US election 2020: Joe Biden edges Donald Trump, secures electoral votes to become next president

US election 2020: Joe Biden edges Donald Trump, secures electoral votes to become next president

After a cliffhanger election that has transfixed people around the world, the Democratic candidate Joe Biden has exceeded the 270 electoral votes needed to become the next US president, setting the stage for a likely tumultuous transition as incumbent Donald Trump insists he was the victor. 

Biden has a total of 290 electoral votes, compared with 214 for President Donald Trump, AP reported, after calling the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Arizona and Nevada. And while the final Electoral College results will not be formally certified until January, Biden also secured 50.5 per cent of the popular vote, or 74.48 million, compared with 47.8 per cent, or 70.33 million, for Trump.

Fox News’s count matches AP, while CNN and The New York Times put Biden’s electoral votes at 279 as they have not yet called Arizona for the president-elect.

Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican descent, will become the first woman vice-president in US history.