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Biden wins Electoral College

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/15/20, 07:10 am

Electors from each state gathered at their respective capitols on Monday to cast votes for president. Despite a flurry of failed lawsuits and protests claiming rampant voter fraud, the Electoral College affirmed Joe Biden’s win when California awarded him its 55 votes, giving the president-elect 302 and pushing him past the 270 needed to win. Hawaii gave him four more votes later on Monday. Members from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—all states where President Donald Trump unsuccessfully contested the election—picked Biden. Hawaii voted last, giving Biden four more electoral votes and bringing his total to 306.

Anything else I should know? The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday rejected a Trump campaign lawsuit challenging absentee and mail-in ballots in two counties. The justices ruled 4-3 against Trump, saying he should have contested the voting procedures before Election Day. In Michigan, legislative offices at the Capitol building closed for the day after lawmakers received threats of violence in connection with the electoral meeting. All 16 of the state’s electors voted for Biden.

Dig deeper: Visit WORLD’s Election Center to see how each state voted.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.


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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Steve SoCal
    Posted: Mon, 12/14/2020 09:32 pm

    I agree that Republicans should have been far more aggressive before the election to challenge the unconstitutinal efforts by Democrats to pack in as many questionable votes for their cause as possible by actions such as mass mailings of ballots to everyone, whether or not they want one, whether dead, alive, resident, or non-resident.  However, if there was a breach of the US Constitution by electoral changes being enacted without the state legislators, it's not like it doesn't matter anymore just because the election is past.  The Constitution really should matter.

    I admit I have had my trust in our nation's democracy significantly shaken by the many shady actions of the Democratic side during the runup to, and days following, this election, including much weakening of vote security procedures all the way through the process.  And this is after four years of pathetic and vicious Democratic assaults on our current elected president, whose election had vastly less issues than occured this time around.

    The sad thing is that the Democrats have set such a harsh and hateful tone, and have tried so hard to muddy the electoral waters, that I don't know if there is a real possibility of rebuilding our electoral system to what it should be.  God can arrange anything, as we turn to Him, but humanly speaking the only hope I have for bringing America back to the shining example of democracy that it has been in the foreseeable future is IF the Republicans can keep the Senate and IF the Democrats and their media backers can grow some semblance of civility and honesty.

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    Cyborg3
    Posted: Tue, 12/15/2020 02:36 pm

    There was a lawsuit early on by a nonprofit group but it was thrown out because there were no damages yet incurred because the vote hadn't occurred. It is interesting how the Republicans always lose on this. 

  • HANNAH.
    Posted: Mon, 12/14/2020 11:04 pm

    Anything else I should know? Yes. "In multiple states where Biden was listed as the winner in the certified vote count, Republican electors on Monday cast their votes for Trump. That sets up some states having two groups of electors, a situation known as dueling electors, or alternate electors. The House of Representatives and Senate will have to decide next month which set of electors to select. If the chambers split, that could lead a state’s electors being rejected by Vice President Mike Pence, the president of the Senate." 

    For more details and how this could play out:
    Republican Electors Blocked From State Capitol in Michigan (theepochtimes.com)

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 12/15/2020 12:37 am

    I was going to post: "Many are now probably saying, Whew, I'm glad this is finally over!" 
     

    BUT, it's probably not. Thank you, Hannah, for making that point for us.

  • TIM MILLER
    Posted: Tue, 12/15/2020 08:50 am

    Some local Michigan perspective from our Republican leaders:

    https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/12/14/michigan-...

     

    A Representative who supported Trump and is leaving the Republican Party because of the unfounded fraud claims:

    https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/12/14/paul-mitc...

     

    Trump won Michigan in 2016 by 10,000 votes. He lost Michigan in 2020 by 150,000 votes. 

    In 2016, he got 3% of the Detroit vote. In 2020, he got 5% of the Detroit vote. Yet, somehow, we're supposed to believe Detroit fraud put Biden over the top, when Trump's margin declined significantly in suburban counties that weren't scrutinized! 

    This is not serious. Epoch Times and Newsmax are political tabloids, repeating any rumor they pick up. They are spreading lies, and Christians sadly are believing them and, worse, repeating them. It's like we've determined that the best response to left-wing fake news is right-wing fake news! 

    World tries to tell the truth, and they get lambasted for it by people who are listening to charlatans like Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuiliani. They're like Ahab, choosing the prophets they want to hear versus the ones who are telling the truth. We're making a laughingstock of conservatives and Christians, and hindering our ability to win by persuasion.

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    Cyborg3
    Posted: Tue, 12/15/2020 02:03 pm

    Why would any legitimate Republican leave the party over a disagreement over the election? They never really were a Republican to start with! 

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    Cyborg3
    Posted: Tue, 12/15/2020 02:07 pm

    Great post Hannah! Thanks! This election was stolen and let us pray that Republicans get resolve to stand up to the corruption and refuse to elect Biden! We can do it and we should do it!

  • TIM MILLER
    Posted: Thu, 12/17/2020 11:52 am

    Cyborg3,

    I am not trying to start a fight. I'm trying to explain why a Republican might leave the party over this.

    I have been a Republican for years. Alan Keyes, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Ben Carson have been primary choices of mine. (Keyes was prior to my being old enough to vote, but I persuaded adults to vote for him in 1996.) I do not knowingly support pro-abortion candidates. I have been proud to be part of a party that fought to end slavery and preserve the Union. I am involved in a small way with the right-to-life movement. I attended a Republican presidential debate in 2016, and ended up voting for Marco Rubio, I believe.

    I may not see eye to eye with you on everything, but I think by most standards I would be considered a Republican, although not a Trump fan. The party and the candidate used to be different.

    But I'm not so committed to the Republican Party that nothing they do will cause me to leave, and in my view, they have crossed that line by attacking the integrity of the election and not respecting the rule of law (through the courts, the state legislatures, and the Constitution). In my view, if a party is willing to win by taking away my right to vote, they don't deserve to be in power. I'd rather have representative government and a $20 minimum wage than a prosperous dictatorship. So, I would be there with Paul MItchell.

  • not silent
    Posted: Tue, 12/15/2020 10:09 am

    I suppose if there's any silver lining in this entire fiasco it may be that we as Christians may reconsider how much we trust human government vs how much we trust the Lord. I love my country, and I still think it's the best in the world; but all human governments are fallible and imperfect. As much as I love the US, my true citizenship is in heaven.

    I think the Enemy will try to use this disaster to divide the church and to create backlash against us.  We can't control the backlash, but we can keep Satan from dividing us.  

    It's not that I don't care about truth or the unborn or religious liberty or our Constitution. I care VERY MUCH about those things; but, unfortunately, I'm seeing disagreement about these things even among strong believers who are walking with the Lord. I have my own personal views about recent events; but, rather than try to persuade others with my words and views, I would like to appeal to all World commenters to agree that the Lord and his kingdom must come first, now and always, and that the Lord alone is our savior and vindicator.  And I ask that, instead of trusting in our own wisdom or experience, or in the wisdom of other fallible human beings, we all go before the Lord and plead with him to bring truth and reason and the light of the gospel to bear on the complex issues that we are currently dealing with. 

  • Steve SoCal
    Posted: Tue, 12/15/2020 10:38 am

    Yes, we pray for God's will to be accomplished in the hearts and lives of the people of America and for any plans and deceptions of the enemy and those who intend evil to be defeated.  You are correct that we need to be sensitive to not turn people away from the Lord by our arguments or attitudes.  But at the same time I don't think we have to refrain from speaking the truth in love when appropriate among people who are open to a discussion of matters that are truly important to people's lives.  We are even called to love those who hate us.  That's a tough calling, but powerful when we can do it in His strength and with authenticity.

  • not silent
    Posted: Tue, 12/15/2020 11:36 am

    For Steve SoCal: I agree with you about speaking the truth in love. Unfortunately, it has become clear that I and other believers disagree on what the truth is!  (I.e., I agree with Tim Miller and do not think the election was "stolen.")  I could go on and on about why I believe what I believe-and I've already pointed out that I question the credibility of news outlets like the Epoch Times, which was started by members of Falun Gong, a persecuted religious cult from China; that the leaders who are saying the election was stolen keep changing their story and contradicting things they said previously; and that most of the claims I've seen are based on allegations that have been soundly debunked or dismissed BY REPUBLICANS and people who were literally appointed by Mr. Trump-however, speaking what I believe is the truth and doing it as lovingly as I can has not changed the minds of those who disagree with me.   (Please note that not everything I say may apply to you personally or to any individual commenter. My comment was a general one, intended to address comments by several people.  Also, please note that I am trying very hard not to come across as if I'm trying to attack anyone-I'm trying to express as clearly as I can why I believe what I believe.)   

    I don't know what else to do but to appeal to what we all claim to believe. If the Lord is in control, and if he is our savior and vindicator, then we must ask him to intervene in this current mess and bring HIS truth and HIS will to bear.  I will say right now that I am willing to submit to the Lord and to do his will whatever it is, and I will change my mind if I become convinced I was wrong. I apologize in advance if my comment offended anyone.  Even if we never agree about current events, we are still brothers and sisters in the Lord; and I strive to make sure his kingdom always, always, always comes first for me.  

  • TIM MILLER
    Posted: Wed, 12/16/2020 04:06 pm

    Good thoughts as always. You make me think and reconsider my approach; I appreciate that.

    I think one thing that is clear on these comment boards is that there is not a huge difference as far as principles among us. Most commenters here, for better or worse, are mostly in agreement on life, religious liberty, love for the body of Christ, and that as heavenly citizens we should also seek the best for our earthly city.

    But many of us are operating from different sets of facts. Whether COVID, QAnon, or the election, we are coming from entirely different narratives. (If I held to the same version of events regarding the election as some of my sparring partners on this site, I would probably come to similar conclusions.)

    I assume we all share a commitment to truth (based on the fact that each of us subscribes to World). I think I'm right in my understanding of course (I'm likely not as correct as I think I am) but I do not want to unwittingly believe or spread fake news. What should a Christian do to discern not only the wise approach to the facts, but which facts to believe in the first place?

    I have some ideas, but I'd be interested in hearing anybody's suggestions on this. 

  • not silent
    Posted: Wed, 12/16/2020 10:41 pm

    For Tim Miller: I appreciate your question about how to have a wise approach to the facts and how to figure out which facts to believe.  I wish I had "the answer," but I'm still growing and learning.  

    For myself, it has to begin with certain heart attitudes: 1) Only God knows the absolute truth.  I know a piece of it, but everything I think I know has been filtered through my baggage from the past and any other filters in my brain. For that reason, 2) I don't always have to be right.  It's okay to make a mistake as long as I'm willing to own it and learn from it.  The great part about it is that 3) I'm never too old to learn something new or change my mind!  4) I don't have to win every argument (or whatever you call it when the other person shuts up and/or runs out of arguments). Having the last word can feel satisfying, but it doesn't mean I have convinced the other person, and I probably haven't "won them over" to anything.  Thus, 5) My ultimate goal is not to shut others down with my arguments.  The greatest commandment was to love the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength; and the second was to love my neighbor as myself. The gospel and God's kingdom must come first. 6) Realizing that it's not ultimately "about me" helps me to approach discussions with love and not to take disagreements too personally.  I'm far from perfect at any of this, but these are things I am working on.

    Please don't misunderstand: I'm not saying facts don't matter.  Far from it!  John called Jesus the "Word" or the "Logos." The Greeks viewed the Logos as the universal reason, or wisdom. But I think things work better if they are done in the right order.  If we love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and love our neighbors as ourselves FIRST, I think we will be much more open to hearing truth and reason.     

    Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life," and I believe that the truth will always point to HIM. The reason I am able to debate atheists online is that I realized that, if what God says is REALLY the truth, then the evidence will show it. Even with really hard questions, whenever God has led me into a debate, he has ALWAYS given me an answer when I asked him for one. Sometimes he shows me that it's more important to demonstrate love than to win the argument, and dealing with the kinds of really hard questions I've encountered has made my faith much stronger and shown me a LOT about the Bible.  I guess the bottom line is that I've learned not to be afraid to look at other views and to think outside the box.

    Specifically, with the news: I find it helpful to check multiple sources and to make sure I look at what BOTH sides are saying (i.e, Proverbs 18:17 "The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.") I often have to admit that I simply don't know what is true, and I plead with God to show me how to live in these times.  I also have to set limits and step away if I'm getting too anxious, frustrated, or angry.  It will still be there if I take a break and come back later.

    And that's probably a LOT more than you ever wanted to know!

  • GJ
    Posted: Tue, 12/15/2020 12:29 pm

    When our faith in Jesus no longer informs our politics, expect the consequences.

  • HANNAH.
    Posted: Tue, 12/15/2020 06:59 pm

    Anything else I should know (Part 2)? Yes. Democrats have acknowledged the potential risk to election integrity due to such things as "machines that switched their votes after they'd inputted them, scanners [were] rejecting paper ballots ..." 

    "Lawmakers have for years warned the public of the vulnerabilities of America’s election infrastructure, as well as threats of foreign and domestic interference in U.S. elections. In December 2019, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) raised concerns about the poor condition and vulnerabilities of voting machines and other election equipment, as well as a lack of transparency ... The lawmakers said three vendors—Election Systems & Software, Dominion Voting Systems, and Hart InterCivics—”collectively distribute voting machines and software that facilitate voting for over 90% of all eligible voters in the United States.”

    Sidney Powell: Every Voting Machine Needs to Be Seized, Forensically Analyzed (theepochtimes.com)

  • HANNAH.
    Posted: Tue, 12/15/2020 10:14 pm

    Anything else I should know (Part 3)? Yes. There may be some validity to the claim that on election night, President Trump won "by a landslide" as Attorney Sidney Powell has stated.

    Democrat Election Fraud: OANN Report: "Alleged server seized by U.S. army shows President Trump had 410 electoral votes on election night."

  • TIM MILLER
    Posted: Wed, 12/16/2020 02:55 pm
  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Tue, 12/15/2020 11:51 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS!

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