The Electoral College has declared Joe Biden to be the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
On Monday, the presidential electors gave the former Vice President 306 electoral votes compared to incumbent President Donald Trump’s 232.
At 5:27 p.m. EST, Biden was awarded California’s 55 electoral votes, which pushed the Democratic candidate over the 270-vote threshold.
Vermont was the first state to vote, Hawaii was the last.
Monday night, Biden gave a speech from his home in Wilmington, Delaware, where he proudly declared that democracy had “prevailed.”
“Once again in America, the rule of law, our Constitution, and the will of the people have prevailed. Our democracy — pushed, tested, threatened — proved to be resilient, true, and strong,” he said.
“The flame of democracy was lit in this nation a long time ago,” he continued. “And we now know that nothing, not even a pandemic or an abuse of power, can extinguish that flame.”
Overall, Biden received more than 81 million votes compared to Trump’s 74 million.
The results of the Electoral College vote will be sent to Washington, D.C., where Congress will affirm the votes on January 6 in a joint session with incumbent Vice President Mike Pence.
While some Republicans say they will object to the results to Congress, it is unlikely that Biden’s win will be overturned.
On Saturday, November 7 — days after Election Day — numerous outlets, including The Associated Press, declared Biden and running mate Kamala Harris the projected winners of the election.
Now that Biden has received a majority of votes from the Electoral College, Harris will become the first female, as well as the first Black and Asian-American, vice president in U.S. history.