The US Congress certified Friday that Donald Trump won the November presidential election, as last-gasp objections by Democratic lawmakers were swatted away by Vice President Joe Biden.
Lawmakers held a ceremonial final count in the House of Representatives chamber that affirmed the votes cast last month by the members of the Electoral College chose the Republican property tycoon as the nation’s 45th president.
“Donald Trump of New York has received, for president of the United States, 304 votes,” while his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton received 227 votes, Biden declared to assembled lawmakers after the counting was complete.
Seven electors defied their states’ results and voted for other figures, but it did not affect the outcome.
Biden said the official count “shall be deemed sufficient declaration” for Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence to take their oaths of office on January 20.
“The Electoral College results are in. Donald J. Trump will be the 45th president of the United States,” House Speaker Paul Ryan announced in a tweet shortly afterward.
The count is normally a rubber-stamp event weeks after the electors formally cast their votes. But it was not without drama, as at least three protesters interrupted Biden’s tally announcements before being removed from the chamber.
House Democrats interrupted the count multiple times, objecting to electoral vote tallies in different states for several reasons, including Voting Rights Act violations and election-related cyber attacks.
Branding Trump a threat to the nation, Democrats staged a weeks-long campaign, rallying at statehouses across the country and urging electors to break ranks and refuse to vote for him.
But their effort failed to change the result in any meaningful way, and the objections at Friday’s count fell flat.