US election 2020: Biden wins, Trump accuses opponent declaring premature victory
Former Vice President Joe Biden has defeated incumbent President Donald Trump having won the key battleground of Pennsylvania with 20 electoral votes propelling him over the 270 votes required to occupy the White House, but his victory is being described as premature by Mr Trump.
Biden, 78, will become the 46th president of the United States by 21 January 2021.
The declaration for Mr Biden came on the fourth-post Election Day of vote-counting, which played out on live cable television networks as states and counties methodically verified ballots and released results.
According to the Associated Press, as at the time of this report, Joe Biden has already secured 290 electoral votes while President Trump trails behind with 214 votes. The general votes for Biden stand at 74,870, 706, representing 50.6% against 70,601,186 representing 47.7% for Trump.
The former vice president had delivered brief Friday evening remarks, urging patience. But he again signaled victory, saying the numbers and many of the still-coming ballots appeared to be ones in his favor. He also used the speech to continue urging the country to put aside its deep differences.
Meanwhile, United States President Donald Trump has reacted to the victory of Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential Election.
Trump insisted that the election is far from over, adding that Biden has not been certified as the winner in any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts.
He said that from Monday, his campaign will start prosecuting cases in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.
Trump noted that Americans are entitled to an honest election to ensure public confidence.
“It remains shocking that the Biden campaign refuses to agree with this basic principle and wants ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters.”
However, with this projected victory for Joe Biden, who has been dreaming of the White House for most of his 50 years in the public arena, becomes the oldest man ever elected to the White House. He brings with him the first woman vice-president, whose multi-ethnic heritage carries with it numerous other firsts.
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