US Elections: Joe Biden elected the 46th president

News just in indicate that Democrat, Joe Biden has amassed the 270 Electoral College Votes required to be the US president. CBS News projects Joe Biden has secured enough electoral votes to become the 46th president of the United States, defeating President Trump and capturing the White House after a bitter campaign that exposed deep divides in the country.

The former vice president's victory in Pennsylvania marks the third Rust Belt state that President Trump won in 2016 which in turn supported Biden in 2020, along with Michigan and Ohio. Biden is also leading in Nevada, Arizona and Georgia, which Mr. Trump won in 2016.

Mr. Trump has refused to acknowledge the validity of legally cast ballots that have been counted since Election Day. However, Biden took an insurmountable lead in Pennsylvania on Saturday morning, closing the president's last path to victory.

The Trump campaign has launched lawsuits in several critical states in an attempt to delay the counting of votes it considers to be disputed, but this litigation has thus far been unsuccessful.

Biden's victory is historic, as his running mate, Kamala Harris, will be the first woman and first Black and Asian-American person to serve as vice president.

(With input from agencies)