Daily US Times: On Monday, the Electoral College made Joe Biden’s victory official as he is becoming the next US president, giving him a solid electoral majority of 306 votes and confirming the Democrat’s victory in last month’s general election. The state-by-state voting has carried little more importance this year because of President Trump’s refusal to concede the election.
In some states, heightened security was in place as electors met to cast paper ballots, with social distancing, masks and other pandemic precautions the order of the day. The Electoral College results will be sent to Washington and tallied in a January 6 joint session of Congress over which Mike Pence, Vice President, will preside.
For all Trump’s unsubstantial claims of voterfraud, there was little suspense and no change as all the electoral votes allocated to Joe Biden and the president in last month’s popular vote went officially to each man.
Joe Biden handily beat President Donald Trump, who had 232 electoral votes, a 74-vote margin that Biden noted Trump had called a landslide when he won by that much in 2016. On Election Day, Biden beat the incumbent Trump by more than 7 million in the popular vote nationwide.
California’s 55 electoral votes put the Democrat over the top. Vermont, with 3 votes, was the first state to report and Hawaii, with 4 votes, was the last.
In an evening speech, Joe Biden said: “Once again in America, the rule of law, our Constitution, and the will of the people have prevailed. Our democracy — pushed, tested, threatened — proved to be resilient, true, and strong.”
He renewed his campaign promise to be a president for all Americans, whether they supported him or not, and said the country has hard work ahead on the economy and virus.
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