The Point Staff-
Early on Saturday Nov. 7, Joe Biden was projected by all major news outlets to have won the Presidency of the United States. This decision comes four days after election day. Part of what led to the delay in results was the excess amounts of mail in ballots caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, there were state laws in place in key battleground states that did not allow for states to count mail in ballots ahead of time.
The drawn out process may have disheartened many voters seeking results, however it goes on to prove the legitimacy and accuracy of the vote counting process. This goes against the many false claims from the Trump campaign that voting fraud had occurred.
Fitchburg State students have been taking in the results:
- “I gotta say, I was kind of surprised at just how split in half everything was for a while, and it just goes to show just how split in half we as a country can become. Even though I didn’t vote for either of them, I’m kind of relieved that Biden won. Let’s see what goes on from here.” – Frankie Love-Joy
- “I can breathe easy again for four years at least,” – Jonah Perlow
- “As I’m not a fan of how this election turned out, I ask that everyone please educate themselves. Even though I’m disappointed, (Biden) is still my president” – Hunter Collins
- “The people have spoken” – Zach Cyr
- “I don’t like either candidates but Trump being out of office is the best thing to ever happen to this country” – Tobey-Julian Joseph
- “After finally hearing the results of the election all I can say is congratulations to President elect Joe Biden. I am an independent that voted for Donald Trump and even though he did not win I am not bitter. We as people shouldn’t hate those who voted for Trump or those who voted for Biden.” – Jake Rackauskas
- “It was nice to hear messages of unity rather than messages of division from the president for once. The first thing Biden said was that we could do this together.” – Tj Saccoccio
The Biden Harris ticket victory makes Joe Biden the 46th president of the United States, and makes Kamala Harris the first female, first black, and first south asian to become vice president.