The first Democrat to take the state since Bill Clinton in 1996, Biden wins its 16 electoral college votes as part of a victory by 306-232. The Associated Press called the race on Thursday evening following the recount, which election officials said reaffirmed Biden’s victory more than two weeks after election day. Trump has inched about 1,400 votes closer to Biden as a result, but remains the loser.
US President-elect Joe Biden has warned that “people may die” if his incoming administration continues to be impeded by incumbent Donald Trump. Mr Biden said co-ordination was needed to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. He called President Trump’s refusal to acknowledge he lost the election, despite calls to do so from both sides, “totally irresponsible”. Yet Mr Trump, a Republican, tweeted on Monday: “I won the Election!”
China extended its first congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden on Friday, issuing a terse statement that contrasted with a fulsome and swift message from the country’s leader after President Donald Trump won four years ago. China was one of the last major countries to officially acknowledge that Biden became president-elect on Saturday. While Biden now counts with 290 electoral votes compared to Trump’s 217, the president has yet to concede the election.
In their first calls with Joe Biden since the U.S. election, the leaders of Japan, South Korea and Australia on Thursday reaffirmed plans to form close ties with the president-elect to tackle issues including climate change and regional security. The three key Asian allies join other global leaders in recognizing the Democratic challenger’s Nov. 3 victory over incumbent Donald Trump, who has so far refused to concede.