BREAKING NEWS: Joe Biden declared winner of U.S. 2020 Presidential election
The Associated Press declares that Joe Biden has won the presidency of the United States in a record turnout election.
Biden reached 290 electoral votes on Friday, after The Associated Press called Pennsylvania and Nevada in his favour on Saturday. Biden won both the electoral college and the popular vote, and is the first presidential candidate in history to surpass 70 million votes given him the required 270 Electoral College votes.
Biden who turns 78 by November 20 would be the oldest American President since the 90s to be inaugurated President of the United States.
Trump’s loss adds his name to a short list of one-term presidents. The last incumbent president to lose his re-election bid was Republican George H. W. Bush in 1992.
The win also marks a milestone in American politics as California Senator Kamala Harris, the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, is set to become the first female U.S. vice-president.
The declaration of a winner comes after several tense days of ballot counting that saw an early Trump lead give way to Biden in a number of key swing states once mail-in ballots began to be tallied.
Trump however made several claims that the election was being “stolen” through widespread voter fraud and cast doubt on the legitimacy of the ballot-counting process as he launched multiple lawsuits in several states, including Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania. He also vowed to push for a recount in Wisconsin, where Biden was declared the winner on Wednesday.