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Biden secures his win over Trump as electoral votes put president-elect over the top

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President-elect Joe Biden addressed the nation Monday night after amassing the electoral votes to secure his White House win, taking a harder line than he has in the past against the efforts by President Trump and his supporters to overturn the election.

“It’s a position so extreme, we’ve never seen it before — a position that refused to respect the will of the people, refused to respect the rule of law and refused to honor our Constitution,” Biden said in Wilmington, Del. He also called for national unity, even as polls show voters remain deeply divided and many Republicans refuse to recognize Biden’s win.

Biden’s speech came hours after California and its 55 electoral votes put him over the top. Hawaii was the last state to complete the vote.

Trump had no public events but has continued to tweet grievances about the election, which he claimed Sunday is “under protest.” He abruptly announced via tweet Monday night that Attorney General William P. Barr will be departing the administration later this month.

Here’s what to know:

  • Six of the states in which Trump contested his defeat — Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan — cast their electoral votes for Biden. Follow the vote here.
  • In a prime-time address Monday night, Biden delivered another victory speech, speaking to the nation after the electoral college vote. “In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed,” he said.
  • Trump reversed course on a plan to have some White House staff members be among the first Americans to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
  • Trump signaled that he will continue to challenge the results of the 2020 election even after the electoral college meets to cast votes solidifying Biden’s victory.
  • Here’s how the electoral college works.
  • Election results are under attack: Here are the facts.