After a neck-and-neck brawl between the 2020 presidential candidates, the American public has voted to replace Republican President Trump with a new Commander in Chief, Democrat President-Elect Joe Biden. Biden, the left-wing candidate, plans to walk into the White House this January with an Electoral College and Popular Vote majority under his belt.
Although many expected a result similar to that of 2016 -a Democratic lead, then a last minute revival by the Republican party-, the Democratic candidate was able to hold his own the whole way through. With support from conventional left-wing states such as California and New York, Biden was able beat out his opponent with a current Electoral College majority of 290 to 214, according to The Associated Press. The Democratic candidate and his policies also encouraged the influential states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania to flip from red to blue, ultimately leading to Trump’s demise.
As Biden’s Vice President, Kamala Harris too will take office early into the new year, becoming America’s first female and first Black and Asian-American vice president.
In contrast to Biden and his barrier-breaking partner’s success, the Democratic party has decreased their influence in the House of Representatives. The Republican party, although still far from holding the House majority, overturned some key states previously controlled by the rival faction, bringing more governmental support to their party. Democratic incumbents in New Mexico, South Florida, Oklahoma, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Carolina have been unseated by members of the opposing party. Nevertheless, the Democrats persisted, stealing two Texas seats and another in the Atlanta suburbs. This reorganization of congressmen has left the House in a very similar position as before: the Democratic party holds the majority (214 to 196), but the Republicans continue to inch forward in congressional power.
Although in control of the House, the Democratic party remains trailing behind the Republicans in the Senate. They have however managed to push a few of their candidates into the Senate, knocking on the doorstep of equal power between the two opposing parties. Democrat John Hickenlooper has beat out Republican Cory Gardner for the position of Colorado Senator. This action is a step forward for the Left, but has been met with similar replacements for the rival party. Democrat Doug Jones lost the Alabama Senate race to Republican Tommy Tuberville, keeping the Republican party at a senatorial advantage by a slim margin. However, the Democratic party still has a chance to seize control. In both of Georgia’s Senate races, neither candidate received more than 50% of the votes, qualifying the state for a second election to identify a clear winner. Because the Republicans are only slightly ahead of their rival faction, this reelection will decide the fate of the Senate majority.
With a new combination of elected officials in office, America is bound to see a different point of view and hopefully a better future as well. Although President Trump found himself ejected instead of reelected, the majority of Americans -75,197,525 to be exact- are looking forward to what is to come under their chosen leader, President Biden, and the new Congress.