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Latter-day Saint leaders congratulate President-elect Biden after Electoral College victory

Statement also thanks President Trump for his public service and follows church’s tradition of congratulating winner of U.S. presidential elections

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FILE - The Church Administration Building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pictured in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. On Monday, church leaders congratulated president-elect Joe Biden.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement on Monday afternoon congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President elect Kamala Harris on their election victory.

The statement was issued from church headquarters in Salt Lake City soon after Biden earned the 270 votes required during the Electoral College vote.

Here is the full statement by the church:

We congratulate President-elect Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States. We also congratulate Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

We invite people everywhere, whatever their political views, to join us in praying for this new administration and for leaders of nations around the world. Praying for those in public office has been a practice of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since its founding. The men and women who lead our nations and communities need our prayers.

We thank President Donald Trump and Vice-President Michael Pence for their public service and wish them and their families well in their future endeavors. We commend all those who engaged in the election process at a national or local level. Their participation in our democratic process, by its nature, demands much of those who offer themselves for public service.

May our local, national and world leaders be blessed with wisdom and judgment as they fulfill the great trust afforded to them by the people of the world.

Four years ago, the church congratulated President Trump on his election, similarly calling for prayers for him and his administration.

In 2012, church leaders congratulated President Barack Obama on his re-election.

In those two cases, the church issued its statements of congratulations after the runners-up called the winners to concede the race. Hillary Clinton called Trump the morning after election day to concede in 2016. Mitt Romney conceded the race to Obama on election night 2012.

Trump has not conceded the 2020 election.

After the 2008 election, church leaders congratulated President-elect Obama in a statement released on Jan. 16, 2009.

All 50 states certified their election results last week.

Presidential electors met as the Electoral College throughout the day Monday in separate sessions in the 50 states and District of Columbia.

Biden surpassed the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win when California’s electors voted at 3:27 p.m. MST. California’s 55 votes gave Biden a total of 302. Hawaii’s vote later today is expected to give him a final Electoral College victory of 306-232.

The Electoral College results now will be sent to Congress for formal acceptance. The Senate and House of Representatives will convene Jan. 6 to open envelopes with the results from each state and the District of Columbia and the votes will be counted again.

If one member of each house objects in writing to any of the electoral votes, the House and Senate meet separately to debate the issue, according to the Associated Press. Both chambers must vote to sustain the objection for it change the outcome.

The inauguration is scheduled on Jan. 20, based on the 20th amendment to the Constitution.

Church leaders annually encourage church members to vote and engage in the political process.