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US President-elect Joe Biden bolstered his electoral victory by occupying the Arizona battlefield on Thursday night, but the transition to his administration remains in a political situation as President Donald Trump refuses to give up.
Edison Research said Biden is due to reach Arizona after more than a week of counting. He becomes only the second Democratic presidential candidate in seven decades to win a traditionally Republican state.
Biden’s victory in Arizona gives Democrats 290 electoral votes to the State-by-State Electoral College that determines the winner, with more than 270 votes needed to achieve victory. Biden also wins the popular vote of over 5.3 million, or 3.4 percentage points.
With only a few states still counting the votes, the electoral math is difficult for Trump, who claimed without evidence that the election was tainted with widespread fraud.
The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in many states challenging the vote count, though some have already been sacked by judges. Legal experts said the outcome of the dispute was much less likely to change, and state election officials said they saw no evidence of serious irregularities or fraud.
Trump’s refusal to accept the November 3 election result halted the process of replacing a new administration. The federal agency that typically releases funds for the next presidential election, the General Service Administration, has yet to recognize Biden as the winner.
His choice for White House Chief of Staff Ron Clann told MSNBC on Thursday that receiving bridging funding is essential as the US government will launch a coronovirus vaccination campaign early next year.
“Soon we can meet our transition experts in meetings with people who are planning a vaccination campaign, a more uninterrupted transition from the Trump presidency to a Biden presidency,” Klan said.
Biden was scheduled to meet with transition advisers again on Friday, as he defined his approach to the outbreak and named his key aides, including cabinet members.
BRIEFINGS for BIDEN
Most Republicans have publicly supported Trump’s right to sue and refused to recognize Biden as the winner. But other signs of discontent began to appear on Thursday.
Party figures such as Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and former President George W. Bush’s top adviser Karl Rove have said Biden should be considered president-elect.
Meanwhile, several Republican senators have said the Trump administration should allow Biden to receive a confidential intelligence briefing, although they have explicitly forbidden him to call him the winner.
The new commander-in-chief usually receives briefings to ensure that national security is not compromised during the transition.
“I don’t see this as a high risk proposition. I think this is part of the transition. And, if he actually wins in the end, I think they must be able to walk the pitch. Senator John Cornyn told reporters.
Senior House Republican Kevin McCarthy objected to the idea, suggesting Trump might still prevail.
“He’s not the president right now,” McCarthy said of Biden. “I don’t know if he will become president on January 20.”
Democrats have given Trump and Republicans cover to undermine the country’s institutions. In an interview broadcast on Sunday on CBS ‘“60 Minutes”, former President Barack Obama said Trump voters were following a “dangerous path” in supporting baseless allegations of voter fraud.
Biden took a measured approach, saying this week he viewed Trump’s claims as “shameful,” but insisted he was not concerned about the impact on his transition to the White House. His legal advisers have dismissed Trump’s lawsuits as political theater.
Top Democrats in Congress, House of Commons Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday called on Republicans to accept Biden’s victory and develop a back-up plan to reverse the effects of the epidemic, which has raised more than 241,000 people in the United States. He killed people. States of America
Many states and cities have started implementing new restrictions on public activity in the event of a massive resurgence of cases nationwide.
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