Joe Biden has been elected president of the United States

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After three suspenseful days of ballot-counting, Joe Biden has emerged as the next president of the United States, the Associated Press projects.

The Democrat nominee’s razor-thin victory in Pennsylvania pushed him past the 270-vote threshold required for a majority in the U.S. electoral college. Donald Trump, the Republican incumbent, had won or was leading in 23 states worth 214 electoral votes. The call in Pennsylvania came after Biden eclipsed Trump during the vote-count in Georgia, which would further solidify the outcome.

Biden’s win ends a bitter, at times chaotic election season that fractured the world’s most powerful country more deeply than ever. The campaign, and the turbulent three and a-half years that preceded it, leave the 77-year-old president-elect to bridge partisan, ideological and cultural rifts between the more than 50.5 per cent of voters who cast ballots for him, and the 47.7 per cent who did so for Trump.

In a statement issued after the AP and numerous television networks called the election in his favour, Biden struck a conciliatory tone. “With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” he said. “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.”

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