The 2020 Election

Veniel Dabipi, Writer

The 2020 election has been a talking point of many news stations for a while now. This year, the two main party candidates were the incumbent president, Donald J. Trump, who was running as a republican, and Joseph “Joe” R. Biden, who was running as a democrat. The U.S. election was held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and once election day came, people had been anxiously waiting on who would get to 270 electoral votes and win the election. Many were not sure who could win, and since this election was going to break records in voter turnout, many people did not know how these new voters would affect the election.

 As the night started, many of the states that were expectantly democratic went to Joe Biden and vice-versa for Donald Trump. Although there were many states that people were calling into question this year: the swing states. The swing states are states that can go democratic or republican. According to MSNBC, the swing states for this election were Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. In the 2016 election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Trump won 10 out of these 13 states causing him to have 306 electoral votes, while Clinton came out with 232 electoral votes. 

Now, four years later, Biden has become the president-elect with the same amount of projected electoral votes as Trump in 2016. In the process of reaching 270, Biden flipped five of the swing states Trump had won in 2016 while keeping all the ones that Clinton had won. Those five states were Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Georgia.

While the Biden campaign seems to celebrate this victory, the Trump campaign is making accusations accompanied by lawsuits of issues relating to voter fraud in the states he has lost from the 2016 election. Although, many of these lawsuits have been lost by the campaign due to a lack of evidence. 

So as we inch closer and closer to inauguration day, it seems that the United States of America will soon have a new president along with a history-making vice president, Kamala Harris. She will be the first woman, first black woman, the first woman of South Asian descent, and the first daughter of immigrants to be elected vice president. This election will definitely be one for the books, not only because of the people who have been elected but the number of people who voted and participated in this civil responsibility.