Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation ravaged by a historical pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil. Their victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials reviewed a wave of mail votes that delayed the processing of some ballots. Biden crossed the 270 votes of the Electoral College with a victory in Pennsylvania.Biden, 77, bet his candidacy less on a distinctive political ideology than to propel a broad coalition of voters around the notion that Trump posed an existential threat to American democracy. The strategy proved effective, resulting in key victories in Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as pennsylvania, which were once Democratic strongers who turned to Trump in 2016.Biden was on track to win the national popular vote by more than 4 million, a margin that could grow as ballots continue to be counted. Trump took advantage of delays in voting processing in some states to falsely allege voter fraud and argue that his rival was trying to take power, an extraordinary position of a president-in-office trying to sow doubts about a fundamental democratic process. As the vote count developed, Biden attempted to ease tensions and project an image of presidential leadership, achieving unity notes that apparently aimed to cool the temperature of a heated and divided nation.» We have to remember that the purpose of our policy is not a total, relentless and endless war,» Biden said Friday night in Delaware. «No, the purpose of our politics, the work of our nation, is not to fan the flames of conflict, but to solve problems, to guarantee justice, to give them all a just chance.» Kamala Harris also makes history as the first African-American woman to become vice president, an achievement that occurs when the United States faces accountability on racial justice. The California senator, who is also the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency, will become the highest-ranking woman the government has ever held, four years after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.Trump is the first president-in-Office to lose re-election since Republican George H.W. Bush in 1992. It was unclear whether Trump would publicly give in. The Americans showed a deep interest in the presidential race. A record 103 million voted earlier this year, choosing to avoid long lines at polling places during a pandemic. With continuous counting in some states, Biden had already received more than 74 million votes, more than any presidential candidate before him. More than 236,000 Americans have died during the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 10 million have been infected, and millions of jobs have been lost. The final days of the campaign unfolded in the context of an increase in confirmed cases in almost every state, including battlefields like Wisconsin that passed to Biden.