New Delhi: In what was the longest ‘election night’ for the United States, Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Saturday defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th US President after winning the key state battleground of Pennsylvania. Also Read - Will Leave White House if Electoral College Declares Biden Victory, Says Trump
The result was announced after Biden surpassed the 270 electoral vote margin by gaining an undefeatable lead in the state of Pennsylvania. Also Read - COVID-19: US Records Over 2000 Deaths In Last 24 Hours, Highest In 6 Months
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Interestingly, the 77-year-old, oldest elected president, was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and sought to contrast his working-class roots with the affluent Trump’s by casting the race as “Scranton versus Park Avenue.”
Biden has now won a total of 273 electoral votes. He also carried the red states of Arizona, Wisconsin and Michigan on his path to the presidency, which had supported Trump in 2016.
This was the most unprecedented US elections in recent history with a surge of mail ballots that were counted for over three days.
Notably, the announcement came minutes after incumbent President Trump tweeted he had “won this election, by a lot”.
With the latest defeat, Trump became the 11th sitting president in US history to lose the White House in a general election campaign.