The Electoral College voted in Joe Biden as the nation’s next president, ratifying the November election results on Monday.
Yet even as many Republican senators congratulated Biden, President Donald Trump refuses to concede he had lost.
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The news has left Trump supporters divided — and we want to hear from you.
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The presidential electors on Monday gave Biden a solid majority of 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232, the same margin Trump had when he won the White House four years ago.
The results will be sent to Washington and tallied in a Jan. 6 joint session of Congress over which Vice President Mike Pence will preside.
For all Trump’s claims of fraud and multiple legal challenges, there was little suspense as every one of the electoral votes allocated to Biden and the president in last month’s popular vote went officially to each man.
On social media, Trump supporters had a range of reactions.
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Some urged the president to continue his legal fight. Others called for Trump to concede. On Fox News, host Geraldo Rivera and conservative activist Charlie Kirk clashed.
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In a speech after the results, Biden renewed his campaign promise to be a president for all Americans and said the country has hard work ahead on the virus and economy.
But there was no concession from the White House, where Trump has vowed to continue his fight.
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Trump remained in the Oval Office long after sunset in Washington, calling allies and fellow Republicans while keeping track of the running Electoral College tally, according to White House and campaign aides.
In a Fox News Channel interview taped over the weekend, Trump said that “I worry about the country having an illegitimate president, that’s what I worry about. A president that lost and lost badly.”
Even with the Electoral College’s confirmation of Biden’s victory, some Republicans have continued to refuse to acknowledge Biden won. Yet their opposition to Biden had no practical effect on the electoral process, with the Democrat to be sworn in next month.
Republicans who would have been Trump electors met anyway in a handful of states Biden won. Pennsylvania Republicans said they cast a “procedural vote” for Trump and Pence in the event that courts that have rejected Trump’s legal team’s challenges to Biden’s were to reverse course.
In North Carolina, Utah and other states across the country where Trump won, his electors turned out to duly cast their ballots for him. Electors in North Carolina had their temperatures checked before being allowed to enter the Capitol to vote. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes withdrew as a Trump elector and was in quarantine because he was exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whom Trump defeated four years ago, were among New York’s 29 electors for Biden and Harris.
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Following weeks of Republican legal challenges that lost in court, Trump and Republican allies tried to persuade the Supreme Court last week to set aside 62 electoral votes for Biden in four states, which might have thrown the outcome into doubt.
The justices rejected the effort on Friday.
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