Joe Biden defeats Trump, set to become 46th US president

The 77-year-old will become America's oldest president when he is inaugurated next year.

Joe Biden is now the president-elect and Kamala Harris is the vice president-elect of the United States of America [Drew Angerer/Getty Images]

The former vice president defeated incumbent president, Donald Trump, who has called the integrity of the election into question.

Biden's victory was projected on Saturday, November 7, 2020, after crossing over the required 270 electoral votes with a dramatic win in Pennsylvania.

In reaction to the projected victory, Biden said in a short statement he's honoured to have been elected to lead the 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."

The 77-year-old returns to the White House only four years after he completed a two-term run as vice president to Barack Obama.

He'll become America's oldest president when he is inaugurated in January when he'll already be 78.

Senator Kamala Harris, Biden's running mate, will become America's first female vice president, as well as the first black and Asian woman to occupy the office.

Harris, 56, posted a short clip of her conversation with Biden on her Twitter account, shortly after Saturday's victory projection.

"We did it," she said.

Ballots are still being counted in some key states four days after the November 3 election, considered one of the most pivotal in America's history.

Trump, 74, has repeatedly declared himself the winner of the election, and launched numerous lawsuits to stop the counting of votes in some states, including Pennsylvania.

The race shifted dramatically in Biden's favour with the counting of a historic haul of mail-in ballots that Trump as long targeted as a fraud and a scheme to rig him out of the election.

His campaign team's lawsuits said Republican election observers were not given adequate access to the counting of the ballots.

The U.S. president has shown no sign that he'll concede the election to Biden, and is adamant his fate will be decided by the Supreme Court.

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