The United States presidential election is over.
Here is a summary of the top 3 moderate/conservative headlines making news today.
1. Biden wins presidency in a closer election than forecasted
After days of anxious waiting and vote counting, Joe Biden was announced as the President-Elect of the United States by all major American networks on Saturday. Despite a closer than elected election, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the nation’s 46th president in January.
Despite losing by five million votes, Donald Trump and his campaign insist that due to fraud in major Democratic cities that the campaign was stolen from him. They are vowing legal action.
Regardless, Joe Biden gave his victory speech Saturday night in which he claimed that for America it is “a time to heal”.
Joe Biden will be the oldest American president in history; Kamala Harris will be the first black and asian american vice president along with the first woman to hold the position.
2. Trump shockingly does well with voters of color
While Saturday was a day to rejoice for Democrats, in the coming days their party is going to contend with one major question; “how did we lose so many voters of color?” The Democratic party has long been considered the party of diversity, with African Americans and Hispanic Americans voting for them in massive numbers. Yet, to the surprise of everyone, the “race baiting” Donald Trump won more voters of color than any Republican candidate since 1960.
While not nearly a majority, Trump seems to have won between 8% and 10% of African Americans. Trump had used his days in the White House to stress economic gains for African Americans along with his willingness to push for criminal justice reform. It seems to have worked, albeit to some extent.
The state of Florida notably was secured by Trump on election night due to his strength with Cuban and Venezuelan Americans. Joe Biden would have won the sunshine state had it not been for this particular demographic group.
Democrats should feel good about their win. However, a slipping support in historically blue demographic groups should be cause for concern.
a. How Democrats Missed Trump’s Appeal to Latino Voters – New York Times
3. Biden wins the presidency on the backs of suburban white voters
For generations, the affluent and white suburban areas of Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Detroit and Phoenix had been enclaves of conservative Republican voters. However, as 2020 showed, the suburbs are conservative no more.
In a direct repudiation of Donald Trump, scores of suburban whites came out in droves to vote for Joe Biden and to make Trump a one-term president. In the Philadelphia suburbs alone, Joe Biden basically doubled Hillary Clinton’s winning margins.
It appears that, in a massive exodus from the GOP, these moderate and wealthy white voters came home to Joe Biden. Many pundits had noted that the once bedrock foundation of the GOP had realigned into the Democratic camp, which will have electoral repercussions for years to come.
One thing is clear in the land of private schools and brunch, Donald Trump is loathed while “Uncle Joe” Biden is the man to lead the country.