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posted by martyb on Saturday November 07 2020, @07:10PM   Printer-friendly

Fox News (among many other outlets[*]) is reporting: Biden wins presidency, Trump denied second term in White House:

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has defeated President Trump, denying him a second term after a bitter campaign and dramatic, prolonged vote count in battleground states that sparked a flurry of lawsuits.

The Fox News Decision Desk projected Saturday that Biden will win the state of Nevada and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, giving the former vice president the electoral votes he needs to win the White House.

[...] "I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris," Biden said in a statement. "In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America."

He added: "With the campaign over, it's time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation."

Biden's campaign announced that the president-elect and Harris, his running mate, will speak at an event in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware at 8 p.m. ET.

Joseph Biden would become the 46th President of the US; U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California, the 49th Vice President.

Also at: NY Post, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, CNBC, and USA Today.

IMPORTANT: There are still votes to be counted, a recount has been requested in one state, and there are numerous court challenges launched by the Trump campaign. Further, nothing is official until the actual vote by the Electoral College.

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  • (Score: 2) by inertnet on Sunday November 08 2020, @12:19AM (3 children)

    by inertnet (4071) on Sunday November 08 2020, @12:19AM (#1074428) Journal

    I was wondering about this recently:

    46th President of the US

    49th Vice President

    I wondered if a reelected president had ever switched vice presidents for their second term. I'm not sure, but from those numbers I guess that this has probably happened 3 times in American history. But it could also be that some vice president died during his term, I don't know enough about American history to know if that ever happened.

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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by toddestan on Sunday November 08 2020, @05:27AM (1 child)

    by toddestan (4982) on Sunday November 08 2020, @05:27AM (#1074572)

    As far as I remember, the count isn't the same because of George Clinton (1805-1812), who served under both Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) and James Madison (1809-1817). Clinton didn't complete his second term as Vice President because he passed away. Note that originally the Vice President was the people with the second most electoral votes for President, and wasn't part of Presidential ticket like in modern times.

    Abraham Lincoln's first Vice President was Hannibal Hamlin. For his second term his Vice President was Andrew Johnson, who became President when Lincoln was assassinated.

    Ulysses S. Grant had two Vice Presidents. Schuyler Colfax for his first term, and Henry Wilson for his second term.

    William McKinley also had two Vice Presidents, Garret Hobart for his first term, and Theodore Roosevelt for his brief second term. Theodore Roosevelt became President when McKinley was assassinated.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt had no less than three Vice Presidents. John Garner, Henry Wallace, and Harry Truman. Truman became President when Roosevelt passed away.

    Richard Nixon is the most recent President with more than one Vice President, thanks to the whole Watergate thing. Spiro Agnew was Nixon's original Vice President, who was forced to resign, then Gerald Ford was appointed as Vice President, who subsequently became President when Nixon was forced to resign.

    So there's actually a number of Presidents who had more than one Vice President. The reason why difference is only three (46 vs. 49) is because until the 25th Amendment, a vacancy in the Vice President's office could not be filled until the next election and subsequent inauguration, so there were several times in the US's history where the Vice President office became vacant in the middle of a term and stayed that way for the remainder of the term. So far there's actually only been two Vice Presidents appointed under the provisions of the 25th Amendment, Gerald Ford under Nixon, and then Nelson Rockefeller under Ford once Ford became president.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 08 2020, @05:35AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 08 2020, @05:35AM (#1074577)

    Actually, IIRC, 8 presidents have had multiple VPs — FDR had three different ones.

    The reason your logic is misguided is that prior to the 25th amendment, the VP office would remain vacant if a VP ascended to the presidency (e.g. after president died in office) and the fact that two VPs served under multiple presidents.

    But hey, why bother looking at a fucking Wikipedia article or something when you can make up stupid flawed logic and lament your ignorance publicly?