CBS News Elected President Joe Biden is the winner in Arizona, making him the first Democrat to win the state’s 11 electoral votes since 1996. The victory brings Biden’s total electoral vote to 290, well above the 270 needed for a predicted presidential victory.
As of Thursday, President Trump had not conceded and advisers confirmed to CBS News that he has. Although no decision has been made, a Trump adviser familiar with the talks with the president told CBS News that his allies were working to keep his options open as they plan his political future.
“While we know that there are many unfounded allegations and opportunities for misinformation about our election process, we can assure you that we have full confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and we should,” they said in a statement. “When you have any questions, ask election officials who are as credible as they are about running the election.”
The federal agency overseeing the presidential transition had did not officially start the process as of Thursday, which means that Mr. Biden is still not receiving classified information updates from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Top Republican senators on Thursday acknowledged that Mr. Biden should start receiving informative information. GOP senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the top GOP senator, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a close ally of Mr. Trump, told reporters on Capitol Hill separately that they believe Biden should receive briefings. high level.
South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the second-highest-ranking Republican in the upper house, said it “makes sense” to brief the president-elect on the nation’s most sensitive intelligence.