Joe Biden wins US election with all states called

Joe Biden has kicked off his move to the White House after winning 306 electoral college votes, far more than that 270 needed to become the next President of the United States of America, with Donald Trump claiming 232.

On Friday, November 14, Biden claimed victory in Georgia, while North Carolina called in favour of Mr Trump.

Mr Biden set his transition in motion by launching a website, BuildBackBetter.com, after beating Mr Trump in the final key battlegrounds of the election, marking the end of a tense but protracted race for the White House.

Victory for Biden came after clinching Pennsylvania and Nevada, where vote counts continued for days after election night failed to deliver a clear winner.

Georgia, one of five states flipped by Mr Biden after going into Mr Trump’s column last time around, hadn’t been won by a Democrat since Bill Clinton in 1992.

Mr Biden is currently up by some 14, 100 votes in Georgia , and a hand recount is expected to be completed next week. Audits of state-wide elections never bring the kind of reversal that Mr Trump would need to change the result.

In traditionally-Republican North Carolina, a drive to get out black voters by Democrats was not enough to overcome Trump’s hugely loyal base of white, non-college-educated men and rural voters.

The election saw the biggest voter turn out since 1968, with over 150 million votes tallied, and an Associated Press analysis highlighted that some of the biggest turnout increases occurred in states that liberalized their mail-voting rules. 

Mr Trump continued to sow doubt about the election results, with baseless claims of voter fraud, and threatened legal action despite mainstream news outlets calling the election in Mr Biden’s favour.

He tweeted on November 8, “Since when does the Lamestream Media call who our next president will be?”

However, on Friday, November 14, Trump came closer to acknowledging the results, after declaring that ‘time will tell’ if Mr Biden will succeed him as President of the United States. 

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