US election results and maps 2020: Joe Biden wins US election after victory in Pennsylvania

US election results and maps 2020: Joe Biden wins US election after victory in Pennsylvania

Democrat Joe Biden captured the US presidency on Saturday, several major television networks said, as voters narrowly rebuffed Republican incumbent Donald Trump’s tumultuous leadership and embraced Biden’s promise to fight the coronavirus pandemic and fix the economy in a divided nation.

“America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country,” Biden tweeted on Saturday night IST.

“The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this:

I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.

I will keep the faith that you have placed in me.”

America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.

The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this:

I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.

When the former vice president enters the White House on January 20, the oldest person to assume the office at age 78,

he likely will face a difficult task governing in a deeply polarised Washington,

underscored by a record nationwide voter turnout in a fight to the finish.

His projected victory came after four days of nail-biting suspense over the outcome of Tuesday’s election,

with the counting of votes in a handful of battleground states ongoing thanks to a flood of mail-in ballots.

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Biden said on Friday he expected to win the race but stopped short of giving a victory speech.

A Trump adviser acknowledged on Friday that the race had tilted against Trump, but said the president was not ready to admit defeat.

Biden had a 273 to 214 lead in the state-by-state Electoral College vote that determines the winner, having won Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes to put him over the 270 he needed to secure the presidency, according to Edison Research.

To secure the win, Biden faced unprecedented challenges.

These included Republican-led efforts to limit mail-in voting at a time when a record number of people were due to vote by mail because of the pandemic, which has killed more than 235,000 people in the United States.

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