Voting centers began to close across the country Tuesday night as President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden concluded an epic campaign that will influence how the country grapples with a pandemic and basic questions about the economy and the economy. racial justice.
The night started with predictable wins for both candidates. Trump took states like Louisiana and North Dakota, while Biden’s loot includes New York and Virginia, which used to have no clear political preference but has become a Democratic stronghold.
The results were still premature to declare winners in a close contest in both Florida and Georgia and Pennsylvania.
The Americans made their decisions at a time when the country was facing a combination of historic crises and as both candidates accused each other of being unfit to face adversity. Daily life has been transformed by a pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 232,000 Americans and cost millions of jobs.
Millions of voters put aside their fears about the virus – and the long lines – to vote in person, joining their voices with those of 102 million other Americans who did so days or weeks ago, an unprecedented number equivalent to 73 % of the total vote for the 2016 presidential elections.
Preliminary results in several contested states came in large numbers as electoral authorities process a historically high number of mail-in ballots. Democrats generally have a higher turnout in mail-in ballots than Republicans, while the Republican Party aims to make up the margin with in-person turnout on Tuesday. That means that premature margins between candidates could be influenced by the type of voting – early or face-to-face – reported by states.
Biden arrived on Election Day with several options to aspire to victory, while Trump, who is lagging in polls in several states with no clear political leanings, has a less clear but still feasible route to 270 Electoral College votes.
Control of the Senate is also at stake: Democrats needed to add three seats in case Biden wins the election to have absolute power in Washington for the first time in a decade. The House of Representatives is expected to retain the Democratic majority.