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Chapter : Biden Calls for Unity in Acceptance Speech; Trump Rejects Election Outcome Alleging Fraud : November 5 and November 7, 2020
Biden Calls for Unity in Acceptance Speech; Trump Rejects Election Outcome Alleging Fraud : November 5 and November 7, 2020
On November 3, American voters participated in the U.S. presidential election. Turnout among those who voted in person on Election Day, voted early, or opted to submit a mail-in ballot reached nearly 70 percent, the highest recorded total since 1900. The high volume of mail-in ballots delayed the final result until November 7, when former vice president Joe Biden was declared victorious, earning 306 electoral votes to incumbent president Donald Trump’s 232. Trump was the eleventh incumbent president in history to lose his reelection bid. Even ...