*Note: This article was written before the announcement was made over the weekend that Joe Biden had won the election. Rather than have the author rewrite the article, the Editor decided to let it be published based on the time it was written.
As of November 6, The 2020 presidential winner has yet to be announced. Joe Biden is leading with 264 electoral votes while Trump is at 214.
Biden has won the states of: Maine, Wisconsin, Michigan, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Virginia, California, Oregon, Washington state, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Delaware, Washington, Maryland, and Massachusetts.
President Trump meanwhile, has won: Montana, Texas, Iowa, Idaho, Ohio, Mississippi, Wyoming, Missouri, Kansas, Utah, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Tennessee.
President Trump has already claimed victory, even though multiple states haven’t finished counting the vote, while Joe Biden is urging everyone to have patience and to continue to count all the votes.
Trump is leading in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, while Biden is leading in Georgia and Nevada; these states remain too close to call. These states will also determine who the next president will be.
Biden is closing in on 270 electoral votes. If Biden wins Nevada and Georgia, he would win the presidency with 285 electoral votes. If he could also win North Carolina or Pennsylvania, Trump would not stand a chance,
However, if Trump were to win North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and manage to flip back Georgia and Nevada, to red states, he would have 271 electoral votes, and win his re-election.
President Trump has called this election “A major fraud in our nation”, even though there is no evidence of fraud in the election counting. Trump and his legal team said they will sue to stop counting and demand the state of Wisconsin to recount. Trump made it clear in a press conference that he would fight in court for his re-election claiming he had already won, even though there is no winner yet.
The Republicans already filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, and since then, they filed one in Michigan and some additional ones in Pennsylvania.
There is nothing in the constitution that says a winner needs to be determined on November 3. Many elections in the past took days to count, and even in some of our recent elections, the winner took days to announce. For example, our election in 2000, the president was announced on December 12, a month after the election.
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