Democrat elected to White House
Biden’s election win hailed as ‘victory for hope’
Joe Biden: the oldest US president at 78
Joe Biden has won the vote to become the 46th president of the US after securing enough votes in Pennsylvania.
He secured 20 electoral college votes, bringing his total to 273 and surpassing the 270 needed to win the election.
He may well finish with of 306, giving him a substantial margin over Donald Trump who continues to threaten legal action.
He will become the oldest president when he takes office at 78 and is the third person to defeat an incumbent this century.
He promised to be “a president for all America”.
Donald Trump left the White House to play golf at his Virginia course and issued a statement saying he did not accept the outcome of the election.
Kamala Harris made history as the first Black woman elected as vice president of the United States.
The 56-year-old California senator is also the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer was among the first to offer his congratulations to the Democrat team.
He said: “Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States of America.
“He ran a campaign on the values that we in the United Kingdom share – decency, integrity, compassion and strength.
“And I want to congratulate Kamala Harris on being elected Vice-President, the first woman of colour to take that role.
“Their victory is one for hope and unity over dishonesty and division. Millions of Americans of all backgrounds and ages have come together to vote for a better, more optimistic future.
“This is also an important moment for the world.
“It is a chance to reassert America’s place as a force for good on the world stage. A nation that will work with Britain and other allies to defeat this pandemic and fight climate change.
I am delighted that the American people have chosen fairness, equality, and decency at this crucial election– Ian Blackford, SNP
“Joe Biden and the Democrats have always shared Labour’s values and the links between our two parties remain strong.
“I am looking forward to building on this and forging an even stronger relationship between the UK and the USA.”
Boris Johnson issued a statement saying the US was “our most important ally” and he would “look froward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”
SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP said: “I warmly congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their election victory, which gives great hope to progressives around the world.
“Scotland has a long and enduring friendship with the United States. I am delighted that the American people have chosen fairness, equality, and decency at this crucial election.