While voting for the 2020 presidential election took place yesterday, we still don’t quite have a winner. Settle in– because it’ll probably be a long few days, if not weeks.
Due in part to the unprecedented shift to mail-in ballots and one of the highest voter turn-outs of all time with almost 160 million votes expected to be counted, the country is facing a massive amount of ballots waiting to be tabulated.
Trump has so far managed to snag Florida, Iowa, and Ohio — all major states necessary to keeping him in the race. He’s also won Texas and North Carolina, which weren’t needed states but help to provide him a shot at a second term. Biden, however, flipped Arizona blue for the first time since former President Bill Clinton in 1996. He also has won Minnesota, New Hampshire, and some major congressional districts, so Biden is still heavily in the running. There is no way to declare victory for either party yet based on the results we currently have.
However, despite no clear victory yet, both Biden and Trump spoke out about the results so far. Biden, who delivered his remarks to a crowd of supporters at a drive-in gathering in Wilmington, Delaware, focused on keeping the crowd enthusiastic but realistic, saying the race isn’t over until “every ballot is counted,” but that he feels “optimistic about this outcome.”
“We knew this was going to go long,” Biden said, highlighting that the vote count is still ongoing. “We feel good about where we are. We really do.”
Trump, on the other hand, falsely claimed victory during a speech yesterday, saying, “Frankly, we did win the election.” The current President also threatened to take legal action against states to stop them from counting the remaining ballots — as is their legal right. There are still thousands of votes yet to be counted, so we’ll just have to wait.