With a solid majority of 306 votes, Joe Biden confirms his victory in US Presidential Elections 2020 and becomes the 46th President of the United States by defeating President Donald Trump. His victory came after three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a flood of mail-in votes that delayed the process.
California’s 55 elector votes helped Biden to clear his 270-vote mark with flying colours. In all 50 states and the District of Columbia, heightened security was in place and electors cast paper ballots with masks, social distancing adhering to pandemic precautions. The result will be sent to Washington and record in a joint session of Congress on January 6, which will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence.
In the US system, voters actually cast their ballots for electors, who in turn, formally cast their vote for candidates’ weeks after the election. Democrat Joe Biden triumphed US Presidential Elections with 306 votes to Republican Donald Trump.
On Monday, in a victory speech, Joe Biden urged the country to ‘turn the page.’ Immediately after the vote, William Barr, Trump’s attorney general who later disputed with Trump’s over election fraud claims, resigned, marking the end of a souring relationship.
In a tweet, Donald Trump has refused to recognise Biden’s victory, claims ‘many Trump votes were routed to Biden’.
According to reports, on Sunday, Trump said that he would continue his fight even after the US Supreme Court denied a bid by Texas to revoke the election results in four of the six battleground states.