November 7, 2020 / Modified nov 7, 2020 10:39 a.m.

AP: Biden wins White House, vowing new direction for divided US

A win in Pennsylvania sealed his victory after more than three tense days of vote counting.

biden-2019 Joe Biden speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, August 2019.
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WASHINGTON — 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. More here.

Kamala Harris is making history as the first Black woman elected vice president of the United States, shattering barriers that have kept men — almost all of them white — entrenched at the highest levels of American politics for more than two centuries.

The 56-year-old California senator is also the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency. She represents the multiculturalism that defines America but is largely absent from Washington’s power centers. Her Black identity has allowed her to speak in personal terms in a year of reckoning over police brutality and systemic racism. More here.

EXPLAINER: Why AP called Pennsylvania for Biden

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