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Data: 270toWin; Table: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Despite the tight count in key states, Joe Biden matched the election results Trumpworld labeled a "mandate" in 2016.

The big picture: Biden's raw vote and Electoral College tally put him in noteworthy historical company.

The president-elect:

  • Received 75.7 million votes as of Monday, with counting still underway in vote-rich California. That's roughly six million more than the record 69.5 million votes Barack Obama received in 2008, and marks the second consecutive time a Democrat has beat Trump in the popular vote.
  • Will win 306 electoral college votes if he wins all the states where he's currently leading — matching Trump's 2016 tally over Hillary Clinton. "He just earned a mandate,” then-House Speaker Paul Ryan declared in November 2016.
  • Exceeded George W. Bush's electoral college vote totals in both the disputed 2000 election and his 2004 re-election win.
  • Surpassed John F. Kennedy's total in 1960, another election with allegations of vote fraud. In a nod to the country's population growth, Trump's losing total this year already exceeds the total popular vote cast for both Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960.

Don't forget: After Bush was declared winner of the 2000 election, Dick Cheney told him to ignore their close race and Supreme Court fight. The vice president recommended leading as if the voters had given them a mandate.

  • They went on to push a tax cut through a 50-50 Senate, launch post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — and win a second term.

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The top Republicans who have acknowledged Biden as president-elect

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Some elected Republicans are breaking ranks with President Trump to acknowledge that President-elect Biden won the 2020 presidential election.

Why it matters: The relative sparsity of acknowledgements highlights Trump's lasting power in the GOP, as his campaign moves to file multiple lawsuits alleging voter fraud in key swing states — despite the fact that there have been no credible allegations of any widespread fraud anywhere in the U.S.

Updated Nov 22, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump campaign asks Georgia for another election recount

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images

Georgia will conduct another presidential election results recount following a Trump campaign request on Saturday.

Why it matters: State election officials and Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Friday certified Georgia's election results that show President-elect Joe Biden officially won the state by just over 12,600 votes.

Murkowski: "It is time to begin the full and formal transition process"

Murkowski leaves the Senate Republicans lunch in September. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) tweeted Sunday, "It is time to begin the full and formal transition process." She called Trump's attempts to overturn President-elect Biden's win "inconsistent with our democratic process."

Why it matters: Only a handful of congressional Republicans have acknowledged Biden as president-elect as Trump and his campaign continue unsuccessful legal challenges in key swing states.

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