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Joe Biden to be US President; Kamala Harris becomes Vice-President-elect

Joe Biden to be US President; Kamala Harris becomes Vice-President-elect

Washington: Democrat Joe Biden on Saturday defeated incumbent Republican US President Donald Trump in the closely-fought presidential election, according to American media projections.

The 77-year-old former US vice-president will become the 46th president of the United States, CNN reported, after a victory in Pennsylvania, the state where he was born put him over the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

With Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes, Biden now has a total of 273 electoral votes.

Before becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, Biden served as vice president under former President Barack Obama. He is also Delaware's longest-serving Senator.

Senator Kamala Harris, 56, who is of Indian origin, has become the first-ever woman vice-president-elect of the United States. She would also be the country's first Indian-origin, first Black and first African American vice-president of the country. Biden and Harris would be sworn in as the President and Vice-President of the country on January 20.

"America, I'm honoured 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 said in a tweet soon thereafter.

"This election is about so much more than Joe Biden or me. It's about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let's get started," tweeted Vice-President-elect Harris. Trump was playing golf in Virginia when major media outlets called the race. He is now the first incumbent President to lose reelection bid after George H W Bush in 1992.

Major media outlets started calling Biden the winner after it became clear that he has taken a major lead in the battleground State of Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral college votes, making him cross the benchmark of the 270 electoral college votes.

Counting of ballots is still ongoing in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada and Georgia. Biden has the lead in all the four states, which according to major media outlets is unlikely to be reversed.

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