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Joe Biden elected president
Joe Biden elected president
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Democrat Joe Biden has won the 2020 US presidential election, according to projections by CNN, Fox News, Associated Press. The former Vice President has been elected the 46th president of the United States, as vote tallies in several swing states were slowed by an unprecedented surge in mail-in ballots.

The race was called for Biden on Saturday when predictions that Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes put him over the 270-vote threshold needed to win the Electoral College, pending the outcome of any legal challenges.

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US Elections: Pence and Harris debate to be held on October 8, 1am GMT
US Elections: Pence and Harris debate to be held on October 8, 1am GMT
Credit: Office of Senator Kamala Harris | D. Myles Cullen (Public Domain)

Vice President Mike Pence will debate Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on October 8 at 1am GMT. Pence has tested negative for Covid-19 in recent days but was in recent contact with various individuals who have since tested positive. Plexiglass barriers will be installed but health experts stated that they are fairly useless with airborne viruses and recommend moving the debate online.

"Those plexiglass barriers are really only going to be effective if the vice president or Kamala Harris are spitting at each other," so Ellie Murray, an epidemiologist at Boston University.

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Joe Biden wins enough delegates to formally secure Democratic presidential nomination

Former vice-president and the last remaining contender for the Democratic presidential nomination Joe Biden has announced that he has managed to secure the needed 1,991 delegates to formally win the nomination. Seven states and the District of Columbia have held democratic primaries on Tuesday and eight states still have to vote. According to Associated Press he stands at 1,995 delegates.

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Republican groups sue California to stop mail-ballot

After Californian Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has announced mail-in ballots will be sent to all registered voters in California earlier this month, Republican groups filed a lawsuit against the action. The lawsuit was filed by the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the California Republican Party. Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, said in a statement: "Democrats continue to use this pandemic as a ploy to implement their partisan election agenda, and Governor Newsom's executive order is the latest direct assault on the integrity of our elections."