• By The Financial District


The Electoral College affirmed Joe Biden as the next US president, a crucial milestone that President Trump has sought to upend with legal challenges, losing 59 cases out of 60, the New York Times reported early morning of Tuesday, December 15, 2020 in Manila.

The president-elect passed the 270 threshold after California cast its 55 votes for Biden on Monday evening, capping a day marked by heightened security in battleground states and an unusual level of scrutiny for what is normally a formal, procedural affair, Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes and Veronica Rocha also reported for CNN.

The vote follows six weeks of unprecedented efforts by Trump to intervene in the electoral process and change the outcome of an election he lost by nearly 8 million votes.

CNN reported that the Electoral College vote is a procedural step that typically goes unnoticed under normal circumstances but it has taken on greater significance this year as President Trump continues to attack the election results via Twitter and the dozens of lawsuits filed by his campaign and himself, the last of which was his intervention in a suit filed by Texas to overturn the results in four sovereign states. The Supreme Court voted 9-0 to toss out the case, citing the lack of standing by Texas and Trump, who butted in as an intervenor. Three of Trump’s court appointees dumped his case.