11/4/20 – WCSG Vote 2020 – After Election Update

Students at GVSU wait in line to vote in person. Photo courtesy of GVSU, November 3, 2020.

4:30PM Update

Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden is not declaring victory but is stating that he believes when the counting is finished, he will be the next President of the United States.

“So once this election is finalized, and behind us, it will be time for us to do what we’ve always done as Americans.  To put the harsh rhetoric of the campaign behind us.  To lower the temperature.  To see each other again.”

Biden, flanked by his running mate Kamala Harris, says it will be time to come together as a nation and heal.

“I also know this as well.  To make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies.  We are not enemies.  What brings us together as Americans is so much stronger than anything that can tear us apart.

While Michigan is still in question, the voting appears to be swinging Biden’s way.  Arizona, Pennsylvania and Nevada are all considered too close to call but Biden would only need to capture two other states in order to hit 270 electoral votes.

 

2pm Update

 

Presidential Campaign

As of this point there are several states that have not moved into one campaign’s win column.  Among them are North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.

With almost 93 percent of the vote counted, Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump 49.6% to 48.7%.  With this slim margin, there are certainly going to be concerns from both parties.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson maintains the system is working, there are no reports of irregularities and that she still expects to have a final tally by Friday.

 

3rd Congressional District

The race for the seat once held by Representative Justin Amash also remains too close to call.  Hillary Scholten looks to become the first Democrat in 80 years from Michigan to hold the seat.  Peter Meijer released a statement earlier today expressing his optimism for capturing the seat that includes portions of Kent, Barry, Ionia and Calhoun Counties.

 

Wisconsin

In another state that is listed to close to call, the Trump campaign released a statement saying that they believe irregularities have taken place.

“Despite ridiculous public polling used as a voter suppression tactic, Wisconsin has been a razor thin race as we always knew that it would be. There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results. The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.”

– Bill Stepien, Trump 2020 campaign manager