Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden on Saturday morning reached the number of electoral votes needed to secure the presidency, per numerous reports.
However, it may not yet be a done deal, according to the Trump campaign.
Several media outlets called Pennsylvania for Biden at 11:25 a.m. EST based on the Associated Press, putting him at 273 votes to President Donald Trump’s 214 electoral votes.
A total of 270 Electoral College votes are needed to win the White House.
Biden is set to become the 46th U.S. president, while Kamala Harris becomes the first Black woman to serve as vice president in the nation’s history.
In addition, Biden is expected to address the country at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday.
Shortly after the announcement was made, he tweeted:
America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.
The work ahead of us 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 faith that you have placed in me. pic.twitter.com/moA9qhmjn8
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020
Meanwhile, President Trump’s campaign issued a statement shortly after media outlets called the race for Biden, accusing his opponent of “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”
Trump plans to continue legal challenges in several battleground states, as Biden holds a lead of just over 4 million popular votes.
The president explained, “We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over.”
He went on to say, “Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.”
Mr. Trump further stated that beginning on Monday, “our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots. This is the only way to ensure the public has full confidence in our election
I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2020
Votes are still being counted in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Georgia.
This is a developing story.