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Nebraska, Iowa electoral colleges vote to re-elect Trump

One Nebraska ballot was cast for Biden, who won the popular vote in the state’s 2nd District
Published: Dec. 14, 2020 at 11:12 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2020 at 2:09 PM CST
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(WOWT) - Electoral college ballots for Nebraska and Iowa were cast Monday alongside the rest of the nation. The two votes officially recorded 10 electoral college votes for President Trump and one for former Vice President Joe Biden.

In a 2 p.m. session at the capitol, Nebraska’s five electors reflected the popular vote, with four electoral college ballots cast each for Trump and Vice President Mike Pence; and one voting to elect Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris.

Cheers erupted in the chamber when elector Precious McKesson was announced; she was the first African-American to cast such a ballot for the state.

Nebraska is one of two states splitting its electoral vote this election, with Joe Biden winning Nebraska’s 2nd District popular vote. Cheers erupted in the chamber again when Secretary of State Bob Evnen called the electoral vote for Biden.

Iowa’s six Republican electors cast their vote at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Iowa state capitol, giving all votes to Trump and Pence.

Iowa’s six electors meeting this morning to certify their votes for President and Vice-President of the United States. Governor Reynolds presides over the meeting and Secretary Pate distributes, receives and counts the ballots.

Posted by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate on Monday, December 14, 2020

Iowa law requires electors to cast ballots for the candidates who received the most votes in the state. Trump won the state 53% to Joe Biden’s 45%. A record 1.7 million voters cast ballots, for a turnout rate of more than 76%.

During his news conference Monday morning, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said he thought President Trump should accept the results of today’s balloting.

“Absolutely, the president should accept the results of the electoral college vote — this is what makes it official about who the next president’s gonna be,” he said. “It’s not the media that determines who the president-elect is; it’s the electoral college that does it. So when they finish voting today, that will make it official with regard to Vice President Biden then getting enough electoral college votes to become the president-elect.”

The unofficial title of “president-elect” has always been used — by more than the news media — to describe the presumed winner of the presidential election ahead of official electoral college balloting once election officials in each state issue preliminary results. The designation has traditionally been based on preliminary popular vote tallies shared by election officials after polls close and counting progresses, but the title has become a point of contention for many in the nation this year as the Trump campaign has continued to fight the results unsuccessfully in several states.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, who represents Nebraska’s 1st District, issued a statement Monday evening after the votes for Biden surpassed the required 270 to officially declare him the winner, acknowledging the U.S. vote.

“The Electoral College has voted and affirmed Vice President Biden’s victory. I wish to thank President Trump for his service, and I wish President-Elect Biden the best as he assumes the awesome responsibility of governing our great nation,” Fortenberry said.

Watch Monday’s livestream here

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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