Four states certified election results yesterday. With the outcomes, prospects grow dimmer for a Trump comeback to get the White House back. Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Minnesota all officially awarded their state to President-elect Joe Biden. North Carolina gave their vote to incumbent Donald Trump.
Four States Certified Election Results: 3 for Biden, 1 for Trump
Biden’s home state of Pennsylvania signed off on its election results yesterday. Governor Tom Wolf (D) signed the certification awarding the 20 electors to Biden. This officially makes Pennsylvania Democrat blue after four years as a Republican stronghold. The state board certified a total of 3,458,229 votes for Biden. Meanwhile, Trump received 3,377,674 certified votes. This means Biden, a Scranton native, won the elections by a margin of 80,000 votes. As a result, he will receive all 20 electoral votes from the state.
In a tweet, Wolf said: “Today @PAStateDept certified the results of the November 3 election in Pennsylvania for president and vice president of the United States. As required by federal law, I’ve signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”
Tuesday also marked the certification of votes for Minnesota. Previously, Secretary of State Steve Simon and board judges reviewed vote totals. Counting ballots submitted by all 87 counties, a record 1.9 million Minnesotans voted. Due to the pandemic, a majority 58% voted via absentee ballot.
In a 5-0 vote, the board-certified the results that showed Joe Biden defeating Trump. Biden won by over 233,000 votes or about 7 percentage points. Per state law, the board will formally declare the winners of the federal and state elections in three days. Meanwhile, the state’s 10 presidential electors will submit their votes on December 14.
Simon proudly reported that the state’s voter participation was the highest in the US. For this year’s elections, Despite the pandemic, Minnesota’s turnout came out at 79.96%. “That is safely number one in the country for this year in terms of turnout,” Simon said.
Nevada became the fourth battleground state to certify its results Tuesday. Despite efforts by Trump’s lawyers to delay the proceedings, the Nevada Supreme Court approved the state’s election results Tuesday. Previously, state Republicans and Trump campaign lawyers tried to disallow vote-by-mail ballots to all 1.82 million active registered voters. Also, they requested a stop to the counting of 1.4 million votes cast.
Based on official results, Biden received 50.06% of the votes while Trump got 47.67%. The Democrat President-elect won by a margin of 33,596 votes over Trump. The unanimous SC decision will send their certification to Democrat Governor Steve Sisolak. The decision confirms that Biden will receive all six electoral votes. As such, Nevada’s six presidential electors will meet on December 14 in Carson City.
Also on Tuesday, the state’s Board of Elections certified the results of the elections. Before noon, the board voted 4-1 to certify the victory of Donald Trump over Joe Biden by 1.3 percentage points. Consequently, North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes will officially go to President Donald Trump.
BOE Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell reported that voter turnout was 75.4%. Given that the elections happened during a pandemic, she found the numbers “remarkable.” Previously, the 2016 elections managed to generate 69% participation.
Time is Running Out
Meanwhile, Trump’s lawyers promised to provide evidence of voter fraud. However, time is running out. As states certify their election results, the consensus on who won is becoming more apparent. Also, there is the matter of President Trump tacitly approving the transition process. This might show his willingness to accept the possibility of electoral defeat. That is unless the Trump campaign team comes up with something that can hold up in court. Otherwise, Trump might need to act as a statesman again in the best interest of the country.
Watch this as Arirang News reports that Joe Biden is the certified winner in Pennsylvania and Nevada:
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