We don’t yet know who has won the White House or the Senate, which was expected, but there are some things that we do know.
There was no landslide, on either side. And to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t expecting one. BUT, I did want a full-throated rejection of Trumpism, and we didn’t get that. I wake up this morning very disappointed in my fellow citizens.
As more results come in, we’ll know more. But for now, let’s break down where we are in this election:
Winning Arizona last night opened a lot of doors for Joe Biden. As a pundit said last night, “I’d rather be Biden right now than Trump.” Also, winning Nebraska’s second district Electoral vote makes a 269-269 tie impossible, (that is, unless we have faithless electors.)
Political Wire outlined the most obvious paths for Biden to win the Electoral College:
- Winning Wisconsin, Michigan, and Nevada, which would allow him to lose Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina. This would get Biden to exactly 270 electoral votes.
- Winning Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada, and Georgia, which would allow him to lose Pennsylvania and North Carolina. This would give Biden 286 electoral votes.
- Winning Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, which would allow him to lose Georgia, Nevada, and North Carolina. This would give Biden 290 electoral votes.
We should know a lot more from Wisconsin, Nevada and Georgia in the next day or so, and Michigan and Pennsylvania by the end of the week.
The Senate is tight. The Democrats hadn’t won several of the Republican-leaning races last night, which was a bummer. By the end of the evening, we had flipped the Colorado and Arizona seats (congrats to John Hickenlooper and Mark Kelly!) and lost Doug Jones’ seat in Alabama (expected, but still sad).
We don’t have final results yet for: Alaska, Georgia (2), Maine, Michigan, and North Carolina.
Very early in the evening, outlets projected that the Democrats would retain the House of Representatives. It’ll be a while before we know exactly who won which seat, but the Democrats seem poised to have roughly the same lead in the majority that they did before.
We need to count the votes. Lots we don’t know here. No chambers have flipped yet. I’m keeping my eye on the results over at What’s On The Ballot.
Other Notable Results
Progressives won important district attorney races in Orlando, Florida and Austin, Texas. Monique Worrell and José Garza each vowed during their campaigns to reduce the prison population.
California passed Prop 17, which ended felony disenfranchisement and restores voting rights.
It appears that many candidates who were running for sheriff on an anti-ICE platform have won their races, according to Daniel Nichanian.
Sarah McBride won her race in Delaware to become the first transgender state Senator in the country.
Tomorrow, I’ll bring you more results as they continue to trickle in. Until then, try not to be glued to every twist and turn in this election — which is hard to do, I get it — but your emotional and self-care is important. In the weeks ahead, what actually happened in the country will become more clear, and then we can figure out how to move forward.