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Pennsylvania and Nevada certify their election results for Biden while North Carolina verifies its vote for Trump

 Pennsylvania and Nevada have certified their election results, showing President-elect Joe Biden as the winner there, while North Carolina certified that President Donald Trump won in that state.

North Carolina's election board certified the state's presidential vote totals on Tuesday, awarding the state's 15 electoral votes to President Donald Trump.

Pennsylvania finalized Biden as winner of that state's 20 electoral votes, the state's governor said on Tuesday, cementing Biden's victory in the key political battleground state.

Governor Tom Wolf tweeted that the Pennsylvania Department of State had 'certified' the results of the November 3 vote, after Michigan did the same on Monday, in the latest setback to Trump's attempts to overturn his defeat. 

Pennsylvania and Nevada have certified their election results, showing President-elect Joe Biden as the winner there

Pennsylvania and Nevada have certified their election results, showing President-elect Joe Biden as the winner there

North Carolina's election board certified the state's presidential vote totals on Tuesday, awarding the state's 15 electoral votes to President Donald Trump

North Carolina's election board certified the state's presidential vote totals on Tuesday, awarding the state's 15 electoral votes to President Donald Trump

'As required by federal law, I've signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,' Wolf wrote, referring to Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes.

Biden won the state by 81,000 votes out of some 6.9 million cast. Trump had taken the state by 44,000 votes over Hillary Clinton in 2016.


Appearing before the Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday morning, Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske officially certified Nevada's 2020 general election results, showing Biden as the winner of the state's six electoral votes. 

Cegavske, a Republican, did not verbally acknowledge Biden the winner of the presidential race. 

Governor Tom Wolf tweeted that the Pennsylvania Department of State had 'certified' the results of the November 3 vote

Governor Tom Wolf tweeted that the Pennsylvania Department of State had 'certified' the results of the November 3 vote

The Nevada Supreme Court signed the canvassing for each county prior to official certification of the results. 

Michigan's Board of State Canvassers officially certified Biden's win on Monday after he topped Trump by nearly 156,000 votes out of the 5.5 million cast.

Georgia certified Biden's victory there on Friday after a recount, but will undertake another machine review of the ballots at the Trump campaign's request. Few expect a different result.  

Biden is projected to secure 306 electoral college votes to Trump's 232, making the Democrat the winner of the election. 

Nevada's Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske announced the results without verbally acknowledging Joe Biden as the winner

Nevada's Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske announced the results without verbally acknowledging Joe Biden as the winner

States are scheduled to certify their results by December 8, ahead of the Electoral College meeting on December 14. 

The new results have triggered the General Services Administration (GSA) to launch the transition process. 

Trump has remained bullish and not acknowledged the certified results, insisting voter fraud stole the election from him.

Since Pennsylvania and Nevada announced their results, the President has retweeted a number of theories about his losses, some of which have been labeled as misleading by Twitter.

Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani also shared a tweet, saying new legal challenges were being launched in Arizpna. 

Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani have remained bullish, retweeting legal challenges and conspiracy theories about the election loss

Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani have remained bullish, retweeting legal challenges and conspiracy theories about the election loss

Trump had made Pennsylvania, one of the states he needed to win reelection, a key part of his failed legal attempts to overturn his election defeat.

He has claimed, without proof, that he was defeated due to fraudulent voting and counting practices in several states.

Over the weekend a Pennsylvania judge rejected a legal challenge submitted by the Trump campaign which sought to nullify millions of votes.

And the Pennsylvania Supreme Court turned back another Trump challenge Monday over counting mailed votes where the ballots were not completed perfectly.

The president on Tuesday tweeted a picture of himself in the Oval Office with the caption 'I concede NOTHING!!!!!'

The president on Tuesday tweeted a picture of himself in the Oval Office with the caption 'I concede NOTHING!!!!!'

As more members of his Republican Party came out demanding an end to the impasse, Trump signed off on the GSA move, effectively admitting defeat.

But the president on Tuesday tweeted a picture of himself in the Oval Office with the caption 'I concede NOTHING!!!!!'

Meanwhile Joe Biden declared 'the election is over' as he started building his national security and foreign policy team. 

The President-elect, 78, presented his picks for secretary of state, national security advisor, homeland security secretary, intelligence chief, UN ambassador and climate change envoy.

'These public servants will restore America's global leadership and moral leadership,' Biden said as the six men and women stood behind him wearing face-masks.

Biden said that after he is inaugurated on January 20 and Donald Trump leaves the White House, the United States will 'once again sit at the head of the table, ready to confront our adversaries and not reject our allies.'

'It is a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it,' he said in a jab at President Trump's go-it-alone 'America First' policies.

Antony Blinken is President-elect Joe Biden nominee to become the next US secretary of state

Antony Blinken is President-elect Joe Biden nominee to become the next US secretary of state

The GSA determination gives Biden access to classified information and will allow his aides to coordinate with officials on addressing the worsening coronavirus pandemic.

'We're already working out meeting with the Covid team in the White House... The outreach has been sincere,' Biden told NBC in his first TV interview since winning the presidency.

Biden said that in his first 100 days in office he would tackle the Covid crisis, scrap Trump policies 'damaging' the environment and push legislation offering millions of undocumented residents a route to citizenship.

And he said he wanted to get all students back in classrooms, despite the huge cost of adapting schools to be Covid-safe.

Alejandro Mayorkas, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to serve as Homeland Security secretary

Alejandro Mayorkas, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to serve as Homeland Security secretary

The slate that Biden unveiled included veterans of the Barack Obama administration and signaled a return to traditional US diplomacy and multilateralism.

Biden said that 'America's going to reassert its role in the world and be a coalition builder,' but he denied it would be like a third term of Obama -- whom he served as vice president.

'We face a totally different world,' the president-elect said. 'President Trump has changed the landscape. It's become America First, which meant America alone.'

Antony Blinken, Biden's choice for secretary of state, said the United States cannot solve global problems on its own.

President-elect Joe Biden (C) introduces key foreign policy and national security nominees

President-elect Joe Biden (C) introduces key foreign policy and national security nominees

'We need to be working with other countries,' the former State Department official said.

However, outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced Biden's call for greater international cooperation, saying that Trump had been focused on 'real results' and 'the reality on the ground.'

'More multilateralism for the sake of hanging out with their buddies at a cocktail party? That's not in the best interest of the United States,' Pompeo told Fox News.

Pompeo said he had not spoken to Blinken but would 'do everything that's required by law' as part of the transition.

Former secretary of state John Kerry, who Biden chose as his special envoy on climate change, confirmed that the United States will rejoin the Paris climate accord which, under Trump, it formally withdrew from earlier this month.

Avril Haines was nominated to be the director of national intelligence, the first woman to hold the post

Avril Haines was nominated to be the director of national intelligence, the first woman to hold the post

Cuban-born Alejandro Mayorkas was named to head the Department of Homeland Security, whose policing of tough immigration restrictions under Trump was a frequent source of controversy.

Avril Haines was nominated to be the director of national intelligence, the first woman to hold the post, while Jake Sullivan was named national security advisor.

Former Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen is expected to be named Treasury Secretary, the first woman to hold the job.

With Biden having won a comfortable victory, Trump's last card is to try to disrupt the normally routine process of state-by-state certification of the vote and challenge election results in the courts with claims of irregularities.

The legal offensives have failed so far, however, along with the attempts to delay state certification.'

The Trump campaign's legal efforts have no basis in fact, no basis in law,' said Bob Bauer, a senior advisor to the Biden campaign. 'Their only purpose is to delay the inevitable. 

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