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US Election: Here are the main points to know today

A winner has been declared at last.

A bicyclist stops to look at the red, white and blue lights illuminating San Francisco City Hall
A bicyclist stops to look at the red, white and blue lights illuminating San Francisco City Hall
Image: Jose Carlos Fajardo via PA Images

Updated Nov 7th 2020, 7:50 PM

WE’RE THERE.

Joe Biden has been declared the 46th president of the United States.

Counts are still ongoing in key states and but with current projections President Donald Trump will not to be able to catch Biden. 

Trump has continued his baseless claims that the vote was stolen from him today but those claims now appear moot as Biden has gotten over the line. 

Here’s a rundown of the key things to know from the results so far:

  • Biden now has over 270 electoral college votes, meaning he cannot be caught and will become the 46th president of the United States.
  • Kamala Harris will become the first woman and the first black woman to hold the office of vice president.
  • Biden was declared the winner in the crucial state of Pennsylvania. That was enough to put him over the line. 
  • Biden also won the state of Nevada this evening, meaning he has secured a total of 290 electoral college votes to Trump’s 214.
  • The former vice president is expected to deliver a victory speech at 1am Irish time.
  • Trump, meanwhile, remains bullish about baseless allegations of mass voter fraud, which he says cost him the election. There is no evidence to support his claims.
  • It follows a number of baseless remarks Trump made last night about how the election was conducted.
  • Counting continues in the other key states of Georgia, Arizona.
  • Biden leads in Georgia by more than 4,430 votes. The Georgia Secretary of State said yesterday there will be a recount. 
  • Biden is also ahead by more than 20,000 votes in Arizona.
  • Why is all of this taking so long, you ask? The pandemic, mainly.
  • Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows has been diagnosed with Covid-19.
  • former astronaut has taken a Senate seat previously held by John McCain.
  • David Perdue and Jon Ossoff will face each other in a run-off for a Senate seat, one of two high-profile contests in Georgia that could determine which party controls the upper chamber.
  • Here are the state result projections at the moment.

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