Washington: President-elect Joe Biden consolidated his US election victory by capturing the state of the battlefield in Arizona on Thursday night, but the stagnant President Donald Trump officially refused to accept the defeat on the remains of his government.
According to Edison Research, starting from the November 3 election, after more than a week of voting, Biden is expected to win the Arizona election. He is the only Democratic presidential candidate to win the traditional Republican system in 70 years.
Biden’s victory in Arizona earned him 290 electoral votes at the State Electoral College, which determines the winners.
Biden has cleared the 270 vote threshold and won the general election, setting him, of course, on January 20. Another 11 electoral votes in Arizona swore to challenge Trump with any long-range shots even further.
Biden also has a lead of more than 14,000 votes in the uncalled state of Georgia, and it is almost certain that he will survive the manual vote count. Nationally, Biden won 5.3 million votes, or 3.4 percent of votes.
Trump is a Republican and there is no evidence that he was deceived by widespread election fraud, but his legal challenge failed in court, and state election officials reported no serious violations.
In order to be re-elected for a second term, Trump will need to overthrow Biden’s leadership in at least three states, but he has not been able to find evidence that he can do so in any three states. The states face the “safe harbor” deadline of December 8 to prove their elections and select electors for the electoral college, which will formally elect a new president on December 14.
Trump’s refusal to accept defeat has stalled the process of transitioning to a new administration. The federal agency that releases funding to an incoming president-elect, the General Services Administration, has not yet recognized Biden’s victory.
Biden’s pick for White House chief of staff, Ron Klain, told MSNBC on Thursday that starting the transition is particularly crucial now, as the Biden administration will inherit a coronavirus vaccination campaign as soon as he takes office.
“The sooner we can get our transition experts into meetings with the folks who are planning a vaccination campaign, the more seamless the transition to a Biden presidency from a Trump presidency can be,” Klain said.
Regardless of the impediments, Biden will sign a “stack” of executive orders and send high-priority legislation to Congress his first day in office, Klain said.
“He is going to have a very, very busy Day One,” Klain said, citing a return the to Paris accord on climate change, immigration reform, strengthening the “Obamacare” healthcare law and environmental protection as issues Biden would address on Jan. 20.