Biden has received 81,256,917 votes, more than any presidential candidate in US history. — John Haltiwanger, Senior Politics Reporter, Business Insider
Biden has received 81,256,917 votes, more than any presidential candidate in US history. — John Haltiwanger, Senior Politics Reporter, Business Insider
Biden's popular vote lead grows to more than 7 million as Trump continues to tweet electoral disinformation
  • President-elect Joe Biden now has a popular vote lead over President Donald Trump of more than 7 million votes.
  • Biden has received 81,256,917 votes, more than any presidential candidate in US history.
  • The record for most votes in a US presidential election was previously held by former President Barack Obama, who received in excess of 69.4 million votes in 2008.
  • Trump still refuses to concede more than a month after Election Day, and is not expected to attend Biden's inauguration next month.
Trump is not expected to attend Biden's inauguration next month. In an interview with CNN, the president-elect said it's "of no personal consequence to me" if Trump attends but that his absence would send a bad message to the world about the state of politics in the US.

Biden said that Trump's presence at his inauguration would be "important in a sense that we are able to demonstrate at the end of this chaos — that he's created — that there is a peaceful transfer of power with the competing parties standing there, shaking hands, and moving on."

"I really worry about the image that we're presenting to the rest of the world," Biden went on to say. "And look where we are now in the world — look how we're viewed. They're wondering, my lord, these things happen in tinhorn dictatorships. This is not the United States."

By skipping Biden's inauguration, Trump would join a short list of outgoing presidents who did not attend the inauguration ceremonies of their successors: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Johnson.