After a long, arduous, and polarizing race, the American people have spoken and selected Joseph R. Biden, Jr. as the 46th President of the United States to succeed incumbent President Donald J. Trump. The former Vice-President and current President-elect have, according to the Associated Press, secured 290 electoral votes and 75,699,644 votes thus far compared to the current President’s 214 Electoral votes and 71,114,535 votes.
Though it’s been a week since election day, many states still have ballots to count and it’s expected to continue into this week. Of these states, North Carolina and Georgia are too close to call, but President Trump maintains the lead in North Carolina by 75,000 votes with 99% of ballots counted, whereas Biden leads in Georgia by 10,000 votes with 99% counted. In Arizona and Nevada, only 2-5% of ballots are left to be counted but Biden leads with a 16,000 – 36,000 vote lead; similarly, 42% of ballots still need to be counted in Alaska, however, it’s widely believed the state and it’s three electoral votes will go for President Trump.
As for the other swing states, Florida, Ohio, and Texas, all had a majority vote for the current President. On the other hand, though Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin appeared to be going red, shortly after election day, they flipped in favor of Joe Biden, ensuring his victory. Nonetheless, this is not the last we will hear of the election as recounts are almost certainly occuring in states like Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, and Pennsylvania, where the margins of difference are either 1% or less. In addition, lawsuits have been filed and are being prepared by the Trump campaign to challenge the results, claiming election fraud and illegal ballots took place across these states.
In response to Biden’s declaration of victory, world leaders including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom contacted Joe Biden shortly before he delivered his victory speech on Sunday in Wilmington, Delaware, alongside Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris, both accompanied by their families.
Apart from the National Elections, the senatorial races have been as interesting and competitive, with Democrats at 46 seats plus independents that typically caucus or side with them, while Republicans are currently at 48 and two seats they’re expected to win in North Carolina and Alaska. They also seem to be on the path of maintaining control of the Senate with Mitch McConnell (R) destined to return as majority leader, but whether he will preside over a majority or a 50/50 split is still unknown. Some of the most critical races were in Maine, North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, and Colorado. In Maine, Senator Susan Collins (R) emerged victorious as her Democratic opponent Sarah Gideon conceded on November 4th, leaving Collins to serve her fifth term. In North Carolina, with over 98% of the ballots counted, Senator Tom Tillis (R) is winning as of now and is expected to win with a 96,000 vote lead over opponent Cal Cunningham (D), but it still remains too close to call.