Joe Biden wins US election after victory in Pennsylvania

Joe Biden has kicked off his move to the White House after winning the electoral college votes needed to become the next President of the United States of America, as Donald Trump again refused to concede the election.

Mr Biden set his transition in motion by launching a website, BuildBackBetter.com, after beating Mr Trump in the final key battlegrounds of the election, marking the end of a tense but protracted race for the White House.

The Democrat and former Vice President to Barack Obama has so far amassed 279 electoral college votes in the 2020 election – taking him over the 270 threshold for victory. That is compared to Trump’s total of 214 electoral votes thus far.

Victory for Biden came after clinching Pennsylvania and Nevada, where vote counts continued for days after election night failed to deliver a clear winner.

The election saw the biggest voter turn out since 1968, with over 148 million votes tallied, and an Associated Press analysis highlighted that some of the biggest turnout increases occurred in states that liberalized their mail-voting rules. 

Mr Trump continued to sow doubt about the election results, with baseless claims of voter fraud, and threatened legal action despite mainstream news outlets calling the election in Mr Biden’s favour.

He tweeted on Sunday “Since when does the Lamestream Media call who our next president will be?”