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Biden clears 270-vote mark as electors affirm his victory

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Joe Biden has cleared the 270-vote mark needed to win the presidency with California's 55 electoral votes.

The voting milestone came late Monday when California electors affirmed Biden's massive 5 million-vote win last month in the nation's largest state.

The Electoral College took on added importance this year because of President Donald Trump's refusal to concede he lost his race for reelection.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Presidential electors in key battleground states have cast the votes that will affirm Joe Biden as the nation's next president.

Monday's action by the Electoral College was a formality that took on added importance this year because of President Donald Trump's refusal to concede he lost his race for reelection.

Biden said, in remarks prepared for a nighttime speech: "In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed."

Heightened security was in place in some states as electors in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin -- the six battleground states that Biden won and Trump contested -- gave Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris their votes Monday in low-key proceedings

President-Elect Joe Biden is expected to make remarks about the Electroal College vote at 7:30 p.m. His remarks will be live streamed to the 12 News Facebook page.

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