US presidential battle – On Monday, Democrat Joe Biden (Dec 14) won the state-by-state electoral college vote. This formally determines the US presidency, nigh ending President Donald Trump’s floundering campaign to overturn his loss within the Nov 3 election.
California, the foremost populous state, delivered its 55 electoral votes to Biden on Monday afternoon. This officially puts the previous vice president over the 270 votes needed to secure the White House. Backed up by November’s results, Biden earned 306 electoral college votes to the Republican Trump’s 232.
Earlier during the election, the Trump campaign has been trying unsuccessfully to overturn the results. These states include Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. However, after several requested recounts, the majority of votes belongs to Biden.
There was next to no chance that Monday’s voting would nullify Biden’s victory. With Trump’s legal campaign to reverse the results failing, the president’s dim hopes of staying in power, with persuading Congress not to accept Monday’s electoral vote during a Jan 6 special session – is an effort that is almost certain to fail.
The state’s Democratic secretary of state, Katie Hobbs, said Trump’s claims of fraud had “led to threats of violence against me, my office, and people during this room today”. This happened in Arizona, at the start of the electors’ meeting.
“While there’ll be people who are upset their candidate didn’t win, it’s patently un-American and unacceptable that today’s event should be anything but an honoured tradition held proudly and in celebration,” Hobbs said.
Trump said late last month he would depart the White House if the electoral college voted for Biden. However, he has since pressed on together with his unprecedented campaign to overturn his defeat. On Monday, he continued a series of unsupported claims of electoral fraud.
“Swing States that have found massive VOTER FRAUD, which is all of them, CANNOT LEGALLY CERTIFY these votes as complete & correct without committing a severely punishable crime,” he wrote on Twitter.
Once the Electoral College vote is complete, Trump’s sole remaining scheme would be to persuade Congress not to certify the count on Jan 6.
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