The call came at 11:30 am following an update ifrom Philadelphia which gave Biden a 30-thousand vote lead in the state of Pennsylvania with its 20 electoral votes. Winning Pennsylvania gives the Biden/Harris team 273 electoral votes to push them over the top.
Biden's election comes 48 years to the date when at the age of 29 he won his first senate election.
Mr. Biden won by securing a slate of states won by Hillary Clinton in 2016 plus Michigan and Wisconsin, which voted last time for Mr. Trump.
The Democratic ticket’s victory also makes Sen. Kamala Harris of California the first woman ever elected as vice president. She was the first Black woman and first of Indian/Jamaican descent nominated opn a majopr party's ticket, and is the highest-ranking woman ever in the presidential line of succession as of the inauguration in January.
With his triumph, Mr. Biden, who turns 78 later this month, fulfilled his decades-long ambition in his third bid for the White House, becoming the oldest person elected president. A pillar of Washington who was first elected amid the Watergate scandal, and who prefers political consensus over combat, Mr. Biden will lead a nation and a Democratic Party that have become far more ideological since his arrival in the capital in 1973.
A short while ago, Mr. Biden released a statement indicating that he was honoured to have been elected to lead the United States.
An Associated Press report noted rthat Biden's victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots.
Biden, 77, staked his candidacy less on any distinctive political ideology than on galvanising a broad coalition of voters around the notion that Trump posed an existential threat to American democracy.
The strategy proved effective, resulting in pivotal victories in Michigan and Wisconsin as well as Pennsylvania, onetime Democratic bastions that had flipped to Trump in 2016.
Biden was on track to win the national popular vote by more than 4 million, a margin that could grow as ballots continue to be counted.
Trump seized on delays in processing the vote in some states to falsely allege voter fraud and argue that his rival was trying to seize power — an extraordinary charge by a sitting president trying to sow doubt about a bedrock democratic process.
As the vote count played out, Biden tried to ease tensions and project an image of presidential leadership, hitting notes of unity that were seemingly aimed at cooling the temperature of a heated, divided nation.
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