President-elect Joe Biden’s victories in Arizona and Wisconsin were confirmed Monday, further cementing his victory, even as Donald Trump continues to make unsubstantiated claims of election fraud.
“This election was conducted with transparency, accuracy and fairness in accordance with Arizona law and electoral procedures, despite numerous unsubstantiated claims to the contrary,” said Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs during the final official certification of the vote.
The last Democrat to carry the southwestern state in the running for the White House was Bill Clinton in 1996, which marked a significant shift on the US electoral card that year.
Biden beat Trump by just over 10,400 ballots in a high-turnout state, and the changing structure of the population grew the number of young Hispanic voters.
According to experts, the ex-vice president’s victory in the formerly reliable republican bastion could also be attributed to women in suburbs who are interested in his centrist approach.
Trump has refused to admit Biden, delaying the start of the presidential change by weeks as he made unsubstantiated fraud claims that were shot down in state and federal courts.
“WOW, total election corruption in Arizona. Now listen on!” Trump tweeted when his lawyers and some lawmakers met in Arizona.
Wisconsin, another hotly contested state that Trump narrowly won in 2016, also confirmed Biden’s victory on Monday when Governor Tony Evers tweeted that he had “done his duty”.
“Please join me in thanking our state employees, election administrators and election workers for working tirelessly to ensure a safe, fair and efficient election,” he added.
Trump has also targeted legal challenges in the state of Pennsylvania, which the president won in 2016 but was returned to the Democrats this year.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Saturday dismissed a Republican lawsuit seeking to invalidate postal ballots in battlefield state – or to cast all votes and allow state lawmakers to determine the winner.
The court unanimously dismissed both claims, calling the second an “extraordinary proposal that the court disenfranchise all 6.9 million Pennsylvanians who voted in the general election.”
Pennsylvania officially confirmed Biden’s victory there on November 24th. The lawsuit also sought to stop certification.
Biden has continued the transition process despite Trump’s efforts and campaign to overturn the election and is due to be sworn in on Jan. 20.
Biden won the electoral college vote – the state-to-state competition that decides the winner – 306-232.
In the referendum, which does not decide on the result, but is politically and symbolically strong, Biden won with 51 to 47 percent.
The electoral college will almost certainly go through the formal motions for confirmation of Biden at its December 14th session.
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