Biden Clears 270 Electoral Vote Margin, Formalizes Presidential Win

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WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) – Joe Biden has cleared the 270-electoral-vote mark to formalize his presidential victory with California’s 55 votes.

The voting milestone came late Monday when California electors affirmed Biden’s massive 5 million-vote win last month in the nation’s largest state.

Monday was the day set by law for the meeting of the Electoral College. In reality, electors meet in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to cast their ballots. The results will be sent to Washington and tallied in a Jan. 6 joint session of Congress over which Vice President Mike Pence will preside.

Electors from coast to coast are meeting in person, socially-distanced, or virtually, due to the pandemic. Electoral College representatives from various states have cast votes and will continue throughout Monday.

Vermont’s three electors were the first in the nation to vote Monday, casting ballots for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Over a Zoom ceremony that took less than 20 minutes, Nevada’s six Democratic presidential electors have awarded their votes for Biden, becoming the first slate of electors from a battleground state to cast their votes.

Illinois electors met in the Illinois House chamber while observing social-distance rules to vote 20-0 in favor of Biden. “The election is affirmed. It is now time for us as a country to move forward, transition in full, and embrace the promise of a new administration …,” Illinois Electoral College chairwoman, Lori Lightfoot, the mayor of Chicago said.

In Arkansas, the state’s members of the electoral college met for about 45 minutes in the Old Supreme Court Chamber of the state Capitol in Little Rock. “This is a very historic time,” Doyle Webb, who was elected chairman of the state’s electors, said after six votes were cast for President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence.

After Iowa’s six Republican electors formally cast votes for Trump, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and elector was unwilling to declare Biden the president-elect, When asked about Trump’s pending legal challenges he said, “You’ve got to let it work itself through. The last thing you want is for Americans to feel they were shortchanged on their vote.”

Biden is planning to address the nation Monday night, after the electors have voted.


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1 Comment

  1. This guy, whom hid in his basement on all year, couldn’t get more than 50 people to come out and see him at his events, and currently has less than 8,000 people tune in across ALL platforms to see/hear him speak

    beat, the guy who had 20,000+ supporters show up to an airport at the drop of a hat, stand 8+ hrs in line, just to see him for an hr speech, not counting those whom would line the roads just wanting to wave at him, oh yeah and over 250,000 on one live stream alone…..for actual totals of over a million EVERYTIME he had a rally…. which was 2-3 a day towards the end….

    Does anyone really believe Biden beat Obama’s popularity…..????

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