While Trump has the opportunity to serve his second term, the White House experience is nothing new for former Vice President Biden who served two terms under Barack Obama. Kamala Harris has the opportunity to serve as the first female African American vice president that America has ever seen. A lot is at stake this election, and to complicate matters, COVID-19 has had a major impact on the election as well.
The COVID-19 pandemic has obstructed many events in America for the past year has left its mark on the 2020 election as well. Mail-in ballots. Swing states. Missing votes. The pandemic has complicated this elevation and has left us without a final result on who will be our next presidential candidate. Positively, the rise of COVID-19 encouraged voters to go early..
“The coronavirus outbreak shaped nearly every aspect of the 2020 election, and only intensified as voters went to the polls. The United States shattered records in recent days, reporting more than 85,000 new cases a day, nearly double the caseload at the start of October. Deaths have increased slowly to more than 800 daily, more than in early July but far fewer than in the spring. Though the country is conducting more testing, that does not fully account for the increase in cases,” said the New York times in an article released just yesterday discussing the Coronavirus impact on the 2020 election.
The number of Coronavirus cases isn’t the only number on the rise. A higher number of people registered to vote went to the polls, or mailed in ballots than those that participated in the 2016 election.
“By now nearly all states have exceeded 50 percent of the number of ballots cast in the 2016 election. Some states, including Washington (105%) and Texas (108%) have already registered more early votes than the total 2016 turnout. States that didn’t hit the 50% mark include New York (43%) and Pennsylvania (39.2%),” according to AS.com coverage on the election.
The pandemic resulted in many eligible voters using absentee ballots to cast their votes. These absentee ballots are currently still being counted in many states across America. Many news outlets such as CNN and FOX have made their prediction and are keeping their viewers updated by the minute, although there isn’t a set date or time on when we will know the exact winner of the 2020 election.
Last night, President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden interacted with their followers on social media, staying engaged with their supporters, and keeping them faithful as they stayed patient waiting for the results of this upcoming election.
“We feel good about where we are. We believe we are on track to win this election,” said Joe Biden via Twitter.
Similarly, President Trump tweeted to his followers, “I will be making a statement tonight. A big WIN!”
Both candidates are keeping their political parties hopeful while votes are still being counted and the results are up in limbo.