After a hard-fought battle, Joe Biden, the Democratic Presidential flagbearer, got an unbeatable lead in Pennsylvania as he picked up the state’s 20 Electoral College votes and surpassed the 270 votes he needed to win the election.
As a result of Biden’s victory, Donald Trump becomes the first one-term president of United States of America since 1992, when George HW Bush failed to clinch a second term in office.
Celebrations broke out in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania, with people cheering, dancing and chanting: “We made history.”
Incumbent President, Donald Trump has not accepted defeat. In a written statement issued, he accused Biden of “rushing to falsely pose as the winner”.
He said: “Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.
“I will not rest until the American people have the honest vote count they deserve and that democracy demands.”
Biden on the other hand has accepted victory and declared in his first public comments that “democracy beats deep in the heart of America”.
He said: “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. We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.”
World leaders have started congratulating Biden on his victory with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau tweeting: “Congratulations, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Our two countries are close friends, partners, and allies.
“We share a relationship that’s unique on the world stage. I’m really looking forward to working together and building on that with you both.”