As election night in the United States turns into election morning, we still don't know more about the election results than we do, writes CNN.
Although more voters were activated in these elections than in the last few such events, the first results were actually extremely predictable. Donald Trump has secured victories in traditionally Republican states, and former Vice President Joseph Biden has achieved the same in those states that are loyal to Democrats.
Although it is already November 4, the result of the presidential elections and the battle for the majority in the Senate is still largely uncertain. We should pay attention to these five things in the next 24-48 hours.
1) Rust belt - Since the beginning of the campaign, Biden has told his voters that he will enter the White House if he manages to get Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. But it is still unclear whether Biden will win all three states or just some of them in order to achieve 270 electoral votes. At this moment, there is no doubt that the destinies of Biden and Trump depend on the results in those countries.
2) Attitude of citizens - When most Americans, even on the West Bank, went to bed - Biden led in the vote count, but, on the other hand, Trump led in several key countries. How does this seemingly contradictory information affect the perception of citizens as to who will be the future winner? Judging by the last election, even one more vote has a huge impact on public perception in that regard.
Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that the public's attitude this morning will vary according to whether they are more focused on the potentially higher number of Biden's electoral votes or on the majority that Trump won in some countries.
3) Trump's accusations - Trump is otherwise very active on Twitter and often shares his thoughts with the public through that media, but he was relatively quiet during Tuesday night. But shortly after Biden addressed supporters in Delaware shortly after midnight, Trump took to Twitter and accused his opponent of wanting to steal the election.
"WE ARE LEADING, but they are trying to STOLE the election. We will never allow them to do that. You cannot vote after the polls close!" He wrote.
This announcement is completely in line with his pre-election messages in which he claimed that the possibility of correspondence voting in urban areas is in fact proof of rigging the elections. Namely, due to the corona virus pandemic, a large number of American voters decided to vote by correspondence, and many of them (more than 100 million) voted that way the day before the polls opened. This means that this time it will take longer to count all the votes. But that is proof that the system works, and not that it is set up, CNN states.
4) Battle for the Senate - Republicans in the Senate seem optimistic because, as already mentioned, the election results are still uncertain. But it seems that today they are even more confident in their victory than yesterday. Why? Because so far things have developed as expected. True, Republican Sen. Corey Gardner lost in Colorado, but so did Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in Alabama. Mathematically speaking, the situation is the same this morning as last night: the Democrats, if Biden wins, need three seats for the majority, or four in case they lose.
5) Lawsuit - Over the weekend, Trump commented on Pennsylvania's plan to count ballots a few days after the polls closed.
"As soon as the elections are over, we are bringing in lawyers," the US president said.
It is not yet known exactly what Trump's legal team intends to do against those states, such as Pennsylvania, that intend to continue counting votes until tonight, local time, or even until Thursday. Trump has been using threats of lawsuits for some time to blur the waters or intimidate people. This, of course, will not be so easy when it comes to the legality of elections. Biden and his legal team will react sharply to any attempt to stop the counting of ballots or to cancel them.