Biden wins the US election, beating Trump to become 46th president of the United States

Former Vice President Joe Biden has defeated Donald Trump and will become the 46th president of the United States, capping a dramatic election that saw the president prematurely declare victory after the Democratic nominee spent months declaring him unfit for office.

Biden wins the US election, beating Trump to become 46th president of the United States

Mr. Biden, now declared as the president-elect after his third White House bid, secured the presidency after the Associated Press on Saturday declared him the winner in Pennsylvania. 

Its 20 Electoral College votes put him over the 270 needed to win, stamping the Trump presidency with a 20 January expiration date. 

Following the crucial Pennsylvania news, Mr. Biden said he was “honored and humbled” and vowed to be a leader for the entire country, “whether you voted for me or not.”

On Twitter, he said, "America, I'm honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. "The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans - whether you voted for me or not. "I will keep the faith that you have placed in me."

And in a statement, he said it was “time to heal.”

“I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris. In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America,” he said. "With the campaign over, it's time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It's time for America to unite. And to heal. We are the United States of America. And there's nothing we can't do if we do it together."