Democrat Joe Biden said he is “honored and humbled” by the projected results of the United States presidential election, which showed him above the threshold needed to clinch the White House.
The Associated Press (AP) on Saturday projected that Biden had 290 Electoral College votes, after the news agency called Pennsylvania and then Nevada in his favour.
“I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect [Kamala] Harris,” Biden, 77, said in a statement a few minutes after the projection was announced.
Harris will now be the first woman, first African American and first person of Asian descent to serve as vice president.
The projected Biden-Harris victory comes after several anxiety-inducing days in which people around the world watched as battleground US states counted ballots and leads shifted between Biden and Republican incumbent President Donald Trump.
The process faced longer-than-usual delays in part because millions of Americans cast mail-in ballots this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump, who has tried to discredit and cast doubt on the US electoral process, has vowed to challenge the projected results. His campaign has filed lawsuits in several states to challenge the ballot counts, and signalled plans to demand a recount in at least one key state, Wisconsin.
In a statement on Saturday, Trump said the “election is far from over” and accused Biden of “rushing to falsely pose as the winner”.