Democrats and Republicans fight hard in 2020 election

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Li Jiang and Carson Donnelly

On November 3, the people of the United States had their voices heard in one of the most unusual elections in American history. Taking place right in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 general election is one of the most controversial and heated elections ever. With record breaking turnout of over 158 million voters, this election has driven many people out of their homes and to polling stations around the country. Others have voted from home using mail-in ballots. 

President Donald Trump received 232 electoral votes to Joe Biden’s 306, and the electors have voted accordingly, but results are still being challenged by the Trump campaign who is refusing to concede. Now that almost all elections around the country are finally resolved, which political party performed better in the 2020 election?

Republicans

On Election Day, over 74 million Americans across the country casted their ballots for Donald Trump, the second most in history following Joe Biden. Additionally, 72,835,328 voters casted their ballots for Republicans in the House of Representatives. Even though Trump did not win the presidency, the election was still successful for the Republican Party. On Election Day, it was projected by FiveThirtyEight, a leading poll site, that the Democrats would gain six seats in the House of Representatives. Instead, Republicans gained 13 seats, a net total of 10. If the current two undecided races go towards Republicans, whoare leading in both of them, they will have gained a net total of 12 seats in the House. 

Democrats, clearly upset with the results, are beginning to turn on each other. Democratic representative Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, stated, “The number one concern in things that people brought to me in my [district] that I barely re-won, was defunding the police…And we need to not ever use the words ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again. Because while people think it doesn’t matter, it does matter. And we lost good members because of it… If we are classifying Tuesday as a success from a congressional standpoint, we will get torn apart in 2022.”

Democrats have even gone as far as calling for a House vote to overturn the results of Iowa’s Second Congressional District. After Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks was certified as the winner of the election, her opponent, Rita Hart, is challenging the results. Instead of going to a fair state court, she has bypassed this legal process and has called for a vote directly in the House of Representatives. This partisan process will be controlled by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, not the American people.

In the Senate, Republicans are on track to keep their majority, which will make it very hard for Joe Biden to pass liberal policies. EIS eighth grader Brian Polito stated, “If the Republicans retain the senate that will prevent Biden from passing any absurd laws that a Democratic senate would pass.”

In order to win the Senate, Democrats will need to win both of Georgia’s runoff elections on January 5, which they weren’t winning during the November general election. If the Republicans keep the Senate, this will also contradict predictions by leading polling organizations such as FiveThirtyEight, which gave Republicans a one in four chance of doing so.

Finally, Democrats have failed to flip state legislatures, and even lost their majority in the state of New Hampshire. This may allow Republicans to redistrict the states in a way that will give them more power in future years.

Democrats

Election Day was a great concern for the Democratic Party, and even though the polls showed that they were most likely to win, anything could happen. A greater concern was that President Trump will not concede in the event that Joe Biden wins.

On the night of the election it seemed that Trump was winning in many key battleground states. However, due to the counting of mail-in ballots Joe Biden was in the lead in Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Arizona by the next morning. This caused outrage from President Trump, who declared an immature and early victory in a press conference at the White House early in the morning.

President Trump also took to Twitter to claim that he won Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. His argument was that there is voter fraud, which has no evidence, and that Democrats are changing the votes. At the press conference he stated, “We don’t want them to find votes at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them to the count.” 

There is one problem with that statement, what President Trump is describing is what is called counting. This might be news to him, but the people elect the president by counting votes, and they needed to count the ballots in order for the electors to vote for the candidate that their state supports. 

Additionally, there are other reasons that explain why there is no voter fraud. Roosevelt Intermediate School (RIS) eighth grader Jake Park stated, “Donald Trump told his supporters to vote in person, and Joe Biden told his supporters to use the mail-in ballot system. This is the reason that there was a seemingly unrealistic difference in mail-in ballot votes.”

The claim that there is voter fraud is unsupported and has been debunked by Trump’s own Attorney General, Bill Barr. He said in a statement that the FBI and the DOJ both have not found any evidence that there was mass voter fraud like President Trump has claimed. EIS eighth grader Garret Gao stated, “I don’t think there was voter fraud, and I doubt Trump thinks there is actually voter fraud, but he is probably just saying this in a desperate attempt to get his presidency back.”

These false claims along with the failed lawsuits have finally proven that Joe Biden was the winner of the election. Therefore, the Democrats have clearly performed better in the 2020 election.

Overall, the 2020 election was one of the most unique elections in history, and it certainly is one that will be remembered for many years to come.