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As it happened: Biden defeats Trump to become 46th US president

Democratic 2020 US president-elect Joe Biden gestures from the stage at his rally in Wilmington, Delaware, 
November 7, 2020.
Democratic 2020 US president-elect Joe Biden gestures from the stage at his rally in Wilmington, Delaware, November 7, 2020. © Kevin Lamarque, Reuters

Democratic candidate Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States, according to the Associated Press and other US media projections. Follow the reactions to his win on our live blog below.

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  • The Associated Press and other US media – including CNN and Fox News – announced that Joe Biden had been elected 46th president of the United States after he won Pennsylvania – surpassing the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win. 
  • “This is the time to heal in America,” Biden said in his address to the nation on Saturday evening, emphasising a message of unity.
  • Biden’s speech echoed his statement shortly after his win was projected: “With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation.”  
  • Vice president-elect Kamala Harris is making history: she is not only the first woman elected vice-president, but also the first person of colour. 
  • Trump accused Biden of “rushing to falsely pose” as the winner, adding: “The simple fact is this election is far from over.” He said his campaign would begin challenging the results in court next week. 
  • Results have yet to be called for Alaska, North Carolina and Georgia, which is carrying out a recount. 
  • America saw its highest voter turnout in a century, with more than 100 million votes cast even before Election Day. But the results were slowed, in part, by the unprecedented number of mail-in ballots this year due to the coronavirus.  
  • In congressional races, Democrats are set to retain their majority in the House albeit with a slimmer margin. Republicans appear poised to hold on to their majority in the Senate but January run-offs could further shift the balance. 
Live results for the US election
Live results for the US election © France 24

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