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After all the failed lawsuits, the recounts, the falsehoods and conspiracy theories, President Donald Trump will finally meet his electoral fate Monday, December 14, 2020.

Across all statehouses amid a global pandemic, 538 electors are set to convene to cast their votes for either President-elect Joe Biden or Trump, reflecting the popular votes in their states, Joey Garrison reported for USA TODAY on Saturday, December 12, 2020 in Manila. Although protests are likely at some capitol buildings – and extra security is expected – the outcome should offer little suspense. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are set to end the day with 306 electoral votes, topping Trump's 232.

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Historically, the Electoral College meeting is a formality given little attention. But Trump's unprecedented efforts to overturn the election have magnified every turn in the election calendar and shone the spotlight on electors who are usually overlooked. Raising the stakes, some Senate Republicans circled the date as the moment they would finally recognize Biden as the president-elect. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last month said "the Electoral College will determine the winner."

"This is the moment of truth, and something that is already inexorable becomes fully locked in," said Ben Wikler, a Wisconsin elector pledged for Biden and chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party. "This year, more than ever, it's almost a sacred act to cast the official votes that have been determined by voters to choose the most powerful person in the world."

The Electoral College meeting comes after Trump, who has leveled baseless claims of widespread voter fraud to argue the election was stolen, has lost a barrage of lawsuits seeking to overturn the election. The latest was the verdict of the US Supreme Court to junk the bid of Trump’s Texas ally to overturn the results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, saying Texas has no legal right to interfere with the conduct of the elections in sovereign states. Trump claimed he was cheated but could not produce a single tainted ballot, with judges saying Trump's victory was staying rent-free in his mind.

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