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Joe Biden claims victory in US election

Sarah Blake, November 8, 2020 8:03PM News Corp Australia

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US President-elect Joe Biden stands arrives to give his victory speech. Picture: AFP media_cameraUS President-elect Joe Biden stands arrives to give his victory speech. Picture: AFP

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Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States, saying he wants to “restore the soul” of America and unify* the country.

Delivering his victory speech to supporters in his home town of Wilmington, Delaware, on Sunday, November 9 (Australian time), Mr Biden said it was “time to heal” as he thanked his wife and family.

“The people of this nation have spoken. They’ve delivered us a convincing victory. A clear victory,” Mr Biden said.

“I pledge* to be a president who seeks not to divide but to unify.

“I sought this office to restore the soul of America, to rebuild the backbone of this nation, the middle class.

“It’s the honour of my lifetime that so many millions of Americans have voted for that vision.”

media_cameraUS President-elect Joe Biden with his wife, Jill, thank the crowd of supporters. Picture: AFP

Mr Biden, 77, said the US now faced a battle to restore and defend democracy* after Mr Trump’s four years in the White House.

“The battle to control the virus. The battle to build prosperity*, the battle to secure your family’s healthcare. The battle to achieve racial justice and root out systemic* racism in this country,” he said.

“And the battle to save our planet by getting the climate under control. The battle of restoring decency, defending democracy, and giving everybody in this country a fair shot.”

Speaking before Mr Biden took the stage, vice president-elect Kamala Harris thanked voters for choosing “hope, unity, science and truth”.

Ms Harris will be the first woman and person of colour to be vice president.

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” Ms Harris said, to loud cheers from the audience. 

President-Elect Joe Biden And Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris Address The Nation After Election Win media_cameraVice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks before President-elect Joe Biden takes to the stage after their victory. Picture: Getty Images/AFP

Earlier, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison invited President-elect Biden to visit Australia next year.

Mr Biden, from the Democratic party, sealed his historic win four days after voting closed, with a record number of mail-in votes slowing the vote count.

Mr Trump took an early lead in several key states but mail-in votes swung the count in Mr Biden’s favour.

Mr Biden scored more than the required 270 electoral college* votes when he took the states of Nevada and Pennsylvania.

“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric* behind us and come together as a nation,” Mr Biden said.

“It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.” 

Supporters Of Joe Biden Celebrate Across The Country, After Major Networks Project Him Winning The Presidency media_cameraA Democrats voter shows her support in Nevada, one of the key states that delivered victory to Mr Biden and Ms Harris. Picture: Getty Images/AFP

But a defiant* Mr Trump, from the Republican party, has refused to concede* defeat, taking to Twitter to claim he had won the election “by a lot”.

Mr Trump is threatening more legal action over the counting of votes, claiming the Democrats cheated and vote counting was rigged*. But he has not produced any evidence of wrongdoing.

If Mr Trump’s legal challenges fail, Mr Biden will be inaugurated* on January 20, 2021.

media_cameraPresident Donald Trump has refused to concede defeat and is threatening more legal challenges in states where the vote was close. Picture: AFP

GLOSSARY

  • unify: bring together as one
  • pledge: promise
  • democracy: system of government where the people elect their leaders
  • prosperity: success and wealth
  • systemic: spread through a system
  • electoral college: group of elected people who choose the president and vice president
  • rhetoric: way of speaking that is designed to convince others
  • defiant: refusing to give in
  • concede: admit
  • rigged: unfair or illegal
  • inaugurated: officially take the role of president

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