States, Battlegrounds, Blue States, Red States, Early-Voting and so on are terms which have been doing the rounds on all major news networks over the past hours, and if you are not like us, and have not stayed up all night, here is where things stand at the moment.
Contrary to the clear-cut expected result which was predicted by all the polls, we are looking at a very tight election, down to the very last vote. So far Joe Biden has won 18 states and 221 electoral votes, and incumbent Donald Trump has won 23 states and 213 electoral votes – with 270 electoral votes needed for the win.
Major states are YET to be concluded such as Nevada, Arizona (which looks like will be going to the Democrats – the first in a long while), Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Maine.
Joe Biden was the first to address his fans at the Democrat HQ in Delaware Joe Biden urged patience tonight in Delaware as votes continue to be counted. “We feel good about where we are, we really do,” he said. “I’m here to tell you tonight we believe we’re on track to win this election.”
(Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
The former vice president then suggested he had not expected an early result, and asked his supporters to wait patiently as states continue to count and report their votes.
“We knew, because of the unprecedented early vote and the mail-in vote, it was gonna take a while,” Biden continued. “We’re going to have to be patient until… the hard work of tallying votes is finished, and it ain’t over until every vote is counted, everybody ballot is counted.”
Shortly after, Trump spoke from the White House and attacked legitimate vote-counting efforts and claims fraud without basis. He then went on to make misleading statements, and the usual falsehoods we now came to expect, all of which amounted to an assault on the process.
He insisted that states where vote tallies currently show him leading should be called in his favor, despite significant outstanding votes yet to be counted.
“We were getting ready for a big celebration. We were winning everything. And all of a sudden it was just called off,” he said.
Trump baselessly claimed a fraud was being committed. “This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country,” Trump claimed.
“Frankly we did win this election,” he said, despite millions of votes still outstanding. Saying he would go to the US Supreme Court, Trump said he wanted “all voting to stop.”
As the rest of the world will do, we shall sit and wait and continue watching this historical American election unfold.