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.
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.”
His victory was called as Pennsylvania declared that its 20 electoral college votes would go to Mr Biden, giving the Democratic candidate 273 votes.
Mr Biden’s lead ahead of Donald Trump widened in all four of the significant battleground states over the course of Friday, flipping some states from red to blue for the first time in years in a hotly contested election.
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 and Nevada are also expected to go Biden’s way, although they are yet to declare their results.
On those projections Mr Biden would have a total of 306 Electoral College votes, well over the 270 threshold needed to secure the presidency.
That means Kamala Harris is also the first woman and person of colour to fill the vice president position.
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To win the presidency, Mr Trump or Mr Biden must get more than 50 per cent of the electoral college vote. There are 538 possible electoral votes, which means 270 are required to win.
The date on which a new president is sworn in is enshrined in the US constitution. Either Mr Trump or Mr Biden will be inaugurated on January 20, 2021.
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