US Election Results: Congressional leaders continued to vote through the night after a breach by a pro-Trump mob at the US Capitol on Wednesday forced members of the House and Senate to suspend the joint session. Nearly 14 and a half hours later, the count is over.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be inaugurated on January 20th. The president-elect Joe Biden received 306 electoral votes while Trump has got 232 votes.
The Senate and House rejected objections to throw out Georgia and Pennsylvania’s electoral votes for Biden. Republicans also objected to Arizona, Nevada, and Michigan’s electoral votes, but the motions failed before they reached debate. The certification comes after Pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol earlier Wednesday. The joint session of Congress, which is normally a ceremonial step, was halted for several hours when rioters breached the Capitol.
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The Senate resumed their work in debating Republican challenges more than six hours after pro-Trump mobs attacked the Capitol and forced lawmakers to flee.
Scores of Republican House Reps and 13 Senators had planned to object to the electoral votes of perhaps six states that backed Joe Biden.
Questions had been asked whether some Republicans who support Trump’s false electoral fraud claims would change their minds after the Capitol was stormed.
After deliberations resumed, Senators voted 93 to 6 against the effort to reject Arizona’s 11 electoral votes. The House of Representatives voted 303-121 against the objection, with 82 Republicans siding with the Democrats.
At 8.30am Irish time, the Senate rejected an objection to accepting Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, with seven votes in favour and 92 votes against.
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Following the formal affirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, President Trump said the decision “represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history.” “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement, CNN reported.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again,” Trump said while repeating false claims about the election that incited a mob to storm the Capitol.