Biden vs Trump: Battle for the White House Continues

After the sleepless night some of us had following yesterday’s US Presidential election, it is still speculations galore over who has won or who will win the coveted prize and occupy the White House from next January.

Expectedly, Donald Trump has come out to say he is the clear winner. Joe Biden, cautious and more responsible as always, has told his supporters to keep calm and that they will smile when all the votes are counted, something Trump does not want to countenance.

At the last count, Biden was leading on the electoral votes count by 224 to Trump’s 213. However, in the outstanding battleground states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Arizona, Trump seems to have an upper hand and looks poised for victory, except for the fact that mail-in votes and those cast before Election Day have substantially not been counted and this is where the Democrats have their hopes. Projections are that the final result will not be in a few days and this is what is causing some consternation or fears that some Americans may resort to protests or violence.

Donald Trump and Joe Biden each need 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. Some TV networks have projected that Trump won the battleground states of Ohio and Florida and Biden won Minnesota. Therefore, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have become very crucial, with both contestants sharing the lead in different states.

President Trump has come out to vote counting should be stopped, claiming that there is a ploy to deny him of victory. That is an unusual call in a US elections.

Here are some quotes from both men as the tallying of votes continues.

DONALD TRUMP:

“We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!”

“Millions and millions of people voted for us tonight, and a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people. And we won’t stand for it.”

“We were getting ready for a big celebration, we were winning everything, and all of a sudden, it was just called off.”

“We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election.”

“It’s also clear that we have won Georgia……..They’re never gonna catch us. They can’t catch us.”

“Most importantly, we’re winning Pennsylvania by a tremendous amount.”

“We are winning Michigan…….we won”.

“And all of a sudden, I said what happened to the election? It’s off. And we have all these announcers, saying, ‘What happened?’ And then they said, ‘Ohhh.’ Because you know what happened? They knew they couldn’t win, so they said, ‘Let’s go to court.'”

“This is a fraud on the American public.”

“We want the law to be used in a proper manner. So we’ll be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them to the list, okay?”

JOE BIDEN:

“It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare who has won this election. That’s the decision of the American people. But I am optimistic about this outcome.”

“We knew this was going to go long, but who knew we’re going to go into maybe tomorrow morning, maybe even longer. But look, we feel good about where we are. We really do”.

“We believe we’re on track to win this election. We knew because of the unprecedented early vote and the mail-in vote it was going to take a while. We’re going to have to be patient until the hard work of tallying the votes is finished”.

“It ain’t over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted”.

“But we’re feeling good. We’re feeling good about where we are. We believe one of the nets has suggested we’ve already won Arizona, but we’re confident about Arizona. That’s a turnaround”.

“We also just called it for Minnesota. And we’re still in the game in Georgia, although that’s not one we expected. And we’re feeling real good about Wisconsin and Michigan. And by the way, it’s going to take time to count the votes, we’re going to win Pennsylvania”.

“I want to thank every one of you who came out and voted in this election”.

“I’m grateful to the poll workers, to our volunteers, our canvassers, everyone that participated in this democratic process”.

“Keep the faith guys, we’re going to win this. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your patience is great”.

And so the wait for the next President of the United States continues, until we get the full results or someone concedes. Will it be Donald Trump or will it be Joe Biden? There cannot be an inconclusive election. The President must be inaugurated into office on 20th January 2021. The inauguration of the president of the United States is a ceremony to mark the commencement of a new four-year term of the president of the United States. This ceremony takes place for each new presidential term, even if the president is continuing in office for a second term.

Meanwhile, don’t forget that this election was not only about the office of President of the United States.

There was voting for the Senate, House of Representatives, State Governors and others at state level.

Democrats currently hold a 32-seat advantage in the House of Representatives. Republicans need a net gain of 17 seats to win control of the chamber. 218 seats are needed by any party for Control of the House. As at 2pm today, 4th November, Democrats had 180 seats while Republicans had 171. Each party has gained two seats, and lost two seats during yesterday’s election.

There were 35 seats up for election in the US Senate yesterday. Republicans are defending 23 seats while the Democrats are defending 12. Democrats need a net gain of three seats to win control of the Senate if Joe Biden wins the presidency and four seats if Donald Trump wins re-election. Democrats have won 46 and Republicans have 47, with 50 needed to control the Senate. Each party has gained one seat and lost one seat in this election.

 

IMAGE CREDIT: skynews.com, whitehouse.gov

 

Epa Ogie Eboigbe, veteran journalist, broadcaster and public affairs specialist writes on, and analyses current and historical issues with a ‘wise pen’.

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