At 77, Joe Biden is set to be the oldest president in US history.
After a nail-biting election day that extended by nearly a week, Democrat Joe Biden finally won the mantle of the 46th president of the United States of America on Saturday, 7 November, after a victory in Pennsylvania.
Soon after the victory, Biden took to Twitter to say, “America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country”.
The Biden Campaign also released a statement from the president-elect on Saturday, in which 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.”
Several US networks projected Biden as having won the presidential race after securing the key battleground of Pennsylvania, which helped him cross the 270 votes needed to win. With 20 electoral votes from the state, Biden now has a total of 273 electoral votes.
A six-term senator from Delaware, Joe Bidenwas first elected in 1972. He had also served as the 47th vice-president of the United States in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2017.
He ran for president in 1988 but withdrew after he admitted to plagiarising a speech by the then leader of the British leader Neil Kinnock. Biden ran for the presidency again in 2008 but later withdrew from the race.
The candidates had been locked in a virtual dead heat for days, and The New York Times reported that Trump’s chances of winning a second term depended on his ability to hang on to his leads in states like Georgia and Pennsylvania. However, Biden narrowed the gap in both states as vote counting progressed, finally winning Pennsylvania with 49.7 percent of the vote, as opposed to Trump’s 49.2 percent.
Once he had gained ground in Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia on Thursday he got to closer to defeating President Trump.
“Democracy is sometimes messy. It sometimes requires a little patience as well. But that patience has been rewarded now for more than 240 years with a system of governance that’s been the envy of the world,” Biden had said as he awaited the results.
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