After nearly four days of counting votes from the US Presidential elections, the result have finally been declared in favour of the Biden Harris ticket. With the state of Pennsylvania counting enough votes to show that there was no way that Donald Trump could win the state, the major media outlets finally called the US Presidential elections for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
The former Vice President Joe Biden and his California Senator running mate, Kamala Harris have been declared the winners of the race for 270 electoral college votes. The win in Pennsylvania took the campaign to 273 votes so even with five states still to declare there was no way Donald Trump could win the elections.
The current President was, quite fittingly, on the golf course when the news was announced. He complained that President Obama spent too much time playing golf - but when he became President he spent far more time playing golf. This continued even as the Covid-19 pandemic ravaged the United States and more than 220 000 US citizens died.
President Trump has publicly refused to accept the result - being a gracious loser is not something Donald Trump does! He has released a statement saying that from Monday his legal team will be challenging the elections wherever they can in an effort to overturn the result of the election.
His hopes to challenge the accepted result were not helped by world leaders who have come out in support of the Biden/Harris win. Those wishing to support President Trump would probably reserve comment at least, even if they didn't publicly support this legal challenge.
UK Prime Minister was one of the first to wish support to President-elect Biden. He has his own political challenges and with his Brexit issues with removing his country from the European Union he need President Biden to help him secure a trade deal with the US as quickly as possible.
US former Presidents have also issued statements congratulation Biden and Harris on their win. As fellow-Democrats their support was to be expected.
Former Democrat President Jimmy Carter is another former President to congratulate the Biden/Harris team. He is one of only a limited number of Presidents to only serve one term after he was defeated by Ronald Reagan in 1979. While seen as an unsuccessful President his post-Presidential career has seen his reputation recovered and is now well-respected internationally as a major statesman. Donald Trump will now be a part of that small group of Presidents who only served one term.
It is to be expected that Democrats would support the Democrat victor, but that scion of the Bush family Jeb Bush, a Republican, would congratulate the Biden/Harris team was more significant. All eyes now are on whether former-President George W Bush will congratulate the President-elect and Vice-President-elect. Another Republican, Mitt Romney who lost his Presidential bid to Barack Obama in 2012 was another to put political differences aside to congratulate his country's new President.