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.
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.