- President-elect Joe Biden now has a popular vote lead over President Donald Trump of more than 7 million votes.
- Biden has received 81,256,917 votes, more than any presidential candidate in US history.
- The record for most votes in a US presidential election was previously held by former President Barack Obama, who received in excess of 69.4 million votes in 2008.
- Trump still refuses to concede more than a month after Election Day, and is not expected to attend Biden’s inauguration next month.
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President-elect Joe Biden’s popular vote lead over President Donald Trump has grown to more than 7 million votes.
As of Friday, Biden is ahead of Trump by 7,048,542 votes, with 81,256,917 votes overall (51%) to the president’s 74,208,375 votes (47%), according to Decision Desk HQ. The president-elect’s popular vote total shatters the previous record for most votes in a US presidential election, which was held by former President Barack Obama after he received 69,456,897 votes in 2008.
Biden has earned 306 electoral votes, putting him well past the 270 votes necessary to win the election, while Trump’s electoral vote count stands at 232. The 2020 presidential election result will be finalized when the electoral college votes on December 14.
Though Biden’s margin of victory continues to grow, Trump has still refused to concede more than a month after Election Day. The president is spending his final weeks in office habitually spreading election disinformation on Twitter.
Trump has lost more than two dozen legal battles that he launched to try and overturn the results, while baselessly claiming the election was rigged against him.
Meanwhile, after an unusually long delay, the Trump administration formally authorized the beginning of the transition process for Biden in late November.
Trump is not expected to attend Biden’s inauguration next month. In an interview with CNN, the president-elect said it’s “of no personal consequence to me” if Trump attends but that his absence would send a bad message to the world about the state of politics in the US.
Biden said that Trump’s presence at his inauguration would be “important in a sense that we are able to demonstrate at the end of this chaos — that he’s created — that there is a peaceful transfer of power with the competing parties standing there, shaking hands, and moving on.”
“I really worry about the image that we’re presenting to the rest of the world,” Biden went on to say. “And look where we are now in the world — look how we’re viewed. They’re wondering, my lord, these things happen in tinhorn dictatorships. This is not the United States.”
By skipping Biden’s inauguration, Trump would join a short list of outgoing presidents who did not attend the inauguration ceremonies of their successors: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Johnson.