Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris congratulated her counterpart Joe Biden after his victory over President Donald Trump in a video message she posted on Twitter on Saturday.
The video shows Harris talking into a cell phone and saying “We did it. We did it, Joe. You are going to be the next president of the United States.”
We did it, @JoeBiden. pic.twitter.com/oCgeylsjB4
– Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 7, 2020
The Associated Press and several networks declared Biden the 46th President after they declared the race for him in Pennsylvania, a state where Biden overtook the initial leadership of President Donald Trump in recent days. The 20 votes in Pennsylvania gave Biden over the 270 votes needed to win the presidency.
After he was declared the winner, Biden posted his own message on Twitter to thank his supporters.
“America, I am honored that you have elected me to lead our great country,” he twittered. The work that lies ahead will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a president for all Americans, whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the trust you have placed in me.
America, I am honored that you have elected me to lead our great country.
The work that lies ahead will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a president for all Americans, whether you elected me or not.
I will keep the trust you have placed in me. pic.twitter.com/moA9qhmjn8
– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020
Harris also made history on Saturday by becoming the first woman vice president.
When news of Biden and Harris’ victory broke, Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, posted a picture of him hugging the next vice president with the caption: “I am so proud of you.
I’m so proud of you. â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ðºð¸ðºð¸ pic.twitter.com/Orb1ISe0dU
– Doug Emhoff (@DouglasEmhoff) November 7, 2020
Although the Pennsylvania appeal gave Biden a victory in the electoral college, the counting of ballots continued throughout the country into the weekend, with several key swing states still standing for election. Biden was also clearly in the lead in Saturday’s popular vote, becoming the first presidential candidate in history to win more than 75 million votes in a race marked by record voter turnout.
Trump indicated in Twitter postings on Saturday that he did not intend to abandon the election. His re-election campaign has since Election Day brought numerous lawsuits in the contested states, some of which tried to stop the counting of votes.
“i have won this election with great leap forward!” Trump tweeted on Saturday morning. Twitter added a warning to the tweet that said, “Official sources may not have called the race when this was tweeted.
i have won this election with great distance!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2020
In a statement available to the Associated Press, Trump said that Biden “rushed to falsely claim victory. The president claimed without evidence that the Biden campaign advocated counting “illegal ballots” and said his own campaign would take their cases to court.
“Starting Monday, our campaign will begin to take our case to court to ensure that the electoral laws are fully respected and that the rightful winner takes his place,” Trump said.
Washington Newsday turned to Harris for further comments, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
This story has been updated with additional information and background.