Electors met across the nation on Monday to formalize the election of former Vice-President Joe Biden. Biden, who won the popular vote with more than 80,000,000 votes, received 306 Electoral College votes, compared to President Trump’s 232. The confirmation led several high-profile Republicans to concede that Biden was the official victor and congratulate him. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “The Electoral College has spoken. Today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden.” Senator John Thune, who is the No. 2 Republican in the Senate behind McConnell, said in a statement Monday, “At some point, you have to face the music. It’s time for everybody to move on. ” These statements have led to anger from many in the Republican Party who feel that they are akin to surrender. Despite numerous setbacks recently, President Trump and his legal team continue to fight to overturn election results in several key battleground states.
The electors met in each state’s capitol to announce their votes, with the actual process taking less than an hour in most locations. Despite some hope from Republicans, there were no faithless electors. A faithless elector is someone who votes contrary to the popular vote in their state.
The final step in the Electoral process is when the House and Senate meet in a joint session on January 6th to ratify the Electoral College results. Vice-President Mike Pence is expected to preside over the joint session.