• Matt Rice

Election 2020 - One for the Century

OLIVET, MICHIGIAN, Nov. 3 The sun begins to set on the east coast. Families rush home from work, school, and even friends’ houses. Last minute voters hurry to stand in lines that seemed longer in the evening then they did in the morning to cast their vote. All this and more is occurring throughout the nation as we the people began to watch the most anticipated election night in nearly a century. 

For months the American people, arguably the world, have been watching rallies, special events, and debates between this year’s two candidates for President. What seem like a never ending battle between COVID-19 response, re-stimulating the economy, and civil unrest, President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joseph Biden have made arguments to support their claim as the next president. 

Before the polls even began to open on Nov. 3, it was reported by the Wall Street Journal that over one million votes, roughly 60 percent of all registered voters, had already been cast by mail-in ballots. These mail-in ballots were an option that was implemented to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Besides mail-in ballots, Americans saw great caution being taken in protecting voters that decided to vote face-to-face. Cautions such as disposable pens to mark ballots physically and cotton swabs for touch screen ballots, these precautions paved the way to the largest voter outcome seen in years.  

As first coverage began pouring out from news organizations around the country, the American people started seeing the results of an election campaign season closing in on the end. The coverage began around 7 p.m. eastern time as the first state results were being announced. Fox News and MSNBC news corporation both reported that Virginia and Vermont went to Biden, where Kentucky went to Trump. Biden had officially taken the lead in the race to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the Presidency. 

Every half hour after the initial closure of the first states, other states followed suit. As these other states began closing, the familiar ‘election night’ statistics were coming in on voter turnout. News companies started discussing demographics that focused on key issues that both candidates campaigned on earlier this fall. 

For Trump and the Republican party, support was shown very early in night, favoring the hopes of reelection. Early polls stated that the majority of face-to-face voters were choosing Trump versus Biden. These statistics showed much truth when the results of districts in Florida started being compiled. Prior to election day, the Trump campaign was facing challenge in this state with the older population in a poll taken by the New York Times. However, the numbers on election night were telling a very different story. Florida districts were turning red by the hour, eventually leading to a win for the Trump campaign in this key swing state.

As the Trump campaign was winning in the south, the Biden campaign was seeing familiar and new statistics weighing in their favor early in the night as well. Early reports by Fox news and MSNBC started showing that the majority of African Americans and other minority groups were casting their votes for Biden. Prior to the announcement of Florida states California, Oregon, and Washington were announced to be won by Biden. This announcement spring boarded the Biden campaign to be the first over 200 electoral votes.