CBS News projects President-elect Joe Biden is the winner in Arizona, making him the first Democrat to capture the state’s 11 electoral votes since 1996. The win brings Biden’s electoral vote total to 290, well over the 270 he needs for a projected presidential victory.
As of Thursday, President Trump had still not conceded, and advisers confirmed to CBS News he has openly discussed running for president again in 2024. While no decisions have been made, one Trump adviser familiar with conversations with the president told CBS News that his allies were working to keep his options open as they plot his political future.
“While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too,” they said in a statement. “When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”
The federal agency that oversees the presidential transition had not yet formally kickstarted the process as of Thursday, meaning Mr. Biden is still not receiving classified intelligence briefings from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
High-ranking Republican senators acknowledged Thursday that Mr. Biden should begin receiving intelligence briefings. GOP Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the most senior GOP senator, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a close ally of Mr. Trump’s, separately told reporters on Capitol Hill that they believe Mr. Biden should be receiving the high-level briefings.
South Dakota Senator John Thune, the second highest-ranking Republican in the upper chamber, said it “makes sense” for the president-elect to be briefed on the nation’s most sensitive intelligence.