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Biden leads in undetermined election, Trump takes Texas

Biden leads in undetermined election, Trump takes Texas

Biden leads in undetermined election, Trump takes Texas
November 05
20:00 2020

This article was updated Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. to reflect Tarrant county turning from red to blue after initial publication.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads the 2020 election with 238 electoral college votes as of 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to the Associated Press. Incumbent President Donald Trump trails close behind with 213 electoral votes.

With 80 percent of polling locations reported, President Trump won Texas with a 52.31 percent lead to Biden’s 46.27 percent, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s website. This is the 11th election in a row where the state’s 38 electoral votes have gone to the presidential race’s Republican candidate. Gov. Greg Abbott called the president to congratulate him for winning Texas when 81 percent of the vote was in, President Trump said in a speech he gave early Wednesday morning.

A majority of Denton County voted for President Trump, alongside the surrounding Collin, Wise and Cooke counties. Meanwhile, neighboring Dallas and Tarrant county voted a majority for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, according to NBC.

“The thing that’s crazy right now is how close [Texas] is [to turning blue],” Andrea Silva, Assistant Professor for the department of political science, said as she co-hosted the Honors College’s election watch party. “Change never happens overnight. Change happens over decades and decades. Look back at the 2008 election when it looked like Texas was going blue.” 

When asked how mail-in voting may affect the 2020 election, Silva pointed the North Texas Daily toward a tweet from liberal political analyst Bill Palmer.

“Warning: these early numbers in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania are part of the ‘red mirage’ that the experts warned us about,” The Palmer Report tweeted. “The numbers in those states are to be ignored until the mail-in votes start getting counted, which won’t be for a while.”

The election saw a record number of Texans voting early, both in-person and by mail. 57.3 percent of all registered voters in the state cast their ballots early, surpassing the total number of votes counted in 2016, according to the Texas Tribune. This echoes the 101 percent increase in early voting nationwide, where a majority of ballots were mailed in, according to NBC. Denton County itself set a record for early voter turnout. 

Votes are still being counted across the country, in part due to the surge of early voting. A few states, like the ‘battleground’ Pennsylvania, do not process mail-in ballots until Election Day. Because of this, Pennsylvania does not expect to have every vote counted until Friday at the earliest, according to ABC.

“If the numbers are close, it may be hours or days before we know for whom a state went,” Gloria Cox, Associate Professor for the department of political science, said. “The large number of such ballots will slow things down, and many people think the election will be close enough that we won’t know who won until those ballots are counted. I am cautiously optimistic that we will know the outcome tonight but most experts are saying otherwise.”

Joe Biden gave a few brief words about his optimism over a livestream Tuesday night from Wilmington, Delaware.

“We knew because of the unprecedented early vote and the mail-in vote that it’s going to have to take a while,” Biden said. “We’ll have to be patient until the hard work of tallying votes is finished. And it ain’t over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted.” 

Biden said it is neither candidate’s place to call the election. To the Democratic candidate, declaring a winner is “the decision of the American people.”

In President Trump’s speech early Wednesday, he said he planned on going to the Supreme Court to stop what he called “fraud” in regards to ballots that are still being counted.

“We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock [sic] in the morning and add them to the list,” President Trump said.

Biden has received a record amount of votes in a presidential election with over 70 million votes as of noon Wednesday, surpassing the previous record set by former President Obama, according to ABC.

Courtesy Jayme Gershen, Joe Raedle

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