Joe Biden has solidified his move to the White House after winning 306 electoral college votes, which is overwhelmingly more than the 270 needed to become the next President of the United States.
On Friday, November 14, Biden claimed victory in Georgia, while North Carolina called in favour of Mr Trump, who claimed electoral college 232 votes.
Mr Biden set his transition in motion by launching a website, BuildBackBetter.com, after beating Mr Trump in the final key battlegrounds of the election, marking the end of a tense but protracted race for the White House.
Georgia, one of five states flipped by Mr Biden after going into Mr Trump’s column last time around, hadn’t been won by a Democrat since Bill Clinton in 1992.
Mr Biden is currently up by some 14, 100 votes in Georgia , and a hand recount is expected to be completed next week. Audits of state-wide elections never bring the kind of reversal that Mr Trump would need to change the result.
In traditionally-Republican North Carolina, a drive to get out black voters by Democrats was not enough to overcome Trump’s hugely loyal base of white, non-college-educated men and rural voters.
The election saw the biggest voter turn out since 1968, with over 150 million votes tallied, and an Associated Press analysis highlighted that some of the biggest turnout increases occurred in states that liberalized their mail-voting rules.
Mr Trump continued to sow doubt about the election results, with baseless claims of voter fraud, and threatened legal action despite mainstream news outlets calling the election in Mr Biden’s favour.
He tweeted on November 8, “Since when does the Lamestream Media call who our next president will be?”
However, on Friday, November 13, Trump came closer to acknowledging the results, after declaring that ‘time will tell’ if Mr Biden will succeed him as President of the United States. On the same day, Mr Trump also tweeted that Arizona’s electoral college result was a “very close loss”.
American media platforms have reported that Trump will announce his plan to run for president in the 2024 election once Mr Biden is the certified winner of this race. Therefore, this suggests Mr Trump is beginning to acknowledge the Democrats recent victory.