Vice President Mike Pence announced just after 3:40 a.m. Thursday that President-elect Joe Biden had won the presidency after Congress completed the counting of the Electoral College votes.
At 3:33 a.m., Mr. Biden received 270 votes. And at 3:39, the count ended. Klobuchar read the results – Mr. Biden’s victory – to a standing ovation from both sides of the aisle.
The final results are 306-232 for Biden. Vice President Mike Pence completed his duties and announced Mr. Biden as the winner just after 3:40 a.m.
“The announcement of the state of the vote by the President of the Senate shall be deemed a sufficient declaration of the persons elected President and Vice President of the United States. Each for the term beginning on the 20th day of January 2021. Pence added, following the count of all the votes.
The certification comes after pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol earlier Wednesday.
Finally, Senate Chaplain Barry Black closed out the session with a prayer in his sonorous tones.
Chaplain Barry, delivered a powerful prayer just moments after Congress had affirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, condemning the “desecration” of the Capitol building and reminding lawmakers of the weight of their words and actions.
Trump pledges an “orderly” transfer of power to Biden after Electoral College victory
Following a formal affirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, President Trump said the decision “represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history.”
President Trump totally disagrees with the outcome of the election. But the facts bear him out, nevertheless agreed on an orderly transition of power on January 20th.
“I have always said, we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again,” Trump said