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JOE BIDEN WINS THE US PRESIDENTIAL RACE DEFEATING DONALD TRUMP
Joe Biden has crossed the 270-point threshold to win the US presidential election, putting him on course to become the 46th president of the United States.
Mr Biden released a statement on Saturday, calling for the country to “unite”.
He said: “I am honoured and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris. With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.”
Donald Trump has refused to concede the election. His campaign released a statement, saying: “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.”
Biden’s victory was called as Pennsylvania declared that its 20 electoral college votes would go to Mr Biden, giving the Democratic candidate 273 votes. Shortly after winning Pennsylvania, Mr Biden also won Nevada, according to the Associated Press.
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Georgia is expected to declare for Mr Biden as he extended his lead in the southern state, although a recount has already been ordered. Arizona is also expected to go Mr Biden’s way, although it has yet to officially declare its results.
On those projections, Mr Biden would have a total of 306 Electoral College votes, well over the 270 thresholds needed to secure the presidency. That means Kamala Harris is also the first woman and person of colour to fill the vice president position.
Across the entire US, according to the latest figures, Mr Biden has won 74,446,452 votes, the highest popular vote figure in American history. Turnout was also hit an all-time high with nearly 160 million casting their ballots either in person or by mail.
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