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Biden claims win; Trump yet to concede

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/07/20, 09:59 pm

With tens of thousands of outstanding mail-in ballots waiting to be counted, Joe Biden held a victory rally in Wilmington, Del., on Saturday night. After news outlets declared him the winner of Pennsylvania, Nevada, and the Electoral College vote, he claimed the title of president-elect in a speech in which he referenced Ecclesiastes 3 and proclaimed a national “time to heal.”

Is it really over? Biden led the presidential race in Pennsylvania by 37,355 votes on Saturday night. Mailed ballots have overwhelmingly favored the former vice president in the state, so most major news outlets assumed Biden’s lead would widen as the count finished, giving him the state’s 20 Electoral College votes and enough to cross the 270-vote threshold to win the presidency. As of Saturday, Biden’s margin in Pennsylvania hovered at .55 percent—just above the .5 percent that would trigger an automatic recount under state law. He also pulled ahead in Nevada by 27,530 votes. Recounts, lawsuits, or both loom in Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—and North Carolina still has not announced its official results. “The simple fact is this election is far from over,” Trump said in a statement on Saturday.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Stew about how Biden underperformed with Latino voters.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Steve SoCal
    Posted: Sat, 11/07/2020 02:52 pm

    The media have called the last two elections for whoever was against Donald Trump for the last 5 years.  His whole (first?) term in office, in spite of many good accomplishments, was soured by the bitterness of the leftist media joining the progressive left in pushing any anti-Trump narrative, or even flat lies, that they could latch onto or simply manufacture. 

    If our country keeps moving their direction, we will end up being no better than any other corrupt country with a heavy-handed government and its bureacracy telling us all how to live and what to believe, and taxing us to pay for their power.  That's the Democrat dream.  Other than the elites who will benefit, their voters may not truly understand what they're throwing away.  People flee to America because it's special and relatively free, not because it's just like the rest of the world.

    Posted: Thu, 11/12/2020 11:46 am

    I agree.

  • JQ
    Posted: Sat, 11/07/2020 01:43 pm

    I'm glad the results are finally in. The lawsuits that will ensue, along with the baseless and deceptive allegations of large-scale fraud that the President and people in media have made in order to rile up distrust and anger, represent the death rattle of an extremely self-absorbed and truth-averse President, but they won't change the votes. Thanks to World for your pursuit of truth and your helpful reporting throughout. God bless.

  • Hawkdriver
    Posted: Sun, 11/08/2020 06:58 pm

    So you think calling the election without full transparency for everyone, which is the law, is a good thing?  The election in 2000 which was close, took a month to call. This one is far closer, because it involves several states not just one.  I will support whoever God puts in office but to allow the media to call an election is absolutely insane. Everyone just needs to have patience and let the process work itself out. That will bring the healing and trust we need.  Thank you World for allowing the process to work itself out. 

    Posted: Mon, 11/09/2020 01:36 am

    JQ, I agree that we can be thankful for the pursuit of truth. One truth is that the US Constitution, founded on biblical principles, is the basis for our law and justice. Electing those governing our republic needs to be constitutionally sound:

    1 — Every legal vote must be counted accurately.
    2 — Both sides are permitted by law to observe the counting of ballots to ensure honesty and transparency.
    3 — Legal challenges to unconstitutional processes and instances of irregularities and fraud must be resolved.
    4 — Recounts must occur in states where a candidate leads by a razor-thin margin.

    We must be patient in waiting for the truth to be revealed.

    Posted: Thu, 11/12/2020 11:48 am


    I agree with what you said.

    Posted: Thu, 11/12/2020 11:56 am


    I agree with you.

    If 1-4 doesn't happen, and we know most went awry during the election process, then we are no better than any other country.

    Our press always accused other countries of corrupt elections, when we should have been checking our own corrupt election processes. What ever happened to investigative reporting? During Obama's reign, he had many reporters fired for investigative reporting when it was about him. Does that sound like gov't control? Oh yeah. (He is definitely a Chicago thug. Why doesn't Obama live in Chicago?)

  • JerryM
    Posted: Sat, 11/07/2020 11:14 pm

    If we have learned anything from the past few years, the media cannot be trusted.  We wait and we pray...

    BTW Could you please specify whether the PA count includes those ballots ordered to be segregated?

  •  SleeperSRT10's picture
    Posted: Sat, 11/07/2020 08:11 pm

    Since when has the media said something true regarding President Trump?  Who are they to call the election anyway? 

    I will continue to pray for the truth.  No matter what, God is in controll.

    Posted: Thu, 11/12/2020 11:57 am

    I agree.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 11/09/2020 09:44 am

    I am with those who say the final results are NOT yet known.  There are credible accounts of irregularities and failure to follow lawful procedures in several states.  If vote totals should be changed anywhere, will those changes affect the overall outcome?  I don't know, and no one knows. But we need to know before either candidate can legitimately claim victory. 

    And as I continually remind myself, and as SleeperSRT10 says, The Lord is always in control, even when it seems evil has won!

  • NH
    Posted: Mon, 11/09/2020 11:51 am

    Your last paragraph said, "but a reversal in more than one could change the outcome of the election." Please clarify; which two could change the outcome? As I count it*, a reversal in Pennsylvania and Georgia, the two with the biggest impact, would still result in 270 EC votes for Biden.

    *I counted all races that have been called, and the races not yet called count toward the leading candidate. That results in Biden having 306 EC votes.

  • WORLD’s Mickey McLean
    Posted: Mon, 11/09/2020 05:05 pm

    We have removed that sentence. Our original report included more states, but that changed over the weekend and we erroneously left that sentence in there.