Recently, the United States elections finalized with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ victory, leaving everyone shocked at the results.
From Nov. 3 to Nov. 7, the U.S. elections felt like an endless journey to citizens all around the country. Considering the BLM protests, COVID-19 cases rising and the lack of social distancing, people worldwide were eager to know the election results. Social media platforms were filled with people voicing their feelings of anxiety.
“Rlly [sic] out here about to mute the word ‘vote’ for the next 24 hours…” said Twitter user @ moonlightcol.
A few hours into the election, various states had already finished counting the ballots
and favored the Republican Party. Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia were just a few of the states that turned red. Republican citizens were overjoyed by seeing the results that were in favor of their political party. Still, later that night, former Vice-president Joe Biden began to gain a lead.
“We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the election,” said President Trump via @ realDonaldTrump on Twitter.
Many Trump supporters were claiming that election fraud was the cause of this sudden turn of events. However, mail-in and absentee ballots were essential in this presidential election, especially in swing states like Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Due to this, election results took longer than expected since said ballots had to be mailed in and counted carefully.
“If a mail-in ballot arrives after Election Day but is postmarked by or before Nov. 3, it should count,” said Twitter user @lacyf10. “It is not illegitimate.”
On Nov. 7, the final day, Biden closed the gap in electoral votes, so much so that there seemed to be no possibility for Trump to win. With 273 electoral votes, Biden became the President-elect of the U.S. elections and made his running mate, Kamala Harris, the first woman and Black and Asian candidate to be elected Vice-president. Biden’s campaign also won the most votes in presidential history.
“We have won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of this nation — 74 million,” said President-elect Biden in his winning speech.