Biden posed to be president


Belize City, Belize (November 4, 2020) – A day after the presidential election in the United States, there has been no winner declared. At press time, the ticket, led by former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, was confirmed to have snagged 253 votes in the Electoral College for the Democratic Party. The incumbent Republican President Donald J. Trump has scored 213 votes and also trails in the popular vote.
It was a highly anticipated race, not only the U.S., but all over the world. A total of 150 million American men and women were eligible to vote in this election and 2020 saw perhaps the highest tally of votes cast before Election Day. According to CNN, 102 million has cast their votes before Tuesday. The international news pundits seem to agree that most of the votes that were cast before Tuesday lean Democratic – and which perhaps explains why Biden, the Vice President under Barack Obama, is knocking at the door of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Failing at last-minute surge in Republican votes in key states such as Arizona and Nevada, it is very likely Biden will be the new US President come January 20, 2021.
At press time, the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris team was confirmed to have snagged victories in key Rust Belt states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and has maintained a lead in critical states, Nevada and Arizona. Nevada is considered a reliably blue state, while no Democrat has won Arizona since Bill Clinton did it in 1992. We note that Al Jazeera English, Fox News, and the Associated Press have called Arizona for Biden already, while CNN and MSNBC, for example, have held off on that projection for now. Meanwhile, the Donald Trump-Mike Pence ticket continues to maintain leads in Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania – states that Democrats had hoped to flip in their column in 2020. In the latter, however, Trump’s seeming unassailable lead is slowly slipping in a state President Obama won handily in 2008 and 2012. According to a CNN estimate, some 1.1 million votes are left to be counted and Trump would need about 30% of those votes to win the state outright.
Trump also picked up key victories in this close race in battleground Ohio, Florida, and reliably red Texas, even though in recent presidential election cycles, the Republican party seems to lose ground due to increasing African-American, Hispanic, and college educated populations in cities such as Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.
Nonetheless, based on the projections by most international media, including the Associated Press (AP), a Biden victory is sealed once Arizona is tallied for the Democrats and it keeps Nevada. If he loses one of those states, Biden would have to rely on Pennsylvania. Biden maintains his lead in both Arizona and Nevada, however.
Key issues going into the election were the state of the economy, the President’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, race relations, and the response of police in various African-American communities. It is an absolutely close race, the result of which may not be known until days down the road as the Trump campaign is likely to follow through on lawsuits in Michigan, Georgia Arizona, Wisconsin, and Nevada. Meanwhile, it is expected that the Republican Party will maintain the control of the U.S. Senate and the Democrats will retain the House of Representatives. We should have a clearer picture in the next edition of our paper.