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Biden Secures Electoral Votes Needed to Become President

Victories put the president-elect at 306 votes in the Electoral College

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  • President-elect Joe Biden received 306 Electoral College votes in the Nov. 3 election, according to the Associated Press, more than the 270 a candidate needs to be elected president of the United States. 

    

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

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President-elect Joe Biden has won a total of 306 Electoral College votes, according to the Associated Press news service. The AP has now called all the states and Biden’s victories means he has garnered more than the 270 he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris need to be sworn in on Jan. 20, 2021.

Biden’s victory was fueled in large part by a record-setting number of ballots cast by mail in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the AP, President Donald Trump received 232 Electoral College votes. More than 78.1 million American cast ballots for Biden, a record popular vote. Trump received 73.1 million votes.

The results also mean that Harris will become the first woman and the first person of color to be elected vice president.

Control of Senate still up in the air

In Congress, Democrats won enough seats to retain their majority in the House of Representatives, but the outcome of some competitive races was still in doubt.

In the U.S. Senate, it was unclear whether Republicans would retain control. Democrats need to pick up a net four seats in the Senate to wrest control from the Republicans, but under a Biden presidency, Democrats need a net gain of three seats because Harris would provide the tie-breaking vote as vice president. So far, the Democrats have a net gain of one seat.

The final tally in the Senate will be decided in two Jan. 5 runoff elections in Georgia. As the election results stand now, Republicans have 50 seats and the Democrats have 48. The two Senate elections held in Georgia will be decided in a runoff because in neither race did the winner receive at least 50 percent of the vote.

In the special election to fill the term of former Sen. Johnny Isakson, Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and the Rev. Raphael Warnock will face off. In the other regular Senate race, incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue will run again against Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff.

If either Loeffler or Perdue win the runoff, Republicans will maintain their majority in the U.S. Senate. If both Democrats — Warnock and Ossoff — prevail, the Democrats will control the Senate.

In other Senate races, former NASA astronaut Democrat Mark Kelly defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Martha McSally in Arizona, and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper beat Republican Sen. Cory Gardner. In Alabama, retired Auburn football coach Republican Tommy Tuberville prevailed over incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones. In Maine, incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins was reelected. 

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect new information.