman elected vice president. She also becomes the first Black person and first Asian American to assume the position.
The Biden-Harris ticket garnered more than 74 million total votes, the most of any presidential candidate in history.
The news prompted mass celebrations in cities around the country on Saturday.
On Saturday night, cheering supporters gathered at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware to hear acceptance speeches from Harris and Biden, which focused on unity and healing.
“You delivered a clear message. You chose decency, science, truth. You chose Joe Biden,” Harris told the supporters. “Joe is a healer, a uniter, a tested and steady hand” and will be “a president for all Americans.”
She lauded the President-Elect for having the “audacity” to pick a woman as vice president. She also paid tribute to the generations of women who have fought for political rights, especially Black women. “I stand on their shoulders,’’ she noted.
Biden stressed unity during his speech.
“Let’s give each other a chance. … Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end, here and now,” he urged.
“If we can decide not to cooperate, then we can decide to cooperate.”
He added, “We have an opportunity to defeat despair. To build a nation of prosperity and purpose. We can do it. I know we can.”
SHOUTOUT TO BLACK VOTERS
Biden also acknowledged Black voters for their support.
“The African American community stood up for me. They always have my back, and I’ll have yours,” he said.
Black voters bolstered Biden’s comeback during the presidential primary, helping him win South Carolina.
African Americans also showed up for him in the general election.
Historically Black Philadelphia and surrounding counties as well as historically Black areas in Metro Atlanta helped to hand Biden the win.
Trump has vowed to fight the results.
He becomes the first incumbent to lose a reelection bid in nearly 30 years.
“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated,’’ he said in a statement issued Saturday.