President-Elect: Joe Biden declared the 46th President of USA
After neck to neck competition with President Donald Trump, Joe Biden defied all odds, proving all the polls, pundits and critics wrong to become the 46th president of the United States of America (USA).
He won with 290 electoral college votes against the sitting president Donal Trump who only polled 214 votes.
In one of the most shocking elections in modern political history, Joe Biden has defeated a president who only had one term after beating Hillary Clinton in 2016 to claim victory.
Joe Biden after the collation of all the results had been able to win the 270 votes to put President Trump and his Republican party into opposition.
The Democratic flagbearer on Thursday November 5, needed to win just one more battleground state to get over the line and officially be declared the winner after polls ended on Tuesday.
However, the race was still tight especially after Trump denounced the result, calling it as “fraud” on Twitter and demanding an halt to the tabulation.
Prior to his defeat, ex-President Trump made groundless accusations that the Democrats were stealing the election, and launched a legal action in US Supreme Court for redress.
Mr Biden initially was around 72.1 million votes and was over 3.5 million ahead of President Trump who had 68.6 million, breaking ex-President Barack Obama’s record for the most in American history.
The result was increased further, after the 87 per cent of the vote was counted gate grounds.
President Obama won 69.4m votes to defeat John McCain in 2008.
Joe Biden has won more votes than Barack Obama’s 2008 record.
His massive votes garnered set him on track to comfortably win the popular vote.
His record vote share can be put down in part to an especially high turnout.
More than 101 million people voted early at this election because of the coronavirus pandemic, and experts have predicted the overall turnout could be as high as 67 per cent.
Winning the presidency is not about the popular vote, but the electoral college.
Each state has a certain number of electoral colleges, proportionate to their population.
There are 538 in total. California has the most, with 55, while states like Wyoming and Vermont have as few as three.
If a candidate wins the most votes in a state even if it is just by one they get all of its electoral college votes.
When a candidate has 270 electoral college votes, they win the presidency.
Mr Biden made history along with his running mate Senator Kamala Harris, while President Donald Trump continued to have a bumpy and narrow path to victory as counting of votes in some key battleground States entered its last stretch.
Joe Biden extends lead in battleground state Nevada which has six electoral votes inching closer to halfway mark.
Democrats and Republicans logged horns in the race to take control of the 100-member US Senate.
About Joe Biden
Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. born November 20, 1942 is an American politician who served as the 47th vice president of the United States in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as United States Senator for Delaware from 1973 to 2009.
He is the Democratic presidential nominee for the 2020 election who defeated Donald Trump.
Biden’s signature issues
Mr Biden, who has served in public life for around a half-century, is emphasising his government experience, seeking to cast himself as a steady, seasoned hand in a dangerous and uncertain world.
As the coronavirus crisis has unfolded, he has looked for ways to help voters picture him as commander in chief, formulating recommendations rooted in advice from health care and economics experts.
Those suggestions include making coronavirus tests broadly accessible, and free.
He has said there should be no out-of-pocket cost for patients to receive an eventual vaccine, either. And he has been sharply critical of President Trump’s response to the virus, accusing him of reacting too slowly.
Mr Biden served as vice president in the Obama administration during the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and health care remains a top priority for him.
It is an issue he often discusses in the context of his family’s personal tragedies: He lost his first wife and an infant daughter in a car accident in 1972, and in 2015, his son Beau Biden died of brain cancer.