US elections: Biden gains 270 electoral college votes to cement his presidential victory – live

US elections: Biden gains 270 electoral college votes to cement his presidential victory – liveDecember 15, 2020

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The president-elect will address the electoral college vote count in a speech to the nation later tonight. According to excerpts released by his transition team, Biden will say: “In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed … And so, now it is time to turn the page. To unite. To heal.”

Traditionally an afterthought, the meeting of the electoral college has taken on added importance this year because of the president’s refusal to concede the election. Despite an extraordinarily unsuccessful legal campaign to challenge the results in state and federal court, Trump has continued to claim without evidence that the vote was corrupted by fraud and irregularities.

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Senator Roy Blunt, a Republican of Missouri, is yet another Republican to break with the president by – accurately – calling Joe Biden the president-elect.

He told the Senate press poll that “we’ve now gone through the constitutional process and the electors have voted so there’s a president-elect”.

.@RoyBlunt to Senate press pool: “We’ve now gone through the constitutional process and the electors have voted so there’s a president elect… We’ll deal with Vice President Biden as the president elect.”

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