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The long, winding road it took to call the 2020 race.

At about 8:30 a.m., the Associated Press called the 2020 presidential race with Biden as the victor after he received 20 electoral college points from Pennsylvania, and 11 from Arizona. This victory allowed Biden to surpass 270 mark, with a number of 290 – 214 against Trump, and 4.8 million more votes. The final electoral vote count is still waiting to be announced, as Georgia and North Carolina are still reporting votes.

Courtesy of @realdonaldtrump on Twitter

Trump has not officially spoken thus far, though he did declare a false victory on Twitter before the results were called. According to ABC Live News’ White House Producer John Santucci, who has spoken to Trump’s campaign members, the current President is experiencing the “seven stages of grief” while currently golfing. Santucci said White House officials will give Trump until the weekend to accept the results and then have a “come to Jesus” conversation with him to finally concede. 

Still, the race could not have been called fast enough. For the last few days, Americans have kept themselves entertained — or perhaps anxious — going back and forth between different social media apps for updates on the vote counts in four major states: Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. After election night on Nov. 3 did not yield an official result, it has been up to news polls and the ever-patient Associated Press to deliver updates on the numbers.

Friday morning, Nov. 6, marked a change in the light red over Georgia and Pennsylvania on the AP map, when both states switched to light blue in favor of Biden. However, the ever-changing leads in these swing states goes to show exactly how close this election is, with only tens of thousands of votes difference in the first four of these swing states. 

Trump gives his speech in the East room of the White House.
Courtesy of Carlos Barria/ Reuters

As of Friday evening, Biden led the race with 264 electoral college votes while Trump trailed behind at 214. Biden’s lead and eventual victory was likely due to his record-breaking amount of votes from Americans, which surpassed Obama’s prior record of 69,498,516 from 2008 on Wednesday morning at around 6 a.m. PST. Trump also surpassed his previous 2016 number of 62,984,828 at around 67,120,27 by the same time.

As was predicted, Biden received more votes by mail-in ballots, which caused quite a controversy; mail-in ballots were some of the last counted, only being read after 8 p.m. PST on Election Night. As of Nov. 3 2020, over 100 million Americans used early voting, compared to 2016’s 47 million. This means that most Americans had already voted prior to Election Day, Nov. 3. 

Throughout the last few days, as the West coast trailed about three hours behind the East coast, the impact of mail-in votes showed a large shift from red to blue in favor of Biden. The percentage of mail-in ballots greatly increased compared to previous elections, likely due to COVID-19, since 2016. 

On election night, according to KTLA 5 News, at 4:35 p.m. PST, former VP Biden seemed more likely to win the electoral college, as President Trump could have to “replicate his wins from 2016” and hold on to critical swing states Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida. Likewise, a few predictions have suggested the results “could hinge on Pennsylvania,” according to KTLA.

A tweet by Donald Trump.
Courtesy of @realDonaldTrump on Twitter

Since election night, however, Trump has attributed Biden’s lead and historic amount of votes to what he claims to be fraudulent vote counting. While ABC Live News did report Wednesday that there were some issues with voting including issues with electronic polls in Ohio, which fixed this by having voters use paper ballots, the Department of Homeland Security remarked that there were no compromises in the election process through methods such as “hacking.” 

Further investigations into voter fraud may soon be underway. Due to the close numbers in swing states, along with President Trump’s urgings, Georgia will recount their votes, while Michigan and Pennsylvania refused, dismissing Trump’s lawsuits.

Georgia’s turn to blue, though ballots have yet to be recounted due to a close margin of votes, was surprising, as the state had voted red for nearly three decades. The last time it had been blue was in 1992 when the state voted in favor of then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton. 

Voters of color also turned up in large numbers this year, with African-Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans all primarily voting for Biden. However, there was a significant outlier of Latino voters in Miami, Florida who voted for Trump. Specifically, Cuban and Venezuelan Latinos favored Trump, which earned the current President over 512,000 votes in the Miami area, compared to 2016 where he received 334,000. 

With Latinx individuals making up 26.2 percent of the population in Florida, this was a target demographic for both candidates. In 2016, Miami alone brought in 334,000 votes for President Trump, whereas this year he surpassed this, receiving 512,000 plus votes. Biden lost much of the Latinx vote in both Georgia and Ohio compared to Clinton, who had received 41 points in 2016. 

Youth at voting polls standing in front of table with computers with a mini American flag in the middle of the table.
Courtesy of Will Kirk/ Johns Hopkins University

Another target audience was the American youth, with more than seven million young voters having voted early or absentee, further breaking record turnouts compared to past elections. 61 percent of voters aged 18 – 29 showed support for candidate Biden. Breaking it down by minority group, Black youth backed Biden with 88 percent, Asian youth with 83 percent, and Latinx youth favoring Biden at 75 percent. Targeting minority groups in swing states being of equal importance, Biden was able to win Michigan by 50.4 percent. In addition, 67.6 percent of Wayne County, where Detroit is located, a city that is 78.6 percent African-American, also backed Biden and has been said to be the reason for turning Michigan blue.

In terms of another social group, gender, women tended to vote for Biden more as well.  Women voted 56 – 43 for Biden, while “the two candidates were almost tied among men,” according to The Guardian. Trump’s preference amongst suburban women decreased leading up to the election, along with other key groups.

Further social groups saw candidates split for voters. For example, veterans are predicted to have a slight very preference for supporting Trump in comparison to Biden at 52 percent.  Another poll by Syracuse University found that “43.1 percent of respondents said they were voting for Biden while only 37.4 percent said they were voting for Trump,” further displaying split veteran voters.

As for Evangelicals, an October Pew Research Centre report showed Trump favored over his current Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, among White evangelicals (78 percent), non-evangelical White Protestants (53 percent) and White Catholics (52 percent). White Christians make up 44 percent of the U.S.’s total registered voters. 

Independent voters, who typically make up about 10 percent of the registered voter population, also favored Biden. This can be seen from the Nationscape interview, which includes more than 10,000 people since June of 2020. “Independents are less interested in Trump relative to 2016 by about 10 points, though some were still undecided as of Oct. 22,” according to the New York Times.

As for the Senate and House races, they are also neck-in-neck. The Senate has almost reached a majority with a current Republican lead of 48 to 46. The House is close to a decision as well, with a Democratic lead of 212 to 194. 

Courtesy of AP Photo/ Andrew Harnick

While this election has declared Biden the U.S. President elect, the Senate and House races, as well as apparent voting trends, show the nation is more divided than ever. Americans can only hope Trump will accept results soon and that his supporters will as well. Biden will likely welcome them, as he has promised throughout his campaign to be a “President for all of America” whether U.S. citizens “voted for [him] or not.” 

 

Featured image: Courtesy of Nathan Congleton / NBC / NBCU

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  • Annalisse Galaviz is the News Editor for the Quaker Campus. She has worked for the paper since 2018 in former roles as a copy editor and news assistant. She likes writing about hard-hitting current events and, naturally, spends most of her time on political Twitter so she can do this. Assuming she has free time, she enjoys writing bad poems and fiction stories.

Annalisse Galaviz is the News Editor for the Quaker Campus. She has worked for the paper since 2018 in former roles as a copy editor and news assistant. She likes writing about hard-hitting current events and, naturally, spends most of her time on political Twitter so she can do this. Assuming she has free time, she enjoys writing bad poems and fiction stories.

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