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Democrat Joseph Robinette Biden Jr is all set to become the 46th President of The United States, after defeating Donald Trump. His running mate, California Senator Kamala Harris, made history as the first woman, the first woman of colour and first South Asian Vice-President-elect.
Biden's victory came after the Associated Press, CNN and NBC showed him winning Pennsylvania and surpassing 270 Electoral College votes for winning the presidency, with over 280. However, Trump refused to concede the defeat, saying the elections were far from over. He accused the Democrats of trying to steal the votes and rushing to claim victory falsely.
Biden, 77, is the oldest president-elect in US history, and the first to oust a sitting commander-in-chief after one term since Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush in 1992, reported NDTV.
In his victory speech, Biden said that he would become the President who seeks not to divide, but to unify. Emphasising on the message of unity, Biden said the time has come to 'heal and restore the soul of America'. He expressed his gratitude towards the citizens.
"I'm humbled by the trust and confidence you've placed in me. I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide but unify. Who doesn't see red states or blue states, only sees the United States."
To those who voted for Trump, Biden assured that his administration would not be as alienating to those with different political beliefs. He asked them to put away the harsh rhetoric and work in harmony. "All those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment tonight. I've lost a couple of times myself," he said, referring to his previous runs for the office. But now, let's give each other a chance," Biden said.
Kamala Harris, the first South Asian American woman to become Vice-President-elect, began her victory speech by quoting the late congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, who said, 'Democracy is not a state, it's an act.' She expressed her gratitude towards the people of America for turning out in record numbers and making their voices heard. She said the people had chosen unity, hope, science, decency and truth.
Speaking about Biden, Harris assured he is a tested and a steady hand and would work for the betterment of the country and its people.
Harris also spoke of her mother and generations of women who paved the way for this moment. "While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities."
"When our very democracy was on the ballot in this election and the very soul of America was at stake, and the world was watching, you ushered in a new day for America," she added.
Democrats' victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a rise of mail-in votes that further delayed the processing of some ballots.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Biden and Harris for their record-breaking victory and said he looks forward to working closely together once again and taking India-US elections to greater heights.
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