Washington D.C. – Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, has been formally recognized as the next President of the United States, vice Donald Trump.
Biden, in accordance with tradition, will be administered the oath of office on January 20, 2021 and assume control of the White House at noon.
Last Dec. 14, Biden’s status as President-elect was confirmed by the Electoral College after each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia certified the results of the Nov. 3 elections.
Biden emerged with 51.3 percent of votes cast or 81.3 million, in the process notching 306 of the total 538 electoral votes up for grabs.
Only 270 votes are required for election.
In the US, a president is elected by “indirect universal suffrage” and not winning the popular vote.
Each state is given a certain number of electors, which is determined by population; and the candidate who carries the state is awarded the electors.
In 2016, Democrat Hillary Clinton lost to Republican Trump even if she trounced him by some 3 million popular votes. Trump (coincidentally) garnered 306 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232.
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