The electoral college has officially voted, including the swing states President Trump continues to work to flip. All of the swing states voted in favor of Biden. The vote finalizes the victory of Joe Biden, at least from an electoral college perspective.
But there is one big catch and the Trump campaign still holds out hope.
Forbes reported on the Electoral Colleges vote:
The six battleground states where the Trump campaign and GOP contested the election results held their Electoral College votes Monday, formalizing President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Monday’s battleground state votes were affected by threats against election officials, as Trump’s attempt to sow distrust in the election result amplified the potential for violence against Biden electors. In addition to the threats in Michigan, Arizona’s vote was held in a secret location so as to protect electors, while Wisconsin electors were reportedly directed to enter the state’s meeting through an unmarked side door.
The Trump campaign and its allies have been taking aim at Biden’s win in key battleground states in the wake of Election Day, including filing dozens of lawsuits and attempting to persuade GOP state lawmakers to overturn the popular vote and appoint their own electors. Those efforts overwhelmingly failed, with the GOP losing or withdrawing nearly 60 court cases and lawmakers refusing to do as the Trump campaign requested. “I fear we’d lose our country forever,” Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield, a Republican, said in a statement Monday saying the state’s lawmakers wouldn’t attempt to appoint electors, explaining doing so would “bring mutually assured destruction for every future election.”
The Electoral College’s formalization of Biden’s victory is expected to be completed shortly after 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday, after California votes and will push Biden over the 270-vote threshold needed to be elected president. He is expected to receive 306 votes in total. The Trump campaign’s attempts to thwart the election results are likely to continue even after Monday’s vote, with White House advisor Stephen Miller saying Monday the campaign would attempt to send its own slates of electors to Congress that claim Trump won in case any future court rulings overturn the election results. Those attempts, like the campaign’s past efforts, are near certain to fail, however, and Congress is expected to officially finalize Biden’s win when it counts the Electoral College votes Jan. 6. Biden will then be sworn into office Jan. 20.
However, Republican electors in Georgia and Pennsylvania cast votes for President Trump at the request of the campaign.
The votes were made for Trump in case the President’s legal challenges succeed.
Fox News reports:
The Pennsylvania GOP said in a press release that the Trump campaign asked the Republican electors to do this in order to preserve any potential rights to legal challenges that could overturn Monday’s vote. The Trump campaign and other Republicans have claimed that elections in states including Pennsylvania and Georgia ran afoul of state laws, compromising the ballot counts.
“We took this procedural vote to preserve any legal claims that may be presented going forward,” Trump campaign Pennsylvania chair Bernie Comfort said in a statement. “This was in no way an effort to usurp or contest the will of the Pennsylvania voters.”
BREAKING: REPUBLICAN ELECTORS CAST PROCEDURAL VOTE , SEEK TO PRESERVE TRUMP CAMPAIGN LEGAL CHALLENGE pic.twitter.com/XVWuR5WzvN
— PA GOP (@PAGOP) December 14, 2020
The Pennsylvania Republican party said they drew inspiration from the 1960 election, during which Democrats challenged President Richard Nixon’s victory in Hawaii. Democratic electors submitted a conditional vote for John F. Kennedy. After a recount, Kennedy was declared the winner of the state.
At roughly the same time, Republican electors in Georgia also cast votes for Trump, while Democrats cast the state’s official electoral votes for Biden.
President Trump has vowed to fight the results of the election up until election day.