2020 election review: Biden “Trumps” competition


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The American flag still stands tall as a staple symbol to represent our country.

The 2020 U.S Presidential Election lasted five days, keeping millions of Americans glued to their preferred news stations. Former Vice-President Joseph R. Biden was declared the winner on Saturday, November 7, 2020, and soon after he made his acceptance speech in his home state of Delaware, alongside Vice-President elect Kamala Harris. 

This election is record breaking due to the substantial amount of votes counted nationwide. Around one hundred and sixty million Americans were eligible to vote; but, about 80 million eligible Americans didn’t cast their votes this year. Roughly 75 million Americans voted for Biden and about 70 million Americans voted for President Donald J. Trump. Biden won with a score of 290 electoral votes, putting him 76 electoral votes ahead of Trump. 

Biden won 24 of the 50 states in America, placing him at the majority even though three remaining states, Alaska, Georgia and North Carolina, remain inconclusive. The election was a tight race, especially when waiting for the last four states to count their votes. Pennsylvania was the deciding state of this election, giving the winner of the state a total of 20 electoral votes. Biden won Pennsylvania and that increased his total electoral vote count from 264 to 284, crowning him the winner. Pennsylvania was the deciding factor due to the fact that 270 electoral votes are needed to win; its 20 electoral votes escalated Biden to 284 electoral votes, 14 more than needed.

Inauguration Day is January 20th, 2021. This is when Biden and Harris will be sworn into office until the next presidential election in 2024. Biden has plans to make allies and repair bonds with neighboring countries in order to have a “successful America,” as Biden called it. 

“Under a Biden presidency, the United States will shift from a ‘with or without us’ approach to a policy that fundamentally believes the United States can achieve more when we work together with partner nations,” said Director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Jason Marczak, in an interview with CNN.  

Before the race was called, Trump was notified of the election outcome while golfing at his private golf club in Sterling, Virginia. As of Monday, November 9, 2020, Trump and his team will start prosecuting their case in court to ensure that stern election laws were being upheld through and through.

“The simple fact is this election is far from over,” Trump said in an interview with NBC after Biden had been announced president-elect on Saturday, November 7,  2020. 

If Biden is inaugurated, he plans to increase the minimum wage in each state to around $15 due to the economic crisis that evolved from the COVID-19 pandemic. He also plans to repair and continue to build on Obamacare, as he did when he was Former President Barack Obama’s Vice President.

Biden will be the oldest president to be inaugurated in history, at the age of 78 years old. He will also be the second ever Catholic president, the first being Former President John F. Kennedy. Harris, 56, will be the first female Vice-President elect and also the first South Asian American Vice-President elect. 

This election will be one to remember, breaking records and making history in various categories.