2020 Presidential Election: Who won?
By Keegan Godwin (TheLorian)
In arguably one of the most important elections of our lifetime, it seems we will have to wait a few days to see who our winner is. The race is too close to call at this time due to mail-in ballots still needing to be counted and processed. According to a fivethirtyeight.com poll, which takes the averages of hundreds of polls nationwide, gave Biden an eight-point lead over Trump on November 3rd.
The battleground states for this election included the following; Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia, and New Hampshire. These states were looked towards to decide the outcome of the election and that they did.
As results began to pour in, it looked that Biden had an early lead in many of the battleground states and unexpected states like Texas. However, as more votes were counted, Trump slowly began to catch up to Biden’s large lead. Biden would go on to win New Hampshire, a state that Trump pushed and campaigned hard in to win. The victory gave great hope and good signs to the Democratic Party. Then all eyes turned to Florida. Biden secured the majority in larger cities like Miami, Orlando, and Tampa, but not by an overwhelming majority. This allowed the lesser populated counties to add on to the count of President Trump. Florida was officially called for Trump and secured a crucial 29 votes for the Republican party. Florida was a crucial state for Democrats where they had a small lead in the polls prior to November 3rd.
Another crucial blow to Biden came in the Ohio outcome, another key state. Biden would win only seven of Ohio’s 88 counties, with a majority of Democratic votes coming from cities like Columbus and Cleveland.
In a much-needed victory for the Biden Campaign, he would go on to win a crucial 11 electoral votes from the state of Arizona. Biden led Trump by nearly double digits in the polls prior to the election and kept that majority against Trump in the swing state.
In our state of Iowa, the results were able to be called for Trump early in the evening as he saw an additional six votes go towards 270. Counties surrounding Cedar Rapids and Des Moines saw the most Democratic votes as the county of Dubuque voted red. Also in Iowa, incumbent Senator Joni Ernst defeated Teresa Greenfield for Iowa’s Senate race.
Wisconsin is currently in an extremely close race where Biden has a .3 lead over Trump. With Wisconsin having a large number of mail-in ballots, it is likely that the results will take extra time to arrive.
The state of Pennsylvania currently has Trump with a 12 point lead, but they are currently reporting 75 percent total results, so the outcome is still anyone’s game.
Although they have not been officially called, it is likely that Joe Biden will win the states of Arizona and Nevada while Trump will most likely win the state of North Carolina.
This election was one of the most talked-about and promoted elections in our recent history. With everything from social media to sports teams encouraging voters to get out and vote, this election is likely to see a much larger voter turnout than the last election. With the Coronavirus pandemic affecting the way we vote, mail-in ballots became extremely popular this election cycle, causing the election results to be delayed. It is likely that we will see results later on November 4th or 5th.