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2020 Election in review


Biden approaches the next four years

Joe Biden is the President-elect. The only thing left is for U.S. President Donald Trump to concede defeat.

According to the Associated Press, Biden picked up a win in Wisconsin by a margin of 20,000 votes, a win in Michigan by 146,000 votes, a win in Pennsylvania by 45,000 votes, Arizona by 15,000 and lastly, Nevada by 36,000 votes. Georgia has proved the closest, with Biden leading by just 11,000 votes at the time of publication. 

While every major news network projected a Biden victory, President Trump has repeatedly called for the counting of more votes, most of which are mail-in ballots.

These later counted mail-in votes were what supplied Biden his win.

 In Pennsylvania, PBS news estimates 78% of mail-in ballots have been going to the former vice president. It shouldn’t be surprising, considering President Trump’s repeated attacks on mail-in ballots, saying his supporters would opt to vote in person instead. Despite this, record U.S. voter turnout not seen in 100 years gave Biden over 75 million votes, or 50.7% of the electorate. 

This election season, almost every poll projected a Biden victory. The polls certainly weren’t as wrong as they were in 2016. But the polls did not predict the race being as close as it was, and heavily underestimated President Trump’s chances of winning, again. 

There will always be upsets, but pollsters are definitely trying to remedy any bias against President Trump. However, if the so-called “silent majority” won’t talk to them, they can’t complain when the polls reflect that. Also, the so-called “silent majority” will lose the popular vote for President Trump twice in a row. 

While we all waited for every vote to get counted, the U.S. broke record after record of daily COVID-19 cases. 

With record positive cases being recorded in the last five days, the current crisis puts into perspective exactly what is at stake in this election. Sadly, President Trump has solely focused on reelection and lamented about the focus on COVID-19 numerous times, even complaining at a Florida rally days before the election, “It’s COVID, COVID, COVID, you can’t watch anything else. On Nov. 4, you won’t be hearing so much about it.” He spoke as if a victory suddenly means neither him nor Biden would be pressed on the challenges COVID-19 has created. 

Unfortunately, for the over a million lives lost around the world, and their families, the severity of this pandemic was not invented by the media. The results of this election must not be interfered with, regardless of the biases of whoever predicted and reported on it. Sorry, Mr. President, but facts don’t care about your feelings.

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