MAGA Stops A Blue Wave But Biden Still Favored To Win As Votes Counted
Expectations of a blue wave sweep and decisive Democratic 2020 victory have faded and President Donald Trump has attempted to prematurely claim victory in the White House and Congress despite what much-hyped pre-vote opinion polls said.
However, the Joe Biden campaign is confident it’s on the right track to win the 2020 election based on the states already won and votes that have yet to be counted.
“Joe Biden’s path is largely unchanged,” said Guy Cecil, head of Priorities USA, the top super PAC backing Biden. “It may take a couple of days to count votes & we may need to fight the Trump campaign in court, but Joe Biden is going to win this election.”
If Trump wins Alaska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Georgia, and if Biden holds on to his lead in Wisconsin, Nevada, Arizona and Maine, and overtakes Trump in Michigan, that’s Biden’s path, CNN’s Phil Mattingly said as he mapped out a potential win for Biden.
“If you were a Democrat and you went to bed last night assuming it was a 2016 redux and everything was over, it’s not,” Mattingly said. “There is a very clear pathway, with a lot of vote to count, but there is a pathway.”
After trailing Trump throughout the night, Biden moved ahead of POTUS in Wisconsin, where mail-in voting counts are now underway. Trump was ahead by more than 100,000 votes, but now, with 97 percent of votes reported, Biden is ahead by nearly 21,000 votes.
Trump is on track to beat Biden in Florida after apparently exceeding his 2016 election results in the once-reliably blue South Florida, where Republicans picked up a U.S. House seat. Biden needed to win big in Miami-Dade County but Trump eroded his margins among Latinos.
Senate Republicans entered Election Day with a shot at protecting their 53-seat majority if Trump performed well in Senate battlegrounds, Politico reported. But even if Trump wins, it was feared that some prominent Republicans might lose who otherwise might have had a better chance if Trump were a more conventional president.
The GOP worried that Trump’s covid-19 diagnosis, the White House outbreak and a cash crunch in fundraising posed a major threat to their Senate majority. Trump was forced to cut back on advertising in key battleground states at a time when Senate Democratic challengers were projected to outraise GOP incumbents heading into the final stretch.
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“Democrats told us in the weeks and months leading up to Election Day that they were on track to win the majority in the Senate, and they don’t appear poised to do that,” Politico reported.
“Donors gave $90 million to lose to Senate Majority LeaderMitch McConnell (and) $108 million to lose to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) … The polling industry is a wreck and should be blown up.”
With states still counting, Trump has threatened to drag the Supreme Court into the presidential race.
“We were going to win this election,” Trump told supporters in the White House around 2:30 a.m. “Frankly we did win. So we’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop. As far as I’m concerned, we already did win.”