Joe Biden Declared Winner of Presidential Race

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Vice President Joe Biden addresses multinational troops at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, Thursday, May 21, 2009. Official White House Photo by David Lienemann

Former Vice President, Joe Biden, gained 284 votes in the Electoral College according to the Associated Press and was declared the winner of the 2020 United States presidential election. His defeat of incumbent Donald Trump makes him the first candidate to beat a sitting president up for reelection since Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush in 1992.

Final polls before election day showed Biden beating Trump in key swing states, with the President being in a deeper hole than his 2016 victory against Hillary Clinton. Despite Trump’s historic win against the polls in 2016, he was not able to repeat the magic.

Part of Trump’s victory in 2016 was due to his flipping of traditionally blue states like Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Pennsylvania. This time around, he was not able to flip Wisconsin or Michigan, and surprisingly Arizona, which Trump won by 3% in 2016, was flipped by Biden. This led to a significant decrease for Trump from 2016.

The day after polls closed, Trump’s campaign manager claimed they would demand a recount in Wisconsin due to “irregularities in several […] counties” and that they intended to take legal action in states with close margins. A rumor was also spread by many, including conservative pundit Candace Owens, that Wisconsin had more votes than registered voters, but this was found to be false as the number being spread was from 2018.

Friday morning also provided another blow to the Trump campaign as Georgia and Pennsylvania, which the President had been steadily leading, flipped for Joe Biden. These flips gave the former Vice President a commanding lead in the Electoral College.

The most suspenseful moment of the election was the wait for Nevada’s mail-in ballots which stopped being counted Wednesday and was later explained to be announced Thursday morning. The final results have yet to be fully disseminated. 

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Luke Henderson

In 2016, Luke W. Henderson began his writing career by diving into the world of politics and philosophy. Beginning as a guest writer for Being Libertarian and a staff writer for the Libertarian Vindicator, Luke established a reputation as an uncompromising journalist, and a creative analyst. Eventually, he became a staff writer for Being Libertarian where he has written over 70 articles and columns. In 2019, he released his first published essays in 'Igniting Liberty: Voices For Freedom Around The World', a collection of libertarian ideas from contributors spanning four continents. Currently, Luke is a graduate student seeking his Master of Communications and serves as the Marketing Editor for Being Libertarian focusing on strategies and content development primarily for Champion Books. Luke also has contributed to Think Liberty, St. Louis Public News and Antiwar.com.

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