The six swing states that President Donald Trump and his legal team were contesting all cast their Electoral College ballots in favor of Joe Biden on Monday, another massive blow to Trump’s last-ditch hopes of trying to flip the election outcome.
It’s possible some of the Republicans who have supported Trump in the past will now face what appears to be inevitable and move forward knowing that Biden will be president. While Biden received almost all of the votes from electors in Michigan, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, some electors in Georgia and Pennsylvania cast their votes for Trump, holding out hope that legal challenges succeed. Biden should have the necessary votes to be declared president-elect after California votes.
Biden plans to speak at 8 p.m. ET on “the Electoral College vote certification and the strength and resilience of our democracy,” his transition team announced.
ABC.com released excerpts of the speech Biden is expected to deliver: “If anyone didn’t know it before, we know it now. What beats deep in the hearts of the American people is this: democracy. The flame of democracy was lit in this nation a long time ago. And we now know that nothing – not even a pandemic – or an abuse of power – can extinguish that flame.”
It is believed Biden will call for unity and healing, with another excerpt of the speech saying “In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed. We the people voted. Faith in our institutions held. The integrity of our elections remains intact. And so, now it is time to turn the page. To unite. To heal.”