Pelosi says Biden’s mandate is bigger than JFK’s

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leaned into a Joe Biden presidency on Friday, even saying the Democratic nominee’s mandate is bigger than that won by Democratic President John F. Kennedy in 1960.

Pelosi’s comments came as neither Biden nor President Trump have reached the necessary 270 Electoral College votes necessary to claim the presidency. Ballots are still being counted in Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, among other states that have not been called.

A Biden victory could range from the bare minimum 270 electoral votes to 306 — the amount Trump won in 2016. Biden’s popular vote victory stands at over three million and is likely to grow. JFK, in his narrow 1960 victory over Vice President Richard Nixon, won the popular vote 49.72% to 49.55%. But JFK won a more comfortable Electoral College majority, 303 to Nixon’s 219.