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11月14日号 米大統領選、バイデン氏勝利 選挙人過半数獲得

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Democrat
民主党員(後出 Democratic は民主党の)
unify
結束する
(be) gripped by ~
~に襲われる
confluence
重なった状態
turmoil
混迷、大混乱
restore
回復させる
voter
投票者(後出 vote は投票〈する〉、turnout は投票率、ballot は票)
threshold
基準値
Electoral College
選挙人団
uncertainty
(誰が勝利するかについての)不確実さ
massive
非常に多い
mail-in
郵送の
slim margin
僅差
name ~
~を指名する
in person
直接に
strategy
方策
fatigue
疲労させる
disruption
(社会の)混乱
pivotal
極めて重要な
bastion
牙城
flip
くら替えする
allege
強く主張する
fraud
不正
concede
(敗北を)認める
vice president
副大統領
senator
上院議員
(be) sworn in as ~
宣誓の上~に就任する
【写真説明】 ~ -elect
次期~
 

Call for Unity   

Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to be elected the 46th president of the United States on Nov. 7 and offered himself to the nation as a leader who "seeks not to divide, but to unify" a country gripped by a historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil.

"I sought this office to restore the soul of America," Biden said in a prime-time victory speech not far from his Delaware home, "and to make America respected around the world again and to unite us here at home." Biden told Trump voters, "We are not enemies. We are Americans."

Biden, 77, crossed the winning threshold of 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania. His victory came after more than three days of uncertainty. High turnout, a massive number of mail-in ballots and slim margins between the two candidates all contributed to the delay in naming a winner. A record 103 million voted early this year, either by mail or in person.

With counting continuing in some states, Biden had already received more than 75 million votes as of Nov. 8, more than any presidential candidate before him.

Biden's strategy, as well as an appeal to Americans fatigued by Trump's disruptions and wanting a return to a more traditional presidency, proved effective and resulted in pivotal victories in Michigan and Wisconsin as well as Pennsylvania, onetime Democratic bastions that had flipped to Trump in 2016.

Trump pointed to delays in processing the vote in some states to allege with no evidence that there was fraud, and he refused to concede, threatening further legal action on ballot counting.

Kamala Harris, 56, made history as the first Black woman to be elected vice president. The California senator commented, "While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last."

Biden and Harris will be sworn in as president and vice president on Jan. 20. (AP)

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