Biden Wins Electoral Vote, 306-232, With No Defections

Smooth process in state capitals follows Trump's efforts to overturn the election results
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2020 4:49 PM CST
Updated Dec 14, 2020 6:23 PM CST
Biden Wins Electoral Vote, With No Defections
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received 306 electoral votes Monday.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Electors in state capitals across the nation met their constitutional obligation to cast their votes for president Monday—a formal exercise that cemented President-elect Joe Biden's election victory. The final count was 306 electoral votes for Biden, 232 for President Trump, the AP reports, as it was in the Nov. 3 election. California's 55 votes had put Biden over the required 270, per the AP. The six battleground states whose election results were contested by Trump voted for Biden, without any defections. Despite challenges to the results and process from Trump and allied Republicans, and a threat of violence in at least one state, the voting went smoothly.

"It's not just out of tradition but to show folks, especially now more than ever, our system works," said Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, before the voting in New Hampshire. The state's four electors awarded their votes to Biden, per the New York Times. The Electoral College results will be counted in a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, with Vice President Mike Pence presiding. In Michigan, Republican and Democratic legislators said Monday they'd received threats, but the electors' voting was without incident. A few states kept the voting locations secret from the public for security reasons. Biden is planning to deliver a televised address to the nation Monday night after voting ends, per the AP. (More Election 2020 stories.)

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