Joe Biden will become the 46th US president, defeating Donald Trump decisively. Joe Biden has won 273 electoral college votes after Pennsylvania was declared in his favour. The Democratic Presidential nominee needed just 270 votes to secure the presidency, but he has now won 273 seats and could take his tally beyond the 300-mark.
Kamala Harris will become the first female and first Black vice president of South Asian origin for 243 years.
Biden is also leading in Georgia, Nevada and Arizona and is all set to take his tally to potentially beyond 300.
Biden was trailing in the early hours of the counting in Pennsylvania by nearly 7 lakh votes, but as the mail-in votes began to be counted, his tally increased sharply. Pennsylvania was crucial for Biden’s election as the new President of the US even though he led in Georgia, Arizona and Nevada since the state gave 20 electoral votes.
The news of Biden’s victory created unprecedented scenes on the US TV channels. Recalling how Trump had created the US society into a hate factory, one black panelist broke down on CNN.
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22:01 PM: “Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country.. The President-elect reiterated that while he ran as a Democrat, he will govern for all Americans. I offered him the same thing I offered Presidents Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success, and my pledge to help in any way I can…The American people can have confidence that this election was fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear”: George Bush
11:58 AM: While praising his running mate @KamalaHarris as “a fantastic Vice President”, US President-elect @JoeBiden avoided calling her “Indian” and instead referred to her as “South Asian”. (IANS)
09:25 AM: Supporters of US President @realDonaldTrump took to the streets across the country to protest against the results of the 2020 presidential election after Democratic nominee @JoeBiden and his running mate @KamalaHarris were declared the winners. (IANS)
08:01 AM: We did it Joe: US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris tweets video of her first phone call to Joe Biden after the election win.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 7, 2020
06:59 AM: “When our very democracy was on the ballot in this election, with the very soul of America at stake… you ushered in a new day for America”: US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris
“When our very democracy was on the ballot in this election, with the very soul of America at stake… you ushered in a new day for America”
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) November 8, 2020
12:08 AM: “Under the wise and mature leadership of President-Elect Biden & Vice President-Elect, Ms. Kamala Harris; India looks forward to a close partnership that will be beneficial to peace and development in our region and around the world: Congress President Sonia Gandhi
12:07 AM: Congratulations @JoeBiden on your spectacular victory! As the VP, your contribution to strengthening Indo-US relations was critical and invaluable. I look forward to working closely together once again to take India-US relations to greater heights: Indian PM Narendra Modi
22:29 PM: America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me: Biden’s tweet after winning US Presidential Polls