Updated: March 6, 2021
U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has now secured 279 pledged electors, after California certified its presidential election on Friday and appointed 55 electors to vote for the Democrat, according to a tally by The Associated Press.
Biden needed only 270 electors to win the presidential election. Overall, Biden secured 306 electors to beat President Donald J. Trump, but some states are still in the process of certifying their results.
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California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s formal approval of Biden’s victory sealed the deal for the 78-year old Democrat.
The formal certification of election results is often seen as a pure formality, but with President Trump refusing to concede defeat, and spreading baseless fraud allegations in the media, and not in the courts, more attention has been paid to it.