Friday, June 18, 2021

Joe Biden is almost there, Trump goes to court seeking recounting

Joe Biden is six Electoral College votes short of 270, the magic number required to win the race to White House.

President Donald Trump, 56 votes short and on an increasingly narrow path to re-election, called for vote recounts and for stopping counts, and filed lawsuits alleging election fraud.

At scattered street protests in several cities across the country, demonstrators demanded that every single vote be counted.

In Maricopa County in Arizona, about 150 Trump supporters, some of whom were carrying assault rifles, surrounded a facility where ballots were being tallied. There were protests in Minneapolis, Portland, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

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All eyes were on the unannounced totals in the four crucial battleground states of Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. A win in any of these four states will take Biden over the line. Local Republican leaders submitted to what seemed like a sure shot for Biden. “I think it’s pretty clear Biden is about to break that magic 270. Whether that’s today or tomorrow or early next week, it’s still pretty clear,” said Christopher Nicholas, a veteran Republican strategist in Pennsylvania.

While any expectations of a landslide for Biden were quickly belied on Election Night, the Democratic nominee did, in winning the popular vote, rack up the most votes of any candidate in a presidential election in modern American history. Democrats have now won the popular vote in seven out of the eight most recent presidential elections, but have lost the Electoral College twice (Al Gore, 2000, and Hillary Clinton, 2016).

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“Arguably the most interesting thing about this election is the massive turnout that it inspired,” said Donald P Green, political scientist and quantitative methodologist at Columbia University. Almost 67 per cent of the electorate, over 160 million Americans, voted.

 

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