Following a tense week of vote tallying, Joe Biden gained the state of Pennsylvania and vaulted forward within the race to turn out to be the next president of the United States. Biden’s win within the important state put him over the brink of 270 electoral votes, chopping off all avenues for his opponent.
Biden prevailed by flipping key states that went to Trump in 2016, together with Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Trump once more gained in Florida and Ohio, however in the long run was unable to chart a path to an electoral victory. Biden additionally leads by hundreds of thousands within the widespread vote, with a file variety of votes solid this yr, many by the mail.
As his vice chairman, Kamala Harris will make history in myriad ways, changing into the primary lady — and the primary lady of coloration — to occupy the workplace. Harris, a California senator and the state’s former legal professional normal, constructed a profession within the tech business’s entrance yard.
Shattered boundaries apart, this yr’s election will doubtless go down in infamy for a lot of within the U.S. The race was the strangest in recent times, characterised by rising storms of misinformation, fears over the destiny of scaled-up vote-by-mail methods and a lethal virus that’s claimed effectively over 230,000 American lives. Biden’s marketing campaign was compelled to adapt to drive-up rallies and digital campaigning as a substitute of counting on door-knocking and face-to-face interplay to mobilize the vote.
The circumstances of the election additionally created the perfect ecosystem for misinformation — a state of affairs made worse by President Trump’s false declare of victory early Wednesday morning and ongoing claims of Democratic voter fraud. Trump seems to be in no temper to concede the election, however in the long run the vote is what it’s and Joe Biden will take workplace on January 20, 2021.
Whereas a sitting president rejecting that unwritten democratic norm could be alarming, Trump’s resolution can have little bearing on the final word political consequence. Regardless of the coming days maintain, the U.S. is coming into into a brand new and unprecedented section of uncertainty through which misinformation abounds and political tensions and fears of politically-motivated violence are operating excessive.
The previous vice chairman’s win brings a 4 yr run of Trumpism to an abrupt finish, although its results will nonetheless reverberate all through American politics, doubtless for many years. It additionally ushers in a brand new period through which Joe Biden plans to attract on the affect of an unlikely coalition of Democrats from throughout the political spectrum. The Senate nonetheless hangs within the steadiness with two tight races in Georgia headed to January runoffs.
Biden has laid out plans for sweeping climate action, and a healthcare extension that will cowl extra Individuals and supply an opt-in Medicare-like public choice. However his skill to enact most of these grand plans would hinge on a Democratic Senate. Whereas both get together was prone to proceed pursuing extra aggressive regulation for the expertise business, we’ll be watching carefully for indicators of what’s to come back for tech coverage.
However even with out the Senate, the president-elect could also be able to making a swift and significant influence the place it’s most wanted: the coronavirus pandemic. Within the continued absence of a nationwide plan to battle the virus and a White Home that downplays its deadliness and discourages mask-wearing, COVID-19 is raging uncontrolled in states throughout the nation, signaling a really lethal winter simply across the nook.