Ghana’s former president John Mahama is hopeful of winning the 7 December polls, paving the way to work together with US President-Elect Joe Biden.
In a congratulatory message to Biden on Saturday (7 November 2020), Mahama said the Democrat’s victory was the result of “resilience and determination”.
“Congratulations #POTUS elect Joe Biden. Your resilience is admirable. It’s taken sheer grit and determination to chalk this victory. I look forward to us working together for the mutual benefit of our two countries and for a better world that ensures social justice and sustainable development,” the National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate posted on Facebook.
Biden won the race to become the next US president by defeating Donald Trump in a cliffhanger vote count after Tuesday’s election.
The BBC projects that Biden has won the key battleground of Pennsylvania, propelling him over the 270 electoral college vote threshold required to clinch the White House. The Trump campaign has said that its candidate does not plan to concede.
The result makes Trump the first one-term president since the 1990s.
The BBC’s projection of Biden’s victory is based on unofficial results from states that have already finished counting their votes, and the expected results from states, such as Wisconsin, where the count is continuing.
The election produced the highest turnout since 1900. Biden has won more than 73 million votes so far, the most ever for a US presidential candidate. Trump has drawn almost 70 million, the second-highest tally in history.
President Trump falsely declared himself the winner of the election while vote counting was far from finished. He has since alleged irregularities in counting, but has not presented any evidence of electoral fraud.
His campaign has filed a barrage of lawsuits in various states. On Friday, as Biden appeared to be on the cusp of victory, the Trump campaign said: “This election is not over.”