- 民主党員（後出 Democratic は民主党の）
- (be) gripped by ～
- 投票者（後出 vote は投票〈する〉、turnout は投票率、ballot は票）
- Electoral College
- slim margin
- name ～
- in person
- vice president
- (be) sworn in as ～
- 【写真説明】 ～ -elect
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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