With Biden Up in Pennsylvania, Are We Headed Toward Gridlock?
Biden wins? Maybe? Decision Desk, an independent vote counting operation, is calling Pennsylvania for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, which would give Biden enough electoral votes to win. But the call is tentative in the face of anticipated recounts and legal challenges, and no major news network has called the race for Biden at this time.
Decision Desk HQ projects that @JoeBiden has won Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral college votes for a total of 273.
Joe Biden has been elected the 46th President of the United States of America.
Race called at 11-06 08:50 AM EST
All Results: https://t.co/BgcQsEyt3j
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) November 6, 2020
Meanwhile, it looks like Republicans are likely (but not certain) to win control of the U.S. Senate, setting the country up for gridlock. While partisans are grumbling, folks who favor limited government may find some appeal in a federal government at odds with itself.
Biden is now narrowly leading in Georgia, as well as in the battleground states of Nevada (with 49.4 percent to Trump’s 48.5 percent) and Arizona (50.1 percent to 48.5 percent).
Trump was leading narrowly in North Carolina (50 percent to 48.6 percent) and by quite a bit in Alaska (62.9 percent to 33 percent), though only 46 percent of Alaska ballots have been counted so far.
In North Carolina and Georgia, 99 percent of ballots had been tallied as of Friday morning, according to The Washington Post. Ninety percent had been counted in Arizona, and 89 percent in Nevada.
As Trump’s path to victory vanishes, his campaign and closest allies have been desperately casting about to challenge the legitimacy of the results in federal courts and American minds. And way too many Republican politicians and pundits have been playing along, spreading grave but hysterical warnings about voter fraud for which none of them can muster any evidence. Nonetheless, some of the president’s usual partners in disinformation have suddenly been willing to publicly question Trumpworld’s spin.
Trump himself gave a speech last night that included allegations of wild—and utterly unsubstantiated—fraud. “This is a case where they’re trying to steal an election. They’re trying to rig an election, and we can’t let that happen,” said the president.
“It was an imagined version of reality,” The New York Times writes, “one in which he was not losing but the victim of a wide-ranging conspiracy stretching across the country in multiple cities, counties and states, involving untold numbers of people all somehow collaborating to steal the election in ways he could not actually explain.”
It was also a bridge too far for at least some Republicans.
Former New Jersey governor and general Trump booster Chris Christie slammed Trump’s speech, saying on ABC News: “I talk tonight…as a former U.S. Attorney. There’s just no basis to make that argument tonight. T
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