Washington (QNN)- Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States, defeating Donald Trump, who has been running for a second term after a deeply divisive presidency, announced US media.
The result makes Trump the first one-term president since the 1990s. The announcement of Biden’s victory is based on the unofficial results from states that have already finished counting their votes, and the expected results from states like Wisconsin where the count is continuing.
His projected win in Pennsylvania takes him to 284 electoral college votes.
The election has seen the highest turnout since 1900. Biden has won more than 73 million votes so far, the most ever for a US presidential candidate. Trump has drawn almost 70 million, the second-highest tally in history.
The result also marked the historic rise of Kamala Harris, who will be the first woman and the first woman of color to serve as vice-president in American history.
The outcome threatened to send convulsions across the country, as Trump’s campaign made baseless claims of voter fraud and vowed to challenge the results.
Trump had falsely declared himself the winner of the election when vote counting was unfinished. He has since alleged irregularities in counting, but has not presented any evidence of election fraud.