After massive campaigns by both sides, the US witnessed a nerve-racking election combat between incumbent President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. With record mail-in ballots being polled amid the raging corona epidemic, the results were inconclusive on November 3, as millions of ballots remained to be counted. However, slowly and steadily, the states that were pending turned blue for Biden, with his home state Pennsylvania being the one that earmarked him as the 46th President of the US.
The Associated Press news agency said Joe Biden is projected to have secured 290 Electoral College votes to surpass the threshold needed to win the White House, after projected wins in Pennsylvania and Nevada. Trump secured 214 Electoral College votes.
"I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris," Biden said in a statement. "In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America."
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Biden on winning the 2020 US. Modi has tweeted a photo of the pair of them from his visit to the US when Biden was Barack Obama's Vice President and hailed his then contributions to strengthening India-US relations. The Prime Minister has also congratulated Indian-origin Kamala Harris who will be the first woman Vice President of the US, highlighting the significance of her achievement.
“Congratulations @JoeBiden on your spectacular victory! As the VP, your contribution to strengthening Indo-US relations was critical and invaluable. I look forward to working closely together once again to take India-US relations to greater heights,” tweeted PM Modi.