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Voters had queued for hours to vote at some polling stations (AP)

Voters had queued for hours to vote at some polling stations (AP)

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Voters had queued for hours to vote at some polling stations (AP)

So, reports of Donald Trump's political demise were exaggerated. The Biden landslide predicted by many US pollsters failed to materialise.

America's long-awaited election night ended with no declared winner and neither candidate accepting defeat. Instead, the president told his supporters, gathered without masks inside the White House, that "frankly we won this". He denounced opponents who dared to claim otherwise as plotters of a "major fraud" on the American people.

Joe Biden also maintained his campaign remained "on track" for victory. Quoting his Irish-American grandfather, Ambrose Finnegan, Biden urged his supporters to "keep the faith", insisting that the Democrats would eventually win the day.


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