The Electoral College has confirmed Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. President-elect Joe Biden said he will be a president for all Americans, regardless of political affiliation. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: https://cnb.cx/2NGeIvi
The Electoral College voted Monday to cement President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump in this year’s presidential election.
The ballots were cast throughout the day by individual electors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and they mirror their state’s popular vote.
Shortly before 5:30 p.m. ET, California electors cast their 55 votes for Biden, pushing him over the crucial threshold of 270 electoral votes. At approximately 7:15 p.m., Hawaii cast the final four electoral votes of the day for Biden, who won 306 total electoral votes. Trump won 232 votes.
Biden addressed the nation later Monday, where he will emphasize that “the integrity of our elections remains intact.”
“And so, now it is time to turn the page. To unite. To heal,” Biden said.
The Electoral College vote is typically a formality, occurring more than a month after Election Day votes are cast. But Trump’s unprecedented legal and legislative efforts to overturn the election results this year have imparted a greater significance upon the proceedings.
The president, his campaign and his political allies have filed dozens of lawsuits since Election Day, asking federal and state courts to nullify the election results based on myriad unsubstantiated claims of irregularities.
These efforts repeatedly failed, prompting the president to shift tactics in early December and begin to personally pressure Republican state legislators to intervene in the selection of individual electors. This, too, has failed.
Yet Trump continues to falsely claim that he, not Biden, is the legitimate winner of the November election and that he was the victim of a massive, coordinated nationwide conspiracy to alter votes in Biden’s favor.
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