US election: Joe Biden now ahead of Donald Trump by 6 million votes

US election: Joe Biden now ahead of Donald Trump by 6 million votes

- As of Friday, November 20, Democrat Joe Biden had 80 million votes ahead of President Donald Trump's 74 million

- Trump, a Republican, had filed several lawsuits with an aim of overturning Biden's win alleging voter fraud

- Biden's team on the other hand accused Trump of frustrating the transition process and warned about "real-world" effects

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Attempts by US President Donald Trump to overturn the November 3 presidential election results, which he lost to Democrat Joe Biden according to the projected poll results, appear not to bear fruits as the Republican expected.

US election: Joe Biden now ahead of Donald Trump by 6 million votes

US President Donald Trump. Photo: Getty Images.
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Trump, who contested Bidens win in court, has repeatedly declared himself the legitimate winner of the election and alleged voter fraud by Democrats.

As of Friday, November 20, Biden had amassed a total of 80 million votes against Trump who was six million votes behind him at 74 million, CNN reported on Saturday, November 21.

On the electoral college, Biden was ahead with 302 votes while Trump had 232.

Lawsuits

On Saturday, Trump's team was dealt yet another blow after a court upheld vote results in Pennsylvania.

He tweeted on Sunday, November 22, stating that he will "appeal" against the ruling.

"No wonder. 900,000 fraudulent votes!" he claimed.

In Georgia, where Trump had requested a recount, the election was ratified two times. The US head of state, however, applied for a third recount at taxpayers cost.

Ballot counting is still ongoing in the US and once completed, Biden is expected to be sworn in as president on January 20.

US election: Joe Biden now ahead of Donald Trump by 6 million votes

US president-elect Joe Biden (l) hugs vice president-elect Kamala Harris (r). Photo: Getty Images.
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Voting

Before the election, many experts predicted that counting may take longer than usual. The projections, however, infuriated Trump who claimed prolonged counting will encourage fraud.

He demanded that the winner be announced not later than the election night.

Many people chose to vote via mail this year to avoid exposing themselves to COVID-19.

Trump, who was opposed to voting by mail, also cast his ballot early while first lady Melania Trump waited and voted in Florida on election day.

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Transition

About 19 days after the election day, Biden's team has continued to express weary that Trump has stonewalled all efforts to pave way for a peaceful transition of power.

According to Biden, he is not receiving vital intelligence reports from Trump as president-elect and has to depend on vice president-elect Kamala Harris who has access to such confidential information. Kamala is the Senator for Califonia.

Biden and former US president Barack Obama have warned that Trump's delay in easing the transition process has real-world effects on the well being of the US.

They have singled out the war against COVID-19 as one that will be hurt and stalled if Trump clings to power and does not involve Biden in decision making before January 20, 2021.

"More people will die if we don't coordinate. A vaccine is important but is only useful after you vaccinate. But how do we get over 300 million Americans vaccinated? What is the game plan? We also need to cooperate with the WHO and the rest of the world in doing this.
If we have to wait until January 20 it puts us behind over a month and a half. So it is important this is done with coordination, now," said Biden.

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