Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has won the US presidential election. He will be the 46th president of United States of America. He has won all important states of Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia to clinch the presidency.
He has already flipped three crucial battleground states Arizona, Wisconsin and Michigan with narrow margins; the states won by Trump in 2016.
The victory of Biden/Harris democratic ticket has made history as Senator Kamala Harris of California has become the nation’s first female, Black, and Indian American vice president.
He might end up winning 306 electoral votes. It seems all over for Trump as far as presidency is concerned. He might end up winning 232 electoral votes. He has lost the race.
Trump not seems in a mood to concede defeat. He is preparing for legal battle and continues to cast doubts on the election process and counting. Georgia was crucial for president Trump to remain in the race. But he has lost there.
Joe Biden has won Pennsylvania with more than 37,000 votes. Trump won Pennsylvania with the lead of 44,000 votes in 2016. He won Georgia with a narrow margin of nearly 7262 votes.
Biden won over 4 million more votes than Trump, a lead that’s likely to grow as states finalise their results in the coming days and weeks. Biden has won more than 74 million votes while Trump received more than 70 million votes.
Biden has received 50.5% of the total counted votes. Biden has beaten the record of a most popular vote taken by Barak Obama in 2008. President Obama got more than 6.9 million votes. The Democrats have added nearly 12 million votes to their tally compare to 2016.
Trump has added 10 million more votes to his tally compare to 2016. These figures are clearly showing that Democrats has increased their support slightly. But more important is the fact that president Trump has successfully maintained his support.
The US presidential election 2020 has gone to the wire. Contrary to the expectations of Democrats and predictions of opinion polls which gave clear majority to Joe Biden, this election has so far proved to be a cliff hanger. This election has taken many turns so far. It is like a powerful Hollywood thriller- full of drama and suspense.
Trump was leading earlier in these crucial battle ground states. But the results of mail in ballots count change the situation. In Michigan and Wisconsin, the mail in ballots gives enough votes to Biden to take lead and win the crucial states later.
Trump and his campaign knows very well that in some crucial battleground states like Wisconsin, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, Nevada and North Carolina, the mail in ballots will be counted after the counting of voters polled on election day. That is why he declared victory after taking early lead in Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arizona North Carolina.
Traditionally, mail in ballots and early voting heavily favours the Democrats. The Election Day voting is heavily Republican. So that is why Trump took early heavy lead in most battleground states. This early lead eroded when mail in ballot results started to come. Democrats gets majority of mail in ballots.
He knows very well that what is going to happen when record number of mail in ballots count will start. So in a dramatic way he declared his victory and alleged that Democrats are trying to steal the elections. This announcement was a clear attempt to delegitimise the election results if he loses it.
In his speech delivered around 2 am midnight, he said the following. “This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election. We did win this election.
So our goal now is to ensure the integrity for the good of this nation. This is a very big moment. This is a major fraud in our nation. We want the law to be used in a proper manner. So we’ll be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop.
We don’t want them to find any ballots at four o’clock in the morning and add them to the list. Okay? It’s a very sad moment. To me this is a very sad moment and we will win this. And as far as I’m concerned, we already have won it.”
Trump has lost the presidency but his divisive politics of hate and divide will continue. He might not be president anymore but he will disappear from public sphere. He will try everything to delegitimise the election results.
He is preparing to take out a long legal battle and challenge if Biden declare winner of this election. He has already demanded recount in Wisconsin and Michigan. There will be recount in Georgia because the margin between Biden and Trump is so small. He wanted to take the matter to the Republican leaning Supreme Court.
This election shows that how deeply divided American society is. The rural and urban divide not only exists but also widening. Trump has shown strong support among the white rural population. He still enjoys massive support among the rural populations in many states. Biden won most of the votes from urban centers and suburbs.
The racial and class divide also on the rise. The racial tensions are rising in last few years. Racism has become a major issue. Even though, Trump in some states has increased his votes among black and Hispanic communities compare to 2016.
Working class people are not happy with their working and living conditions. The inequality and especially wage inequality has risen to unprecedented levels. Working class people in America wants to see a change in the economic policies and direction. Unemployment is a major issue for working people.
Democratic Party in last three decades has steadily lost support among working class people in many states. The main reason is that Democratic Party is more interested to protect the interests of big business and corporations. It is least concerned about the issues of working class people.
It was the failure of the Democratic Party to address the concerns and issues of the working class people and sections of rural population that paved the way for Trump presidency.
Neoliberal economic policies have resulted in increased poverty, exploitation, inequality and class divide. Both the largest parties are representing the corporate America. There is hardly any political voice for the working people.
This election took place at a time when America is facing severe public health and economic crises. America has reported record number of coronavirus infections in last three days. There was 1, 27,000 new cases reported today.
It seems after electing president; Biden might not even have a honeymoon period. He will have to address the issues like COVID-19 pandemic, weak economic recovery, climate change and institutionalised racism.
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