2020 Presidential race still uncertain

As votes are tallied in swing states, Trump and Biden race to 270


Tiffany Tertipes

The course of the 2020 Presidential Election has been full of twists and turns, all leading to a close race between President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Emma Snyder, News Editor

Election night is over and it is still unclear as to who the 46th president of the United States will be. With votes being counted and key states left to win, it could be a week before Americans know the results of the 2020 election. 

Currently, Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, is ahead in the election with 50.3 percent of the popular votes and 264 electoral college votes. Republican candidate, Donald Trump, trails behind with 48.1 percent of the popular vote and 214 electoral college votes. 

This, however, does not indicate who will win the election as some key swing states have not yet been called. 

In Nevada, Biden is ahead by slim margins. Trump leads in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia, all of which are crucial swing states for either candidate to win. 

This is largely due to absentee ballots. In many states, absentee ballots can begin to be counted before Election Day. However, in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan, absentee ballots cannot begin to be counted until Election Day. 

This year, there has been a significant increase in the number of American citizens voting by mail-in ballot. 

Late on November 3, Trump tweeted, “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!”

In response, Biden tweeted, “It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare the winner of this election. It’s the voters’ place.”

In the early hours of November 4, both Biden and Trump gave speeches on the election and where each believes they stand. 

We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election,” said Trump during his speech. His speech occurred before both Wisconsin and Michigan were called in favor of Biden. 

“We feel good about where we are. We really do. I’m here to tell you tonight, we believe we’re on track to win this election,” said Biden in his speech given in Delaware. “We’re going to have to be patient until the hard work of tallying the votes is finished. And it ain’t over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted.”

In a presidential election this close, every vote counts.