The Election Results & What’s To Come

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One of the most historic elections is far from over. The results from last night’s presidential election remains unclear as ballots continue to be counted.

Election Day
Nov. 3, 2020, a day we as a country have been in preparation for over the last few weeks has finally come to an end, or so we thought. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, mail-in ballots were a safe, viable option, though as foreseen months ahead, it has delayed the verification process and tallying votes. It has delayed significantly so that there is no clear victor yet. Both candidates, Donald Trump and Joseph Biden, were projected to have strong polls that in turn made this race very close. The polls depict a great divide in our country, as both sides race to reach 270, Alaska, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada remain “uncalled” according to the Washington Post.

Bernie’s Prediction
Much to Bernie Sander’s credit, his expectations of how he thought the turnout of the election would be was incredibly accurate. In his interview with Jimmy Fallon, Sanders enunciated that “..every vote must be counted.” Sanders continues to share his fears: “.. Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, other states” are going to be receiving significant amounts of mail-in ballots, without the proper systems to process and verify these votes promptly, it’ll delay results,” which was exactly what occurred on election night. A key takeaway from Sanders’ interview was his prediction of President Trump’s response to mail-in votes being counted after election day and by taking those states, he concluded Trump would question the integrity of the election and call the results fraudulent.

Statements & Potential Litigations
Wednesday
With the election results remaining unclear, President Donald Trump announced a statement at the White House, around 2 a.m. morning. He declared to the country that he had won the race, that it was apparent he was the victor, “Frankly, we did win this election.” Following this declaration, the president demanded votes cease being counted and threatened to take it up to the Supreme court.

Joe Biden released a statement in Delaware, his hometown, on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.. He urged Americans to remain patient through the ongoing ballots being counted. In his speech, Biden began by thanking fellow Americans and the country stating: “And if we had any doubts, we shouldn’t have any longer” alluding to his eventual victory.

Thursday
President Trump addressed the “crooked” election that he claimed was underway. “This is a case where they’re trying to steal an election. They’re trying to rig an election and we can’t let that happen.”

Joe Biden in his second speech addressing the election, on November 5th, asserted: “We have no doubt that when the count is finished, Senator Harris and I will be declared the winners.”

As a result of President Donald Trump and his supporters assertions, he and his lawyers have filed lawsuits against Georgia and Michigan. On Thursday, November 5, the president was met with rejections from both states according to the Washington Post. Trump’s campaign has also stated his intentions to file “legal action against Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, Michigan, and Nevada.”

States Won and Leading/Swing States


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States won by Joe Biden : CA, OR, WA, AZ, NM, CO, MN, WI, IL, MI, NY, ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, CT, NJ, DE, MD, DC, & HI

States won by Donald Trump: ID, MT, UT, WY, ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, TX, IA, MO, AR, LA, MS, AL, TN, KY, IN, OH, WV, SC, FL

States Biden is leading in : Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia
States Trump is leading in : North Carolina, Alaska

Candidates of the 2020 Election that Made History


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These candidates made history on election day: Sarah McBride, Cori Bush, and Ritchie Torres, along with many others updating as the days passed. They established new standards inspiring many all over the nation.

Sarah McBride, became the first openly trans U.S State Senator on Tuesday as she won her election in Delaware. She stated: “I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too.”

“As Delaware continues to face the Covid crisis, it’s time to get to work to invest in the policies that will make a difference for working families,” according to CNN.

Cori Bush on election day became the first black woman to represent Missouri in Congress. She’s a widely known community leader, veteran BLM activist, a nurse, and pastor. As she won her race to represent Missouri’s 1st congressional district, which covers St. Louis and parts of St. Louis County, she stated “As the first black woman and also the first nurse and single mother to have the honor to represent Missouri in the United States Congress, let me say this: To the black women, the black girls, the nurses, the essential workers, the single mothers, this is our moment,” according to CNN.

Ritchie Torres became the first openly LGBTQ Afro-Latinx member of Congress on election day. He’ll represent New York’s 17th District, which is north from where he grew up in the Bronx. Ritchie stated in response to winning: “I was raised by a single mother who raised children on minimum wage. I lived in public housing and had to struggle with depression and substance abuse. I never thought life would take me on a journey from the Bronx to Washington, D.C.,” according to NBC news.