By Emma Smith
Final tallies for the presidential election are still trickling in. On the evening of Tuesday Nov. 2, many Americans were glued to their televisions and phone screens as polls closed around the country. ABC News held live updates in their series Your Voice/Your Vote. Early that evening, many of the ABC correspondents were focused on the candidate that would win Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. On Wednesday, of those states, Americans only know who took the states of Ohio and Florida. Both of these battle ground states went to Donald Trump. By Wednesday afternoon Wisconsin was declared for Biden.
Millions of votes still have to be counted in Alaska, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. These ballots could take days to count as they come through the mail system. CNN shows that current results show, democratic candidate Joe Biden is leading with 253 electoral college votes and republican candidate President Donald Trump currently has 213 electoral college votes. Both candidates have a ways to go in earning the 270 electoral votes that are needed to win in the United States and depending on who wins the seven states that are still counting votes, could be anyone’s game.
That however is not what Donald Trump believes. Early Wednesday morning, Donald Trump appeared in front of a crowd at the White House declaring victory and said his lawyers would be taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. In his statement he did not specify why he would be taking a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court though.
“We are getting ready to win this election. Frankly we did win this election,” Trump said.
Many members of congress were quick to stand on the defense, insisting that all votes would be counted before a President is elected.
Florida Republican senator, Marco Rubio tweeted Nov. 4. “The result of the presidential race will be known after every legally cast vote has been counted,” Rubio said.
Many critics such as Dan Balz from the Washington Post have been quick to accuse Trump’s recent statements as an attempt to undermine the United States Constitution and democracy as a whole.
“A president who respected the Constitution would let things play out. But Trump has shown once again he cares not about the Constitution or the stability and well-being of the country or anything like that. He cares only about himself and retaining the powers he now holds,” said Balz in his article.
Ohio Secretary of State’s Office unofficial election results show Ohio’s voted for trump with 3,074, 418 votes or 53.36% of the 5,761,200 votes cast and Biden with 2,603,681 or 45.19% of the votes cast.
Biden won all of the major metropolitan areas in Ohio including Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Akron, and Toledo. In Hancock County, Trump won 25,796 votes or 67.89% to Biden’s 11,535 of 30.36%.
Regardless of what side you are on, one thing is clear, the American people will have to be patient as they await more election results.