Whoever wins, we have to grapple with our divided countryPosted by Jimmy Cooper / November 5, 2020
Although we still don’t know who won the 2020 election, one thing is clear: it’s a close call, and our country is more divided than ever. Trump inspired almost unbelievable dedication in his supporters and zeal among his enemies. The sheer effort anti-Trumpers put into this election shows their intensity. A Harvard poll indicates that young voters’ turnout broke records this year. These younger people are largely pro-Biden, and their large numbers point to their zeal. The pro-Biden Texas Democrats pushed the vote hard, trying desperately to turn the state Blue for the first time in 44 years. One of the biggest demographic hitting the polls this year were, unsurprisingly young voters.
Through the election cycle, the vote remained painfully close. According to a poll by the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler, Joe Biden held a three-percent lead over Donald Trump going into yesterday’s election, with 48% of voters supporting Biden to Trump’s 45%.
All sorts of polls pre-election polls showed that Trump was in trouble. One suggested that 49% of Americans think Trump should be criminally investigated (I can’t believe that’s even a thing I’m writing right now) after he’s out of office. Another poll said 56% of Americans don’t think Trump deserves reelection. A third poll says that Trump is in a lot of trouble if America’s young voters actually show up to vote.
But, Joe Biden’s campaign manager is warning everyone: don’t get cocky, this race is much closer than the so-called experts are predicting. President Obama is saying the same thing––vote early, because it’s going to be close.
But the polls said otherwise. Joe Biden had a 91% chance of winning the electoral college, according to an Economist forecast. Biden had a twelve percent lead over incumbent Donald Trump, the highest lead of any challenger since scientific polling began in 1936. The majority of voters––some 57%––thought Trump has not paid his fair share in taxes, indicating just how bad things were looking for Trump.