It’s Official: Joe Biden Secures Enough Electors To Become The 46th President

Written by on December 14, 2020

Joe Biden has formally secured sufficient electoral votes to grow to be the subsequent president of the US.

Biden crossed the Electoral School’s 270-vote threshold on Monday, confirming his win within the Nov. 7 election. In complete, Biden acquired 306 electoral votes and Donald Trump acquired 232.

The elector votes might be formally tallied throughout a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6.

Simply as he did in election projections, state certifications, recounts and quite a few lawsuits, Donald Trump misplaced.

“If anybody didn’t understand it earlier than, they know now,” Biden stated from Wilmington, Delaware, on Monday night time. “What beats deep within the hearts of the American folks is that this: democracy, the precise to be heard, to have your vote counted, to decide on the leaders of this nation, to control ourselves.”

Underneath regular circumstances, this step within the course of wouldn’t be huge information, because the clear loser would have already conceded. However Trump — who bought almost 7 million fewer votes than Biden, and has not raised a single credible voting irregularity — has refused to acknowledge his defeat, and has desperately tried to overturn the outcomes. 

Earlier than and after Election Day, Trump solid doubt on the integrity of the U.S. voting system, repeatedly and baselessly calling mail-in ballots fraudulent. Trump’s marketing campaign filed dozens of election lawsuits in a number of states, dropping almost all 60 of them.

It’s unclear whether or not the electoral votes will affect congressional Republicans, most of whom are following Trump’s lead in claiming that election outcomes are nonetheless up within the air.

“This yr, it appears as if Joe Biden has needed to be declared the winner of the presidential election repeatedly and once more ― and nonetheless, our Republican colleagues haven’t absolutely come to grips with that actuality,” Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) stated Monday on the Senate flooring. “Simply what number of instances does President Trump must lose earlier than rank-and-file Republicans, earlier than most senators acknowledge that Joe Biden would be the subsequent president of the US?”

Some Republican senators cautiously acknowledged Biden as the subsequent president after he handed the 270 mark. 

“As quickly as he crosses the 270 vote threshold ― I imply, there are nonetheless a few final steps within the course of ― however for my part, that’s how on this nation we determine presidential elections, that’s our Structure, and I imagine in following the Structure,” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) informed reporters Monday.

When requested after the Electoral School vote if she acknowledged Biden as president-elect, Sen. Shelley Capito (R-W.Va.) informed reporters: “It actually appears that method, and I believe it’s time to show the web page and start a brand new administration.”

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas stated he additionally considers Biden to be president-elect, barring “some other litigation that might happen between now and January 20.” 

Though the nation has identified for weeks that Biden would probably grow to be the 46th president, the Structure requires the Electoral School to choose the president, not voters. The Electoral School is made up of 538 electors ― folks picked in all 50 states by state events. Some electors are political heavyweights like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Georgia’s Stacey Abrams, whereas others are from different walks of life.

“I imagine we must always abolish the Electoral School and choose our president by the winner of the favored vote, identical as each different workplace,” Clinton, a New York elector, tweeted on Monday afternoon. “However whereas it nonetheless exists, I used to be proud to solid my vote in New York for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”

Clinton, who gained the favored vote however misplaced the presidential election in 2016, is one among many Democrats who’ve known as to finish the Electoral School as a result of it’s inherently undemocratic. For instance, if round 80,000 votes in a couple of key states had been totally different, Biden can be the Electoral School loser regardless of his 7 million-vote win.

Although Trump nonetheless hasn’t conceded, Biden celebrated the electoral win as a win for democracy throughout his speech Monday night time.

“In America, politicians don’t take energy. Folks grant energy to them,” he stated. “The flame of democracy was lit on this nation a very long time in the past. And we now know that nothing — not even a pandemic or an abuse of energy — can extinguish that flame.”

Igor Bobic contributed reporting. 


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