It’s A Waiting Game

The US election was held on Tuesday, 3rd November. We’re still waiting to hear who will be the next President of the United States.

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As it stands. Electoral results according to the Associated Press, 5th November 2020.

The whole world held its breath as Election Day finally arrived. Over the past months, we have seen the blue banners and red banners flapping in the air, the hashtags flashing across screens, and the voices of opinionated voters blaring through phones in the lead up to November 3rd, 2020. The 2020 US presidential election is one of the most uncertain presidential elections to take place in decades. Polls opened up across America after a long, weary, and bitter campaign, and the decision is in the hands of the American people. “The power is in the people,” said Kamala Harris, the Democratic candidate for Vice President. Due to social media pressure and advocacy for voting early, more than 100 million people have cast ballots and contributed to the highest turnout in a century.

Now that the week has arrived, what do we do? Firstly, we should not be holding our breath, because state by state results could be determined and released after a couple of hours or, according to David Westin who spoke on Bloomberg during election night, up to five weeks from now. The uncertain wait time is mainly due to the swing states. A swing state is a US state where the two major political parties have almost equal levels of support among voters and the outcome is unpredictable. The swing states in this election are Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Minnesota, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, Texas and the most vital of them all Florida. As of the morning of November 5th, the race remains too close to determine a winner in sight. Donald Trump’s victory of swing States Florida, Ohio and Texas have kept his ego and hopes high as he already falsely declared victory in the race. However, pivotal swing states of Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia remain unclear. Biden remains optimistic as he says, “I believe we’re on track to win this race”.

So, for now we wait. It is a lot easier said than done but there is nothing else we can do. Perhaps meditate, read or watch Netflix because now we are helpless and we are sitting in the passengers seat. As international and globally educated students, carry on educating yourselves, learn more about this vital election regardless of your nationality as the results will have a global effect and its repercussions regardless of the outcome will effect all of our futures.