Alaska election result: Trump declared winner

Result gives US president 217 electoral college votes

James Crump
Wednesday 11 November 2020 19:11
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Donald Trump has been declared the winner in Alaska, more than a week after the 2020 US presidential election took place.

On Wednesday, the Associated Press projected Mr Trump as the winner in Alaska, taking him to 217 electoral college votes.

The race was called after 75 per cent of the votes were tallied, as Mr Trump led President-elect Joe Biden by 57 to 39 per cent in the state.

Mr Trump defeated then Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Alaska in 2016 by 51 to 36 per cent, but Democrats had hoped to close the gap this year.

Mr Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election on Saturday, after he received more than the 270 electoral college votes needed to win. He currently has 290, with some states still yet to declare.

North Carolina, which accepts mail-in-ballots postmarked until 12 November, is still classified as too close to call, while Mr Trump’s team has successfully pushed for a recount in the swing state of Georgia.

Republican senator Dan Sullivan was also projected to have won reelection in Alaska in the race against the independent Al Gross, who was backed by prominent Democrats.

Mr Trump has still not conceded the election, and has repeatedly falsely claimed that there was widespread voter fraud in multiple swing states.

The Trump campaign issued lawsuits in several states, but there is no evidence to back up the claims of voter fraud.

Speaking about Mr Trump’s refusal to concede the election on Tuesday, Mr Biden said: “I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly.”

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