WASHINGTON – What has been lost in the focus of President Trump’s lawsuit, baseless allegations of voter fraud, and the administration’s willingness to begin the transition so far is a simple fact.
The 2020 presidential election was not so close.
Currently, Joe Biden’s referendum advantage over Trump is 4 percentage points, between 51 and 47 percent – and that’s only increasing once in New York’s votes (eventually).
This would provide Biden with the second-largest referendum margin out of six presidential elections in the 21st century, and only Barack Obama’s 7-point victory in 2008 would be greater.
As for the Electoral College, the aggregation is at Biden 306, Trump 232 – which happens to be exactly the same as Trump’s 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton (but vice versa). And Trump called it a “huge landslide victory”.
Biden is ahead with 154,000 votes in Michigan (higher than Trump’s 10,000-vote win in 2016).
It is preceded by 81,000 votes in Pennsylvania (almost double of Trump’s 44,000 votes four years ago).
And he is overtaken by more than 20,000 votes in Wisconsin (almost the same as Trump’s 2016 23,000-vote victory).
In addition to these leadership, Biden also narrowly reversed the traditionally GOP-prone states of Arizona and Georgia.
The 2020 presidential race on election night seemed close 12 hours after the first polls closed.
But almost three weeks later – by counting almost all the votes – it is now safe to say that the competition against Biden v. Trump was not so tight.
Additional cracks in the GOP wall
As Michigan and Pennsylvania plan to meet today to verify their results (although there are still questions about what will happen in Michigan), and as Georgia confirmed last Friday (although Trump’s team has asked for a recount), several Republican voices are calling for Biden to be a winner.
Or saying the Trump administration needs to prepare for transition.
After a federal judge dismissed the Trump campaign lawsuit in Pennsylvania, Senator Pat Toomey, R-Pa. He said on Saturday that Trump had “exhausted all acceptable legal options” to challenge the state’s results and congratulated “President Biden”.
Fred Upton, R-Mich. MP added that Michigan voters “spoke” in favor of Biden. “And here in Michigan, it’s not a razor’s thin margin,” he said. “That’s 154,000 votes. You have to let those votes stand.”
On the show “Meet the Press” yesterday, Senator Kevin Cramer, RN.D. – while arguing that Trump has every right to exhaust his legal options – he said the president and his administration “should at least work with the transition”.
Biden begins to roll out his national security team
NBC News on Sunday confirmed the news that President Biden is expected to appoint Antony “Tony” Blinkent as his veteran secretary of state diplomacy.
And this morning, according to a NBC News report, Biden is expected to elect Jake Sullivan as national security adviser and Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador.
Biden closet / transition clock
Status: Tony Blinken (expected)
UN Ambassador: Linda Thomas-Greenfield (expected)
Treasury: Lael Brainard, Janet Yellen and Roger Ferguson
Protection: Michèle Flournoy, Jeh Johnson, Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth
National Intelligence Director: Maine Senator Angus King
HHS: Government of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham, California. Representative Raul Ruiz, California. Representative Karen Bass, Dr. Vivek Murthy
Homeland Security: Val Demings, Susan Rice, Bennie Thompson, Xavier Becerra
Internal: Deb Haaland
Agriculture: Heidi Heitkamp
Labor: Andy Levin, Bernie Sanders, Marty Walsh
Education: Lily Eskelsen Garcia, Randi Weingarten
Boss: Ron Klain (named)
National Security Adviser: Jake Sullivan (expected)
Data download: The numbers you need to know today
6,026,117: Joe Biden took the lead in the referendum at the time of publication
12,306,023: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the latest data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 504,004 more than Friday morning.)
257,692: The number of deaths caused by the virus in the United States so far. (That’s 4059 more than Friday morning.)
179.34 million: The number of coronavirus tests performed in the United States so far, according to researchers at The COVID Tracking Project.
83,782: The number of people currently hospitalized with the coronavirus
43: The number of days until the Senate runs through January 5th.
58: Number of days until the inauguration day.
Tweet of the day
Ben Kamisar Georgia Georgia Runoff Watch
New ads in today’s Runoff Watch show that Georgia GOP Senator Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock were in attack and defense at the same time – both campaigns are taking place with new locations that will give their opponents a big boost and seek to neutralize a key attack. .
Loeffler’s offensive ad from recordings of Warnock’s sermons claims to be “attacking our soldiers” and “dangerous” before concluding with the venerations of Rev. Jeremiah Wright. That morning, a group of police and sheriffs at Warnock’s scene criticized Republicans for claiming Warnock supported the establishment of the police.
On the other hand, Warnock’s new location launches an attack on Loeffler for its pre-pandemic stock trading, accusing it of defending its “own interests” against the interests of the average Georgian. And, as he did during the special pre-election, Loeffler’s new venue is trying to refute these accusations as a “liberal lie,” noting that the Senate Ethics Committee rejected the investigation before advertising the treatment of the epidemic.
The cover: Sixteen years later
Don’t miss it starting on Friday when we looked at how much – and how not – the presidential map has changed since 2004.
ICYMI: What else is happening in the world
Here’s what we know about what might happen today in Michigan at the State Board of Representatives at 1:00 p.m.
Trump threatens to veto the defense spending bill unless the measure to rename military bases that respect confederate leaders is lifted.
New York business leaders are urging Trump to begin the transition.
Biden and Harris practically meet with mayors to discuss the virus and the economy.
Kelly Loeffler isolates herself after convincing test results.
Chris Christie Trump calls the legal action “nationally embarrassing”.
Trump’s post-presidency can be very complicated legally.
The Advertising Council has a difficult new task: To convince skeptics that the Covid vaccine is safe.
Republicans look at the 2022 Senate map.
Gavin Newsom is under pressure to elect a colorful woman to Kamala Harris ’Senate chair.