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Joe Biden Becomes First Candidate In US Election History To Get More Than 80 Million Votes

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Joe Biden Becomes First Candidate In US Election History To Get More Than 80 Million Votes

Joe Biden has become the first Presidential candidate in US election history to win more than 80 million votes.

The Cook Political Report has noted the Democratic politician won 51 per cent of the ballots in the 2020 Election, with the final votes from New York's Erie County helping push him into the record breaking number.

By comparison, Trump won 47.1 per cent of the ballot, which equates to around 73.8 million votes.

But that wasn't the only record broken in the election.

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More than 156 million people voted either on or in the lead up to November 3, which is a turnout rate of more than 66 per cent. That rate breaks a century-old record for the share of eligible voters who cast ballots.

Pennsylvania has today certified the election results and confirmed Joe Biden was the winner of the crucial state, which gives him 20 electoral college votes.

A breakdown of the votes in the state show Biden garnered 3.46 million votes, Donald Trump received 3.38 million, and Libertarian Jo Jorgensen got 79,000.

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Trump tried to overturn the result with a number of legal challenges that all eventually were either withdrawn, failed or shut down by a judge.

The General Services Administration (GSA) yesterday (November 24) officially allowed Biden and his team to begin the transition period.

This is a formality granted to all incoming US Presidents and is one of the biggest official steps towards a change of leader.

Donald Trump has still refused to concede defeat in the 2020 US Election, however he has tried to say the GSA's decision to begin the transition period was his idea.

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He wrote on Twitter: "I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country.

"She has been harassed, threatened, and abused - and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!

"Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same."

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Joe Biden's team has complained that because the transition period didn't start sooner, they were left out of crucial meetings related to homeland security and the government's response to the coronavirus.

However, now that GSA has formally greenlit the process, the Biden-Harris team are hopeful they will be able to hit the ground running when the President-elect assumes the White House.

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Topics: joe biden, News, US Election, Donald Trump

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