Results of the 2020 National Election
By Jack Conner
Joe Biden wins the presidency after a hard-fought election cycle. Vice President Kamala Harris becomes the first woman Vice President.
The 2020 US National Election is finally over, and, after seemingly endless days of counting ballots, the United States of America now knows who its leaders will be for the next four years. Joe Biden is the new president-elect of the USA, bringing in 75 million votes (50.7% of the total) and winning the electoral college with 290 votes to beat incumbent Donald Trump’s 214. Biden received the most votes of all time in a US presidential election, beating out his old boss, Barack Obama (Donald Trump also received more votes than Barack did when he won his election). In addition to this, Biden’s Vice President, Kamala Harris, made history as well, becoming both the first woman and first person of color to serve in the office of Vice President.
While the presidential election was, without a doubt, the main focus of this election year, the races in the Senate and House of Representatives were equally important to the future of the country. The Democrats have, so far, seen a gain of one seat in the Senate, while the Republicans gained five seats in the House. As of the reporting of this article, certain races have not been called, but the Democratic Party will remain in control of the House of Representatives, and control of the Senate will be determined by the outcome of Georgia’s runoff elections in January.
The Democrats were able to gain new seats in the Senate, through winning the elections in Colorado (Dem. John Hickenlooper over Rep. Cory Gardner) and Arizona (Dem. Mark Kelly over Rep. Martha McSally), while the Republicans gained one new seat in Alabama (Rep. Tommy Tuberville over Dem. Doug Jones). While control of the Senate is still up in the air for now, if the Democrats do manage to win the runoff elections in Georgia, it would be the first time in six years that they’ve had control of the Senate.
Although control of the presidency is arguably the most important gain for the Democratic Party this election, it could be useless should the Republicans keep control over the Senate. During the past two administrations (Obama and Trump), the opposing party has typically prevented the president from enacting real legislative change. Examples of this include the Democrats blocking Trump’s plan for a stimulus bill previously this year, or the Republicans preventing Obama from nominating a new Supreme Court Judge in 2016 because it was an election year (even though they did exactly what Obama tried to do this year following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg). This means that, despite the Democrats maintaining control of the House of Representatives and having Joe Biden in the presidency, they might not be able to enact any meaningful legislation without the support of a majority-Republican Senate.
Regardless, Joe Biden has laid out his plans for the country, declaring his term to be “A Presidency for All Americans.” His plans involve safely reopening schools and businesses once the COVID-19 virus is under control, as well as providing affordable healthcare to all Americans and creating new jobs and opportunities for families who are struggling during the pandemic. Biden also emphasizes unity and bipartisanship as key aspects of his campaign, claiming: “I’m running as a proud Democrat, but I will govern as an American president. I will work with Democrats and Republicans and I will work as hard for those who don’t support me as for those who do. That’s the job of a president. It’s a duty of care for everyone.”
Although sitting president Donald Trump is attempting to overturn the votes in certain states, such as Pennsylvania, which won Biden the presidency, experts state that these lawsuits will most likely fail. Trump’s challenge is against the mail-in ballots, which were heavily in favor of Biden, and he believes there was fraud involved in their casting and counting. There is no evidence to support his claim, though, meaning there will be nothing to even base a court case on. Trump’s refusal to concede will likely result in a dismissal of the court filing, and the validation of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
The past year has been filled with unprecedented amounts of partisan bickering and arguments, with both the Republicans and Democrats degrading each other, hoping to gain control of the US government. Now that the election is finally over, Americans look forward to what the new administration will do for them, and hope that the government can come together and address the serious issues that face the country today. Only time will tell how well the new president and congressmen will handle these problems, but Americans can continue to advocate for change, and make sure that these newly elected officials stand for the beliefs of the American people.