By Johnathan Miller
Former Vice President Joe Biden has defeated President Trump and will become the 46th President of the United States of America.
Biden has been projected the winner in enough states that make up 270 electoral votes. That includes winning back the Rust Belt such as Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Those three states have voted Democratic from 1992 to 2016, when Trump broke that streak with his 2016 win.
Biden also pulled off, or either could pull off, narrow victories in Arizona, which only Fox News and the AP have currently projected Biden to win. He currently leads by 17,131 votes. Biden would be the first Democrat to win the Grand Canyon state since 1996. Mark Kelly, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona, also won a special election which made it the first time Arizona had two Democratic senators since the 1950s.
Biden also may pull off a narrow win in Georgia, which no network has yet called. Biden currently holds a lead of 10,621 votes in Georgia, which if it held, it would be the first time since 1992 that Georgia would vote for a Democratic candidate for president.
Democrats had a worse night down-ballot than they did on the top of the ticket. While Democrats have been projected to retain a majority in the House of Representatives, they have lost seats to Republicans that were not thought to be competitive.
Democrats also appear to fall short of a majority in the United States Senate. Democrats picked up a net gain of 1 seat that was currently held by Republicans. To get to 50 seats, with Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris to break a tie, Democrats need to win both Georgia senate seats, the special election and the regular election. Because no candidate in either race cleared the 50% threshold, an election will be held in January with the top two candidates, also known as a runoff.
Election night appeared to have made false narratives among who was ahead and who was losing. That is because of the red and blue mirages that appeared from states that count votes differently. States like Arizona, with early votes that were cast weeks before the election already counted and released at once on election night. Democrats have been in the lead among those that sent in their ballots early while Republicans have caught up as election day neared. This pictured a lead for Biden on election night while Trump made gains throughout the week after.
In Pennsylvania, it was the opposite. Officials counted in-person ballots first before counting the mail-in ballots. Trump held a big lead on election night in the Keystone state only to be overtaken by Biden’s significant advantage in mail-in votes. Biden currently has a lead in Pennsylvania by 45,030 votes.
*Votes reflected accurately as of Nov. 9 at 3:45pm. Things may have changed by the time you read this.
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