Trump and Biden continue to fight for Electoral College win

Sam Peterson, Staff writer

As of 10 p.m. EST, it is still too close to call. The 2020 election between incumbent president Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden has yet to produce a clear winner.

A 270 electoral vote majority out of the 538 votes total is required to win the presidency. At the time of writing this article, Biden has 122 electoral votes and Trump has 92.

The popular vote is 26,424,935 (48.3%) for Biden and 27,507,042 (50.2%) for Trump. Notably, Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million in his 2016 win over Secretary Hilary Clinton. However, Trump ended with 306 electoral votes to Hilary Clinton’s 232, carrying Trump to the Oval Office.

Several battleground states play a massive role in the election including Pennsylvania with 20 electoral college votes, Michigan with 16 and Wisconsin with 10. Trump won all three of these states in 2016. These battleground states have been identified by the Biden campaign as highly competitive areas that can provide a clear path to victory.

Pennsylvania is leaning towards Joe Biden with 15% of precincts reporting. Biden has 712,019 votes (64.1%), while Trump carries 390,717 (35.1%).

Notably, Erie County has not reported any precincts. Michigan is undecided with 17% of the vote reporting in. Biden has 372,173 (38.4%) to Trump’s 575, 448 (59.3%) votes. Currently, Wisconsin has less than 1 percent of precincts reporting in.

There are also several states in play that were not deemed contentious prior to the election. Texas (38) and Ohio (18) were both carried comfortably by Trump in 2016. If Biden can flip either of these states to Democrat, Trump will have no clear path to victory. Ohio has 59% of the vote reported. Of that, Biden carries 1,907,956 (50.7%) to Trump’s 1,804,909 (48%). Texas has 74% of votes reporting in with Trump carrying a narrow lead of 4,369,761 (49.9%) to Biden’s 4,257,899 (48.7%).

Biden is currently being carried by 701,176 votes in Harris County, home of Houston.

In terms of strategy, Biden needs to focus on flipping previously safe Democrat states that were carried by Trump in 2016. To perform this feat, he needs to focus on outpacing Hilary Clinton in large urban centers with a high percentage of voters.

Currently, Biden seems to be seeing higher turnout and numbers in urban centers. However, his performance is disappointing so far in the usually contentious state of Florida, which Trump is predicted to win. Trump is up by 5,599,233 votes (51.2%) to Biden’s 5,219,576 (47.8%) with 93% of the vote in. Biden’s performance is only marginally better than Hilary Clinton’s 4,504,975 (47.4%).

With the COVID-19 pandemic, many states did extensive mail-in ballots and early voting. Of these states, there are different rules about when to count the ballots. For example, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state cannot start counting absentee ballots until election day.

Getting a full and accurate count of the votes may take significant time. Meanwhile, another crucial battleground of Nevada deemed it responsible to count mail in ballots upon receipt. In the concurrent Senate races, Democrats hope to gain a majority in the Senate of 51 votes.

Democrats need to take 4 seats to flip from the current Republican majority. There are numerous other House and Senate races that are too close to call at this moment. For more information, continue to monitor major news outlets.

President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden are neck in neck in their race for presidency. (Contributed photo)