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Democrat Joe Biden is the US president

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Biden, 77, became the oldest person elected US president as Trump failed to significantly widen his appeal beyond a committed core of rural and working-class white voters.

Joe Biden is the new US president. Picture: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Washington – Democrat Joe Biden captured the US presidency on Saturday, Edison Research and several major television networks said, as voters narrowly rebuffed Republican incumbent Donald Trump’s tumultuous leadership to embrace Biden’s promise of a renewed effort to fight the coronavirus pandemic, fix the economy and heal a divided nation.

Biden, 77, became the oldest person elected US president as Trump failed to significantly widen his appeal beyond a committed core of rural and working-class white voters who embraced his right-wing populism and “America First” nationalism.

Edison Research and major networks, including CNN and NBC, projected Biden would win more than the 270 Electoral College votes needed to emerge victorious in the complex state-by-state system for electing a president, although Trump’s campaign challenged vote counts in the courts and sought a recount in one state.