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Joe Biden Officially Wins The US Electoral College Votes

Meanwhile, outgoing President Donald Trump still hasn’t conceded the election.

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Joe Biden officially won the 2020 US Presidential race, securing 306 of the 538 electoral votes in the 3 November elections.

A total of 270 electoral votes are required by a candidate to win.

Members of the Electoral College are met across the United States on Monday, 14 December, to formally choose Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States, even as President Donald Trump refuses to concede.

President-Elect Joe Biden clinched 306 electoral college votes, with President Trump trailing at 232 electoral college votes. The US electoral system selects a number of electors from each state based on its population. These electors cast their ballot for the presidential candidate that carried their respective state in the election.

This is called indirect universal suffrage.

This election has gained special significance because of US President Donald Trump’s refusal to follow electoral tradition and concede, as well as his continued claims of nationwide electoral fraud.

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Electoral College Votes By State

This Monday, electors across the United States continue to formally cast their votes for president.

So far, the following regions have made their decisions:

Nevada electors just cast their six votes for President-elect Joe Biden during a virtual meeting Monday morning.

Biden's home state, Delaware put in its three electoral college votes for President-elect Joe Biden.

Georgia electors assembled in Atlanta on Monday to give President-Elect Joe Biden the state's 16 votes.

The state of Connecticut also put in its seven votes for Joe Biden.

New York electors gave President-Elect Biden a lead by casting their 29 votes in his favour.

The swing state of Pennsylvania has also cast their 20 votes for Joe Biden during their meeting on Monday in Harrisburg.

Virginia too has added to Biden's moutning victory by casting their 13 votes in his favour.

Rhode Island’s electors cast their four votes for President-elect Joe Biden during their meeting on Monday in Providence.

The state of North Carolina’s electors have cast their 15 votes for President Trump.

Ohio, too, cast their 18 votes for President Trump during their meeting on Monday in Columbus.

The sourthern state of Kentucky have cast their 8 votes for President Trump.

In Madison, Wisconsin cast their 10 votes in President-Elect, Joe Biden's favour.

Arizona’s electors have cast their 11 votes for Joe Biden increasing his lead.

The state of Kansas has cast its 6 electoral votes for President Trump. Similar to South Dakota’s electors, who cast their three votes also in favour of President Trump.

Maryland’s electors cast their 10 votes for President-elect Joe Biden.

Alabama’s electors cast their 9 votes for President Trump.

President Trump also won in the state of Utah and Louisiana with the electors casting their for the former state casting their 6 votes and he latter their 8 votes for him.

The state of New Mexico cast their 5 votes for President-Elect Biden.

Florida’s electors cast their 29 votes for President Trump during their meeting on Monday in Tallahassee.

Minnesota cast their 10 electoral votes in favour of Joe Biden.

Michigan’s electors cast their 16 votes for President-Elect Biden.

The state of West Virginia casted their 5 electoral votes for President Trump.

Colorado’s electors cast their 9 votes for President-elect Joe Biden.

Washington DC, electors cast their 3 votes for President-elect Joe Biden during their meeting on Monday.

President Trump won the state of Idaho with 4 electoral votes.

North Dakota’s electors cast their 3 votes for President Trump during their meeting on Monday in Bismarck.

Wyoming’s electors also cast their 3 votes for President Trump.

Maine’s electors cast three votes for President-elect Joe Biden and one vote for President Trump during their meeting on Monday in Augusta.

Alaska’s electors cast their 3 votes for President Trump.

During their meeting on Monday, Nebraska’s electors cast four votes for President Trump and one vote for President-elect Joe Biden.

The state of Washington cast their 12 votes for President-elect Joe Biden, as did the state of New Jersey with their 14 electoral votes.

The mammoth state of Texas cast their 38 electoral votes for President Donald Trump.

Electors representing the state of Missouri cast their 10 votes for President Trump as well.

Massachusetts’ electors cast 11 votes for President-elect Joe Biden.

Montana’s electors cast their 3 votes for President Trump during their meeting on Monday in Helena.

The state of Oregon casted their 7 votes in favour of the President-Elect.

On Monday afternoon, with the state of California casting their 55 electoral votes in favour of Joe Biden, the President-Elect officially clinched victory.

Hawaii was the final state to cast their four electoral votes in Joe Biden's favour, concluding the process and solidifying Biden's win further.

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Donald Trump’s Refusal to Concede

As Biden pushed through the 270 electoral vote threshold required to win, sources close to the White House told CNN that President Trump is not moving in the direction of publicly accepting the election results, despite the Electoral College's historic vote.

Certain White House advisers have also acknowleged that it as highly unlikely that the outgoing President will attend Biden's inauguration.

Amid groundless claims of fraud, Trump-supporting Republicans had also filed lawsuits to overturn Biden’s victory in the states of Nevada, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. State lawmakers have largely rejected this idea.

Last week, Trump and his allies appealed to the Supreme Court to set aside 62 Biden votes, however, the apex court rejected the effort on 11 December.

Biden’s Monday Night Address

After the electoral college votes, Biden is planning to address the nation on Monday night (US time).

This weekend, when asked on Fox News whether he would attend Biden’s inauguration on 20 January 2021, Donald Trump remarked, “I don’t want to talk about that.”

Biden received 7 million more popular votes than Donald Trump this year.

(With inputs from Reuters, CNBC and CNN)

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