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Electors confirm Biden's victory: US attorney general resigns

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Now the electorate from the states of Joe Biden have also certified victory. The Democrat calls on Trump to acknowledge his defeat. This first loses his attorney general, who resigns after criticism from Trump.

Less than six weeks after the US presidential election, the electorate in the states confirmed Joe Biden's victory over incumbent Donald Trump. Democrat Biden called on Republican Trump on Monday evening (local time) to admit defeat. The elected president pointed out that he received 306 of the 538 electoral votes - as many as Trump four years ago when he spoke of a "landslide victory". "By his own standards, those numbers represented a clear victory back then, and I respectfully suggest that they do so now," said Biden during his address in Wilmington, Delaware.

In the 50 states and the capital district of Washington, the 538 electorate on Monday cast their votes for the future president on behalf of the people. This is chosen indirectly in the USA. In the vast majority of states, the candidate who received the majority of the people's votes on election day also gets all of the votes from the local electorate. Biden got the 306 votes expected after the election results of November 3rd, Trump got 232. The threshold for a victory is 270.

A Trump ally throws down

During the ongoing electoral vote, Trump announced on Twitter that Attorney General William Barr had submitted his resignation. The resignation letter published by Trump states that Barr will leave office on December 23. Trump voiced criticism of Barr after he said he was unaware of any evidence of massive election fraud. In doing so, he had openly contradicted Trump's claims. Barr was previously considered a close ally of the president.

Last Saturday, Trump again criticized Barr. The Wall Street Journal had reported that the attorney general had been aware of an investigation into the son of US President-elect Biden, Hunter Biden, since the spring. Barr wanted to keep the investigation out of the election campaign, it said in the newspaper. "A big disappointment!" Wrote Trump.

Trump's unsuccessful lawsuits against Biden's victory

Trump (74) sees himself deprived of his victory by fraud and continues to claim without any basis that he won the election against Biden (78). Neither he nor his lawyers or supporters have provided solid evidence of tampering. More than 50 lawsuits from the Trump camp have been thrown out so far, two of them in the Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States.

The final result of the election will be officially announced on January 6th in Congress in Washington. Biden is to be sworn in on January 20th. That day, Trump's constitutional term ends automatically, even if he doesn't admit defeat. The fact that Biden won has been clear since November 7th, when leading US media - as is customary in the United States - proclaimed him the winner. The responsible US authorities declared the choice to be the safest ever in the US. Trump has announced that he will continue his legal battle. He is not given chances.

Biden speaks of a victory for democracy

Biden said Monday it was time to start a new chapter. Trump had all avenues open to contest the result, and the president used each of these opportunities. More than 80 judges across the country heard arguments and dismissed them as unfounded. Renewed vote counting would not have changed the result either. "In this battle for the soul of America, democracy won," said Biden. "The flame of democracy was kindled in this nation a long time ago. And we now know that nothing - not even a pandemic or abuse of power - can extinguish that flame."

Do major Republicans now acknowledge Biden's victory?

The voting of the electorate is a formality in normal election years, because the losing candidate usually admits his defeat on election night. Many Republicans - including leading party colleagues in the US Congress - have not yet publicly recognized Biden as the election winner. After the electoral vote, this front could now crumble. Republican Senator Roy Blunt told the newspaper The Kansas City Star, As chairman of the congressional committee for the swearing-in of the new president, he will now work with the Biden team. He named Biden as the elected president.

dpa / pdi / LTO editorial team