US President-elect Joe Biden took another step closer to the White House as the Electoral College system formally confirmed his Nov. 3 election victory, effectively ending President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the results.
The state-by-state Electoral College votes, traditionally an afterthought, have taken on outsized significance because of Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud.
Election results from November show Biden, the Democratic former vice president, won 306 Electoral College votes – exceeding the 270 needed to win.
Biden and running mate Kamala Harris are due to take office on Jan. 20.
In his reaction, Biden said “In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed. Now it’s time to turn the page, as we’ve done throughout our history – to unite, to heal.”