Emmitt Wilson ’22
The United States election is finally over, with enough states having officially certified their vote totals to declare Joe Biden the next President of the United States, with a margin of over 7 million votes.
This has upset current President Donald Trump, who has challenged the results with over 40 lawsuits in 6 states. Of these lawsuits, almost half have already failed and the rest are still in litigation.
There were ways that Trump could have changed the results of the election (at least in theory) but they would have required state-level Republican officials to actively fight for him, which few have shown a willingness to do.
For the powerful officials in the Republican Party as a whole, keeping Trump in office is not a very high priority, since he has served his purpose to them. That purpose was, among other things, to pack the federal courts with republican friendly judges, a goal that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been very public about.
Without the support of the whole Republican Party, Trump has put former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani in charge of the continuing legal battles.
Giuliani has humiliated himself multiple times during press conferences and hearings about the lawsuits, such as the Four Seasons Total Landscaping fiasco, in which the Trump team accidentally booked their press conference in the parking lot of a landscaping company instead of the Hotel with the same name.
Although the electoral votes will not be official until the electors vote on December 14, it appears that Joe Biden will win by a margin of 306-232 electoral votes, despite Trump’s attempts to change the results.
Joe Biden will also have the support of a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, but the state of the Senate is still unknown as the two Senate races in Georgia will go to runoff elections on January 5. Both seats are currently held by Republicans.
If the Democrats win both races, the Senate would be split 50-50, allowing Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to cast tiebreaker votes. If they lose either race, the Republican Party will retain control of the Senate.
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