2020 Election results and opinions

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Jonah Dietz

The map of the United States color-coded according to the electoral points each candidate had garnered. All eyes were on Nevada.

Four years have passed since the U.S. received Donald Trump as its president. And whether or not he would reprise this role or he would be replaced by Former Vice President Joe Biden was meant to be decided on Nov. 4. But the day came and went without any concrete results. Both candidates were without the 270 electoral college points they needed to win, with Biden in the lead after slowly amassing 264 electoral votes. But with Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina still inconclusive, there was still no decided winner. Regardless of affiliation or specific hope, one’s nerves were shot at the possibility that either could win. Biden had a lead in Nevada, Trump led in the others. And as the day ended, all eyes were on Nevada, who’s six points could win Biden the presidency.

The map of the United States color-coded according to the electoral points each candidate had garnered. All eyes were on Nevada. (Jonah Dietz)

On Nov. 6, Georgia and Pennsylvania switched from red to blue. And the next day, Nevada and Pennsylvania’s points went to Biden, giving him 290 votes, and he was declared the next President of the United States by various networks around the country and internationally, with celebrations occurring all around America and the world. But the delay in producing results quickly in many states and the multiple accusations of voter fraud that have cropped up in the following week have caused many to refuse to accept the results of the election. President Donald Trump was one of the first to voice his displeasure regarding his projected loss. On Thursday, Nov. 5, he took to the White House briefing room to give a speech saying he would not accept the election results.
“If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” Trump said, implying without proof that the votes leading to Biden’s victory were illegal. “If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us.” He continued to cite multiple instances of fraud, which would later be disproven, claimed that his momentum would lead to his victory and called the mail-in ballots one-sided sources of “corruption and fraud.”
The one-sided nature of the mail-in ballots comes most likely from the fact that, leading up to this election, Trump was vocally against mailing in ballots and called his followers to vote in person, whereas Democrats and those more inclined to take the pandemic seriously and therefore more likely to vote against Trump, voted by mail. Furthermore, the slow switch from red to blue in many states, including Pennsylvania and Michigan, is due in part to the legal inability of officials to count mail-in votes before election day, and the decision of some counties in these states to hold off on counting mail-in ballots until after election day.
As it stands now, Biden is set to become the 46th President of the United States and Kamala Harris is set to become America’s first woman Vice President. Leaders of countries like Germany, France, Canada, Australia and South Korea have congratulated Biden and Harris on their projected win, and as Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin and many others stated, he “look[s] forward to working with [Biden] in the years ahead.”
Biden himself said he “pledge[s] to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify; who doesn’t see red states and blue states, only sees the United States.”
Personal reactions to Biden’s projected win are as diverse as the country he will presumably be the president of, and we have compiled a few of these opinions here.