• Amber Thomas

Election 2020: As it stands now

There was a collective sigh of relief when the 2020 presidential race was finally over, nearly a week after the election. On Sunday, Nov. 8, former Vice President Joe Biden became the 46th president-elect of the United States. Citizens turned out in record numbers to make their voices heard, with both candidates getting more than 70 million votes. 


Here’s the breakdown as of Nov. 9:

President: According to the Associated Press, Joe Biden currently holds 290 electoral votes compared to Donald Trump’s 214, with three states (Alaska, North Carolina, and Georgia) and 35 votes still undecided. 


Senate: Democrats didn’t score the sizeable congressional victories they expected in the final days of the campaign. Their hope for a clear-cut Senate majority evaporated as vulnerable Republicans held on to their seats in battleground states such as South Carolina, Iowa, and Maine and picked up a seat in Alabama. Democrats picked up seats in Arizona and Colorado. Voters may have to wait until January to determine which party holds the majority because it looks like both Senate seats in Georgia are heading for runoffs on Jan. 5. None of the candidates garnered 50% or more of the popular vote, which Georgia law requires.  


House: To date, Republicans picked up five seats in the House, narrowing the Democratic majority, with 24 races still undecided. It’s anticipated that House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi will run to keep her position in the leadership. She’s likely to see some stiff opposition from members of her caucus disappointed in the election results. 


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