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2020 US Elections - Why Election Winner Joe Biden Has To Reach The Republicans Now

Why the election winner Joe Biden now has to approach the Republicans

Joe Biden has probably won the presidential election, based on the partial results. But a landslide victory looks different. Six questions and answers on the outcome of the presidential election from the Democratic perspective.

Joseph R. Biden Junior did not expect such a tremor. But after counting most of the votes in the politically contested states, a victory for the Democrats was on Wednesday. Six questions and answers about the presidential candidate's result.

How can Biden win the presidential election?

The Democrat moves into the White House when he sweeps President Donald Trump from two of the three industrialized states of Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes), Michigan (16) and Wisconsin (10). Even if on election night, due to the way the votes were counted this year, it didn't initially look like it: Biden will achieve this goal. On Wednesday he was ahead of Trump in Michigan and Wisconsin; and in Pennsylvania, too, he had the better cards, because hundreds of thousands of postal votes from democratic strongholds had not yet been counted.

But the result will be closer than expected?

It is true that the polls in some politically contested states predicted a clearer victory for Biden - in a survey by the Washington Post a week before election day in Wisconsin, he was 17 points ahead of Trump. But: Nationwide, Biden will probably be elected with a majority of votes similar to that of Barack Obama in 2008, when all votes are counted in a few weeks. Obama won 52.9 percent nationwide at the time, the best result for a Democrat since Lyndon B. Johnson's landslide victory in 1964.

Can President Trump take away the election victory from the Democrats?

On election night, the Republican threatened to turn on the courts and stop the counting of votes in those states where he was ahead. Trump made explicit reference to the partial results from Michigan and Pennsylvania. He claims that the Democrats tried to drive him and his supporters out of victory with the help of "surprising" votes. As is so often the case with Trump, there is no evidence to support this claim. Tom Wolf, the Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, said in an initial statement: "We will count every vote." The Republicans will try to rewrite the criteria for counting the postal votes whose delivery has been delayed by the unreliable mail - after they had already enforced that in Michigan and Pennsylvania postal votes could not be counted until election day. Trump can also request a recount of the votes in states where the result was close. However, experience from 2016 shows that such recounts do not overturn the provisional result in most cases. In Wisconsin, for example, nearly 3 million votes were counted; and in the end Trump won the bottom line 131 votes.

What does this mean for President-elect Biden?

Biden, who twice tried in vain for the presidency in his long career, would have wished for a clearer result in the Electoral College. In any case, nothing came of the Democrat's victory celebration in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, 50 years after his first triumph in a local election. Biden now has to put up with the accusation that he underestimated Trump and ran the election campaign on the back burner. The Biden camp, on the other hand, takes the position that the Democrat did not want to act recklessly and wanted to endanger the health of his followers in the middle of the corona pandemic. The truth lies somewhere in the middle: 77-year-old Biden is anything but a dynamic campaigner, especially in direct comparison with Trump. On the other hand, Biden scored particularly well with voters who were worried about Corona.

In Congress, the Democrats suffered surprising losses. Why?

In fact, nobody expected that: The Democrats will most likely remain a minority party in the Senate and will rule in the House of Representatives with a smaller majority in the next legislature. The outcome of the Senate election has direct consequences: according to the constitution, the small chamber is responsible for the confirmation of ministers, high-ranking political government employees and judges. It is now in the hands of the Republican majority to block the identity of President Biden. The Republicans can also block the reform agenda of the Democrat, who counts World War II President Franklin D. Roosevelt among his political role models. It is therefore unlikely that the outspoken left Senator Elizabeth Warren will be named Treasury Secretary or that the self-styled socialist Bernie Sanders from Vermont will suddenly take over the Department of Labor. After all: If Biden wins, with the left Senator Kamala Harris from California, a woman will take over the vice presidency for the first time in American history.

So the Biden presidency is already at a dead end?

No, that would be a hasty conclusion. Biden also said in the election campaign that he wanted to be president of all Americans and reconcile the country after four years with Donald Trump in the White House. Now he has the unique chance to put this promise into practice. For example, he could offer a nationally known Republican - for example Senator Mitt Romney from Utah - a key ministry in his cabinet. Romney, for example, would be an interesting choice for the State Department. With such a gesture, the president would probably offend the left wing of his party. It is also difficult to imagine that he could forgive the right wing Republicans, who identify strongly with Trump. But in the middle of the political spectrum, Biden could score with it. And ultimately he could make a name for himself as a non-partisan national father who does not want to play political games.