2020 Presidential Election

An overview of what we know about this year’s historical Presidential election

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A projected 161 million Americans voted in the presidential election.

After four days of waiting for votes to be counted, an unprecedented waiting period in the history of US elections, the 2020 president-elect was announced on Nov. 7. With a final lead of 76 points, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election. 

After many  of the swing states, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan, were turned blue with an influx of mail-in ballots, Biden took the lead and won the election.

Biden gave his president-elect speech on Nov. 7 in Wilmington, Delaware. In his speech, he pledged to “be a president who seeks not to divide but unify. Who doesn’t see red states and blue states, only sees the United States.” He asked the Trump supporters to give him a chance and to “put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again, and to make progress.” 

Although Biden promises to “unify” America, some people are unsure. 

“He says he will do things that will help the U.S., but we cannot be sure until we’ve seen him in action,” Austin Le, 11, said. 

Before Biden’s victory was announced, many Trump supporters were gathered outside state capitals from Phoenix to Austin to protest the vote count. 

“I had such a big lead in all of these states late into election night, only to see the leads miraculously disappear as the days went by. Perhaps these leads will return as our legal proceedings move forward,” Trump stated in one of his tweets.

The Trump Campaign launched legal challenges regarding mail-in voting fraud in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. The campaign plans to use obituaries of people who allegedly voted but are dead as evidence of voter fraud, according to FoxNews. 

Many people agree that Trump should go through with the legal challenges. 

“If he has reliable evidence of it happening and can fight it, he should,” Ella Mcleod, 11, said. 

Although there is much uncertainty about the election, many Americans believe we should trust the process. 

“This country should be built on trust, without it we would have nothing,” Le said.