WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States.
Biden vanquished his Republican foe after a campaign as bitter and divisive as Trump’s own presidential term. Victories in “blue wall” northern industrial states propelled Biden to the White House, where he’ll confront America’s deep health, economic and social ills.
A win in Pennsylvania sealed his victory after more than three tension-filled days of counting votes.
Record numbers of Americans voted early and by mail, many out of concern about going to polling places during the coronavirus pandemic.
Days before he left the White House in 2017, former President Barack Obama surprised Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and said Biden was “the best vice president America’s ever had” and a “lion of American history.”
The tribute marked the presumed end of a long public life that put Biden in the orbit of the Oval Office for 45 years but never allowed the Delaware Democrat to sit behind the Resolute Desk himself.
Less than four years later, 77-year-old Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. has won election as the 46th president of the United States, defeating President Donald Trump and becoming the oldest president-elect ever.