New York: Joe Biden has received more than 80 million votes in the 2020 presidential election, the first-ever candidate to do so, as the president-elect prepares to announce his administration in the weeks leading up to his inauguration on 20 January.
The vote-tracking count from the Cook Political Report reported the Democrat has so far received roughly 51 per cent of the national popular vote to Donald Trump’s 47.1 per cent, or more than 73.8 million votes.
More than 156 million people voted in the 2020 election, a turnout of more than 66 per cent, shattering a century-old record for the share of eligible voters who cast ballots.
The latest vote totals arriving from New York’s Erie County pushed Biden over 80 million, according to Cook editor Dave Wasserman.
Biden is scheduled to formally announce members of his incoming national security team on Tuesday, a day after the federal agency responsible for his transition to the White House announced that it will begin after Democrats and watchdog groups criticised its chief for “stonewalling” at the president’s behest.
In a letter to Biden, the General Services Administration’s Emily Murphy said“I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official — including those who work at the White House or GSA — with regard to the substance or timing of my decision.”
Later, Trump said that “in the best interest” of the US, he recommended that Murphy “and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same”.