WHO, WHO? … High suspense as US decides on next President … Trump ‘declares’ victory; Biden very hopeful

NEWS POLLS US

NEW YORK: While President Donald Trump “declared” his victory at the presidential re-run and sought Supreme Court intervention to stop further counting of votes, Democrat rival Joe Biden asserted that he would yet not concede defeat.

In a major credit to the Indian community in the poll-bound United States of America, voting results on Wednesday showed four Indian-American Democrats in the fray — Pramila Jayapal, Dr Ami Bera Raja Krishnamoorthi and  Ro Khanna — have been re-elected to the US House of Representatives. The physician Dr Hiral Tipirneni was leading against Republican nominee from the congressional district of Arizona, as per latest reports.

Also on the ballot is an Indian American who stands to make history if elected: Kamala Harris, the Democratic nominee for vice-president. She will be the first black woman and the first of Indian, South Asian and Asian descent, elected to the high office.

Trump, cautious yet, held a rally inside the East Room in the White House, alongside his running mate Mike Pence. He is trying to block counting of votes polled and mailed in three days after Tuesday polls. Trump alleged the Democrats were bent upon ‘fraud’ to thwart the outcome. Results are also that Democrats will run the for two more years.

SO FAR: Trump won Texas, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi Tennessee and Louisiana. Biden too pro- Democrat states of Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico New York, Rhode Island Vermont and Virginia, Delaware, Minnesota, Illinois and Maryland.

Three states — Florida (29), Ohio (18) and Pennsylvania (16) – will show who will win, finally. They hold the maximum number of electoral votes for any swing states, commentators pointed out.

In the last elections, Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton had won 30 lakh more votes than the votes polled for Republican Donald Trump. Yet, in terms of electoral votes, Trump outwitted Hillary by winning more and becoming President. Of the 538 electoral votes, a candidate needs 270 to register victory. Trump, then, was ably backed by regions like Pennsylvania and Florida. A similar situation had arisen in year 2000 when Democrat Al Gore polled more votes than his Republican rival.

The results had been withheld in year 2000, when Republican nominee George W Bush’s election as president was ratified by the Supreme Court after a gap of 36 days following a legal challenge on the results.

This time, Democrat Joe Biden was leading in most states, as per recent opinion poll results. Security has been tightened in all the 50 states as also in capital Washington as a precaution against eruption of violence.

TRUMP

Trump won the 2016 election with 304 electoral college votes to Hillary Clinton’s 227; but the Democrat won the popular vote by nearly three million votes.

Donald Trump was the third President to have been impeached. However, he saved his presidency because of the strength of the Republicans in the Senate.

ELECTORATE

A record number of nearly 10 crore Americans have exercised their franchise in the presidential election before Tuesay, with another six crore listed for voting on Tuesday.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Americans are also voting to elect 435 members of the House of Representatives, which is currently controlled by Democrats, and 35 members of the US Senate (including special elections in Arizona and Georgia), dominated by Republicans. Democrats are expected to keep control of the House, but the big fight is for the senate.

Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, Minnesota and Iowa are the battleground states that determine which of the two nominees gets past threshold of 270 electoral college votes to win the race.

Both Trump and Biden voted early along with nearly 100 million Americans, who had already cast their ballots till the opening of last-day of polling Tuesday; 35.7 million in-person at early voting centres and 63.9 million by mail, a preferred choice for Americans concerned about the continuing onslaught of the Covid-19 epidemic that has killed more than 231,000 people and infected 9.2 million

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