The four-year old election data firm Decision Desk HQ, which competes with the Associated Press and network news desks to call races on election night (and beyond), has beat its better-known rivals to make the call for Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.
It made the call at 8:50 a.m. EST Friday morning after DDHQ projected that Biden would win Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes, putting the candidate past the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
Decision Desk HQ projects that @JoeBiden has won Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral college votes for a total of 273.
Joe Biden has been elected the 46th President of the United States of America.
Race called at 11-06 08:50 AM EST
All Results: https://t.co/BgcQsEyt3j
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) November 6, 2020
None of the major networks like CNN, NBC, MSNBC, or Fox have yet made the call. The AP is considered to be the gold standard, but DDHQ has sometimes made calls faster, using a proprietary…