Democratic candidate Joe Biden won the US presidential election with more than the required 270 electoral votes.
After Joe Biden’s victory was confirmed, the three days of controversy and uncertainty over the outcome of the presidential election ended.
Biden will be the eldest and 46th president of the United States.
The American news agency ‘AP’ declared Joe Biden the winner on Saturday evening.
US broadcasters CNN, NBC News and CBS News also reported that Biden had won the election after winning the decisive state of Pennsylvania.
As polling closed on Tuesday evening, Americans’ eyes were fixed on TV screens and mobile phones, and the announcement of a new US president was awaited around the world.
Biden’s victory in key states of Wisconsin and Michigan reduced the chances of incumbent President Donald Trump winning.
But with just a handful of states still up for grabs, Trump tried to press his case in court in some key swing states. In spite of the aggressive Republican move, the flurry of court action did not seem obviously destined to impact the election’s outcome.
Two days after Election Day, neither candidate had amassed the votes needed to win the White House. But Biden’s victories in the Great Lakes states left him at 264, meaning he was one battleground state away — any would do — from becoming president-elect.
Trump, with 214 electoral votes, faced a much higher hurdle. To reach 270, he needed to claim all four remaining battlegrounds: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada.
With millions of votes yet to be tabulated, Biden already had received more than 71 million, the most in history. At an afternoon news conference on Wednesday, the former vice president said he expected to win the presidency but stopped short of outright declaring victory.
“I will govern as an American president,” Biden said. “There will be no red states and blue states when we win. Just the United States of America.”
According to the US Constitution, a presidential candidate must meet three basic requirements.
The candidate must be a US citizen, at least 35 years old and have lived in the United States for 14 years.
Despite these basic conditions for the presidency of the United States, no woman has yet been elected to the presidency and Barack Obama is the only president in the history of the country who is of African American descent.
Democrats and Republicans are the two main parties in the United States, also known as the Grand Old Party (GOP). Before these parties finalize their candidates, all possible candidates must compete at the state level within the party.
Education level was the biggest factor in explaining the swings, with higher educated voters likely to swing to Joe Biden and lower educated voters to Trump.
Who is Joe Biden?
Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Biden entered politics in 1972 with a successful Senate election from Delaware.
He has extensive foreign policy experience and has twice chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his political career. Joe Biden also served as chairperson of the Judiciary Committee.
His long career is clearly not without its blemishes. He has been criticized for supporting the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which critics say led to the mass arrests of African Americans.
Joe Biden went through many tragedies in his life. In 1972, just as he was about to be sworn in as a member of the Senate, his wife and three children were killed in a car accident that killed his wife and daughter, while his two sons, Beau and Hunter, were hospitalized with serious injuries. Biden left the hospital without taking the oath of office and later took the oath of office.
In 2015, when Biden was vice president of the United States, his 46-year-old son Beau Biden died of brain cancer.
Joe Biden first ran for president in 1988 but withdrew after being accused of stealing a speech by British Labor leader Neil Kinnock.
He tried his luck again in 2008 but failed again and the Democratic Party nominated Barack Obama for president. Joe Biden was later nominated for vice president and served with Obama for the next eight years.
Joe Biden, who mocks Donald Trump’s “America First” slogan, is determined to restore the country’s position as the world leader.