Today, Joe Biden has 290 electoral votes while Donald Trump holds steady at 214; with 270 electoral votes needed to be the president over the next four years, Biden wins the 2020 general election. Some states have not counted all their ballots and Georgia and two other states may do a recount; however, it is clear Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States beginning on January 20, 2021. Biden was one of three candidates on the ballot in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia; he was alongside Jo Jorgensen and Donald Trump.
As of this posting, nationally Biden has 74,857,880 votes, Trump has 70,598,535 votes, and Jorgensen has 1,726,780 votes.
Without all the votes counted, it still appears the Republicans will keep control in the U.S. Senate and the Democrats will keep control in the U.S. House. With that dynamic, it will limit Biden to fulfilling his campaign agenda, though with the expansion of presidential executive orders over the last many years, not all bets are off the table.
Biden stated on Twitter, “America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me.”
Trump on Twitter stated, “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!”
Libertarian Party presidential nominee, Dr. Jo Jorgensen has won more votes, and a higher percentage of the vote, than all twelve presidential campaigns in the party’s history, except one. Only the 2016 ticket headed by two former governors, Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, polled higher.
Her vote percentage beats those of Gov. Johnson when he ran in 2012 and received 0.99 percent of the vote, former Congressman Bob Barr in 2008, who received 0.4 percent, and former Congressman Ron Paul, who received 0.5 percent in 1988.
Libertarian Ed Clark received 1.06 percent of the vote in 1980 when his vice-presidential running mate was billionaire David Koch, who helped to finance the campaign.
Jorgensen, who ran with virtually no name recognition outside the Libertarian Party, has shown that Libertarians, with a strong candidate and a well-run campaign, have enough grassroots support to consistently beat the one percent vote threshold, even without a name candidate or easy money, and even in one of the closest, most highly contested races between Democrats and Republicans in the country’s history.
“The Libertarian Party’s baseline votes will continue to grow,” said Jorgensen. “The only way Democrats and Republicans can keep us down is by adopting our libertarian policies.”