The Electoral College Affirms President-elect Joe Biden’s A Winner
President-elect Joe Biden has received enough electoral votes to officially clinch the presidency, a major milestone that he reached when California’s electors awarded him the state’s 55 electoral votes at their meeting Monday in Sacramento.
CNN projected five weeks ago that Biden would winner to the White House, but his victory was formalized Monday after presidential electors gathered in statehouses across the country as part of the Constitutional process to officially elect a President.
This development is a crushing blow to President Trump’s controversial and unprecedented attempts to block Biden’s victory in the Electoral College by filing longshot lawsuits and pressuring lawmakers in battleground states to overturn millions of legal votes.
In California, Biden won more than 63% of the statewide vote, while Trump earned about 34%.
Democrats have always been the winner of California’s electoral votes every cycle since 1992. The state voted for Republicans in the six presidential elections before that.
About the process: The meeting of electors is the next major step in the Electoral College process to affirm the general election results. Electors are required by law to vote for president and vice president on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, which this year is today. It takes 270 electoral votes of the 538 available to become president.
Oregon’s electors cast seven electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden during their meeting on Monday in Salem.
Biden won Oregon, a reliably blue state, by about 16 points in 2020.
The meeting of electors is the next major step in the Electoral College process to affirm the general election results. Electors are required by law to vote for president and vice president on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, which this year is today.
Precious McKesson was the sole elector in Nebraska to cast the vote for President-elect Joe Biden today.
Nebraska is one of only two states that splits its electoral college votes. The Electoral College cast four votes for Trump and one for Biden.
“It was so monumental to be in a room with so many of my close friends and families and supporters. And when I walked in they started cheering me. It was an honor to do it today,”
McKesson, who is the first woman of color to cast an electoral vote for a Democrat in the state, also explained why she became emotional when she cast a vote for the first woman and first Black vice president. “It meant so much,” she said.
“It meant so much for many women who every day fight this good fight to make sure that our democracy is not taken for granted. And so to be able to cast that vote for Kamala Harris today, it meant the world to me.
And I’m just so happy that I was able to do that, especially here in Nebraska. And we’re just excited to see that Biden became the winner and to see what the future holds and we can’t wait until January 20th when they’re worn in,” she said.
McKesson also discussed how she was elected as the elector to cast the Democratic vote.
“Prior to my going to work for the Biden/Harris campaign, I do sit as the Black Caucus chair as well as the state Legislative District Holder. Before I’m able to work for them, we had the state convention and you have to go in front of your congressional district and you have to actually ask for them to nominate you and to vote for you.
And so, I went in front of my peers and told them I felt that this would be the time for number one, a woman of color and a woman to cast that vote and they voted for me to be able to be the one to represent Congressional District 2.”