US election: Joe Biden officially secures enough electors to become president

Joe Biden has moved a decisive step forward in securing the presidency. There is now little Donald Trump can do to prevent the result. 

Joe Biden’s election victory over Donald Trump is all but secured after the state of California certified its presidential election results, appointing 55 electors who pledge to vote for the Democrat.

The votes will officially give the 78-year-old the Electoral College majority needed to win the White House.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s formal approval of Mr Biden’s win in the typically blue state brought the president elect’s tally of pledged electors so far to 279, according to a tally by The Associated Press.

This pushes him just over the 270 threshold required for either himself or Mr Trump to win the presidency.

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The news is another blow for defeated President Donald Trump. Picture: Brendan Smialowski/AFP

The news is another blow for defeated President Donald Trump. Picture: Brendan Smialowski/AFPSource:AFP

Joe Biden has officially secured enough electoral votes to win the White House. Picture: Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Joe Biden has officially secured enough electoral votes to win the White House. Picture: Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP

While we’ve known for some time now – despite the current President’s repeated claims of voter fraud and refusal to concede – that Mr Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, were victorious, Ohio State University law professor Edward B Foley said Mr Biden gathering more than 270 electors is his first step toward the White House.

“It is a legal milestone and the first milestone that has that status,” he told AP.

“Everything prior to that was premised on what we call projections.”

The California electors will meet on December 14, along with counterparts in each state, to formerly vote for the next president. Most are bound, by law, to the winner of the popular vote in their state.

These results are then due around January 6. While politicians can object to accepting the votes, it’s unlikely – and almost impossible – Mr Biden will be blocked at this point.

“As a practical matter, we know that Joe Biden is going to be inaugurated on January 20,” Prof Foley said.

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NED-2722-Biden-policies - 0The news comes as Mr Trump’s hopes of overturning the election result were dealt another blow, after a lawsuit in Nevada was thrown out.

The President and his allies have now lost at least 30 post-election lawsuits. By some counts, the number is as high as 41-1 losses.

In the latest blow for Mr Trump, a Nevada state court on Friday (local time) rejected his campaign’s lawsuit seeking to block the state’s election results.

Mr Biden won Nevada’s six electoral votes by 703,486 to Mr Trump’s 669,890 votes.






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